Podcast: MiM #42 Trapped in A DIET PRISON!

According to Boston Medical, “An estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year, and Americans spend $33 billion each year on weight loss products. Yet, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.” Today I talk about my experience with dieting, having an eating disorder, and what I have found to be best for my health.

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Listen here: https://anchor.fm/mikeinspiresme/episodes/MiM-42-Trapped-in-A-DIET-PRISON-e14e9s5

Podcast: MiM #41 Walk Away Your Troubles

Walking is one of the most health beneficial activities we can do. It not only improves your physical wellbeing, but your mental health as well. Some doctors are now prescribing hiking to help in the treatment of chronic health conditions. In this episode we’ll take a ‘Hike with Mike’ through my personal experiences with the benefits of walking.

Questions or comments? Leave them here or reach to mike@mikeinspiresme.com. I welcome your feedback!

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Listen here: https://anchor.fm/mikeinspiresme/episodes/MiM-41-Walk-Away-Your-Troubles-e145cc3

Podcast: MiM #40 What’s Eating You?

Why is it so hard for some people to stick to a healthier lifestyle? Did you ever wonder why despite knowing what we should eat we still end up over-indulging in those things that are not so good for us? Today I explore some of the reasons why we struggle with these things and my tips for a healthy balance.

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Listen here: https://anchor.fm/mikeinspiresme/episodes/MiM-40-Whats-Eating-You-e13l0gm

Podcast: MiM #39 Whatcha Waiting For?

There are many things in our lives that we tell ourselves or know we ‘should’ do – why do we never get around to them, or start but do not continue? Today I explore the reasons we may delay or put off those things and why it is important to take charge before it’s too late.

Questions or comments? Leave them here or reach to mike@mikeinspiresme.com. I welcome your feedback!

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Listen here: https://anchor.fm/mikeinspiresme/episodes/MiM-39-Whatcha-Waiting-For-e13fkav

Podcast: MiM #38 Something’s Better Than Nothing!

In this episode I discuss my philosophy on how making a small effort to improve your health is better than no effort at all. Often, people become overwhelmed and discouraged by their perceived effort of what they need to do. Small efforts add up to bigger results over time.

Questions or comments? Leave them here or reach to mike@mikeinspiresme.com. I welcome your feedback!

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Listen here: https://anchor.fm/mikeinspiresme/episodes/MiM-38-Somethings-Better-Than-Nothing-e132mqa

Podcast: MiM #37 The Secret To Losing 200 Pounds

By far one of the most asked questions about my 200 pound weight loss is, “What’s Your Secret?”. Today I talk about what that ‘secret’ is and why what I did was important to my success.

Questions or comments? Leave them here or reach to mike@mikeinspiresme.com. I welcome your feedback!

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Listen here: https://anchor.fm/mikeinspiresme/episodes/Podcast-MiM-37-The-Secret-To-Losing-200-Pounds-e12l9os

Podcast: MiM #36 Self-care Saved Me

Self-care has become a big topic of discussion, especially over the past year dealing with the pandemic. Today I talk about my experience with self-care, what led me to starting a routine of self-care, and how it saved my life.

Questions or comments? Leave them here or reach to mike@mikeinspiresme.com. I welcome your feedback!

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Listen here: https://anchor.fm/mikeinspiresme/episodes/MiM-36-Self-care-Saved-Me-e127e5d

Podcast: MiM #35 It’s Your Fault You’re Fat

You’re struggling to lose weight or regained weight you lost? You know it’s your own fault, right? You lack self-control and discipline because that’s what it takes… At least that’s what much of society may have us believe. In the podcast I discuss where the responsibility lies, what’s working against us, and why this is a very complex issue. 

Questions or comments? Leave them here or reach to mike@mikeinspiresme.com. I welcome your feedback!

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Listen here: https://anchor.fm/mikeinspiresme/episodes/MiM-35-Its-Your-Fault-Youre-Fat-e11q6vk

Webinar Recording – A Conversation about Weight Loss Transformation with Mike Harrington at MODA Nutrition & Weight Inc.

200 Pounds Lost · 6 Years Sustaining. He Shares His 7 Keys to His Weight Loss Transformation.
Q & A With Mike Harrington of Mike Inspires Me Hosted By Tony Vassallo of MODA Nutrition Inc.
Recorded: Saturday, May 15, 2021, 9:30 a.m. ET – 10:30 a.m. ET

When I first embarked on my weight loss journey, I had no idea it would lead to my becoming an inspiration to people. It makes sense now, but at the time the only thing on my mind was just losing the weight so I could be “normal” sized. I was tired of being a spectacle. Not to mention all of the health issues I was accumulating over time.

Hosted by: MODA Nutrition & Weight Loss Inc. is a Weight Loss Support Group Geared Towards Guys & Couples.

Tony Vassallo is the Founder of MODA Nutrition Inc, Culinary Nutritionist, Author, and Documentary Producer.

Tony’s been touted as a Man on a Nutrition Mission™. His passion is helping people achieve healthy sustained weight loss. He has been on the journey himself. Tony is an avid proponent of eating whole, unprocessed foods: using real food to flavour real food. Hence his mantra of J.E.R.F. Just Eat Real Food! Learn more about Tony Vassallo

MODA Nutrition & Weight Loss Website: ModaForMen

		Meet Mike Healthy Living Advocate: 7 Keys to His Weight Loss Transformation image

Podcast: MiM #34 Unequally Yoked – When Your Partner Is Not On The Same Page About Health

So you want to embark on a health journey, but your partner is not interested in making any changes. In this episode I talk about my personal experience with making lifestyle changes while living in a home where the rest were not. How did I deal with these changes? How did these changes impact my family?

Based on my article ‘The Unequal Yoke: My Spouse Is Sabotaging My Diet!‘.

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Listen here: https://anchor.fm/mikeinspiresme/episodes/MiM-34-Unequally-Yoked—When-Your-Partner-Is-Not-On-The-Same-Page-About-Health-e11gnj0

Podcast: MiM #33 WHEO Radio interview Nov 2017

This is an interview I did back in November 2017 on WHEO radio down in Patrick County, Virginia. During the interview, Richard Rogers, Van Rowe Sr., and I discuss my health journey, the challenges, and advice others can follow for embarking on a healthier lifestyle.

Questions or comments? Leave them here or reach to mike@mikeinspiresme.com. I welcome your feedback!

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Listen here: https://anchor.fm/mikeinspiresme/episodes/MiM-33-WHEO-Radio-interview-Nov-2017-ev8154

Podcast: MiM #30 An Honest Talk About Healthy Living

What does it mean to be ‘healthy’? How do you want to experience your life? There is a balance between health and happiness. You define what that is for you.

Questions or comments? Leave them here or reach to mike@mikeinspiresme.com. I welcome your feedback!

Please, help support our causes! We have merchandise and ways in which you can contribute on our pages. Check out the newly designed Hike with Mike Gear Store and introducing the all new Mike Inspires Me Wear Store!

Please consider donating to support this podcast! Your donation helps me help others take charge of their lives and their health! ==> https://anchor.fm/mikeinspiresme/support

Listen here: https://anchor.fm/mikeinspiresme/episodes/MiM-30-An-Honest-Talk-About-Healthy-Living-evgokk

FREE Webinar: Q & A With Mike Harrington of Mike Inspires Me Hosted By Tony Vassallo of MODA Nutrition Inc

Meet Mike Harrington, Healthy Living Advocate

200 Pounds Lost · 6 Years Sustaining. He Shares His 7 Keys to His Weight Loss Transformation.

Q & A With Mike Harrington of Mike Inspires Me Hosted By Tony Vassallo of MODA Nutrition Inc.

Saturday, May 15, 2021, 9:30 a.m. ET – 10:30 a.m. ET


		Meet Mike Healthy Living Advocate: 7 Keys to His Weight Loss Transformation image

When I first embarked on my weight loss journey, I had no idea it would lead to my becoming an inspiration to people. It makes sense now, but at the time the only thing on my mind was just losing the weight so I could be “normal” sized. I was tired of being a spectacle. Not to mention all of the health issues I was accumulating over time.

Hosted by: MODA Nutrition & Weight Loss Inc. is a Weight Loss Support Group Geared Towards Guys & Couples.

Tony Vassallo is the Founder of MODA Nutrition Inc, Culinary Nutritionist, Author, and Documentary Producer.

Tony’s been touted as a Man on a Nutrition Mission™. His passion is helping people achieve healthy sustained weight loss. He has been on the journey himself. Tony is an avid proponent of eating whole, unprocessed foods: using real food to flavour real food. Hence his mantra of J.E.R.F. Just Eat Real Food! Learn more about Tony Vassallo

MODA Nutrition & Weight Loss Website: ModaForMen

		Meet Mike Healthy Living Advocate: 7 Keys to His Weight Loss Transformation image

Podcast: MiM #29 Part 7: 7 Key Things I Did To Set Myself Up For Success With My 200 lb Weight Loss

Small Changes Lead To Big Results

In this episode I take a deeper dive into why making small changes leading to bigger results was a key factor in my success in losing and maintaining my 200+ pound weight loss.

Questions or comments? Leave them here or reach to mike@mikeinspiresme.com. I welcome your feedback!

Source7 Key Things I Did To Set Myself Up For Success With My 200 lb Weight Loss

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Podcast: MiM #28 Part 6: 7 Key Things I Did To Set Myself Up For Success With My 200 lb Weight Loss

Focused on Sustainability

In this episode I take a deeper dive into why focusing on sustainability was a key factor in my success in losing and maintaining my 200+ pound weight loss.

Questions or comments? Leave them here or reach to mike@mikeinspiresme.com. I welcome your feedback!

Source: 7 Key Things I Did To Set Myself Up For Success With My 200 lb Weight Loss

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Podcast: MiM #27 Part 5: 7 Key Things I Did To Set Myself Up For Success With My 200 lb Weight Loss

Always Improving/Trying New Things/Adapting

In this episode I take a deeper dive into why always improving, trying new things, and adapting was a key factor in my success in losing and maintaining my 200+ pound weight loss.

Questions or comments? Leave them here or reach to mike@mikeinspiresme.com. I welcome your feedback!

Source: 7 Key Things I Did To Set Myself Up For Success With My 200 lb Weight Loss

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Podcast: MiM #26 Part 4: 7 Key Things I Did To Set Myself Up For Success With My 200 lb Weight Loss

What I Focused On/Association With The End Goal

In this episode I take a deeper dive into what I focused on and my association with the end goal was a key factor in my success in losing and maintaining my 200+ pound weight loss.

Questions or comments? Leave them here or reach to mike@mikeinspiresme.com. I welcome your feedback!

Source: 7 Key Things I Did To Set Myself Up For Success With My 200 lb Weight Loss

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Weight Loss Is Stupid

There. I said it.

I’m not saying you are stupid for wanting to lose weight. I applaud any effort a person makes to improve their health. Notice the subtle distinction in what I said – improving health versus ‘losing weight’. Granted, health may not always be your primary motivator to lose weight and that’s okay too. Maybe you’re motivated because you want to look better in clothes, or be less self-conscious about that roll of flab around your midsection.

You want to lose weight? Great! So, why would I say, “Weight loss is stupid.”?

I guess there’s no simple answer to that question, hence I am writing this post to explain.

When we talk about losing ‘weight’, what we really mean is that we want to reduce fat on our body, right? Okay… So what? Well, losing ‘weight’ can also mean losing water weight and/or lean tissue (muscle). The latter being something I would think you would want to retain. More muscle burns more calories and keeps us strong. The problem is that when we lose weight we don’t really get to choose what the body burns for fuel. A reduction in calories causes the body to burn off stored resources (fat and lean tissue). Our hope is that it would go straight for the fat storage, but it is not quite that simple. Sure, there are things you can do to retain the muscle, but bear in mind that building muscle requires more calories, so you will be hungry after exercising.

From a health perspective, I often wonder why ‘weight’ is an indicator of wellbeing. Granted, when I weighed well over 400 pounds I was not in a healthy state. But it’s also possible to be both overweight and considered ‘healthy’, as much as it’s possible to be ‘normal’ weight and unhealthy. So what does weight tell us exactly? Having excess stored fat on our body can lead to a host of physical and metabolic issues. The weight itself puts stress on your body, your joints, back, etc. The fat, especially that in the belly area and internal fat surrounding your organs can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, and other co-morbidities.

So, if you want to avoid all these problems why wouldn’t you want to lose weight? Well, I’m not suggesting you don’t do anything about those health issues. What I am suggesting is a shift in your mind about how you approach it. Rather than focusing on losing weight, it may serve you better to focus on building new habits. After all, you don’t want to go through an entire effort of improving your health, just to stop when you’re ‘done’ and go back to your old habits.

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

– Henry Ford

Maybe it’s time for a different approach. The challenge with short-term efforts to improve you health is that they are short-termed solutions. Losing weight is not a once and done effort. If you want to sustain the benefits of the changes you are making you need to think long-term. And weight loss is tricky. I should know. I’ve struggled with that most of my adult life. And by ‘tricky’ I am referring to that point I made earlier on how it is hard to get the body to just lose fat when we go on a diet. For many people who go on a diet, they step on the scale and look for the results often not knowing what they are truly losing in terms of ‘weight’ (fat, water, and/or muscle?). Or maybe they gained weight, not realizing that all of the exercise they are doing is building muscle…

Yes, there are ways in which we can measure what the content of one’s weight loss might be, ensuring that we are targeting fat loss. But the average person does not have access to those tools. Most of us have that little square device that lays on the floor, which measures our gravitational pull to the earth (a.k.a. ‘weight’), beckoning us to step upon it so it can mock us. Hey, if we lived on the moon, we’d weigh much less! So if I’m 400 pounds here on Earth, I’d weigh 66.4 pounds on the moon and be considered very underweight by our standards! What’s the point? Well, despite whatever the scale said on Earth or on the moon, I’d still have the same health issues (other than weight-related physical issues on the moon I assume).

Maybe ‘stupid‘ is a strong word for describing a weight loss endeavor. After all, it was my desire to lose weight that lead to saving my own life. But the point of this whole post is to explain that, in my experience, learning to focus less on weight and more on building habits will serve you better in the long run. To me it seems futile to just focus on the scale as what it reports may not be what you are seeking in the end… A healthier and happier life!

Reference:

How much would you weigh if you lived on the Moon?
http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/everything/moon/calculator.html

Podcast: MiM #25 Part 3: 7 Key Things I Did To Set Myself Up For Success With My 200 lb Weight Loss

Self-Motivation/Talk

In this episode I take a deeper dive into why self-motivation and self-talk was and still is a key factor in my success in losing and maintaining my 200+ pound weight loss.

Questions or comments? Leave them here or reach to mike@mikeinspiresme.com. I welcome your feedback!

Source: 7 Key Things I Did To Set Myself Up For Success With My 200 lb Weight Loss

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Podcast: MiM #24 Part 2: 7 Key Things I Did To Set Myself Up For Success With My 200 lb Weight Loss

Re-invented Myself/Stopped Identifying with Obesity

In this episode I take a deeper dive into why reinventing myself/stop identifying with obesity was and still is a key factor in my success in losing and maintaining my 200+ pound weight loss.

Questions or comments? Leave them here or reach to mike@mikeinspiresme.com. I welcome your feedback!

Source: 7 Key Things I Did To Set Myself Up For Success With My 200 lb Weight Loss

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Listen here: https://anchor.fm/mikeinspiresme/episodes/MiM-24-Part-2-7-Key-Things-I-Did-To-Set-Myself-Up-For-Success-With-My-200-lb-Weight-Loss-es6l3j