Thursday, March 31, 2011

Obesity: My Experience and Thoughts

This blog is a little more personal. In recent weeks I have been accused of being "obsessed with fat people" "mean to big people" among other things. Let me be clear. I have nothing against a human being that happens to be big. Many big people are healthy and live productive lives. My issue is with obesity and for lack of a better word "sloppy fat people."

Why am I engaging in this blog? As many of my readers know, I was always big as a kid...well chubby. I went to college and lost the "freshman 15" Only to put it back on. In March of last year I decided I was going to lose it and keep it off. Its April and I have been pretty successful in doing so. Therefore to help others, I created a few blog entries on here as tips to readers. I was more so inspired by the direct messages and private Facebook messages I received with all kind of diet and fitness questions.

The United States is the fattest nation in the world. An estimated 300,000 people die each year from obesity related issues. In low income communities its a never ending battle with carry outs, fast food and bodegas ( corner stores) on every block. Obesity is an epidemic that I am in the fight against. I applaud DC councilmember Mary Cheh who proposed the "Healthy Foods Act" last year that brings healthy food choices to DC Public Schools.

Obese people have it bad though. Obesity now requires fatter crash test dummies, limits to the number of obese people who can ride a bus in New York and having to pay for two seats to ride a plane. No one WANTS to be obese. Understandably losing weight is hard and requires a LIFESTYLE change. It requires dedication, patience, and a little inspiration.

Ward 8 Unemployment/ Marion Barry

Hello world!

It is I again with another entry. I have a lot to blog about so I will be doing separate entries. This first blog concerns the unemployment rate in ward 8 in Washington, D.C. I did a blog on this exact issue last year. It's sad to see little to no progress on putting ward 8 to work. As stated in the Biz Journal today ward 8 has the nation's highest unemployment rate of any US metropolitan area. A lot of this is attributed to the fact that most new jobs in DC require higher education. The other issue is ward 8 has a slew of people who are fresh from incarceration, which hurts the chances of employment.

Ward 8 according to the latest census numbers has 70,000 residents. They are represented in the city legislature by the "mayor for life" Marion Barry. Barry is historically known for speaking out for the underserved in the city. However as a resident, I feel like not much has been done in the last two years to benefit the residents. Barry has a legacy in the city from serving two terms as mayor to being the first to propose many programs over his 30 years in DC Government. Why hasn't Barry been effective in lowering the unemployment issue in the ward? Clearly there are feasible, cost friendly, effective ways of tackling this issue. As we know, unemployment creates crime, which creates a host of issues that could affect a quickly gentrifying place. When we see Barry in the news, it is always about him not paying taxes, stalking some woman, not paying car tickets, talking on his cell phone during public hearings, driving with no registration, or having his car booted. He is a PUBLIC SERVANT  and we need to hold our elected officials accountable. NO ONE is above the law. Who and why does he keep getting elected? Barry has a following of seniors in ward 8 who remember the "glory days" of Marion Barry. Clearly and unfortunately those days are lover.

There is a small growing movement of young people in the ward who want change. Many of us are tired of the embarrassment that we have representing us in the city council. When we start to making changes from the top down, then we can work on fixing the unemployment rate in ward 8.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Workin' On My Fitness: Issue 2 Gluteus Maximus

This issue comes off a question I get a lot and it concerns the gluteus maximus. For those people trying to lose weight, but don't want to lose their rear end, don't worry! Cardio is NOT the devil, as long as you don't over do it. In addition, squats and lunges amongst other lower body workouts are fine, but I reccommend interval and set training. You want to feel a burn in those thighs and buns! As far as dietary concerns go, healthy carbs like rice and wheat bread will keep you in check.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

March Update

Hola! I hope everyone reading is well. It is time for an update! I am still working for the "wonderful" DC govt. Aside from the drama going on in the government, I am proud to say my coworker and I are single handedly building up our little agency known as Clean City, under the Exec Off of the Mayor.

Personal life just consists of work, gym, work gym...with some weekends being full of partying and traveling. No dating potenials or relationships to speak of on any level. I think some of that can be attributed to the lack of quality or the 'snooty' types DC has to offer. Anyway I am happy and contempt with myself and my small circle of friends.

I am trying to work out my next travels, to Vegas/Miami this year. Looking forward to both. Miami was a big SPLASH last year, and this will be my first time in the dessert, or anywhere near the west coast for that matter.

I am looking for a big change this year.  I am not the one to maintain a day to day routine but for so long. Will I be moving this year? Possible. NYC has been on my radar. I always have a good time and feel at home in NYC. I regret everytime I leave. Atlanta is an afterthought, but still on the scene.

If you read this blog and just been wondering where I have been, follow me on Twitter, @KeithJoensJr. I tweet everyday about almost everything, lol.