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A monthly column on diet, exercise and my weight loss journey.

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy

Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high

Can you hear Ella Fitzgerald singing her song “Summertime” in your head? I can. 

Ella, this month I would alter those lines to read –

Summertime, and the temp is too high

The AC is calling, and my exercise routine gone by

Is it me, or is it too hot to exercise? 

My family moved to Tennessee 25 years ago, from Northern California and I’ve always struggled with weather being an excuse for exercising.  It’s either, too hot or too cold – with just a few days in Spring and Fall being optimal for sweating but exercise is still something we all need to do – year round – so I’m encouraging myself, and you, to get out and move. 

Doing a daily radio show, I’m connected to a lot of information and much of that has to do with being healthy and losing weight.  Here’s a few interesting reports I found for us to consider.


The most addictive foods are highly processed, according to a study published in PLoS ONE, a research journal, of what people find hardest to resist. Here’s the list (in order): pizza, chocolate, chips, cookies, ice cream, French fries, cheeseburger, non-diet soda, cake, and cheese. Which foods are the hardest to get addicted to? Strawberries, corn (no butter or salt), salmon, banana, broccoli, brown rice, apple, beans, carrots, and cucumbers (no dip).


One of the easiest ways to lose weight? Don’t stand up when you eat. According to a report in Men’s Health, try to always eat meals and snacks off a plate, at a table, seated in a chair. It helps you pay more attention to what you’re eating instead of simply standing in the pantry and snacking while you decide what to eat.


This should put a shudder into everyone that’s dieting, according to a report in Obesity Research, a scientific journal, one-quarter of all scales are off by as much as three-and-a-half pounds, and up to half of all scales in doctor’s offices are wrong by at least a pound or two.

Of course, another big help in weight loss is accountability and NOT going it alone!  I attribute my weight loss success to Dr Lodge and the staff at Cool Springs MD.  From nutrition counseling to personal trainers and more, you won’t have to go it alone with Cool Springs MD

Dr Lodge and his team are ready to help you with their stated goal for everyone to be “Happy, Healthy and Whole”

What has helped you lose weight?  Any tips you would like to share?  I welcome your feedback, thoughts and ideas and look forward to sharing them in a future article.  You can email me at [email protected] or feel free to call me during my live radio show – weekdays between 3 pm – 7 pm on 94 FM The Fish. (800) 826-3637

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