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Work and Commitment

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When I heard the alarm this AM, I hit snooze and decided “today, is a rest day”. I am entitled to it and I am tired. Don’t fool yourself into believing that it’s ‘easy’ for me to get up. I love to sleep, I love napping, I love the REM stage, I love the feeling of being all warm and cozy in my bed — all the things that go along with sleeping. I was given the gift of napping and I am thankful for it every day.  You give me time in the day to nap – I will take it and have no issue falling asleep. I am just that lucky. Ok, enough gloating —

Well, what I had forgotten this AM is that I was recruited into helping my friend with her renewed quest to get fitness back into her life. She has issues – major beyond the word issues – getting up in the AM and demanded that I help her since I get up anyway. This took the form of me creating an iPhone reminder to call her in the mornings at 520A.  Well, my iPhone was on my charger in the kitchen which also works as a speaker for music. Well, 520A comes around and I hear the soothing chimes SUPER loud of my reminder!! Apparently, I am not taking a rest day today.

I hurry downstairs, get the phone, call her — she groggily answers Good Morning. I said get up — it’s time and I am not going to call again. She says ok, ok.

I go get ready — head back downstairs and decide to call her again because I know this lady — she ain’t up. I’m right of course — she says Ok I am up and I said no get up out of bed. She said are you up and out of bed? I said — um OF Course! I am dressed and ready to go in my kitchen and I refused to get off the phone until her tush was up and out of her bed.  I do not kid that I am seriously up and out of the bed when the alarm goes off on most days. I am committed to my lifestyle — and I know I feel better afterwards.  She will get the hang of it — or I won’t be calling!

You can not force someone to put in the work and commitment it takes to be healthy and fit. It’s not easy and some days- it does suck. But you owe it to yourself and others around you to take care of you. Yes, we have a ton of shit going on in our lives. We all do – but the alternative to not being fit is not ok.   And the ones that do put in the work and focus, it shows. No one that looks like your definition of fit and healthy got it by sitting on the couch eating cereal out of a box.

It’s not OK not just for cosmetic reasons – the long term toll it takes on your health is proven. The example you set for your kids is vital for their future health and fitness, and mentally, no one feels good when you eat shit food and don’t move your body. NO ONE!!!

I was at Costco the other day, and overheard this family’s discussion. It was a group of women, all morbidly obese sitting on the outdoor furniture display sold in the warehouse.  The younger daughter, probably 15-16 years old was holding the gigantic box of  some sugary cereal and telling the rest of the family that the box was hers and she was going to keep it in her room, all to herself.

A part of me judged them and her. I am not going to lie. How can they let themselves go like that? How can that young girl feel empowered and have strong self esteem? But mostly, I felt sorry for them. They probably have no idea how to turn the corner with their health. They all eat the same food, have the same role models. Unless someone comes into their lives that is willing to show them the way, how can they win the battle they are fighting. Heck, they may not even know they are fighting a battle.  They aren’t alone either.  I see this same family picture all over the place – at restaurants, at Target, at amusement parks, at grocery stores….

It’s scary and sad to me — and what can be done really? Setting the foundation for my own kids is something important to me and I recommit to that each and every day. We can all do our part by living what we think is the right way, walk the walk, talk the talk…

Today’s workout was all about the Sumo Deadlift High Pull!

Warmup
50 Double Unders
2x–
10 Pass Thrus
10 Squats
10 OHS
10 Front Squats

Skill
SDHP
Hang Cleans

WOD

15 Min AMRAP

7 SDHP (65#)
7 Wall (14#)

total: 10 + 2

Using BAI instead of BMI to measure fat

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BAI Better Than BMI? Scientists Develop New Way To Measure Fat

I personally was not a fan of the BMI measurement scale. 2 people can have completely different body shapes and and weigh the same — and one comes out as obese based on weight alone. There are way too many variables to add to make it that simple in my opinion.

Scientists have developed a new way to measure whether a person is too fat without having people step on the scale.

The new measure, called the Body Adiposity Index, or BAI, relies on height and hip measurements, and it is meant to offer a more flexible alternative to body mass index, or BMI, a ratio of height and weight, U.S. researchers said on Thursday.

BMI has been used to measure body fat for the past 200 years, but it is not without flaws, Richard Bergman of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and colleagues wrote in the journal Obesity.

While there are other, more complex ways to measure body fat beyond simply stepping on a scale, BMI is widely used both by researchers and doctors.

It is calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by height in meters squared. A person who is 5 feet 5 inches tall is classified as overweight at 150 pounds (68 kg) and obese at 180 pounds (82 kg).

But there is a lot of wiggle room in that calculation.

For example, women and men with the same BMI might have very different levels of extra flab. BMI numbers cannot be generalized across different ethnic groups or used with athletes, who have extra lean body mass.

The team made the index using data from a Mexican-American population study. They confirmed the scale’s accuracy using an advanced device called a dual-energy X-ray absorption or DEXA scanner. Tests in a study of African Americans showed similar findings, suggesting BAI can be used across different racial groups.

BAI is a complex ratio of hip circumference to height that can be calculated by doctors or nurses with a computer or calculator.

The team says BAI still needs some fine tuning, and they still need to test it among whites and other ethnic groups, but they think it has promise as new tool, especially in remote settings with limited access to reliable scales.

“After further validation, this measure can be proposed as a useful measure of percent fat, which is very easy to obtain. However, it remains to be seen if the BAI is a more useful predictor of health outcome, in both males and females, than other indexes of body adiposity, including the BMI itself,” the team wrote.

Obesity has become a global epidemic, with more than half a billion people, or one in 10 adults worldwide, considered to be obese – more than double the number in 1980. Obesity-related diseases account for nearly 10 percent of U.S. medical spending, or an estimated $147 billion a year.

Justin Stoneman: America: A Big, Fat, Stupid Nation

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Thanks once again Mel for giving me more enlightenment:

Latest figures confirm the ridiculous: three out of four of you will be ‘overweight or obese’ by 2020. To gauge perspective: there are now more ‘fat’ people than ‘white’ people in America. Perhaps our bigots of the future will swing their hatred away from ‘race’ to the slim and healthy.The shrinking minority are, indeed, the shrinking minority.Stupid? Welcome to a population who know less about what they put into their mouths than they do about, well, take your pick…celebrities or cars or American Idol or iPhones? Animals have the intelligence to know what to eat and to never get fat except the ones fed by humans. Yet that simple challenge, gaining nourishment without destroying the body, is beyond your capabilities?

via Justin Stoneman: America: A Big, Fat, Stupid Nation.

Obese Children’s Arteries Show Signs of Heart Disease

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Obese Children’s Arteries Show Signs of Heart Disease.

The hazards of being an obese child go beyond schoolyard teasing or being picked last in gym. The arteries of obese children exhibit a stiffness normally found in adults with heart disease, according to a new study from BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.

Canadian researchers looked at 63 obese children and 55 children of normal weight, both groups with an average age of 13. The obese children had abnormal results on an ultrasound test of the heart and blood vessels, which measures how quickly blood flows through the body.

NEEDED: Intensive, comprehensive and ongoing efforts to address obesity

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70 Million Obese Americans: What’s the Solution?

Its a national issue that will have lasting repercussions if not seriously looked at and serious action taken. We are a nation of smart people from all over the globe – surely we can put our heads together and come up with a plan to address it. Yes – sugar tastes great, yes – McDonald’s is fast and cheap, yes – it’s easier to sit on the couch and watch TV but it’s killing us – heart disease, cancer, alzheimers, you name it – it all can be in one way or another linked with diet and exercise. There is no magic bullet and we all have to do our part for our family’s sake.

Between 2007 and 2009, the obesity rate actually increased by 1.1 percent. That might not seem like much, but in a nation as big as ours, that’s 2.4 million people who crossed the line from overweight to obese, about the size of the city of Houston. In all, 72 million Americans are obese, and the issue is most prevalent among certain groups of people, including African Americans, Hispanics and those without a college education. African American women are most affected by obesity — at an alarming 41 percent rate.

What’s also startling is the rate at which obesity has risen in the past decade. “In 2000, not a single state had an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or higher,” Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC, said in a statement. These days, nine states have at least that amount. “Obesity continues to be a major public health problem,” Frieden added. “We need intensive, comprehensive and ongoing efforts to address obesity. If we don’t, more people will get sick and die from obesity-related conditions.”

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