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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

PLAY BALL!  Well, it's football season again and for millions of American men and women, that means hours parked in front of their giant-screen plasma TVs cheering on their favorite teams.  (And maybe turning up too many cans of Budweiser, too!  Hey, go easy out there!)  I may not be a big football  fan but, like my brother, Lenny and my sister-in-law, Cathy, every year I have to pull for my hometown team, the New Orleans Saints.  Lenny and Cathy make all of the team's home games at the Superdome in New Orleans.  Like I said, I'm not much of a fan but I do know football is divided into FOUR quarters.  And the last quarter of the game is often make-or-break and will decide who wins the game.  Any idea where I'm headed with this?  Well, wait no longer as I wish you all a...
HAPPY FIRST DAY OF OCTOBER!  Okay, let's see now.  12 months in the year and this month begins the last three months of 2014 so, (football fans), you know what that means, right?  Yep, we're at the beginning of the 4TH QUARTER of the Y2014 weight-loss season!  Oh, boy!  That means for those of you who haven't "played well" this year, it's time for us all to get into the huddle as Coach Simmons gives his little pep talk to get you all fired up to WIN the game this year!
October is where fall goes into full swing and it also ushers in three of the most food-oriented holidays of the year.  Beginning with Halloween at the end of this month and all of the sweet temptations many Americans will bring into their homes to hand out to the ghosts and goblins who come ringing their doorbells.  Then November arrives, meaning Thanksgiving with its baked turkeys, hams, casseroles, cakes and pies.  And by the time the Alka-Seltzer has kicked in after those big Thanksgiving meals, look out, here comes Christmas...that year-end feast of food, food and more food!
Are you ready, team?
So, are you ready team?  Are you ready to get out there, beginning today to take control of your weight-loss efforts?  It doesn't matter how well you've done during the first nine months of 2014.  What matters now is the now.  You do remember those promises you made at the beginning of the new year, don't you?  How much weight did you set as your goal to lose this year?  How close are you to that goal?  Those of you who took on and have met my Five-Pounds-A-Month Weight-Loss Challenge have probably lost approximately 45 pounds this year.  (Maybe even more!)  If that includes you then I can only say...Y-A-A-HOO for YOU!  The only person prouder of you than me should be YOU.  Now, just keep on playing the game like the pros you are!
For those of you who haven't met that goal and may still be struggling?  Well, it's top of the 4TH quarter.  It's not time to throw in the towel and head for the locker room.  Oh, no!  You've got three whole months, the 4th quarter to even the score then WIN this game and reach your weight-loss goal for 2014!  Forget your fumbles this year.  Forget the missed chances to say NO to the food temptations.  Do not skip any more of your workouts.  (You know how important that exercise is to your winning this fight.)  I told you at the beginning of the year and I'll say it again, YOU CAN DO IT!
We're going to win this game...together!
Okay, it's the 4th quarter, team!  Are you ready for the kick-off?  Oh, you bet you are!  That's why you're a member of our team.  We want to win this game and we're going to win it...together!  Keep coming back here to read my Daily Messages from now until the end of the year for more inspiration.  And when that last second ticks off the clock for 2014, I KNOW we're going to put a WIN in our column and that means a win...for you!  Let's do it together.  Let's go team.  It's time to...