Soda Challenge | Day 9 | October 2

Woke up at 8 a.m. to exercise – cardio and weights, but it did take coffee to get me to propel myself. Rewound and relooked at the Bed Bug show of Dr. Oz – sensational show. Coffee also got me through my weight lifting (every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday), and prep for a radio show on healthradio.net (live 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays). This week’s features Elizabeth Cohen's new paperback called The Empowered Patient, plus what to tell your daughter when it comes to tongue piercing, weight loss, insecticides and liposuction. Normally I get my energy up for the show with several diet sodas – even switched to a brand with more caffeine for these, but coffee seemed to work just as well. Went to a dinner party afterwards (Nancy, my wife is away) – got invited to 2 and accepted 2 by mistake! I am lousy at calendar keeping, which is good for these blogs. I had to eat at one in a hurry to keep 8:30 rule; luckily could drink my red wine and coffee after the deadline (I did modify the rule for red wine) ... I've got to stop these dinners if I am going to keep getting my columns in on time and drop 10 pounds. Or I need more coffee for later.

Woke up at 8 a.m. to exercise – cardio and weights, but it did take coffee to get me to propel myself.  Rewound and relooked at the Bed Bug show of Dr. Oz – sensational show. Coffee also got me through my weight lifting (every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday), and prep for a radio show on healthradio.net (live 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays). This week’s features Elizabeth Cohen's new paperback called The Empowered Patient, plus what to tell your daughter when it comes to tongue piercing, weight loss, insecticides and liposuction.  Normally I get my energy up for the show with several diet sodas – even switched to a brand with more caffeine for these, but coffee seemed to work just as well. Went to a dinner party afterwards (Nancy, my wife is away) – got invited to 2 and accepted 2 by mistake! I am lousy at calendar keeping, which is good for these blogs. I had to eat at one in a hurry to keep 8:30 rule; luckily could drink my red wine and coffee after the deadline (I did modify the rule for red wine) ... I've got to stop these dinners if I am going to keep getting my columns in on time and drop 10 pounds. Or I need more coffee for later.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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