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Monday, January 31, 2011

Pleasanton Parents Do As They Say....and Do - Part I

As residents of, and business owners in, the Pleasanton/Dublin California communities, my wife and I have had the opportunity to work and live among some of the nicest people around.  We are also parents of two young children, so as you can imagine we find that our days are filled with shuttling one or both of our children to and from their many athletic events, dance practices and school functions.

The Pleasanton/Dublin area is not unlike many other small cities. Cities where education and community athletics rank near the top of the important must haves. As parents we certainly recognize the value in raising our children with a balanced focus on eating healthy and being physically fit. That said, it’s not always easy to keep children motivated when it comes to maintaining the schedule of physical activity needed to build a strong foundation. We feel a strong foundation is so important, especially if you want them to grow into healthy adults.
Often, my wife and I will sit and discuss how we can best create a home atmosphere that encourages such a positive, healthy outlook on physical fitness and proper diet, an atmosphere that encourages and motivates our children to want to be proactive about their fitness. Hands down we both agree, she and I must lead our children by example.

It was true for me growing up. My father was a very active man who would often take me running along the beach, or beside the Cape Code Canal, or even through the woods behind our home. He would talk to me about the importance of eating right and becoming physically fit. He certainly led me by his example, and I followed as a willing participant in my own health and fitness education. My wife recalls having a very similar experience with her parents.  So, for us it’s about leading our children down the road of health and fitness by first setting the example. We do not feel it is enough to simply dictate, or even suggest to our children that they must work to become healthy and fit young people if we ourselves are unwilling to follow our own advice.

That said, it’s not easy to find the time in our very busy schedules to hit the gym or even find the open road and run a few miles a day, and we certainly don’t have time to join any of the local adult athletic leagues. So that was our dilemma, how can we find the time to do these things? 


.....Continued on Wednesday

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Getting FIT “Organically” Part II


Now, let’s look at the food I have been consuming here in the United States.  I pulled everything out of my refrigerator, my freezer, my pantry and my cupboards. 

What did I find? Not a single Organic product. I traced the beef, chicken, milk and cheese to “Factories”, not to local family owned farms. These factory farms, aka processing plants, feed the cows and chickens Genetically Modified Corn, (Cows are not supposed to eat Corn it makes them sick), they pump them with Growth Hormones and Antibiotics. The chickens I’ve been buying in the store come from huge, dark, enclosed warehouses that house tens of thousands of them in tight poorly ventilated areas. They stagger and wobble, and in many cases cannot even walk because they pump them so full of hormones their little legs cannot support their abnormally oversized bodies. 

Vegetables and fruits are sprayed with deadly pesticides that soak into the soils and eventually become part of the plant we eat.  I also discovered that ”Natural” does not necessarily mean it’s “really” natural. The FDA does not actually have a legal definition for Natural Food. So the corporations can call it natural and we the consumer are actually consuming Hormones, Deadly Pesticides, Genetically Modified Products, Animal Antibiotics and much more.  So I thought to myself,  It must be the Food.  If it makes a Cow Fat and a Chicken three times is normal size in half the time, certainly it must be effecting me.


Ok, now that I know it’s the food what can I do? 

I decided to experiment. For one month I purchased and ate only 100% Certified Organic food. I wanted to see if I would actually feel better, have more energy, and lose weight. I did not reduce the amount of food I ate, only eat Organically. I went to Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, and to my surprise, found lot’s of Organic food at Safeway and Costco. Low and behold when the month was up I felt fantastic, I lost weight and my energy levels were back where they should’ve been. 

As a result of this experience, I decided the two best things I’ve done for myself in 2010, were to begin working with Mark Rogers my Pleasanton Personal Trainer, and eat only 100% Organic food. It’s important to work with a fitness trainer in Pleasanton who understands how to help you achieve your goals, and it’s equally important to avoid foods that destroy your health and surely decrease your quality of life. In my opinion these two things go hand and hand. Like clean air and pure drinking water are necessary for survival, proper exercise and eating Organically are the building blocks for good health and a long life.



I’m committed to Getting Fit…..”Organically”.

John-David Enright - Satisfied Mark Rogers Fitness Client                                                                 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Getting FIT “Organically” Part I

5 Weeks ago I was working in my office in Pleasanton California, and I was thinking about the recent workout I had with my new pleasanton personal fitness trainer, Mark Rogers. I was thinking how challenging it was, and how much stronger I have become in just the three short weeks since I have been under his guidance. I’ve already lost weight, and I feel healthier then I have in quite some time.



I was also thinking I’ve always been a person who likes to exercise and typically run a few miles a day, 4 days a week. I had always tried to include some form of weight lifting regiment into my routine as well. However, for most of 2010 I’d been unable to lose weight. I’d also been feeling fatigued more often. I kept asking myself, why can’t I lose weight? Why am I fatigued all the time? Let me think, I don’t eat a lot of junk food. I could get more sleep, but it’s not like I’m out late every night. Ok, I am 42, but come on that’s not that old. What is it then? I recalled the times when I was able to lose weight, and when I did have more energy. It was always when I was living and working in Mexico. Over the years I have had the opportunity to travel to Mexico for business. I would stay for 1 to 2 years at a time then return home. You’re probably thinking I drank the water and lost the weight fast. Thankfully that’s not it at all. So why was this happening. The last time I lived In Mexico, with the same exercise routine as always, I lost more than 25lbs in 14 months, and had tons of energy and stamina. Then the day came and I return to the United States. Within a year of my return I gained most, if not all, of it back. To top it off, my energy levels also plummeted. Enough is enough, I set out to figure out why this kept happening.


I thought about the stress levels, maybe that was it. Nope, I speak fluent Spanish, enjoy the culture and have always managed my time well. After all, stress might account for the weight loss but certainly not the increased energy. Then it dawned on me, could it be the food? As I recall, while living in Mexico I ate as much, if not a bit more, than I did in the United States. I happen to love Mexican cuisine and there’s certainly no shortage of places to eat anytime you find yourself hankering for a bite. So if it’s not the quantity, possibly it’s the quality of the food. During my stays in Mexico I lived outside of the Major Cities, mostly in small to medium sized pueblos (towns). Here the food is grown mostly by local farms and ranches. The food prepared in the local restaurants is purchased at the local Mercado, (Farmers Market). I called my friends who live in Mexico full time and asked them to look into the markets to see how the food is grown or raised. To my surprise it is all 100% Organically grown or raised.



This means no Sulfur added to the soil, no Pesticides, no Hormones, no Genetically Modified seeds for the growing of Corn, Wheat, Rice, Beans etc. The Cattle, Chicken, and all other meat or milk producing livestock are free range and grass fed. They are not injected with antibiotics of any kind. I was informed that these local farmers and ranchers let them roam the fields and do not confine them to pens or cages, and use no hormones or antibiotics. It seems the food I was eating was in fact, Organic. The milk, the fruit, the vegetables, the juice, the meat, the eggs, the cheese, the bread, everything was fresh and chemical free.

Part II coming Wednesday.....

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The New Year’s Resolution-Revolution

That’s right it’s Resolution time…….

Ah, Resolution time, a time when we clean the slate and look forward towards the next 365 days. 365 Days that will consist of positive action and our steadfast commitment to achieving our goals, or will they? When I reflect on the New Year’s resolutions I’ve made over the years I can count on one hand how many of them I’ve actually succeeded in following through with. I’ve also found that I’m not alone in this lack of success. You see, I’ve given this subject quite a bit of thought, and after discussing this with many of my friends and family I believe I have the answer. It’s not that we are weak minded or lack the focus needed to keep those sacred promises each of us make on that faithful evening filled with champagne and dancing, but rather it’s our neglecting to include a tangible “working” plan for how to achieve the objective of that resolution that impedes us.

A simple example of a Resolution that we often fail at, and one that many of us have made in the past, is the following; “This year I will lose weight and get into shape.” Now, that sounds like a great Resolution, and it is, however, how many people actually accomplish this? The answer is, very few. Why, because too often we make resolutions like this without having a clear plan in place. I live and work in the Pleasanton, Dublin California area. During this time of year I see so many advertisements for specials and discounts on Health Club memberships. Many of them advertise “Make this year’s Resolution a Healthy one, etc.” Pleasanton Health Clubs are great for many things; however, what many of us need to understand is that true weight loss and fitness can only be achieved by implementing a well defined plan of action. We also need a plan that fits “our” goals and educates us on how best to maintain our weight loss and fitness goals. We all have our own unique goals, and we all have bodies that differ from one another, so it makes sense that we would need a simple yet customized plan that will help each of us achieve our own goals.

A Gym or Health Club is simply a constructed building that houses some of the tools needed to execute our personal plan. However, it is the Certified Personal Trainer that provides us with the plan and with additional motivation to succeed. Imagine for a moment that your New Year’s Resolution is to fly yourself to Hawaii, that’s right, actually fly the plane to Hawaii. Sounds like a great Resolution to me. So you rent a beautiful plane, load your bags and jump into the Pilot’s seat. Ok, now what? Well, you have the Plane, your luggage and the time so why can’t you fly to Hawaii? The answer is obvious; you must first learn to pilot the plane. This requires that a Certified Flight Instructor work with you to develop your personal flight training plan and to also support you in the process of learning to fly. Only then will you be able to achieve the object of this Resolution. We must have a plan that will properly prepare us to meet the objective of our Resolution. So, if this New Year’s Resolution list includes losing weight and or getting fit, and you are serious about it, call a local Pleasanton Certified Personal Trainer like Mark Rogers to quickly and inexpensively provide you with a personal plan, and ensure you make this New Year a “Resolution Revolution.”
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