Gobbling toward Obesity

In a recent health story, "Half of Us Face Obesity, Dire Projections Show," a team of scientists predict that nearly 1 in 2 American adults will be obese by the year 2030. That's just 10 years away. The graphic below shows our current state; I have seen these stats shown in numerous other sources. I … Continue reading Gobbling toward Obesity

The Pathway to New Habits

Ever since I was able to near-effortlessly lose 35 pounds in just a six-month period—after decades of failed attempts—I've become obsessed with trying to understand exactly how I did it. Why, after so many years of failure, was I suddenly able to drop my weight to a level previously unimaginable? And how could I do … Continue reading The Pathway to New Habits

Obvious Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

Among other changes I've made over the past six months, moving to a primarily plant-based diet has resulted in a number of positive changes that I am absolutely thrilled about. To help me lose, as of this writing, 35 pounds (20% of my total weight), I have cut almost entirely from my diet anything dairy, … Continue reading Obvious Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

Dharma Diet

Paperback Now Available Great news! Both versions of Dharma Diet are now available—in paperback and Kindle. I wrote this little book as a means to share the remarkable success I had last year in finally, finally losing the 25 pounds that I had been trying to shed for over 20 years. When I ultimately stumbled … Continue reading Dharma Diet

More Trouble in Paradise

I'm just wrapping up my latest book, Dharma Diet, which will be on sale in about a week. One of the major themes of that book is how we continue to think that the answers to our problems lie "out there" somewhere, when in fact many of our answers lie within ourselves. In the case … Continue reading More Trouble in Paradise

Dharma Diet – Available Now!

“I lost 30 pounds in 4 months, and it was one of the easiest things I’ve ever done!” ~ Me Silly name but a serious concept, this little book—Dharma Diet—is what every fad diet lacks. They say that 95% of dieting attempts ultimately fail, because people either quit before reaching their goal, or they regain … Continue reading Dharma Diet – Available Now!

30 Pounds in 4 Months

Dharma Diet - Post # 8 Well, I actually made it! As of December 18th I had lost 30 pounds in just 4 months: from 172 to 142. Unfortunately, I will likely have gained a few pounds back since we are in the middle of Christmas and New Years. I'm going to allow myself to … Continue reading 30 Pounds in 4 Months

Lies We Tell Ourselves

Dharma Diet - Post # 7 In my book Dharma Diet (due out for the new year), I discuss many of the lies that we tell ourselves about dieting and weight loss. One of the greatest fibs we tell ourselves is that "it's too expensive to eat healthy." I think the reason we believe this … Continue reading Lies We Tell Ourselves

Life Tip #29

The time to pursue your dreams is there, you just have to find it. I get it. There are bills to pay and mouths to feed. Yet there are probably fifteen to eighteen hours per week that you waste on TV, social media, playing golf, drinking beer, and other pointless endeavors. What if you took … Continue reading Life Tip #29

Life Tip #117

Your master plan isn’t going to kick start itself. Have you ever waited in line for something, like at a concert or sporting event, only to discover that you didn’t need to be waiting in line after all? Or how about this: You are waiting for something to trigger an activity or a process, before … Continue reading Life Tip #117

Life Tip #175

Take that spur of the moment road trip. Sometimes we need to let ourselves take those last-minute road trips. A friend and I once spent almost the same amount of time driving to Florida as we did in Florida: about thirty-two total hours driving and just forty-eight hours in the Sunshine State. I’ve taken many … Continue reading Life Tip #175

Life Tip #98

Don’t be a grasshopper. Be an ant. I would love to credit the person who came up with the original version of this some years ago. I’ve updated and genericized it to make it as apolitical as possible. Enjoy! THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER — CLASSIC VERSION The ant works hard in the withering heat … Continue reading Life Tip #98

Anything We Put Our Mind To

My source of unconditional love, my go-to person for getting grounded, my Dad, passed away last night surrounded by family. He got in one final, solid nap before the big party in heaven began. Dad taught me many things during our time together, more by his example than by words. Yet there is one thing … Continue reading Anything We Put Our Mind To

Life Tip #48

Always put your family before money. Scenario: Your great-paying job forces you to be on the road 100 percent of the time, but at the same time your middle- to high-school kid is having difficult, even dangerous, times back at home. Then you get an offer for a new job where you can be back … Continue reading Life Tip #48

Life Tip #26

Avoid the career of least resistance. Go for greatness! Your career will likely consume upwards of ten hours a day, five days a week, for more than 30-40 years of your life, so strive for something you truly love. If you settle for the job or career of least resistance, you’ll never be fully satisfied … Continue reading Life Tip #26

Life Tip #4

Your life isn’t limited to six steps. Our lives don’t have to go like this: Step 1: Survive youth and high school. Step 2: Get a college degree, and/or… Step 3: Get a job that turns into a passionless career. Step 4: Get married, have kids, then get a house and lots of other stuff. … Continue reading Life Tip #4

Life Tip #173

Don’t cry about the hand you were dealt. Play it to the best of your ability. We may have been dealt a bad hand, but we still have a choice as to how we play the hand we were dealt. I was dealt a pretty good hand, in that I could have gone straight from … Continue reading Life Tip #173

Life Tip #127

“Go West, young man” still applies. In many of his books, but most notably in The Americans series, historian Daniel Boorstin chronicles some of the famous and not-so-famous risk-takers who helped to build up our country. In the book The Americans: The National Experience, Boorstin compares the social classes of early America with the social … Continue reading Life Tip #127

Life Tip #101

Newsflash—it’s not the president’s fault. If you ever need a “kick in the pants” version of motivation on self-sufficiency, check out Gary Vaynerchuck on social media. He is one of the many people whose videos and podcasts I listen to on my pre-dawn walks. He’s a social media marketing guru and just an overall inspiration … Continue reading Life Tip #101

Life Tip #114

College is not necessarily the answer to a successful life, if it ever was. While it still feels strange to hear this coming from me, I firmly believe that going to college right after high school (if at all) is not the best option for everyone. It wasn’t for me, it wasn’t for my son, … Continue reading Life Tip #114