What To Expect…

What To Expect…

Losing weight is a huge deal! I want to show you 25 things that will happen as  you lose weight:

  1. Muscle gain vs. fat loss
  • The weight itself may or may not change much. But it’s because muscle weights more than fat. For that reason, it is better to measure your weight loss with a cloth measuring “stick” instead of the scale.
  • You may feel chilly because of your thyroid hormone levels can dip, keep a cardigan handy.

2. Allergy symptoms, such as asthma symptoms may decrease. Do not quit prescription meds without your doctor’s approval. He will support this.

3. Your face may slim down

4. Food will taste better.

5. You may be hornier as your BMI dips, your testosterone levels rise. Which makes you less self-conscious.

6. Sex may be more satisfying.

7. You may not know what to wear. Get some friends to go shopping with you. This is especially true for people who have battled obesity most of their lives.

8. You may not feel happy. Get help if you need it. Some people do feel happy over the weight loss.

9. Muscle vs. fat and how to gain muscle while losing fat.

10. Family and friends may criticize you. Ignore them.

11. Some may not notice. Until you lose 9 lbs. it’s not very noticeable.

12. You’ll stop snoring.

13. “According to a study in the journal Neurology, heavier men have poorer memories and cognitive skills than trimmer men.”

14. You will love to sweat! “Progress is addicting.”

15. It will impact your kids! And they will want to eat healthier.

16. Your significant other may not be supportive. Be aware of it. I experienced this and pushed through it.  You can do it!

17. Over time, he or she may join you. I experienced this too.

18. I was lead to this because people began to come to me for advice.

19. Rings may need to be resized.

20. You may need new shoes! You do have fat in your feet and as you lose weight, the fat in your feet will also go down.

21. People may not recognize you. Especially if they haven’t seen you in a while.

22. You will find out who your real friends are. And you will make new friends connected to your new life.

23. You’ll lose your sweet tooth!

24. You’ll save money on prescription medications. “The lighter you are, the healthier you’re apt to be. And in many cases, that means saying sayonara to high blood pressure pills and diabetes medications. Dropping weight also lowers the odds your need medications in the future, too! That’s good news for your body and your bank account.”

25. You’ll cook healthier and become a better chef.

And a bonus: “A leaner you = a longer life. But hey, you probably already knew that.”


Lessons from Martial Arts, School and Network Marketing

Lessons from Martial Arts, School and Network Marketing

As we draw near to the end of 2017 and head into 2018 I have been reflecting on what I have learned this year.

  1. If you are going to take the time to do something, drop excuses and find a way to be as successful at it as you want to be. In martial arts, that means going for black belt. In school, that means setting aside time to study and get the assignments done to the best of your ability. And in network marketing, it means turning to your leaders and getting help to learn what it takes to be successful. And then doing it.
  2. It’s okay to take a step back in any of these areas and re-visit why you’re doing it. In school, it’s okay to take the summer off. But if you do this, make sure you have a plan in place to go back and know when this will happen.
  3. Losses can be turned into lessons if you decide to find a way to learn from them.
  4. When bad things happen, you can decide to quit. But you can also decide that you will rise above it and do what you dream of.
  5. It’s okay to dream.
  6. It’s even better to take those dreams and work toward them becoming a reality.
  7. We all have three decisions to make to make those dreams a reality:
    1. Walk toward them. Meaning go forward, but do it cautiously. This is often based on fear. Don’t be afraid to go after what you want.
    2. You could trot. You know, take a faster pace toward what you want. This is knowing what you want. And even making some gentle steps toward making them a reality. But still some fear is there.
    3. But then there’s a third option. And this is the decision I’ve made. This is where you decide to run toward what you want. This may be reaching black belt, or it may be taking some classes toward improving your life. Or any of many things. Your imagination is the limit.
  8. Allow your imagination to run wild. Don’t be afraid to dream. And don’t be afraid to chase those dreams. No matter what others may say. As long as they don’t hurt others.
  9. When naysayers come along, don’t allow them to steal your dreams. And in their place, find some people who will encourage your dreams.
  10. Finally, take a stand for what you want: toward yourself. Sometimes we can be our own biggest naysayers. Love yourself enough to go for what you want.

Dream Big

What is Kosher?

What is Kosher?

School and my business have kept me busy for the past few weeks. But one of the things I’m learning about is religion and the different roles it plays in diet. Today I’ll tell you what my friend Alan Kattan told me about eating Kosher. He is a Jewish friend of mine in Los Angeles. Here is what he taught me:

Kosher is a Jewish dietary law which requires certification by a rabbi who specializes in that first. Meat and poultry is not only for the animal to be kosher. It’s also by an exclusive kosher slaughter house and butchery making sure it follows required guidelines by the rabbi inspector who blesses it and certifies it. The methods differ in that poultry is not done by head chopping. It’s thought of more humane to use a paper thing razor knife Tobin a split second cut the vein on the neck. Then all the blood must be drained. Feathers are not allowed to be soaked in hot water. They are plucked. Then all meat and poultry must be soaked in salted brine to kill germs. Kosher empire chicken is salted through. For a mammal to be qualified to be kosher it must have at least two stomachs and split toes. If you ate dairy you’d have to wait half hour to eat meat or poultry, and you must wait 6 hours if vice versa. Meat and dairy dishes must separate in two sections as well as pots and pans. No kosher restaurant has meat and dairy together. It’s either meat or dairy. No kosher cheeseburger. Truly kosher homes if they don’t have two dishwashers then they only put meat plates in the dishwasher and hand wash dairy dishes. Almost every American food product with all kosher ingredients in their production lines have kosher certification sign on the label where always a rabbi comes in to inspect which certifies that no non-kosher ingredients have entered the production lines. These are the two signs the K or the circled U (which stands for Orthodox Union). You see this Heinz ketchup label has the U. If there is a letter D below the symbol, then it’s dairy kosher. If it’s meat kosher, then there is some mention next to the symbol. If nothing else is mentioned next to the kosher symbol, then it’s “parve” kosher which means you could eat it all day with everything because it contains no meat or dairy ingredients. All produce is parve.



Kosher fish must have bones, scale which causes me off without removing the skin, and three fins with a tail with nothing added like catfish whiskers or sword. No crustacean seafood like shrimp or shellfish. No shark because it has no falling scales. It could be bought in any fish market by the whole uncut and unscaled where you could bring them your own knife and cutting board. If you want it bought cleaned and cut, then the market must be kosher certified. Fish is not allowed to be cooked with meat and poultry and can’t be eaten in the same plate, but you could eat them at the same time in two separate plates and you can use plates used for meats if no meat is currently on the same plate. That’s to prevent meat and fish for being in the same bite which is believed to be unhealthful. You can still cook fish using the same pots and pans used for meat but not cooked together. Fish can be eaten with dairy and no time waiting like meat and poultry.

Dr. Oz was asked about eating Kosher, here is his response:

Q: Is kosher food safer or healthier?

A: While research is scant, kosher food is carefully supervised by certifying agencies as it’s processed and prepared. (The most reliable agencies are OUOKKOF-KCRC, and Star-K.) Every butchered animal is examined for disease, and produce is inspected for insects. Moreover, kosher companies must keep records of where their ingredients come from and demonstrate that their products contain only what’s on the label. So when you’re buying kosher, it can be argued that you know more accurately what’s in your food.

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/health/dr-oz-answers-questions-about-kosher-food#ixzz4yb2OTw00




Many times I just have to laugh when people say no to when I approach them about my network marketing business. Over the years since I decided to pursue this as a career I have heard these reasons as to why they says no:

  • I’m to lazy (well: at least that one was straight to the point)
  • My kids take too much time (hmmm, I’ve got kids too, so do my leaders)
  • I’m fine with where I’m at
  • It’s just a pyramid scheme
  • It’s another Ponzi scheme
  • I failed last time, this time won’t be any different
  • My friends will say no, why bother?

At one time or another we have all had the opportunity to do something to better ourselves. And over the years I’ve learned that this is really the basis of what network marketing is about.

One of my leaders, Tony Zolecki, told me that to become successful in this industry become a master in the basics. In our company, we have a daily list of things to do. At the top of this list is a gratitude journal and personal improvement, including exercising. Tony and his wife, Sarah, are top leaders in this entire industry: not just my company.

For the next 2 or 3 weeks, I’m going to talk about different aspects of network marketing and how people become successful in this industry.



Obesity, part 2

Obesity, part 2

Last Thursday I changed my direction on diet Thursday. Today I’m elaborating on this. Obesity in our children is unacceptable. But, what can be done.

First, parent’s need to set a better example. Kids do what they are taught. If mom and dad don’t exercise: neither will the kids. But maybe, like me, your kids are teenagers or just out of their teenage years. What do you do?

You give them options. Think of it like a library. You tell them you can go for a bike-ride or you can go for a walk. You can join a class, or you can do something independly.  The point is: they are going to begin to get more exercise.

You get creative and motivate them. If you do _____, then I’ll do _______. You know your child-put it to your advantage. I know how hard it is. If you need someone to brainstorm with you: contact me.

I would encourage you to take a look at the recipe I posted here: Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies.

I would also encourage you to look at this website and see how you can fill half your plate with fruit and veggies. It doesn’t have to be boring or taste bad. I learned about this website from one of my classes with Kaplan University.





A saying I’ve heard many times over the years is only partially correct. “Bloom where you are planted.” The implied meaning is that I should be content where I am. But what if you aren’t content? Do you stay put?

I’m not where I was 10 years ago. Neither are you. We all change, we grow for the better or for the worse. I’ve got people in my life who have changed in both ways.

I just started reading a book a few minutes ago that I am going to be telling EVERYONE to read. It’s called Mind Capture, Volume 3. It is directed at entrepreneurs. The subtitle is “HOW TO AWAKEN YOUR ENTREPRENEURAL GENIUS IN A TIME OF GREAT ECONOMIC CHANGE.”

I am captivated by this book! I have not read the first 2 volumes, but after I read this one: I will be. Tony is a new friend of mine on Facebook and someone I can’t wait to meet in person.

What stands out for me so far is a sentence in the first paragraph of the introduction. “Why do so many people continue to buy into all the fear-based talk and thinking running rampant throughout society?”

Tony Rubleski with the book I’m reading 

I want to challenge you to get this book. I included the link to it above in the title of it. It is a game changer. For the next few weeks I am going to be talking about changing your mind and your mindset to have a better life. And how “blooming where you’re planted” isn’t a good idea, unless you are part of minority that lives what my friend Reggie calls the Lavalicious Lifestyle.

This is important, my friends. Here is the link to it again: Mind Capture, Volume 3. Let me know if you get it. I would love to know!

Parents and Children

Parents and Children

Warning: this will upset some people. But I am more concerned with our kids and their future than the  people who get upset with me on this post today.

Iowa obesity rate:
Adults: 32% (#13 in the nation)
Youth 10-17 y/o: 29.9% (#30 in the nation)

Does this get your attention? Or does this get your attention more?…


  • Colorado has the lowest obesity rate at 22.3%
  • West Virginia has the highest obesity rate at 37.7%.
  • All other states range from 22.6% to 37.3%.

The top 5 worst states are:

  • West Virginia
  • Mississippi
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • and Louisiana

Now what about kids between 10 and 17?

  • Utah is the best at 19.2%
  • Tennessee is the worst at 37.7%
  • All other states range from 20.3% to 37.1%.

For our kids,  the top 5 worst states are:

  • Tennessee
  • North Dakota
  • Mississippi
  • Florida
  • and Rhode Island

I want your help. What needs to be done to lower the obesity rate? More government intervention? Or can parent’s do more? I read this in one of  my text books:

“In one study, parental obesity doubled the risk of adult obesity for both obese and non-obese children less than 10 years of age.” (Brown, 327)

Parent’s have control over what is brought into the home! Schools are told what to serve for lunches by the government.

Brown, Judith E. Nutrition Through the Life Cycle, 5th Edition. Cengage Learning, 20130625. VitalBook file.

The statistics from above were found at this website: State of Obesity. You can  look up the numbers for your state from it.