Hello.  Thanks for checking in on me.  It's been a while since I made an entry, but I am back now.  Many of you already know the circumstances for my travels were not happy:  my Dad passed away.  He was 87 years old.  I will love him always and miss him terribly.  He was a great father, and a great person.  Thank you to all who have shown so much concern for me in this time of grief.

Since you have logged onto my personal blog, I felt it best to share that with you and explain one of the toughest aspects of being a radio deejay: sounding happy even I am not. 

If you've gone through this type of loss, you know that it's one of the most difficult challenges--getting back to work when you just aren't feeling it, but you do your best.  I hope that you can relate to that as I press on and try to get back to happiness after this loss--and hope you also understand that I might have to fake it until I make it.

That said, I do have some GOOD NEWS. 

Despite traveling and the stress, I'M STILL LOSING WEIGHT.  I'm down to 269--that's 41 pounds lost since I began my new not-a-diet.

I'm especially proud that I was able to stay on track with my weight loss while in California, and thankful that my sisters whom I stayed with supported me.  They prepared healthy foods and selected restaurants with good food options.   Here's one my favorite meals they made.

CANTALOUPE BOWL BREAKFAST:  cut a cantaloupe in half, scoop out the seeds and create a hollow. This is your edible bowl.  In the hollow, put a couple of tablespoons of cottage cheese (sweetened with some honey).  Add other fruits like a couple of sliced strawberries, a diced half-banana, two tablespoons of blue berries, grapes, etc.  You could even sprinkle a spoonful or two of granola over the cottage cheese.  Mix in your favorite fruits in moderation.

Now, there were times when I ended up in not-so-healthy restaurants.  Let's face it, when traveling sometimes your options are limited.  In cases like that, I just ATE LESS...and it wasn't as easy as it sounds.

Yes, I had enough control to NOT eat the whole burrito (barely), and to NOT order fries and a soda.  But yes, THE URGE TO OVEREAT is still within me trying to get out.  Now I know how Dr. David Banner felt--I could still easily turn into the Incredible Bulk!!  RRAAAARRRGGH!

In other words, I still have a long way to go to achieve my PERMANENT weight loss, BECAUSE...

So, to help take charge of your attitude, I recommend putting up images of your victories and your goals all around you.  Train your mind to BELIEVE that you are going to be in the long run.  My mirror is a good example, I think.

Remember, your GOALS are your short term stepping stones--they should be just out of reach, but not out of sight. 

Goals can often be reached by small changes to one or two aspects of your eating or exercising at a time.  Cut out sodas and replace them with water,  or walk 30 minutes a day, for example.  Then, make another change, and another, and another.  Make a change each week or two, get used to them, and repeat. 

As you will see from my previous blog posts, though, START WITH NUTRITION. 

What you eat is THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR in your weight loss or weight gain, as well as the fuel for those workouts and material for building new muscle.  Nutrition is the foundation of all.

This method of short term goals leading to long term dreams has worked for thousands of years for many different parts of people's lives.  It has been practiced by many people who are much wiser than I am.  It can work for YOU.

I leave you with this saying, and hopes that it helps you reach your goals for a healthier, happier, and longer life.  ~Brian