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APRIL FOOLS!!!

This was a crazy Dave April Fool’s post!! So sorry… you will not be able to weigh yourself from your iPhone. Hope you did not try. Sometimes my brain goes wild with ideas! Hope you did have a good laugh with me!

I still believe that you should weigh yourself daily even though you can’t do it from your iPhone. This is what has seriously helped me control my weight. I would be happy to help you with any weight or lifestyle questions. Happy April 1.

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Update on The Dave Diet!

As many of you know, I made a drastic change to my diet about four months ago. I was having some issues – none of them were medically serious – they were just enough to let me know I needed to change something!

Here are the issues that needed some correction: 

  1. Psoriasis – I had some psoriatic (red scaly) patches on my elbows, knuckles, and my right knee for at least twelve years.  Nothing I tried was ever able to eliminate these.
  2. Esophageal reflux (heartburn) – not too terrible but occasional pain where I would have to take some Tums or Gaviscon.
  3. Low energy – I couldn’t figure this one out but it got to the point where I would have to come home in the afternoon and take a two hour nap.
  4. Hoarseness – lasted several months with no end in sight. And you know I speak for a living! This is the one that made me take notice and do something.

Doctors had no idea what to do. So I did a lot of reading and decided to take matters in my own two hands. I changed my diet (which was already pretty darned good) drastically!

I TOTALLY eliminated foods which I thought could be causing a sensitivity or allergy. Gone from my diet were sugar, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, peanuts, mushrooms (fungus), processed foods, and yeast.

I DID eat lots of fresh, organic veggies, fish, meats, raw foods, brown rice, sushi, eggs, plain Greek yogurt, rice cakes, rice crackers, organic corn chips, almonds (and almond butter), cashews (and cashew butter), sunflower seeds, green tea, white tea, pomegranate juice, Brad’s Raw Chips, and more.

I DID NOT count calories or anything like that. I ate when I was hungry and never felt guilty about eating good healthy food like we were meant to eat.

I DID NOT cheat! I was extremely strict, making no exceptions for “special occasions.”

Here is the update after four months:

  1. My voice is totally back to normal! SCREAM!!!
  2. No episodes of heartburn – EVER!
  3. Extremely high energy. I am running the Chicago Marathon next month!
  4. Psoriasis on right knee – TOTALLY GONE!
  5. Psoriasis on knuckles – TOTALLY GONE!
  6. Psoriasis on elbows – 95% GONE!
  7. Lost ten pounds without trying
  8. People tell me I look at least ten years younger than my age.
  9. I just had my annual physical at The Cooper Clinic in Dallas, TX. My doctor was amazed at the improvements. Let me share some stats with you:
    BP: 108/72
    Pulse: 47
    Height: 74.3 inches (just over 6’2″)
    Weight: 185
    Cholesterol: 142
    dLDL: 68
  10. Stress test fitness category – EXCELLENT

I continue to eat this way every day of my life because I am 100% convinced that food plays an integral part of our health. Americans are eating junk and that’s why we are overweight and have more health issues than we know how to deal with.

Are you ready to get on “The Dave Diet” and see some amazing changes in your life? Follow me please!

Dave

A Great Healthy Recipe from a Friend – Overnight Fruit Salad

Who likes recipes? I think everyone does. Up until this point I have stayed away from posting recipes on my blog but I gotta tell you… a short time ago I received one via email from a reader that simply went by the name “Assistant.” This recipe looked so good, that I felt that I wanted to share it with all of you! It’s called “Overnight Fruit Salad,” and it looks healthy and delicious. So many thanks go out to “Assistant.”

Overnight Fruit Salad

Ingredients
1  small  head cabbage, shredded (about 5 cups)
1  15oz  can pineapple chunks, well drained
2  11oz  cans mandarin orange sections, drained
2  cups  seedless green grapes
1/3  cups  light raisins
1 1/2  cups  cubed Edam cheese
1  8oz  carton lemon yogurt
1  cup  dairy sour cream

Instructions :
1.  Place cabbage on bottom of large salad bowl.
2.  Top with pineapple chunks, mandarin orange sections, grapes and raisins. Sprinkle cheese atop.
3.  Combine yogurt and sour cream; spread over salad, sealing to edge of bowl
4.  Cover and refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours. If desired, garnish with lemon and lime twist, curly endive, and a grape.

Do you have a favorite healthy recipe? Please feel free to send it to me directly at davidmadow@live.com.

Rock on my friends!

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Last Minute Holiday Pep Talk!

Welcome to the Christmas weekend. Are you going to be good? I certainly hope so.

Please remember that whatever you do, there will be repercussions! So please think before doing!

If you drink too much alcohol, you risk getting sick or even worse, getting into an auto accident. And yes, alcohol will add pounds to that belly. Just take a sip if you must and then stop!

If you eat too many appetizers, you will add pounds to that belly even more! Don’t do it or you will pay later!

And if you eat big portions at your meals, you will get sick and add to the belly again. Remember to use a smaller size dessert plate. Eat wisely.

Cookies, cakes, puddings, pies??? Just remember… you have worked so hard up until this minute. Don’t let all of your efforts go down the drain. It could take weeks or months to recover if you go crazy!

My suggestion? Eat in moderation. Try to get your fresh fruits and veggies in so your body will continue in it’s healthy mode. Remember, your body does not know that it is Christmas. It is expecting the best from you. Give it what it wants!

If you are questioning putting something into your mouth, my advice is “don’t do it!”

NOTE: I will be on WBAL radio Friday December 24 (Christmas eve) at 5:51PM Eastern Time giving you some more really cool holiday tips! If you are local to the Baltimore area, WBAL is 1090 on the AM dial. If you are not local, please go to http://www.wbal.com and listen live!

But remember… the most important thing to me is that you have safe, healthy holidays!

Peace!

Why Watching Football is NEVER on my List!

Friends, it’s Saturday and it is always good to be back home after a long travel week. It really is true, “There’s no place like home.” I’ll spend the day getting settled back in and tomorrow will be a good exercise day. The weather here in Baltimore County should be in the 70’s and I am planning to get out on the NCR Trail on Sunday to do my first double digit run since the Chicago Marathon! Will any of my local readers be out on the NCR (North Central Railroad trail) tomorrow? Let me know! And if you are not local to the Baltimore area, please also tell me what you plan to do this weekend to keep active. I don’t know about you, but sitting on the couch watching football and drinking beer are never on my list. I want to keep my body moving and enjoy the outdoors. That’s just what I do!

Waddle on!

Here is the Most Expensive Way Possible to Lose Your Weight – But it Works!

Over the years so many of you have asked me if I would consider personally coaching you on a weight loss and fitness journey. Because of my demanding schedule, I have repeatedly turned down every personal coaching request. The reason –  in order for me to do it right and to guarantee results, we would be looking at a full time engagement for about one year.

But I have revisited this idea and have given it some serious thought. And I may be ready to take on one coaching client. The operative word here is “maybe.” I am still not 100% sure. But understand that for me personally coaching someone on losing weight and looking better than they ever have in their entire life would not be a part time job. I would want you shadowing me (following me) and doing exactly what I ask of you.

First of all, before we start, I would make sure you are up for the task. That means for one full year you are available to follow me. And if I travel, which I do quite frequently, you may need to travel with me if requested to do so. You would need to be fully committed. So this eliminates most of you right off the bat. Let’s face it, very few people could put their lives on hold just to follow me.

Secondly, our personalities would have to mesh. If I am going to work with someone this closely, I have to like them and feel comfortable with them. I am very easy to get along with but you better prove to me during our interview that you are the kind of person that I would want to be with for a year!

Thirdly, you would have to be able to pay me. And I would have to believe that by paying me my fee would not negatively impact your life. I do not want your money if it would create any hardships in your life. What is my fee? Let me just say I am VERY expensive. Because what I do works. I guarantee it.

Please understand that I am not doing this for the money. I am financially secure. I charge a lot of money to make it worth my while and to weed out the people who are not serious about change. If I am going to take on a one on one client, I want this to be the most serious of engagements.

This program is not for the faint of heart. It is a difficult program where you follow what I say and do for one full year. That is the amount of time I need to change your life long habits.

Can I change you? The answer is YES. But only if you want to change. If interested, please get in touch with me. I am not going to tell you how, you should be able to figure it out!

Peace!

 

I want to come back to Chicago and finish the 10/10/10 marathon!

I am asking for some help. OK, it’s a big favor to ask. But maybe there is someone that can assist in making this come true for me.

It has finally hit me that I did not finish the 2010 Chicago Marathon. Maybe it was seeing all of the people at the airport on their way home with their medals around their necks. Or the “Finisher” t-shirts. I don’t know, but I am saddened that the horrible cramps would not allow me to complete the course. See my previous post here if you have not heard about my experience in the Jackson medical tent.

This morning as I was taking a two mile recovery walk/run back home in Reisterstown, Maryland, I began thinking. What if I got on a plane and flew back to Chicago? Maybe I could find a local that knows the marathon course. We could meet up at the 21 mile point and I could run the final 5.2 miles. Wow, maybe I could really finish this one. I am 100% confident that I could do it.

I realize there would be no one along the course cheering me on. People in Chinatown would be going about their daily business. That part is OK. The only thing I would want would be for someone to put a medal around my neck at the finish. Is that asking too much of anyone?

Here’s the favor I ask of my running friends. Is there anyone out there in Chicagoland that can help make this happen? I am willing to come back from Baltimore. I just need to be led through the last 5.2 miles of the course and have a 2010 medal place around my neck when I do. I am telling you… I can finally lick this course! Who can help me?

P.S. I’ll buy you dinner!

Peace.

 

Dave Meets *M*A*S*H at Chicago Marathon!

OK, it’s tough, but I will say it. I had to drop out of the Chicago Marathon after 21 miles due to severe cramping. I tried everything I could to keep moving, but in the end I felt that covering the last five miles in the 80 plus degree weather could have been very dangerous to my health.

They put me on a shuttle back to the finish line. On the shuttle I could not sit as the cramping was horrible. I almost vomited on the shuttle. It was a terrible, bumpy ride that seemed to take forever.

When they dropped me at the finish area (Jackson and Lake Shore Drive), I felt so sick, I could not even walk. A medical official saw me and put me in a wheelchair and wheeled me into the medical tent. They took my vitals. Seems as though I lost at least five pounds during the race. That is roughly two liters of water weight. BAD.

There were sick people all over the place. Looked like the MASH unit from TV. They should have given me IV fluids but they said since my BP and pulse were fine, they just wanted me to eat and drink.  The cramps were getting worse. They asked me to lie down on a medical cot. Two massage therapists came over to me and tried to help me. I was in tears from the pain.

This was not a good experience. I had just completed a 48 mile backpacking trip in Grand Canyon and I could not complete the Chicago Marathon.

Race conditions had started at green, but quickly went to yellow and then to red as the temps soared. The sun was so hot, I guess I was not able to keep up. Sorry, but 80 plus degrees is just too hot for me personally to run a marathon. Better to drop out than to end up in a morgue. Thanks for all of your concern, especially friends and readers that were tracking my run. I am feeling better now.

One thing though. I will never give up. I will waddle on well into the future. I simply know to stay away from HOT marathons!

Four Days Until 10/10/10 – Chicago!

Yes, according to my calendar and watch I have about four days and ten hours before the starting gun sounds at the beginning of the Chicago Marathon. Am I ready? Yes, I am ready to finish! To complete the marathon, one needs a combination of physical and mental readiness. I think my body is ready for the run and as usual I am feeling a little mental so I should be OK!

This is going to be a test because as you know there will only be a two week time span between the time I completed my 48 mile hike in the Grand Canyon and the Chicago Marathon. I am hoping for the best.

The marathon is very emotional. I remember crying at least three times during last years’s run. I am not even sure why. I just did. And I probably will this year.

There is music along the course that relates to the run. Can you guess what song they were playing at the start last year? A prize to the person that guesses it. No fair if you were in the race though!

Waddle on!

The Rewards of the Marathon

I have just completed ironing words on the shirt I will be wearing in the Chicago Marathon this Sunday.

The front simply says “DAVE.” That’s so as I run, every spectator on the 26.2 mile course will see my name and yell “GO DAVE!” This will hopefully give me the energy I will need to complete the race!

The back says “The rewards of the marathon cannot be measured by a stopwatch.” How true this is. I am not out to win this race. Nor am I out to have a fast time. This is a lifestyle, and my goal is to finish the race comfortably so that I will be able to run the next one. And the next one.

Waddle on my friends!