Inspiration

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Identifying these will change your life

I’ve had a great day so far… I woke up and played with my kids. I did some work. I went to the gym. I enjoyed lunch with my family. [...] Read More
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I'll do anything to lose weight except…

A prospective client once told me: I’ll do anything to lose weight except… Eat well and exercise. HA! Why? Ultimately, it boils down to fear. Fear that eating well and [...] Read More
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The importance of LOL (I'm not talking about laughing out loud)

One of the things I’ve found in my never-ending quest to understand what makes successful people successful is how much support they have. (Along the way, I’ve encountered many people [...] Read More
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Abe Lincoln's Personal Mantra

I came across a quote of his I really liked. He said, “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That is my religion.” [...] Read More
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My son was born 3 months early. Here's what I've learned so far.

I haven’t written for a while. For good reason. I’m actually writing this from the NICU (Neo-intensive care unit). My son was born on Saturday, January 21st. Three months early. [...] Read More
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How to create a weight loss breakthrough

He had a dream… And so do you. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are [...] Read More
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This one thing I learned from the NYC Marathon is key for weight loss

Yesterday, I watched the NYC marathon from a bunch of different points along the 26.219 route. As usual, I saved the finish line for my last stop. This is where [...] Read More
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The power of small wins

Last night was the Home Run Derby – a fan favorite. The only goal of the Home Run Derby is to hit as many balls out of the park as [...] Read More
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How to quit smoking

Recently, I was invited to speak at a conference about habits. Good times. Someone asked me for advice on how to quit smoking. I figured I’d share what I said [...] Read More
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Why having more fun will help you lose weight

Happy April Fools’ Day! I’m not going to play any pranks on us MBT-ers, nor do I have any vegetable jokes, so if you have one please lettuce know. (Ba-dum [...] Read More
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"Why can't I lose weight?" Here's one reason why.

Without fail, whenever I meet someone and tell them what I do, the conversation turns to all of the diets they’ve done in the past, including the one they’re currently [...] Read More
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One of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make

This is a really tough and personal post for me to write. But here it goes… Last week my 92 year old grandma had two massive strokes within two days. [...] Read More
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My theme for 2016. What's yours?

Now that we’re back to life / back to reality (Warning: This is throwback to a classic song) I wanted to share my theme for the year. Every year, I [...] Read More
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The vacation effect

Today, I want to share my made up term with you and what it means. The ‘Vacation effect‘ is when we’re excited about an upcoming vacation or holiday and think, [...] Read More
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The disease that makes us overeat and overweight – Part 2

The disease that makes us overeat and overweight. Part 2. (Click here to read part 1.) Let’s get right into it… Ever notice how in movies like “This is 40” [...] Read More
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The disease that makes us overeat and overweight

Before we get started with today’s lesson, I’m going to ask that you read this when you have a few minutes of uninterrupted time. One of my clients wrote this [...] Read More
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Embracing these four words will lead to success

You hear that?!?! Listen carefully. I’ll wait. Know what it is? It’s the sound of exhales throughout the world from moms and dads whose kids are finally back at school. [...] Read More
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How to get the body you want (and why most people never do)

This post is about what it takes to get the body you want. It’s also about why most people never do get the body they want. The key to getting [...] Read More
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What to do when you don't feel like it

In my last post, I mentioned that sometimes we just don’t feel like it. (Whatever we want “it” to mean — eating right, exercising, embracing the discomfort, etc.) Version 1. [...] Read More
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What to do when the scale won't budge

Tara, a client, writes me this email today: “Adam, I’m really upset I gained two pounds this week. I know why I did but it’s still very frustrating! Sometimes, I [...] Read More
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Ever feel frustrated because you fell off track with your diet? Read me.

Few questions to think about… 1. Do you think underperforming students who are paired with students who excel in school (even though at times, they might feel inferior compared to [...] Read More
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How to get what you want in life

Let’s talk about how to get what you want in life… Well, it’s all about persistence. So, what is persistence anyway? Persistence is having the same goal over and over [...] Read More
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How Mike Tyson became one of the greatest boxers (and how you can become the best version of yourself)

HA! I gotta laugh using Mike Tyson for blog post fodder but with boxing being talked about left and right because of tomorrow’s big fight, I wanted to share a [...] Read More
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When consistency feels boring

Us MBT-ers know that getting the body we want and being healthy and fit is about 3 things: Eating right. Exercising. And doing those two things consistently. As we also [...] Read More
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Success Story: Meet Miss Tennessee

Meet Tara. Tara was Miss Tennessee 2005 and competed in the Miss America Pageant in 2006. THE PROBLEM: Tara wanted to lose 10 pounds but most importantly change her relationship [...] Read More
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Feel like it's going to take forever to reach your goal(s)?

There will always be a reason to delay action when it comes to our health and fitness… Do you know one of the many reasons why some people don’t start [...] Read More
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How to stop living and dying by the numbers on the scale

Jenn, a client, wrote me this email: “Adam, I’m really upset because I didn’t lose any weight last week. I know why I didn’t but it’s still very frustrating! Sometimes, [...] Read More
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Is fear of weight loss holding you back?

Why would anyone fear losing weight? We all want to be healthy and fit. We all want to look and feel amazing. It makes no sense…until it makes complete sense. [...] Read More
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If you loved someone how would you show it?

Pierre Reverdy said, “There is no love; there are only proofs of love.” I love that quote. It makes me think, “There is no being healthy and fit; there are [...] Read More
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Why our friends and family sabotage us

Ever wonder why our friends and even family members sometimes sabotage us? This post is for you… Although I love the summer and the warm weather, I also love this [...] Read More
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Do things out of your control ever bother you? This post is for you.

Ha! I have to laugh at the subject line because it reminds me of those commercials you see on TV — “Do you wish you had more time in the [...] Read More

What do when you're frustrated because you fell off the diet wagon

Few questions to think about… 1. Do you think underperforming students who are paired with students who excel in school (even though at times, they might feel inferior compared to [...] Read More

What to do when you feel so unmotivated to lose weight

If you feel unmotivated to lose weight this post is for you. With the 4th of July around the corner, and summer in full effect, it seems as though some [...] Read More

How limiting beliefs will hold you back from losing weight, and what to do

There’s no question limiting beliefs will hold us back from losing weight and getting the body we want. In this post, I’m going to share some examples and what to [...] Read More

Do you feel bad spending extra money on healthy food?

In this post, I’m going to explain why some of us might feel bad spending extra money on healthy food but seem to have no problem spending a lot on [...] Read More

Ever not in the mood to eat right or exercise?

In my last post, I mentioned that sometimes we just don’t feel like it. (Whatever we want “it” to mean — eating right, exercising, embracing the discomfort, etc.) Version 1. [...] Read More

Upset and frustrated because you expected to lose weight and didn't?

Dana, a client, writes me this email today: “Adam, I’m really upset I gained two pounds this week. I know why I did but it’s still very frustrating! Sometimes, I [...] Read More

I'm so unmotivated to lose weight

For a few of us, it seems as though once the weekend hits, our motivation is gone. D I hear you. However, I’m not so sure it’s our motivation, as [...] Read More

To those who say "You only live once!"

It’s interesting. Once in a while when I talk with a person who doesn’t appear to be healthy and fit, they’ll say something like: “You know, I only live once. [...] Read More

How to make your success inevitable

I used to love playing dominoes when I was a little kid. Not so much the game, as much as setting up the dominoes meticulously, in anticipation of getting to [...] Read More

A very important man passed away

This past January marked two years since Jack Lalanne passed away. I dedicated an email to him when he did pass away. It’s the least I could do. Well yesterday [...] Read More

Welcome Happiness Project Readers!

Thanks so much for clicking on over to check out my blog! I see that Gretchen was nice enough to mention our wonderful meeting. Anyway, a few quick things for [...] Read More

Does consistency feel boring to you? Read this.

People always ask me what my favorite spice is so I figured I’d share it with you right here, right now. But I’m not going to just tell it to [...] Read More

The dreaded F word and what to do about it

A client keeps bringing up the ‘F’ word. She’s battled her weight for a long, long time. And she’s yo-yoed for years and years. She’s doing incredibly well with MBT [...] Read More

How hot do you get?

The homo economicus view of human beings states that we think and choose unfailingly well, and we fit within the text book picture of economists. According to economists we will [...] Read More

When success happens

It’s Friday afternoon. It’s 4:30pm. I’m exhausted. It was a long week. I don’t feel like doing anything. I certainly don’t feel like exercising. I also feel like eating junk [...] Read More

Do you think if I can't be perfekt why bother?

We think… “If we can’t be “perfect” why bother?! Soooo, we let one indulgence turn into a whole day (or weekend / week / month) of indulgences. Let’s talk about [...] Read More

Abraham Lincoln said…

Yesterday was Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Happy Birthday! I came across a quote of his I really liked. He said, “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, [...] Read More

Upset because you expected to lose weight and didn't? Read me.

Barbara, a client, writes me this email two weeks ago: “Truthfully, I’m feeling like it’s harder to keep on course because I’m not at home in my usual routine, but [...] Read More

Super Bowl Sunday – 19 tips, tricks and ideas to eat less

Many of you have asked me for some tips today so I figured I’d share them with everyone. Super Bowl Sunday has practically become a national holiday here. Over 100 [...] Read More

3 weird ways I use music to inspire me

Happy Friday! First off, to be clear, I believe there is a big difference between motivation and inspiration. I explored that in this blog post here. (I can’t believe I [...] Read More

Sprained ankles, and the unhappiness motivator

The following is a post I wrote for my clients on Saturday afternoon. It’s Saturday afternoon, and I’m writing this to you from my couch, as my left leg is [...] Read More

Feel bad about overeating this weekend? Read this.

First off, let’s talk about my Cyber Monday Sale! Totally kidding! Ugh. I’m sure we’ve all had enough of the Cyber Monday emails. Let’s get to it… I hope you [...] Read More

Is your desire to lose weight vanishing? Read this.

How is next week Thanksgiving already? It seems as though for some, once Thanksgiving hits, our desire to eat healthfully and exercise is gone until the New Year. And because [...] Read More

Do things out of your control ever bother you? Read this.

Ha. I have to laugh at the title of this post because it reminds me of those commercials you see on TV — “Do you wish you had more time [...] Read More

This one goes out to the people who say you only live once #YOLO

It’s interesting. Once in a while when I talk with a person who doesn’t appear to be healthy and fit, they’ll say: “You know, I only live once. And we’re [...] Read More

Why everyone thought the NFL replacement refs were awful and how it can impact your health

In this post, I’m going to share why everyone thought the NFL replacement refs were awful, and how it can impact the way we look at our food options. Let’s [...] Read More

Ever feel bad about spending money on healthy food? Read this.

Do you ever feel bad about spending good money on good food but don’t feel bad about spending good money on not so good food? Confession time… I love ice [...] Read More

What we can all learn from Michael Jackson on his 54th birthday

Michael Jackson would have been 54 today so I think now is as good a time as ever to write about him. Besides, he always wanted his legacy to live [...] Read More

The most powerful lesson I learned from 6 years of caddying

When I was in 8th grade, I pleaded with the starter at a country club near where I lived to let me caddy. I caddied for six summers and I [...] Read More

Is confusion ruining your diet? Wait what? Huh?

I think all of us will agree that stress makes people eat. Or grief. Or celebration. Thankfully, these emotions are fairly easy to identify and associate with overeating. I’ve said [...] Read More

Do you feel like your motivation is gone sometimes? Read this.

For a few of us, it seems as though once the weekend hits, our motivation is gone. I hear ya. BUT, I’m not so sure it’s our motivation, as much [...] Read More

13 simple, fun and weird tips to dominate the 4th of July

Happy almost 4th of July! And for some, that means parties and BBQs. Here are some simple tricks for you to think about tonight, tomorrow and this coming weekend. (Hey, [...] Read More

What is the difference between a drug addict and us? I'll tell you.

Let’s explore the difference between a drug addict and us on this lovely Friday, shall we? The reason why I’ve been able to stick with MBT since February of 2007 [...] Read More

Are you so damn tired and just not in the mood? Read me.

Fitness is a decision. But here’s the kicker: It’s a decision we make every day. And sometimes, clients tell me they’re not in the mood for it. Sometimes, I’m not [...] Read More

Stop trying to be Barry Bonds and only trying to hit home runs

Ya know, I don’t write enough i-i-i-inspirations (that’s what I call these posts) about celebrating small wins. In fact, the only way to create BIG wins (weight loss, dropping sizes, [...] Read More

What to do when you face tension and discomfort

So in my last novel of a post entitled, The number one reason we eat when we don’t want to I wrote this: Unless you’re not human, I think it’s [...] Read More

Bummed about not losing weight when you expected to? Read this.

Sara, a client, writes me this email two weeks ago: “Truthfully, I’m feeling like it’s harder to keep on course because I’m not at home in my usual routine, but [...] Read More

Why be who you want to be is bad advice

If it acts like a duck all the time, it’s a duck. It doesn’t matter if the duck thinks it’s a dog. It’s still a duck as far as the [...] Read More

How broken windows impact your health and fitness

In Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point he brought to light the idea of the broken window theory – although it’s been around since the early ’80’s. The broken window theory is [...] Read More

How to get some Jeremy Lin into your life aka "Linsanity"

For all you non-sports fans you may have been hearing A LOT about this Jeremy Lin guy. He is everywhere! Who the heck is he? Well, he’s the (now) starting [...] Read More

The most reliable tool in the world for getting the body you want

Jennifer, a client, writes me this email three weeks ago: “Truthfully, I’m feeling like it’s harder to keep on course because I’m not at home in my usual routine. I’m [...] Read More

What is the story you tell yourself about yourself?

I’m fascinated by the story we tell ourselves – about ourselves. Hear me out. We all have an ego. Some bigger than others but we all have one. Our ego [...] Read More

Sorry, but I'm taking a vacation to Paradise. Well, sorta…

What if somehow, someway, our memory of our selves was erased? We wouldn’t have any limiting beliefs or self defeating thoughts… All of our failures, screw ups and mistakes would [...] Read More

Maybe it's my fault…

Maybe it’s my fault. Maybe I led you to believe it was easy when it wasn’t. Maybe I made you think my body was already like that, and I didn’t [...] Read More

Slow week? Here's the most perfect excuse, ever.

This is one of the slooooooo-west weeks of the year – unless, of course, you sell champagne and party hats. Naturally when everyone else slows down, so do we. Most [...] Read More

"Adam, help me! As of late my motivation is really slacking!"

For a few of us, it seems as though once it was officially the holiday season – our motivation officially started to fall. I hear ya. BUT, I’m not so [...] Read More

The answer to the riddle plus fear

On Friday, I sent out a riddle. I offered the first person who responded with the correct answer, AND an explanation of why they picked what they did – a [...] Read More

How to get enlightened in 20 seconds on this lovely Friday

I know. I know. I know! BIG claim in the subject line. But, I believe I can deliver. Here it is… So a monk tells Joshu, “I have just entered [...] Read More

Eat too much this weekend? Upset with yourself? Read this.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Just so you know… It’s not IF we’ll indulge. It’s not IF we’ll eat more than we’d like to. It’s not IF we’ll [...] Read More

A short but very insightful quote by Abe Lincoln

Abe Lincoln said, “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That is my religion.” I believe Abe’s personal mantra is definitely one that [...] Read More

Ever wonder why some people can eat whatever they want and look amazing? Read this…

Nikki, a Diamond client, asks me the following question this morning: Her words… “I am sure you get asked this question all the time, and it’s annoying and irrelevant but [...] Read More

Because of the results we're getting for our clients…(I need your help plus a total shift in your mindset with just 2 words)

Happy Halloween! So, I’m excited to announce that because of the results we’re getting for our clients, I was nominated as a top entrepreneur under 30 years old. I’m going [...] Read More

How a bike ride in Central Park changed the way I look at bad days

One of my favorite activities is bike riding in Central Park. And there’s a lesson in it for all of us, I think. AND, I think, it can change the [...] Read More

We're all gonna die anyway so what's the point of my weight loss efforts?

As the world is mourning over Steve Jobs, it’s caused some people to say, “We’re all gonna die anyway so what’s the point?” Sadly, I’ve heard a few people say [...] Read More

When you expect to lose weight, and don't. Read this…

Sara, a client, writes me this email two weeks ago: “Truthfully, I’m feeling like it’s harder to keep on course because I’m not at home in my usual routine, but [...] Read More

The most unsafe road in the world (plus 5 words that can change your life)

In our society, thankfully, it’s the people who take action that get the glory. Not the people who ONLY dream of taking action. In other words, it’s the people who [...] Read More

Stop trying to hit only home runs

You know, I don’t write enough I-I-I-Inspirations about celebrating small wins. In fact, the only way to create BIG wins (weight loss, dropping sizes, baggy clothes, etc.,) is by having [...] Read More

A Zen Parable for you to think about this week

One day, walking through the wilderness, a man stumbled upon a sleeping tiger. As he tried to sneak past, the tiger awoke, and began to chase the man. The man [...] Read More

The dreaded F word

So many of us are terrified of…FAILING. In fact, even if we’re doing really well, the F word manages to sneak up and sometimes haunt us. It’s as if we [...] Read More

3 weird ways I use music to help inspire me

First off, to be clear, I believe there is a big difference between motivation and inspiration. I explored that in this blog post here. Great music inspires me. It changes [...] Read More

A mantra that helps me when I'm unhappy

Let’s talk about reality today. NOT reality TV, although I could talk about that also because I watch way too much of it. I’m talking about reality, like, LIFE. Reality [...] Read More

The most powerful lesson I learned from 6 years of caddying (plus the winner)

When I was in 8th grade, I persuaded the starter at a country club near where I lived to let me caddy. I caddied for 6 summers and I learned [...] Read More

The difference between you and a drug addict

Let’s explore the difference between a drug addict and us, shall we? The reason why I’ve been able to stick with MBT since February of 2007 is because I truly [...] Read More

"Adam, help me out here. As of late, my motivation is really falling…"

For a few of us, it seems as though once it was officially summer – our motivation officially started to fall. I hear ya. BUT, I’m not so sure it’s [...] Read More

Is effort a myth?

Let’s talk about effort. People really want to believe effort is a myth, at least if we consider what we consume in the media: * politicians and beauty queens who [...] Read More