More than 17,000 Facebook likes?

Are you kidding me?

Just begging for a close-up [of your arteries, maybe]…introducing McDonald's new Quarter Pounder Burgers.

McDonald's quarter pounder
THIS got 17,000 Facebook likes? Wow…just shows you what (unfortunately) most Americans like!!

HMMM maybe this is part of the reason why the U.S. was crowned the world's fattest (developed) country???

Please do not miss all the "nutrition" info of this burger. You can find it right here. The quarter pounder with cheese has:

  • 520 calories (240 of them from fat)
  • 26 grams of fat

Not enough fat for you? Then try the double quarter pounder with cheese:

  • 750 calories (380 of them from fat)
  • 43 grams of fat

Okay, they both have 2% of your daily allotment of Vitamin C, so there is some benefit!

On second thought, maybe all those Facebook "likes" were for the little yellow pepper…ya think????

Have you eaten your crap today?? Yeah, you probably did.

You’re still not getting it. How do I know? Hmmm let’s see…I watch you:

  • Pull the rice out of an innocent sushi roll and replace it with solid fat cream cheese. You’d really get the sushi chefs a little verdreht in Japan.
  • Throw away a 100-calorie hamburger bun whilst reaching for a 2nd burger smothered in almost solid fat cheese, which has 5 times the calories and 80 times the fat of the innocent bun, even if it’s not the preferred whole grain bread.
  • Order “a bunch of fats and a little protein on a bed of water,” aka Cobb Salad, and you even poured that side of dressing right on it. Those “little” side cups are 2 to 4 ounces; dressing has 100 calories per ounce… come on, even we can do the math on that!
  • Eat sugar-laden “protein” bars as a meal.

And don’t get me started with you “bagel scoopers.” I’ll really give it to you good in my book! In fact you guys (and gals) are my niche market!

Bethy's trick quiz

Maybe this picture will once and for all slap you upside your carbophobic head. Yumm….Moo Goo Gai Pan. Look closely cuz this may be a trick quiz:

Chinese food sauce
You’ve decided that it’s time to eat healthier and cut down on some of the crap that you consume on a daily basis. Look at that picture and tell me what you should avoid?

We are talking in general here so stop with your “Is it organic?” and “I’m a vegetarian!” specific smart asset back talk (LOL!).

Ok, here is a hint…that “bowl of soup” you see in the picture is actually the sauce on the side!! When I put my finger in, it was oily to the touch.

That sauce, which normally you let your friendly chef smother your food in, contains HUNDREDS of empty calories mostly from fat, whilst that innocent brown rice that you may have shoved aside has no fat and is chuck full of nutrients (ie, it’s nutrient dense.)

One of my clients, Diana, who’s been to China 6 or 7 times, says the food she sees in Chinese restaurants in the US bears no resemblance to the food you see in China. They do sauce the meat and veggies when they stir-fry them but it's not oily and it would never be that size bowl even for an entire wok of food…ewww!

In fact, you don't see obese people in China — except the ones who eat at all the new American fast-food restaurants that we’ve sadly exported to them! DUH!

My "app" for your smartphone

In case you are not aware, plug this little equation into your smartphone and pull it out when you’re about to ignore the carbs and eat the fat:

Fat has 9 calories per gram while carbohydrates and proteins have 4 calories per gram.

You don’t have to be a mathematician to understand that fat has MORE THAN TWICE the calories of the latter two nutrients. And people, sausage and bacon are NOT proteins! They contain mostly fat.

Please pause and absorb (and preferably pace while doing this) the profanity…whoops, I think I mean profundity…of this fact:

If you consume more than 50% of your diet from fatty foods, then a large portion of YOU will be fat!

You are ABSOLUTELY what you eat. This excess fat will show up under your skin — it’s that wobbly, puckered stuff that that you keep squeezing when you ask me how to get rid of it. That excess fat will also (not so obviously) show up in your organs and in your veins and arteries and you will be told that your (bad) cholesterol is high.

Take it from me (whose plate of food that is in the picture) and load up on those nutrient dense foods and cut the crap. If at least half of your consumption comes from vegetables and/or fruits, those issues that you bark about in the previous paragraph will be a thing of the past.

Of course, moving your assets most of the day is the first part of Bethy's Commandment 11:

Thou shalt move more and eat less (crap).

Much more about cutting crap and the 11th commandment in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair Not the Bank!

“I have too many pains in the assets to move them.”

Yeah, I’ve heard a lot of you tell me that. But the truth is you have too many pains in your assets because you don’t move them!

Believe you me (I know, that phrase makes no sense, but I say it a lot in my book), I wake up with some horrendous aches and pains and it’s difficult to get out of bed, yes even for me, the 50ish-year-young asset queen.

My turned-in ankles are so sore that sometimes it’s difficult to even put my foot down. My low back…ouch! This morning I couldn’t even bend over and pick up the shirt I'd flung in the middle of the night because of my hot flashes.

Yes I’m a morning mess, too, like you! But lo and behold I have…

…my morning coffee

…my morning potty visit

…my morning tryst on the trail

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…and voila! I’m a new person.

I attribute this significantly to the latter endeavor. When I start out my day with a walk on the trail — at least 30 minutes — my aches and pains diminish so greatly. The creative ideas, stuck thoughts and daily to do’s seem to just pour into my brain. My oohs and aahs are reduced dramatically from a 9 to about a 3.

Lessons learned

A. My pain (and most likely yours, too) is at its worst when I wake up because I’ve been in the same position for so freakin’ long…DUH.

B. As soon as I start to move, the pain is greatly diminished. HMMM sounds like a metaphor for the entire premise of my book, Move Your Assets: From the chair not the bank!

So if we sit on our assets more than we move them, sounds like lots of complications will occur. You will learn much more about hypokenetic (sitting) diseases such as unexplained back and other pains in my book.

On the rare occasion that I have to get into my car 1st thing I the morning and don’t have the luxury of a trail tryst, my oohs and aahs don’t disappear so readily and I am more fatigued.

I feel bad for people who get out of bed, then sit on the couch to eat or sit at the breakfast table and then sit on their assets in the car to commute. If you are one of them, then you are truly missing out on some amazing benefits that you could be experiencing with just a 30-minute walk 1st thing in the AM — I kid you not.

Wake up just 30 minutes earlier tomorrow and promise yourself you will do it.

Oh and bring your coffee with you.

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Tales from the Trail: “Look mom, no hands!”

One of the things I love about my daily morning trysts on the Seminole Wekiva Trail are the awesome and inspirational people I encounter. They come in all shapes sizes and ages, and most move their assets on a daily basis.

So there’s this one guy I see every single morning on his bicycle and he always waves hello with a great smile from ear to ear. I never get to talk to him because he moves at lightning speed like the freakin’ Road Runner.

Road runner
The remarkable thing is that I’ve never once seen him put his hands on the handle bars, not once. He rides with his arms folded in front of him and in a totally perfect and upright posture.

He does move one arm, however, to wave as he says, “Good morning” to everyone who passes by. In the colder months he actually keeps his hands in his jacket pocket (takes one out to wave hello, of course).

I love and hate this “no-handed” biking at the same time. I love it because you get to practice a beautiful upright posture instead of mimicking that hunched-over-the-computer posture that I’m trying to get you away from.

I hate it because it scares the crap out of me. You know me–having a balance problem and all (and you can read a lot more about that in my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank!) so I can’t help but get a little verdreht (perplexed) when I see this “unarmed” man!

Who is that unarmed man?

Finally for the first time ever, I was able to approach this unarmed bicyclist because he was unparking from the bike rack on the Trail by Panera Bread and he was actually using his hands to unpark his bike. And you know me: any chance for a book or blog interview and I move my assets right in there.

So I introduced myself as The Asset Queen, told him about my Better Butts by Beth asset-moving business, my book, yada yada yada and assured him that I am not a stalker and simply enjoy hearing stories from avid asset movers. Here he is:

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And here’s what I learned about this man in less than 5 minutes:

  • His name is Dexter (not to be confused with the infamous vigilante serial killer from the Showtime series).
  • He is a really nice and pleasant guy and enjoyed sharing his story.
  • He is 70 years old. ( I thought he was about 60.)
  • He had a heart attack at 65!

“My heart attack in April 2008 was a ‘stealth’ attack that easily could have killed me,” Dex told me. “I got really lucky we caught it because all I had was a bit of unusual left shoulder pain. The surgeon told me in the O/R that I had lost 10-15% of my heart muscle.”

And how is Dex today — 5 years later? “My cardio doctor says I’ve built my heart back up to pretty close to 100%. He can tell from the blood work. Amazing.”

Amazing is right! But wait there’s more:

  • He bikes 9 miles 5 days a week.
  • He was a runner for years, before he had his heart attack, so asset moving is not new to him.
  • He has a balance problem…HUH??

This latter fact was prompted my comment, “I admire that you can ride a bicycle and never touch the handles. I have a balance problem and it’s difficult enough for me to simply ride a bicycle.”

His reply: “I have a balance problem, too!”

Obviously bewildered I replied, WTF!! Just kidding, I wasn’t that blunt, but I did ask, “Are you freakin’ kidding me?”

He went on to say that he finds it difficult to walk on uneven surfaces (and you already know that sandy beaches are not my friend) and that roller blading and unarmed cycling really help him.

OMG really?

I find both those forms of asset moving very uncomfortable and avoid them like the plague. I guess I’m just a wimp when it comes to certain things and even though practice makes perfect the chances of me attempting to bike ride armless or roller blade are extremely slim.

“I have always faced my adversities head on,” Dex told me, “so rollerblading and riding no-hands just fit right in. Even though I cannot walk on a railroad track at all. <grin>”

You already know my motto: “The best exercise is the one you’ll do and enjoy…the one that brings out your inner asset queen.” And I have a plethora of favorites that bring her out so tell Dexter not to expect me to join him any time soon; a passing wave on the trail will suffice.

Don’t miss this!

Please do not miss the fact that Dexter continues his asset moving (now 9) years after his heart attack, with his doctors permission of course, and his doctors say his heart is back to “pretty close to 100%”! Wow! 

As I explain so eloquently in the section of my book called, “Why should I move my assets, when they don’t want to move?” asset movers have a much better chance of surviving as well as getting a new lease on life than asset sitters do.

Case in point, the Man ee ac (my 90-year-old dad who had a visit with the Grim Reaper at 65.) Yes, you will read more about him in my book, along with many other fascinating asset movers!

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Bethanne Weiss B.S., is an Orlando based motivational speaker, author, and ACE-certified fitness and nutrition profession with 30 years of moving assets from chairs and changing lives.