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Sometimes You Need To Do Exactly What You Don’t Want To Do

Have you ever come home from work feeling tired?  Too tired to cook a nutritious meal?  Too tired to exercise?   I certainly have.

At times like those, I have found myself going downstairs, turning on the TV, turning off my mind, and just sitting there like a zombie.  Maybe I had enough energy to bring a big bag of chips with me and a pop.  (and incidentally I am on day 14 with no pop!)  I would sit and snack mindlessly, vaguely hoping it will make me somehow feel better.

It is a vicious cycle. 

Come home from work tired.  Don’t eat well, don’t exercise.  Go to bed, wake up feeling a little tired, so grab a doughnut on the way to work.  Sugar rush…feel good.  By 10am coming down a bit…time to buy a chocolate bar.  Sugar rush…feel good.  Lunch time arrives, but you were too tired to pack your nutritious lunch, so you grab a burger, fries and coke…a coke will make you feel better.  It does!  Sugar rush…feel good.  By 3pm you hit the wall, and feel like you need a nap.  Caffeine? Sugar?  Something to pick yourself up…and it works!  Feel good!   On your drive home you start to come down again, and your eyes feel a little droopy.  For sure when you get home you are going to exercise!  But…

Come home from work tired.  Don’t eat well, don’t exercise.  Go to bed , wake up feeling a little tired, so grab a doughnut on the way to work.  Sugar rush…feel good.   AHHHHHHH!

It can be so easy to fall into a rut.  To fall into a vicious cycle.  And the longer you are stuck in it…the harder it becomes to break out.

But break out you must!!! 

I have been there before.  And years ago one cycle lasted so long, it almost killed me.

You must break out of your rut.

The purpose of this blog is to share with you the things I have learned in my quest to bring myself back to life.   Ladies and gentlemen,  this is one of those things!   And the problem is it is like a Ninja Assassin.  It can sneak up on you with the ultimate stealth.   You must be on the lookout!!! 

You may be young and just starting out in your path in life.   You may feel invincible.  You may currently be in tip-top shape.  You may be a black belt in karate. You may be winning all types of sales awards.  You may be getting promoted rapidly, making more and more money.  You may tell yourself that nothing can bring YOU down.   You may be telling yourself that you ARE the Ninja.  I’ve been there.  I’m just telling you that it when it strikes it is not fun…don’t let it happen to you.

 You may be more seasoned.  You may have been around the block, and you look at this and say to yourself that this will never happen to you.  The problem is that it could happen to anyone if they are not careful.

Don’t take your health for granted.  I did.

Pay now … or pay later

Sometimes the thing that you need to do is the very last thing you feel like doing. 

.Note:  This post is extra-personal to me, and I feel it is so important.  Please pass this on to someone if you think they need to hear this.  Peace, Health, and Happiness, Tony.

Why The Uproar About Pop?

You may have heard in the news recently that the State of New York was trying to ban restaurants from serving large containers of pop (greater than 16 oz).  Is this really worthy of headlines on national news stations and newspapers.

In one word, I will say “YES”!

For much of my life I was a popoholic, and proud of it.  Pop went with pizza. Pop went with burgers.  At the theatre popcorn needed a HUGE pop.  Watching football on Sunday needed chips…and of course pop.  If it was hot, I needed pop.  If I was tired I needed pop.  It just tasted so good, it gave me energy, it was a beautiful thing!

Of course it tasted good!  Look how much sugar apparently goes into Coke for example.  (I got this picture from   I can’t verify the accuracy of anything they post, but it does seem to match a lot of the research I have done…and pictures are worth a thousand words)


         39g                            65g                          108g

Not only is there sugar, but there can be chemicals, preservatives, caffeine, food colouring, and other ingrediants…all sorts of things which are not natural, and that provide very little if any nutritional value.   Pop may help promote tooth decay.  It may be linked to osteoporosis.  It may promote heartburn. It may be linked to an increase in diabetes.  It may contribute to high blood pressure.  It may impair digestion.  Listen, I am not a doctor, but I do know that my body feels better when I am not drinking pop…and I think my body will not only thank me now, but also in the future.  That’s just me, you need to do your own experimentation with your own body and see how you feel.

Statistics show that obesity is growing in our society in leaps and bounds.   Kids are getting more unhealthy by the moment.  Computers keep them in doors and sedentary.  A lot of the foods they eat are highly processed, with little nutritional content…so they have to keep eating more and more because the body is not getting what it is looking for.  And if you top it off with highly sugary beverages…it is a recipe that will ultimately spell dis-ease in the future. 

But the great thing is that we can change that.  It is in our control.  As parents, as guardians, as role models.  I believe if we educate ourselves, then pass along that knowledge, we can make a difference.  I know that when I stopped drinking  pop last time, I seemed to shed almost 4 pounds almost instantaneously (and I drank a lot of diet pop in fact) Coincidence?

Please click on this link to see a video I made one week ago, where I pledge to give up pop!    Witness it…hold me accountable…slap me in the head if you ever see me with a pop in my hand again!

My Last Pop Ever – Tony’s Vow!

The fact is that pop appears to put stress on our body in a number of different ways.  Physically it stresses our body, weakening it.  Mentally, if there are sugar rushes and caffeine rushes, this can cause your mood to go up and down and up and down… then that is ultimately exhausting as well.  This blog is about de-stressing yourself.   Why not try eliminating this stressor from your life…your body will thank you.

This blog only talked about regular pops.  In the future I will address diet pops, because from the research I am doing these may be just as bad if not worse in some ways!

Any thoughts you would care to share about your experience with pop?   Care to make the DWP (Days without Pop) pledge?   Let us know what is on your mind!