About Les Wallack

Les Wallack is an avid walker and hiker and loves morning treks ranging from 6 to 10 miles per day when not blogging! He has enjoyed a 40+ year career as a professional portrait photographer but has now dedicated himself to a healthy lifestyle...a blend of a great nutritional diet plan, along with regular exercise and fitness routines. He shares his secrets with you through this web-blog!!

My Viewpoint and “New Direction”

   The one thing that I would like to convey to you with this website is that I am here to guide and suggest ways that may help you to move ahead in your quest for a happier and healthier life. I am not attempting to force books and products at you. I just want to share little things that I have learned that may be of interest to you and possibly worth trying.

  • Do You want to lose a few pounds?
  • Do you want more energy?
  • Do you want to succeed in any given area? 

   Unfortunately or fortunately, so many of us discover different approaches, new insights and improved methods that are instrumental in combating personal health issues such as Diabetes II and many others –I am sure.

   I have recently been exposed to an individual who I consider being the “real thing”, going on today – when it comes to the fight against Diabetes II as we begin to realize the epidemic proportions of this condition known as the silent killer.

   My newly discovered knowledge of the individual whom I look upon as my own personal Super Hero, (guardian angel if you will) my wife, pointed out to me… an article was written by a holistic Doctor – who truly perked my interest with some very “matter-of-fact” info that made sense to me. This would be an understatement – as it was more like a hard slap in the face!

   His name is Dr. Joseph Mercola and I have – and am proud to say, become a “follower” and true believer of his knowledge, studies and massive accumulation of information, facts, statistics and ancestral details relating to Diabetes II and our controlling and possible elimination of it.

   Why is this so important to me? Well, I have been on medications – many of them since what seems to be the beginning of time! I can’t tell you my exact age I was when I was told that I had a problem and was required to start taking “daily” doses of prescription drugs BUT I do recall being in my mid to late 20’s and was shocked to the point of disbelief – at MY young age to be placed on a prescription drug!

   Back then, a half of century ago, you were told and taught to trust in your doctor as he has the knowledge to make you better – even though you never felt better in the first place! I was still wet behind the ears!! So I began taking a pill a day. Then as the years rolled on, another pill for something else and then another and another and so on.

   Now after 50 years one has to ask himself… do two wrongs make a right? What effect does one pill’s substance – have on another pill’s substance? Was the different so-called health conditions brought about because of this trail and the multi-recipe concoction of medications? Especially learning – as life went on, that the multiple medications are not curing the problem but only controlling it – at best…aside from possibly creating other negative health conditions!

   After searching out ancestral history is has been quite “cut and dry” to learn about the rise and fall of many other civilizations due to various health reasons. It is not unreasonable to feel that our civilization is no different.

   When you think about a man using coal oil for light and then look at the advancement today to electricity that we take for granted. In my time I can look back to the common “telephone booth” on every other corner and today we have  I-phones and recently, with add-on projection systems!! It’s exciting and yet scary at the same time.

   I point this out simply because learning that within our health industry itself, it is not unreasonable to believe that there has got to be a better way. I will not take up the space to list all the rankings of our country when measuring the epidemic proportions of obesity, diabetes, and other various chronic illnesses. Or, the fact that we have the highest cost of health care, compared to other countries or countries that have no health care at all.

   I have heard many times and from many sources that it is simply NOT PROFITABLE having a society of “Healthy” people. There is no money in that. Is this what our world has come to?

   Ironically, there was a Greek physician known as Hippocrates (460 BC – 375 BC) who said or I should say coined the quote; “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” In the modern times of today, there is an author; F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. who wrote the book – “You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty! – Water for Health, for Healing, for Life. This happens to be one of my favorite books in my Health Library that provides a lot of simple truths. Pick up a copy!

   I just listened to Dr. Boyd Eaton in a 3-year-old Video cast, regarding the food consumption of our ancient ancestors and way back then, our ancient ancestors consumed over 500% more Antioxidants than we do today. Most of those came from a diet of fruits and vegetables in a “wild” state. Hmmm!

   Back then our ancient ancestors consumed about 40% to 50% of fruits and vegetables in their daily diet. Today in the U.S., man consumes only about 13% of fruits and vegetable in his diet and has added grain products to make up for the difference in the lesser quantity of fruits and vegetables. Smart? NO. Lazy – I would say yes. There are a lot of Antioxidants in fruit and veggies that are very beneficial in maintaining an excellent level of health within your body. Replacing fruit and veggies with grains is not to your advantage health-wise.

   I am seeking the means by which to eliminate my Diabetes which I believe that I can do. I guess that by writing about my newest goal helps me to provide myself with a means to be more accountable on my journey toward self-improvement. I am as affected the same as the next person with the automatic act of procrastination and other weaknesses that I must battle to reach my goal. So writing about it puts me on the spot and I hope that you will be encouraged to share your thoughts on this with me because I will need YOUR support!!

   I publish this website – Getyourselffit.com for your health benefits. I would love to hear some of your comments on this subject and this post. Thanks!

All Natural Remedy for Pain and Inflammation

Hello to all of my friends and subscribers…

I would like to introduce a NEW product that I really believe in.  It is an all-natural Pain Reliever!!

It seems like nowadays – more than years past, I tend to overdo it on most of my home maintenance projects or even sitting too long in the office performing publishing work. No matter what creates the pain, I have developed the habit over the past several years to lean more toward natural ingredients! Not only in my food but in most all medications and pain relievers,

I call this latest “find” – “Mother Nature’s Answer for Safely Fighting Pain & Inflammation”… Now, I am not a doctor or scientist nor do I pretend to be. The whole idea behind GetYourselfFit (GYF) is to point you in the direction towards natural remedies that actually will heal the problem and not just “control” the pain. Simply put, if you eliminate the problem, you will also eliminate the pain!

Unlike Aspirin, Ibuprofen and prescription pain medications which may give only temporary relief and do not fix the underlying cause of the problem, the systemic enzymes inside this natural product – work to reduce the inflammation and will promote healing without any side effects. As I said…eliminate the problem and you eliminate the pain!

You can read all about it by clicking here  or click on the picture at the right.>>>>

Using this product and reducing inflammation can have an immediate impact on improved heart health, cancer prevention and recovery, and Alzheimer’s prevention. It also helps speed up recovery from sprains, strains, fractures, bruised, contusions, surgery, and Arthritis.

I do not normally write blog posts on products but after personally using this product, I asked if I could promote it! I was pleased and I hate pain!! I eat mostly all natural food. So, I figured I would try a “natural” pain killer as well!! I can guarantee that I will find a permanent spot on my fitness website for this wonderful product.

Regards,

Les

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I Want To Stand Out

114-Blue-RFor the past several weeks since the first day of Spring and since Spring is still working on getting here to southeast Wisconsin, I have been diligently working on rebuilding and enhancing the appearance and effectiveness of the Get Yourself Fit website. I am trying hard to be different and bring the site more up-to-date with the times. I soon hope to include Audio and Video enhancements as well. There have been some dramatic changes with the inner workings of the site that now brings you to the About Us page when you log in instead of directly to our Blog. To get to the blog now, you wither have to follow a given link or reach it from the Menu Bar. There are many reasons for the changes but I feel that the time is here now for me to become a bit more familiar with web design, writing, composing and the many other elements.

With all of that being said, I will now speak from a Mental Health point of view and hence the title of this post – “I Want To Stand Out”… as my passion continues to grow as well as my urge to help other people in this day in age, the basic design of this website must evolve with my feelings and heightened interest and desire in my full-time endeavor.

As defined  in the “All About Les” article, my life has been defined by a definite collection of chapters. When I began the assent to the height of each chapter of my life, the one common denominator has always been the passion that developed along the way up the mountain.

So, if you want to define this post as one about self motivation – do so by all means as it is meant to be. Even as a young man and starting from scratch as a musician not knowing the difference between C or a B on the scale or what a fret bar was and learning on a $7 hand-me-down guitar and ultimately performing on stage opening for nationally known super stars – I finally reached my level of passion and appreciation for what I was doing and how I worked to get there. Later, in my next chapter working my way up from a Product Inspector to a Manufacturing Engineer in a major organization in 18 months as I was developing my photographic portrait skills. Those skills ultimately took me to a level that allowed me to command unusually high rates for my services. It's all about passion!

Then there was a decade of working in a hospital that really opened my eyes to the needs and personal responsibilities of taking care of ourselves with correct healthy and nutritional rules to follow and the passions developed there has then led me to start Get Yourself Fit.com and now I am attempting to become a Web Site Designer (chuckle if you will) but do keep an eye on me!!

So, as the title of this post states I Want To Stand Out – You must work towards developing your own passion for what you want to achieve in your life. You need to be self-driven and prepared for all the bumps in the road. Life, no matter what your choice of direction may be, is all up to you and you own design. Speaking of “quality of life” allow me to close with a quote from who I think was one of the greatest football coaches of all times…

“The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence regardless of their chosen field of endeavor”.  a quote by Vince Lombardi

 

The Beauty of Spring…

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Although we have already had a few 50°+ days here in our home state of Wisconsin, Mother Nature still has a few tricks up her sleeve!

This is not a complaint as I am used to having to wait for the warmer weather, having lived here most of my life. I just wanted to share an image of one of the shrubs around our house today after a quick walk on the icy sidewalks and grass in the falling, freezing rain.

While just 12 days before…on March 11th, as I was trekking around in Pike Lake State Park on a 54° day and I was able to capture this image (below) of a pair of  very shy Sand Hill Cranes!3-11-16_0883-R2

It's a “changing time” of the year. We are given warmer days where we can happily shed the layered clothing and even try out a pair of shorts! I am anxious to get some early paddling in – this year, as we love kayaking.

Like the weather, our own lives tend to reflect the weather's changes – in our moods and modes. Instead of slipping into a state of hibernation like the bears do, both my wife Suzan and myself have maintained regular visits to the gym – especially on days like today, to stay active and continue working towards or health goals.

So, I have the gym and I have the great outdoors and although I am a city dweller, we do have a beautiful state park just 5 to 7 minutes from our home. So, what I'm suggesting is that attempting to keep fit should be a 12 month program – no matter where you live.

So…get outside! If it snows buy or rent some cross-country skis, if it rains throw on a raincoat and enjoy a walk in the rain! The weather does not really matter as long as you dress properly and apply some common sense.

In closing, as you may have noticed…we are updating our web site. Please excuse the inconvenience and what probably appears as useless clutter but I promise you'll like the end results!

Until next time,

ShortSig

 

 

 

Les

A Tale from the Darker Side…

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By Les Wallack

I have tried many things throughout my life and the many tried and failed attempts over the years – I have found – can oftentimes cloud your reality.

What does it take to wake you up?

There is that old statement or quote as described as the definition of insanity that goes something like this:

“Insanity is, doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result each time”.

But we all know, should know or at least have heard…is that; “to bring about change in your life, you have to change yourself first”. The originator of that statement may have been Napoleon Hill but I’m not sure. (If you happen to know where that statement originated from, do let me know).

The point is this. I like to think of myself as a positive individual that is goal orientated. It is a bit painful to wake up one day and find out that what you think about yourself may not be all that true – after all! It is so very important that we realize just how our minds play a role in our lives. Your mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy and I have found – throughout life – that there are many people, whether by their own unconscious thought or by some illness, that one becomes convinced that the feedback he or she is getting from his conscious mind is correct.

I agree and always have that the human mind is an unnumbered “wonder of the world” and if used correctly, can and will make you or break you in your endeavors – whatever they may be.

I am not a psychiatrist or psychologist nor do I pretend to be but, I am convinced that the human mind is at the root of all that we do in our lives. I am also convinced that the “subjective” part of our brain or sub-conscious part of our mind is oftentimes ignored or at least is incorrectly interpreted.

It has been my observation that when you do receive a “subjective thought” upon awakening, and you begin to analyze it – it is vital that you must match that thought up with one or more of your current objectives in your life.

In an effort to help anyone else out of the “Gerbil on the wheel” syndrome that I have been dealing with, I would like to share my “Ah Ha” moment from this morning with you…that has compelled me to write this post.

Since 2009, I have been searching (and maybe even before that) for a means of total self-improvement and I’m talking about in ALL seven areas of my life and I have come so close to finding the “golden ring” so many times – but never all the way. If I achieve what I am attempting to achieve currently, you can count on the fact that I will be releasing a book that will go into details on the whole experience.

But this morning’s reality check that slapped me in the face and REALLY woke me up actually blew my mind. I thought of the old V-8 juice commercial where the person in the ad slaps himself on the forehead or a cartoon where it shows a light bulb going on!

In my first efforts of “losing a few pounds” and after studying what seemed to be hundreds of solid programs, diets, nutritional info and the like, I amassed a huge library on the subject and ended up spending thousands of dollars looking for the “Golden Ring”, the perfect plan or correct combination of programs to lose the fat. I finally narrowed down the best of the best and that along with other acquired information assisted me to lose a total of 87 pounds in 18 months! (No – I’m not attempting to sell anyone anything!) Even my own medical doctor said to me…”Les, I hear the same thing from so many patients about themselves but finally YOU actually did something about it”!

That was then and I forgot to mention one of the underlying reasons for the whole lifestyle change. I was diagnosed having the dreaded silent killer Type II Diabetes and even after losing the 87 pounds – although there was an improvement in my body chemistry I still did not eliminate the problem of having to take those dreaded statin drugs (medically prescribed). Yes my blood numbers and body stats looked good and were improving but I was still on those darn pills.

Another Hurdle…

I don’t want to get off the track too far but, January is a bad month for me in that we call it “Birthday Month” and we have 7 to 10 birthdays to celebrate in 31 days and keep in mind that January follows Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s festivities as well. I know, I know…all the experts say…”that’s okay, you just have to maintain control”.  Yeah Right!

Now back to the present time…

So here I am, working out at the gym now 6 or 7 days a week and weighing each and every scrap of food that I am putting into my body as a meal and investing more money on more programs and information. I even moved my first medical appointments of 2016 out another month to give me a little more time to get into better shape!

Here is my Ah Ha momentWhen I got up this morning after spending weeks writing new notes, designing new plans, purchasing more diets, I decided to pull out my “OLD” notes and “work out guides” and then I slapped myself on the forehead. I then saw the light! I already had the answers and the picture was right in front of me! My intention over the past 5 years has been to rid myself of my Type II Diabetes – and with all of the best laid plans…I did not follow my plan of action. Instead, I kept looking for some different solution. Always stay FOCUSED!

So, remember this….

  1. Never expect to keep doing the same thing and expect different results.
  2. Have a definite “objective” in mind and keep it in sharp focus!
  3. Think and layout a definite “plan of action”; dates, times, people you must contact, etc.
  4. Follow the information that you have already discovered that works for you. Keep FOCUSED!

And, remember thisin this day in age it would be rare to find that someone has built a “better mouse trap” than the one you have been using successfully before. Stop and THINK before investing in additional information at additional expense to accomplish what you have successfully discovered before. Instead, look deeply into your objective and think about how you can and will improve it and then FOLLOW IT!

Please let me know what your thoughts are on this post.

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Les