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Labor/Play or Play/Labor

The recent question being answered on CNN, Facebook, and other social media sites is, “How do we get Americans to lose weight?”  As you know, I write simple answers that provide directions to accomplish the given task.  Is there more than one answer to this question?  Yes.  Do you need to do all of them?  No.  I will provide two answers for you here, and you can know that time spent between these two will be more productive in spending your precious hours than any other direction you may choose.  Follow the signs.

1.  Labor

I chose to use the word labor rather than work because we already work a lot.  The problem is, we are not physically laboring for most of it.  Yes I know, you feel tired.  And that tired feeling comes from many other reasons besides physical exertions.  Moreover, the tired feeling we get from physically exerting energy a long with the cognitive connection is much more productive all around and elicits a caloric demand that we just don’t get anymore in our normal daily living.  Instead of a workout, call it a laborout.  You need to feel that you challenged your body to produce a certain level of output away from what feels ‘normal’.  You don’t have to do it everyday, but seek to do it three times a week for at least 30 minutes.


2.  Play

Most of us don’t take the time to simply play.  I define play as physical exertion with no intention other than the simple act of being in the moment.  When we were kids, all we wanted to do was play with our friends.  We moved our bodies, invented new games, and built memorable experiences with one another we will never forget.  Take the time to get in 30 minutes of play 2 -3 times a week.  It can be with your kids, your nieces and nephews, your husband or wife, or simply with your most important person, you.   Invent a new way to play an old game.  Play some old games.  Reinvent you and how you feel.

Like I said, there are more than these two answers to the powerful question of how we get American’s to lose weight.  I promise you that spending the time doing these two above will bring you the sanity we all need to continue to embrace another tomorrow.

A Sanity approach,

Daniel Sanidad/Coach Sanity



I asked twenty plus 6th and 7th graders, “Who likes to win?”  They returned with several cheers and screams and an agreement of the page we were all on.  I think it is safe to say that most of us enjoy winning.  I am writing about win win opportunities because in my opinion, to experience win win relationships, we must be able to recognize win win opportunities.

Do you believe everything happens for a reason?  If you do or if you don’t, opportunities consistently present themselves.  Whether they be a passing on the street, a FB friend request, an old friend encounter, new friend close encounter, they are always presenting themselves.  Would you recognize it to be a win win if you saw it?  How about if you felt it?

I’m going to be bold and say that we all have an instinct within us that speaks to us at times like this.  The voice may have checked out, may have a low tone, or may be lost amongst the debris of distractions present on a daily basis.  The point is to find your voice.

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to take 5 minutes and listen for your voice.  Can’t hear it?  Shh, listen again.   Still can’t hear it, turn off your phone, TV, dim the lights, and close your eyes, and listen to the first few words that come into your head.  Once we have established connection, we then can give your voice it’s purpose.  Part 2, The Warm-up.

A Sanity approach to winning,

Daniel J Sanidad

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