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Skin Cancer

Many of you heard about my trip to the dermatologist on the radio this morning so let me clarify.  The doctor thinks I have what is called an Actinic Keratosis or Actinic Cheilitis on my lower lip, which is fancy word for something ain't right and could be PREcancerous.  It is known to turn into cancer in only 10-15% of people, but that is high enough for them to remove it to keep it from doing so.  What can cause this?   LISTEN UP KIDDOS, sun damage AND using tobacco.  I dipped snuff until I was 30 and never thought to use sunblock on my lips.  I hope this is the end of it, but we will see.  

 



Amy also found out that she likely has a cancerous mole on her back but it is NOT Melanoma like the one 2 years ago, but it is still very scary for us.  She will get it cut off on April 11th and then we will know more.  There are two forms of non-melanoma skin cancers and minor outpatient surgery is almost always successful in removing it.  However, that is easy for the one who doesn't have it to say!  It still sparks a ton of anxiety for the person(s) waiting on results or having to get the "minor" surgery.   


 
Sorry for the very long post, but many of you had sent me messages or texts this morning of great concern because I didn't explain this very well on the air.  Just keep Amy in your prayers; that this will end up being nothing.  And pray that I will focus on taking care of her, and quit obsessing about a fat lip!       

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Before & After

I would like to think Optimal365 for their help in losing 20 lbs and about 5 inches off of my waist!  I was also recently able to complete another half-marathon, which makes me very happy.  

If you contact the fine folks at Optimal365 then they can explain to you how their program works.  However, I can sum it up by saying they teach you how to get healthy.  There are simply a list of foods you need to avoid, some you can have in moderation, and others you can have until you feel stuffed.  

In my opinion, losing the weight is easy.  If you stick to almost any diet you will lose weight.  The problem for most of us is that we go back to our old ways of eating as soon as the scale says we have reached our goal weight.  At Optimal365 they didn't just teach me how to lose weight, but they also taught me how to keep it off by eating healthy foods that taste good.  The rest is now up to me!

Do I ever eat or drink things that I shouldn't?  You better believe it!  I try to live by the 95% rule in that I eat healthy 95% of the time, but I also exercise like a beast.  And I keep a very close eye on my weight by weighing in on a regular basis.  If it begins to move the wrong direction I start cutting a few of the higher calorie items out of my diet.  

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How to make a strong offer on your dream home!

It is getting to be that time of year when some of us begin to think about moving to a new home, and my how times are a changing!  Just a few months ago you could make an offer on a home with little competition from other buyers, but now you must be prepared and leveraged to make a strong offer that will trump all others.  According to Trulia’s real estate expert Michael Corbett, "You need to plan ahead and make sure you keep your debt low and your credit score high."  This will assure you get a great interest rate and can walk in with a great offer that the seller can't help but accept!  When shopping for your new dream home remember to only look at homes that are right for you and that fits your budgets.  If you can afford a $450,000 home then keep your search in that price range so that you are not tempted to take on more debt than you can handle.  You want to have a home that you love…not one that will stress you out! 

If you have not been pre-approved, but find the home you want then make your offer and let them know you will have no problem getting the loan.  You can do this by letting them know that you will be putting down more than 20% toward the purchase (assuming that you can do so).  This will show the seller that you are financially stable, and that they won’t be wasting their time placing their home in the pending category.  However, you should definitely get pre-approved because you can then include your approval letter with your offer, which gives you 100% credibility. 

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How to make a strong offer on your dream home!


It is getting to be that time of year when some of us begin to think about moving to a new home, and my how times are a changing!  Just a few months ago you could make an offer on a home with little competition from other buyers, but now you must be prepared and leveraged to make a strong offer that will trump all others.  According to Trulia’s real estate expert Michael Corbett, "You need to plan ahead and make sure you keep your debt low and your credit score high."  This will assure you get a great interest rate and can walk in with a great offer that the seller can't help but accept!  When shopping for your new dream home remember to only look at homes that are right for you and that fits your budgets.  If you can afford a $450,000 home then keep your search in that price range so that you are not tempted to take on more debt than you can handle.  You want to have a home that you love…not one that will stress you out! 

If you have not been pre-approved, but find the home you want then make your offer and let them know you will have no problem getting the loan.  You can do this by letting them know that you will be putting down more than 20% toward the purchase (assuming that you can do so).  This will show the seller that you are financially stable, and that they won’t be wasting their time placing their home in the pending category.  However, you should definitely get pre-approved because you can then include your approval letter with your offer, which gives you 100% credibility. 

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Wanna remember 5o things without writing it down?

I saw this article and saw some real life Brain Hacks.  Check it out if you want to learn how to remember anything you want!

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Get Healthy in 2013!

I just ran another half marathon, but this one was different because I actually tried to post a decent time.  In the last few I was just there to have fun and finish.  And this is a side note, but doing the halfs just for fun were A LOT less painful than this one!  

I was able to average right around 8 minute miles so I was somewhat happy, because my weight is still in the 180s.  However, I now find myself wondering how fast I could run if I lost another 10 pounds.  In my twenties I was able to average right around 5:30 a mile even during 10 mile runs, but I also weighed about 150 lbs (and again I was in my twenties)!  I'm trying to get it through my thick 46 year-old head that those days are long gone and I should just embrace my Clydesdale frame, but it isn't working.  And so I am going to try and lose a few more lbs.  I found the article below in Runners World and thought I would share it in case you too are thinking about losing a few more pounds.  FYI, I'm not delusional and know that I can not get anywhere near a 5:30 pace, but I just want to see how fast these old bigger bones can now go.  There is a calculator at Running for Fitness that can help you determine the effects of weight on your race times.  



Taken from Runner's World By Lisa Dorfman, M.S., R.D.


 
Many runners would like to lose a pound or 2. Maybe 5. Maybe more. Why? That's easy: to feel better, look better, improve their health, and run farther and faster.
However, losing weight can be surprisingly difficult. In fact, national health surveys show Americans in general are getting fatter. Sure, regular runners should be ahead of the pack, but many are still losing the weight-gain war.
What you need is a simple plan. Here it is, in just two parts: (1) Make a little more time to run; (2) Concentrate on a handful of dietary changes that, over the course of a year, can produce significant weight-loss results.
Below we've listed 20 great diet changes that you'll find easy to achieve. Many of them will help you cut 100 calories or more from a single serving. Now do the math. Say you eat this particular food or meal three times a week. That's 100 x 3 x 52, or 15,600 calories saved in a year. Which comes to almost 5 pounds, since you'll lose one pound for every 3,500 calories cut from your food intake.
Make another food substitution, and you're up to 10 pounds. Beyond that, the sky's the limit. Here's your meal-by-meal planner. Don't skip breakfast. A good breakfast is the most crucial part of any healthy weight-loss effort, as it revs up your energy level and metabolism for the full day.
Homemade raisin bran
Description: Mix one cup of Total cereal, a packet of raisins, and 1 cup nonfat milk. This simple home recipe with 244 calories fortifies you with 100 percent of the Daily Value for most vitamins and minerals, boosts your protein intake by 12 grams, and gives you a sweet, natural fiber and sugar source.
You'll Save: 50 calories, 6 teaspoons of sugar, and 5 grams of fat compared with ready-to-serve raisin bran doused with a cup of 2-percent milk.
Scrambled whites with greens
Description: This low-fat, scrambled-egg alternative provides 54 grams of high-quality dietary protein in just 255 calories. First, spray your frying pan with fat-free Pam. Then pour the equivalent of four servings of Eggology egg whites (or Second Nature or Egg Beaters egg whites) in a bowl and blend with 1/2 cup spinach and 1/2 cup mushrooms. Heat the pan until the Pam starts to bubble, pour in the eggs, and fry until the eggs are nearly dry.
You'll Save: 40 calories, 100 milligrams of cholesterol, and 13 grams of fat compared with two normal scrambled eggs.
Balanced Diet Shake
Description: For something cool, tasty, and nutrient-filled in the morning, try a shake or smoothie. The Balanced Diet nutritional drink provides 180 calories with lots of complex carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals in a naturally flavored French vanilla or chocolate royale. Each serving includes 5 grams of dietary fiber and 10 grams of soy, or 40 percent of the daily minimum now recommended by the American Heart Association.
You'll Save: 60 calories daily and nearly 6 grams of fat compared with many other similar drinks.
Frozen fruit smoothie
Description: You can prepare your own personal antioxidant-filled fruit smoothie like the following one that runner Bruce Shapiro used to lose 30 pounds over the last few years. Combine and blend: one cup frozen, unsweetened blueberries; 1/2 banana; 1/4 cup wheat germ; and water.
You'll Save: 200 calories for each 2- to 3-cup serving, compared with many store-bought and canned smoothie beverages.
Toasted plain Lender's Bagel with natural jam
Description: Sure, a frozen bagel can't match a fresh one, but it's easier to obtain for many people, and a little toasting brings it to near perfection. Just spread with your favorite natural jam.
You'll Save: Anywhere from 160 to 360 calories and more than 10 grams of fat compared with similar bagels bought at Dunkin' Donuts and other outlets where the bagels are spread with cream cheese.
Lunch is the second-most-important meal of the day in your weight-loss plan. It boosts your energy level and regulates your metabolism to keep you on an even keel.
Boca Burger Grilled Vegetable burger
Description: This zesty, soy-based vegetarian alternative to the high-saturated-fat American BBQ staple contains hints of zucchini, red-bell pepper, garlic, onion, and even a couple of cheeses. It tastes great and provides a good dose of protein. Add some lettuce, tomato, ketchup, or your other favorite toppings, and you'll hardly notice the difference from the traditional burger.
You'll Save: Up to 180 calories and 19 grams of fat compared with a typically-grilled 3-ounce beef burger.
Alvarado Street sprouted wheat tortilla
Description: It's easy to make your own delicious wrap and save hundreds of calories. With this tasty, organic, whole-wheat tortilla you'll have no trouble fixing a quick, hearty lunch. Boost your vitamin and mineral intake by loading on a handful of greens, shredded carrots, tomato, and peppers along with grilled chicken, lean meat, turkey, or a bean-based filler.
You'll Save: Anywhere from 50 calories and 5 grams of fat to much more if you customarily buy a commercial wrap drowning in mayo, oily toppings, or greasy chicken.
Subway roast beef sub sandwich
Description: Can't live without meat? You don't have to. Meat is a great source of protein, iron, and several important minerals, and the Subway lean 6-inch roast beef sub contains just 264 calories and 4.5 grams of fat in a meal perfectly balanced with lettuce, tomato, and vegetables.
You'll Save: Nearly 100 calories and 12 grams of fat compared with a tuna salad sub, and more than 20 grams of fat compared with the classic meatball sub.
Health Valley chili 
Description: The right soup is always a great part of your weight-loss arsenal. This can of fat-free chili is tasty, easy to prepare, and filled with healthy fiber.
You'll Save: 200 calories and 22 grams of fat compared with other prepared and restaurant chilis.
Tossed salad with croutons instead of salad dressing.
Description: You know that green salads make an important contribution to your day's eating, but you've probably never thought of them as an expression of art and adventure. Here's your chance. Instead of drenching your salads in high-fat dressings, decorate them with croutons, beans, or fruit.
You'll Save: 100 calories and 28 grams of fat when you add 1 ounce of croutons and 1/2 cup of beans, peas, and raisins to your salad in place of 1 ounce of an oil-based dressing. You'll also increase your intake of iron, folic acid, Vitamin C, and fiber.

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Get Healthy in 2013!

Taken from Runner's World

Looking for an easy way to lose a few pounds? We've got the program. It's simple, and it works. So get with it.

Published
June 20, 2002

Many runners would like to lose a pound or 2. Maybe 5. Maybe more. Why? That's easy: to feel better, look better, improve their health, and run farther and faster.

However, losing weight can be surprisingly difficult. In fact, national health surveys show Americans in general are getting fatter. Sure, regular runners should be ahead of the pack, but many are still losing the weight-gain war.

What you need is a simple plan. Here it is, in just two parts: (1) Make a little more time to run; (2) Concentrate on a handful of dietary changes that, over the course of a year, can produce significant weight-loss results.

Below we've listed 20 great diet changes that you'll find easy to achieve. Many of them will help you cut 100 calories or more from a single serving. Now do the math. Say you eat this particular food or meal three times a week. That's 100 x 3 x 52, or 15,600 calories saved in a year. Which comes to almost 5 pounds, since you'll lose one pound for every 3,500 calories cut from your food intake.

Make another food substitution, and you're up to 10 pounds. Beyond that, the sky's the limit. Here's your meal-by-meal planner. Don't skip breakfast. A good breakfast is the most crucial part of any healthy weight-loss effort, as it revs up your energy level and metabolism for the full day.

Homemade raisin bran
Description: Mix one cup of Total cereal, a packet of raisins, and 1 cup nonfat milk. This simple home recipe with 244 calories fortifies you with 100 percent of the Daily Value for most vitamins and minerals, boosts your protein intake by 12 grams, and gives you a sweet, natural fiber and sugar source.
You'll Save: 50 calories, 6 teaspoons of sugar, and 5 grams of fat compared with ready-to-serve raisin bran doused with a cup of 2-percent milk.

Scrambled whites with greens
Description: This low-fat, scrambled-egg alternative provides 54 grams of high-quality dietary protein in just 255 calories. First, spray your frying pan with fat-free Pam. Then pour the equivalent of four servings of Eggology egg whites (or Second Nature or Egg Beaters egg whites) in a bowl and blend with 1/2 cup spinach and 1/2 cup mushrooms. Heat the pan until the Pam starts to bubble, pour in the eggs, and fry until the eggs are nearly dry.
You'll Save: 40 calories, 100 milligrams of cholesterol, and 13 grams of fat compared with two normal scrambled eggs.

Balanced Diet Shake
Description: For something cool, tasty, and nutrient-filled in the morning, try a shake or smoothie. The Balanced Diet nutritional drink provides 180 calories with lots of complex carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals in a naturally flavored French vanilla or chocolate royale. Each serving includes 5 grams of dietary fiber and 10 grams of soy, or 40 percent of the daily minimum now recommended by the American Heart Association.
You'll Save: 60 calories daily and nearly 6 grams of fat compared with many other similar drinks.

Frozen fruit smoothie
Description: You can prepare your own personal antioxidant-filled fruit smoothie like the following one that runner Bruce Shapiro used to lose 30 pounds over the last few years. Combine and blend: one cup frozen, unsweetened blueberries; 1/2 banana; 1/4 cup wheat germ; and water.
You'll Save: 200 calories for each 2- to 3-cup serving, compared with many store-bought and canned smoothie beverages.

Toasted plain Lender's Bagel with natural jam
Description: Sure, a frozen bagel can't match a fresh one, but it's easier to obtain for many people, and a little toasting brings it to near perfection. Just spread with your favorite natural jam.
You'll Save: Anywhere from 160 to 360 calories and more than 10 grams of fat compared with similar bagels bought at Dunkin' Donuts and other outlets where the bagels are spread with cream cheese.
Lunch is the second-most-important meal of the day in your weight-loss plan. It boosts your energy level and regulates your metabolism to keep you on an even keel.

Boca Burger Grilled Vegetable burger
Description: This zesty, soy-based vegetarian alternative to the high-saturated-fat American BBQ staple contains hints of zucchini, red-bell pepper, garlic, onion, and even a couple of cheeses. It tastes great and provides a good dose of protein. Add some lettuce, tomato, ketchup, or your other favorite toppings, and you'll hardly notice the difference from the traditional burger.
You'll Save: Up to 180 calories and 19 grams of fat compared with a typically-grilled 3-ounce beef burger.

Alvarado Street sprouted wheat tortilla
Description: It's easy to make your own delicious wrap and save hundreds of calories. With this tasty, organic, whole-wheat tortilla you'll have no trouble fixing a quick, hearty lunch. Boost your vitamin and mineral intake by loading on a handful of greens, shredded carrots, tomato, and peppers along with grilled chicken, lean meat, turkey, or a bean-based filler.
You'll Save: Anywhere from 50 calories and 5 grams of fat to much more if you customarily buy a commercial wrap drowning in mayo, oily toppings, or greasy chicken.

Subway roast beef sub sandwich
Description: Can't live without meat? You don't have to. Meat is a great source of protein, iron, and several important minerals, and the Subway lean 6-inch roast beef sub contains just 264 calories and 4.5 grams of fat in a meal perfectly balanced with lettuce, tomato, and vegetables.
You'll Save: Nearly 100 calories and 12 grams of fat compared with a tuna salad sub, and more than 20 grams of fat compared with the classic meatball sub.

Health Valley chili 
Description: The right soup is always a great part of your weight-loss arsenal. This can of fat-free chili is tasty, easy to prepare, and filled with healthy fiber.
You'll Save: 200 calories and 22 grams of fat compared with other prepared and restaurant chilis.

Tossed salad with croutons instead of salad dressing.
Description: You know that green salads make an important contribution to your day's eating, but you've probably never thought of them as an expression of art and adventure. Here's your chance. Instead of drenching your salads in high-fat dressings, decorate them with croutons, beans, or fruit.
You'll Save: 100 calories and 28 grams of fat when you add 1 ounce of croutons and 1/2 cup of beans, peas, and raisins to your salad in place of 1 ounce of an oil-based dressing. You'll also increase your intake of iron, folic acid, Vitamin C, and fiber.


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Why is Taylor Swift Scary?!

Hi Wolf Pack! We made a little video so you can learn a little bit more about me.. or maybe it was to see if I understood the questions!  -Tim

 
 

 

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Find out what happens when the boss is gone!

Here we are having fun with video in the Wolf studio.  Why do I look so serious?  They said it would be fun!

 

 
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Brett Eldredge At The Wolf!

Atlantic Records Nashville artist Brett Eldredge takes a break from the Taylor Swift tour to sing a few songs, including “Don’t Ya” for a private Wolf performance. Big thanks to Brett & Wolf Pack members who could make the show. Keep listening for more chances to check out these “one of a kind” special shows with The Wolf!

 

 

 

 
 
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