Yuka Akiyama – Foreign exchange student from Japan, interviewed by Dylan and David Tepera
By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Recently, my son asked, “is it really true that there’s someone for everyone?” My response was, “absolutely, and as a matter of fact, there are lots of people who will match up to each of us.”
You see, we are all mentally wired different when it comes to attraction. Everyone is attracted to different body types, races and cultures. That’s the beauty of the human race. There is an abundance of people to fall in love with.
So, are you happy with your body? Are you hard on yourself for certain body parts that were inherited? Isn’t it funny, how someone with curly hair wants straight hair or vice versa?
We all wish we had something different about us — typically height, weight, facial features or hair color.
Don’t be hard and cruel on yourself. Look in the mirror and recognize the beauty you truly possess. Remember, there are plenty of people who find you attractive and sexy.
Yes, we all need to take care of our bodies with better diets and exercise, but there is no reason to be excessive. Don’t worry about the extra weight. You only want to feel better, so you can enjoy each day and live a happier, healthier and more energetic life.
All you need to do is be confident, and attack the world as if you own it. Walk through life like you’re ready to conquer anything that crosses your path. You should float around the room and be kind to all, not stumble and hide.
As I’ve written before, now that I’m older and understand the world better, I see beauty in everyone. It’s really a cool feeling to love all the amazing people I meet each day.
Just know, when we meet, one of my first thoughts is “what a beautiful person is standing in front of me. I hope they are living the life they deserve.”
Love yourself first and the world’s beauty will shine before you.
By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
For those of you who train regularly, are you frustrated that goals are coming way too slow or not really at all? The problem could be that you’re not training properly according to body type.
So many of us read fitness magazines or celebrity fitness books, and then try to emulate those workouts. Even though it works for some people, it might not be best for you.
You need to understand we all have different body types, and according to your type, workouts should be more specific.
Understanding your body type will help get the results you want.
There are basically three body types – ectomorph, mesomorph, and endomorph.
Ectomorph bodies are lean and long like marathon runners. They typically have trouble gaining weight and muscle. If your goal is to gain lean muscle mass, then lift heavy weights with compound movements and cut back on cardio because you already have a fast metabolism. You will also need to eat 6-7 times a day with a proper balance of proteins and carbs.
Mesomorph bodies are naturally stocky, more athletic and gain muscle easily. You have the body most people are seeking. Your downfall might be from taking your body for granted. If you’re not making gains, it’s from lazy workouts and sloppy diets. Mesomorphs should train like an athlete, and you’ll be surprised how fast goals are met.
Endomorph bodies are pear shaped and hold body fat easily. I feel endomorphs have the biggest challenge of all. Your emphasis should be lots of cardio to boost metabolism. You need to train with intensity and watch your carb intake. Eat carbs in the morning for energy then drastically reduce with each meal.
So, it’s important to identify and understand your body type. Each one requires different training methods and diet plans.
Just know, once you recognize body type, you can get the ripped muscular body desired.
By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Back in the 1990s, I was an assistant football coach for La Marque High School. During one of those years, another coach rented a room out of my house. Throughout the whole summer, he refused to go outside during the day. He spent most of his “off-time” on the couch, watching TV, and basically being lazy.
All summer, I kept telling him to exercise outside and get acclimatized to the heat. He would laugh at me as he chugged down another liter of soda.
Well, the first day of practice started in August, and after about three hours in the sun, two football players had to carry him off the field from heat exhaustion. I just shook my head as I watched him vomiting with wet towels wrapped around his head and neck.
Of course, there’s a lesson here, but I’m not going into detail about Texas summer heat common sense. We all have heard numerous times to wear hats and sunblock, stay hydrated, and only exercise outside early or later in the day. Hopefully, you’ve figured that out by now.
But, I am telling you to go outside, feel the heat, and make your body sweat. We are human beings and should be a part of nature.
How did our grandparents survive the heat? They were in it every day in order to make a living. My dad was a football coach, and starting in June or July, would jog in the heat to prepare for two-a-days.
What has happened is we are too caught up with all the indoor lazy activities and entertainment. Our children don’t play outside like we did. Growing up, all the kids in my neighborhood were riding bikes and playing sandlot football. I didn’t want to go home, mainly because my dad would just give me a bunch of chores.
Create outside projects because I’m sure there’s something that needs fixing or painting, do your own lawn work and gardening, chase your spouse or kids with a garden hose, help a neighbor, ride a bike. The list is endless to each individual’s situation.
Enjoy the beautiful sun radiating on your skin and let the sweat cleanse the impurities built up from the winter. Be ecstatic and happy with the ability to flow along nature’s path
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By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
I once read, “you can wish for gold, but unless you’re digging some dirt, you’re not going to find any.”
This message is for all parts of life. Don’t we all want to make more money, find that perfect job, lose weight and get in better shape?
I can’t tell you how many people have said to me, “I need to lose this gut.” I’ve led countless people to diet and exercise programs, but unless you’re digging some dirt, you’re going to stay fat. We’ve all heard, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.”
It’s your body, your life, and it’s your destiny. You are the only one who has full control.
I’m going on 54 years of age, and have grown a passion to inspire and motivate people in their business and personal lives.
The Daily News has given me a wonderful opportunity to reach people with hopes of changing lives. I receive numerous emails of how my articles have done just that.
Because of your emails and motivational speaking, my passion has strengthened, so I’m digging lots of dirt to pursue additional opportunities.
I’ve contacted other well-known newspapers, made phone calls, written emails, letters and sent packages to broadcasting stations. I’ve Linkedin with high-profile professionals for stronger connections.
Sooner or later, from all the digging, someone will give me the opportunity to reach a broader base of people.
What do you really want out of life? Remember, you are never too old or too young. My children started a foundation when they were only 8 and 10 years old. They’ve helped thousands of families through The Dekeday Foundation — www.dekedayfoundation.com.
You can no longer control what happened yesterday, but you can start making steps forward right now.
Start by taking action, dig up some dirt and discover gold. The true reward is within you to have the body and life you wish for.
By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
There’s no secret, America is the fattest country on earth. Our obesity rate is skyrocketing, and it’s one of the many reasons medical insurance is costly.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third or 78.6 million U.S. adult citizens are obese. It’s estimated that the annual medical costs of obesity was $147 billion in 2008 and has now climbed to $300 billion.
Now, I’m not going to list the variety of reasons for this atrocity, but will focus on one aspect all of us can control.
For some reason, Americans are obsessed with large food portions. We search for restaurants known to dish out oversized platters. Look around and you’ll see the explosion of buffet restaurants. Typically, for less than $10, you can stuff your face and feel like you ate your money’s worth. But, what really happened? You overloaded your body with probably low-quality food cooked in large amounts of sodium, unhealthy grease, and saturated in butter.
When tourists from other countries visit America, they are shocked on the size of our food portions.
What’s happened is we are all programed from childhood to finish off the food put on our plates. Our parents taught us not to leave or waste food. This thought process has been passed down since the Great Depression of the 1930s. And now, through current era, we are all accustomed to overloading our plates with the learned pattern of finishing it.
I’m not one who measures food portions and more than likely, neither are you. If you question yourself about food portions, then lift up your shirt. There’s your answer.
Here are a few tips:
1. Use smaller plates, bowls and cups
2. Eat salads, soups and veggies first, meats and proteins second, and carbs last.
3. When eating out, ask for an extra plate and share meals. It’s cheaper, plus you can have dessert.
4. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when satisfied. I eat six to seven times a day.
How many of you have heard the words “wow, have you lost weight?” If not, it starts with smaller food portions.
By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
During my kids’ sports seasons, we had a serious discussion. I wanted them to recognize their potential skill level in order to improve their game.
I let them know that they are really good players like most of their teammates. But, now it’s time to separate yourself and become one of the great players.
Great players fight to the end, no matter what the score reflects. Even if your team is getting slaughtered, you should be the leader that never gives up. Be the player who wants the ball with seconds left, and defend like your life depended on it.
You want to walk away knowing you put in every effort possible. That my friend, will earn you respect from players and coaches.
We should all take that “great” attitude into our adult lives in order to truly accomplish goals. Are you a good or great employee, spouse or parent?
If you’re trying to improve health, do you exercise and diet sometimes or every day?
Who’s the leader in your family, work place or community?
Challenge yourself, step up your game, and attack each day with full focus on the tasks at hand. Develop the habit of winning and not accepting defeat. You only fail when you give up.
When life becomes a challenge, it’s your opportunity to develop strong character.
Don’t tip-toe through life and settle on being just good at something. Learn to go from good to great.
As the late, great Zig Ziglar always stated, “see you at the top.”