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2012-11-26 09.59.58-3THE MIRROR SEES ME AS I AM

As a kid in grade school until June 12, 2006 I have been up and down from plump to overweight to fat. Reality set in during the 1990s. My blood pressure got to 204/103 and the scales hit 254. I was obese and out of excuses.

Then came “that day” in Panama City, Florida. I was up at 5:30 a.m. to watch the Iron Man race start with a two-mile swim, then I hurried to the start of the 115-mile bike ride, ate a big breakfast, rode to watch some of the race, ate a humongous lunch and then took my daily afternoon nap.  I woke up too soon, and looked in that dang mirror. I walked out into that beautiful Gulf of Mexico.  I remember what I said.

“If I keep on drinking and eating like I am right now, and keep spending big bucks for pills, docs, stupid diets, and weird food, where will I be in five years?


Years ago I was a motivational speaker. I never really admitted that very few companies want to hire fat motivational speakers. That experience gave me my punch line right there in that water upover my knees. “I can’t do everything, but I can do something. I will do something I know I can do. I WILL WALK.”

I started walking about 5 minutes a day and then just a bit more every day. I got better, keeping records, using running shoes, competing in 5ks, and started eating healthier food.  That dang mirror proved I was getting better and it started to show.

The four things we require to stay alive are water, food, motion (I chose to walk to be in motion) , and sleep. It is simple.  I started on June 12, 2006, and never missed drinking water, eating healthy food, taking a walk, and getting at least seven hours of sleep every day. If you stop doing any or all of those four things every day you will die within a month.

Why are 70% of Americans overweight, obese, or medically obese? The cure is simple and just about every one of us can do it. Get up every morning and make it happen.

Start today and drink more water and less sugar drink. Drink more water and a lot less sugar drink. Drink water and no sugar drink. You will stop drinking sugar drinks and enjoy water instead.

Eat five or more fresh or frozen fruits, veggies and nuts every day, and cut out more processed food.

Walk briskly and work up to 20 to 40 minutes every day for the rest of your live. I have not missed one day since June 12,2006 and the mirror shows the proof.

Sleep seven or more hours every day. My smartphone needs recharged every day and so does my body.

If just two of you do what I do, and get two to do what you do, and we do it 6 times, that is 64 of us who chose healthy living over sickness, illness and chronic disease. On the seventh time that is 128 of us, and on the 30th time this WATERFOOD WALK SLEEP (WAFOWASL) journey there are over FIVE MILLION people who look in that mirror, smile and begin a healthy life