Good Morning Investors!
The Dow Jones closed on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 13080.73. That’s a little more than 8.25% higher than its 12086 close on the same day in 2011. Excellent!
According to trulia.com, the median sales price for single family homes and condominiums in the 90064 zip code for December 11, 2011 to February 2, 2012 was $675,500. This represents a decrease of 7.4% compared to the same time last year. Boo!
In 2011, 24.8% of Californians were reportedly obese. That ranks “us” 40th (or 10th best in America). In 2010 “we” were 41st. A minor decline for sure. But a decline none the less. Yuck!
Don’t worry, I am stopping there for now. This is not meant to be a “lecture” on statistics. Well, then again, I guess it is. But to me, what’s more important than these stats…are your stats! So, if you had to evaluate your own Health and Fitness Portfolio, how would it look compared to last year’s. Are you fatter or skinnier? Are you weaker or stronger? Are you healthier?
If you are not, it’s time to change your strategy. Most of you are showing up for your appointments and working hard. However, there are still some of you who don’t take full advantage of improving your “assets”. Remember, whether you are trying to lose weight, be healthier or even build muscle, it is important to not only lift weights three times a week, but to eat sensibly every day for every meal and work hard for 30 – 45 minutes three to four times a week while you do your cardiovascular training.
There is no luck involved. There is only guaranteed success if you follow the plan set out by your adviser, me. And, unlike most of your financial goals, you don’t need to…scratch that…you can’t rely on anyone or anything else to help you meet and then even surpass your Health and Fitness Goals.
So, an extremely generic outline for success would look like the following:
1. Eat three to four small meals a day. Each should contain high quality protein and low glycemic carbohydrates.
2. Drink more water and less juice, coffee and sodas or energy drinks throughout the day.
3. Do at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise every day.
4. Get at least seven hours of sleep a night. The less you sleep the more you’ll eat and the heavier you’ll be.
As I said, that’s a very generic outline to success. If you want me to modify it to your specific situation, please let me know and we will work towards your goals together.
By the way my friends, New Jersey is ranked 43rd in the State-by-State Obesity Rankings with only 24.1% of the population being obese. That places “US” 7th best! What?