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Loving You To Pieces – Wildlife Trade with Dex Kotze and Pippa Hankinson By Eli Weiss

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Loving You To Pieces – Wildlife Trade with Dex Kotze and Pippa Hankinson By Eli Weiss

Loving You to Pieces- Join Our Wild World Talk Radio with Dex Kotze and Pippa Cobb Hankinson discussing the illegal wildlife trade. Just a few months earlier, in Kenya, thousands of poached animal skins were added to the ivory flames. We are losing our wildlife to illegal trade and insatiable demand. No matter which way you look at the economics, the demand outnumbers the supply as countless animal parts destined for foreign markets to be turned into jackets, handbags, boots, and wall hangings. Africa’s wildlife is being pillaged to supply insatiable demands in the east and the west.

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Workout burnout

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Workout burnout


So we have been making strides and efforts to get off the couch and put down the Lays potato chips, the tv remote and halleluiah our mindset toward fitness and exercise is improving. We all are very aware of the consequences of not moving more, (you see I have decided in an effort to drive home the mindset of QOL, quality of life, movement is our synonym for exercise) and with this new found energy we are making progress, fantastic.

However our new energy can lead to the dreaded INJURY, our new found exuberance has put us on the DL (disabled list) and dang it we lose our mojo. In other words workout burnout, please allow me to share a story, and perhaps we can together avoid this momentum killer.

In my own quest to lose the fifty I had acquired through my 40’s, the movement (workouts) I had been doing was adequate, and hey everyone starts somewhere. Every couch potato in the world starts at the bottom of the mountain, this one included. And let me preface this whole piece by stating that the limited and somewhat adequate workouts were enough to help me in 2008 when I had a serious illness to recover from.

After that epiphany, which is actually the first chapter in my book “The 200% Solution”, the workout efforts seriously got kicked into high gear, and that is where things started to get hairy and overuse, and workout burnout raised its ugly head.


Movement (exercise) and the neuro- chemicals that are released in our brain during exercise are very powerful, so powerful if you are not careful the desire to fuel the release of these, (endorphins, dopamine, serotonin) can lead to issues. Issues for example described as “avoidable” , can really take a toll on our body, knock us out of commission and put us right back on the couch, dang it!

So lets talk about over training and overuse which lead to workout burn out, or put another way, avoiding becoming a wounded warrior.

The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM, where I hold my certified personal training and fitness nutrition specialist certifications, weight loss specialist and senior fitness specialization) defines overtraining as:
“Excessive frequency, volume, or intensity of training, resulting in fatigue (which is also caused by lack of proper rest and recovery)”

Overuse injuries are similarly defined as:

“ Injury that involve repetitive submaximal loading of a particular musculoskeletal unit, resulting in changes due to fatigue of tendons or inflammation of surrounding tissues.”
In real people speak knock you back to the couch time! And this can really kill our momentum to get back into shape. It’s tough to imagine the goal, get rolling, start making progress and then crash into an injury, that my friends is not a trainers answer to getting into shape.

As I prepped for my first body building show in 2010, I was determined to make a good showing. I set the goal, had the coaching, (Chris Johnson of On Target Living) a great training partner Regie Reider, a 28 year old former college football player and I was not going to let either of them down. Chris and I both competed in the same division, the grand masters which is for men over 50, and so it went, for 16 weeks of double sessions, before and after work workouts, strict whole foods every 2 hours, we were ripped and cut cats by the time the show took place in April. And let me tell you it was great.

The problems started for me right after the completion. Soft tissue, tendons and cartilage need rest, they do not recover as quickly as muscles and when stressed out you have the perfect storm for tendinitis, and I developed the elbow version. It was a nagging issue that did not completely stop me from continuing to exercise, but let me tell you I was very close to having major issues, and that my friends is the classic definition of “workout burnout”. I was very lucky; don’t put yourself into that precarious situation if you can avoid it.


Do not become the classic gym rat, rolling into the gym and doing the same workout once a day, treadmill, elliptical, gotta stick to my routine because that is my comfort zone. That leads to thoughtless training, overuse, and staleness. It takes the fun right out of your day and puts you right back into the funk (which coincidentally the subject of another chapter in “The 200% Solution”).

Training smarter and having more fun will increase your pace, which can lead to a more efficient compact training session.

Recovery can be our friend, and sleep is our great equalizer. Your efficient workouts can help you become more adaptable in the sleep department. Good sleep takes effort and planning, however the payoff is huge. Your muscle recovery is enhanced, your work efforts are improved and your overall QOL benefits, and that is my friends is the name of our tune.
Ok so now we have an explanation, how about a routine, how do we train smart and avoid workout burnout? I am so glad you asked.

The following is a short list of to-do’s, of using your brain to not over train, check this out-

Why I should train smarter-
• Because you will recover more quickly.
• You may avoid an injury
• You will become more efficient/gaining speed/ increasing endurance
• And you will keep yourself feeling young and energized
• Your confidence will soar

Work out burn out can be avoided by trying these tips, and I have personally used them all at one time or another, they work, are not difficult and can help you meet your goals of enhanced QOL.

• Understand the “Kinetic Chain”, the concept is that every part of your body, including muscles, joints and nerves, must work together to produce movements. Posture, form and pace. It is quality above quantity
• Vary your workouts- Look at your training this way, one hard day followed by two easy days keeps you not only fresh, the routine flexible but gives you recovery time needed to heal.
• Heart rate monitors- I use a Polar, and have for several years now. I believe it keeps me on track and is a good monitoring device
• HIIT training- High intensity interval training, quick hitters between sets, I am a jump rope guy and believe everyone should try it, 30 seconds of lunges, squats or jumping jacks will work just as well
• Cross training-Runners try cycling, lifters try yoga, cardio people try resistance training, varied training can not only prevent the dreaded burnout, but you may become aware of something you like. Like the old saying, “variety is the spice of life”.

So as we move forward into our forward chapters, the “transition years” think about the positives and the possibilities for affirmative growth. We are at a special place in the history of our country, and through personal accountability in regard to our health and wellness we can all make a difference. Keep that in mind as we make strides to slowly improve, small steps, life is a very long and fruitful journey as long as we don’t overdue and move to quickly and expect too much too fast.


A video for inspiration.

Mickey Ellison Knocks ObamaCare out of the Park with Guest Dr. Keith Smith on “The Mickey Ellison Show”

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Mickey Ellison Knocks ObamaCare out of the Park with Guest Dr. Keith Smith on “The Mickey Ellison Show”
Dr. Keith Smith

Dr. Keith Smith

Dr. Smith to join Ellison and answer the tough questions Americans are wondering about The Affordable Care Act.

Voice America Talk Radio Network, Internet broadcasting pioneer, producing and syndicating online audio and video, today announced Dr. Keith Smith will be the featured guest on the ”Mickey Ellison Show” this Wednesday March 5th at 8 AM Pacific on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.

Ellison stated, “I am ecstatic to have Dr. Keith Smith on my show. His approach to healthcare is what American needs to see more of. Dr. Smith is all about eliminating bureaucratic confusion and bringing transparency to actual medical costs. Americans with questions about healthcare deserve to know about doctors like Dr. Smith.”

Dr. Keith Smith heads up the AAAHC accredited Surgery Center of Oklahoma (SCO) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. SCO is a 32,000 square foot, state-of-the-art multispecialty facility owned and operated by approximately 40 of the top surgeons and anesthesiologist in central Oklahoma and has provided care for thousands of patients since 1998. SCO was founded on the principal of making surgery less cost prohibitive by eliminating administrative dysfunction from hospitals and insurance companies and providing clear, upfront and direct pricing for their procedures. Patients literally can go to the SCO website, select the body part they need operated on, select from a list of different surgeries on that specific body part, and see in real time what the total cost will be for the procedure. These prices are controlled by SCO as they are entirely physician owned with no hospital operating room fees.

“I look forward to joining Mickey as we discuss how the free market competition will lower prices and improve quality in health care, as it has in numerous other industries. I also will be giving a detailed overview of how the current health care cartel works and reveal how it’s definitely not a free market and lastly how Obamacare represents nothing more than cronyism in health care.” said Dr. Keith Smith.

“The Mickey Ellison Show” airs live on Wednesdays at 8 AM Pacific on The VoiceAmerica Variety Channel. To access the show, log on at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2303/mickey-ellison-show. All shows will be available in Mickey Ellison’s Content Library on The VoiceAmerica Variety Channel for on-demand and pod cast download, http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2303/mickey-ellison-show.

The VoiceAmericaTM Network offers the latest conversations in a talk radio format, providing education, interaction, and advice on key issues live, on demand as well as through pod cast download. If interested in hosting a talk radio show on VoiceAmerica Network, contact Jeff Spenard, President of Internet Radio at 480-294-6417480-294-6417 or at jeff.spenard @ voiceamerica.com.

Contact Executive Producer Nathan Jett at nathan.jett@voiceamerica.com for advertising / sponsorship information or other show details.

About Mickey Ellison
Mickey Ellison was born in a small town in South Carolina with the dream of playing professional baseball. That dream died in 1993 when his career at Vanderbilt ended. He chased wealth through network marketing only to be $200k in debt after two years. In 1999 he became Mickey Ellison Showa financial planner, and a Certified Financial Planner in 2006. While in network marketing and financial planning he heard so many times that perception is reality and “Fake it till you make it,” and those clichés he felt were are lies. Ellison had that gut feeling that something was wrong and never spoke up or acted, and in 2009, found himself scared with one prayer, and that was to know the truth. In his search, he had to look in the mirror, and realize many of the gut feelings that he had about the industry were correct. He made it his goal is to educate and take the experiences he had failed in and turn them in to opportunities to bring light and clarity. From coaching little league baseball to assisting others in their financial planning, to debating topics on his show, “The Mickey Ellison Show”, Ellison has made it his mission in life to ask the tough question of, “Why?” and empowers others to do the same.

About VoiceAmerica/World Talk Radio, LLC
World Talk Radio, LLC is the world leader in online media broadcasting and the largest producer and distributor of live internet based talk radio and TV, delivering over 1,000 hours of programming weekly on its VoiceAmerica™ Network (http://www.voiceamerica.com) and WorldTalk Radio Network (http://www.worldtalkradio.com) as well as live and on-demand video content on VoiceAmerica.TV (http://www.voiceamerica.tv). Featuring more than 200 hosts broadcasting to eight niche community based channels: its flagship VoiceAmerica™ Variety Channel, VoiceAmerica™ Health & Wellness Channel, VoiceAmerica™ Business Channel, VoiceAmerica Sports, 7th Wave Channel, The Green Living Channel, VoiceAmerica Kids Channel and World Talk Radio Variety Channel. VoiceAmerica™ TV offers targeted and exclusive video programming channels. World Talk Radio, LLC is one of the pioneers in internet broadcasting, producing and syndicating online audio and video, offering an innovative, effective and comprehensive digital broadcast platform. Digital Publishing through its 10 years of broadcast and media experience along with our seasoned staff of Executive Producers, Production and Host Services Group, World Talk Radio, LLC provides an internet radio and video platform for new, emerging and veteran media personalities to expand and monetize their business and brand in an online digital medium.

Vet Jobs, The Value of Hiring a Vet

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Vet Jobs, The Value of Hiring a Vet

VetJobs is the premiere military related job board on the Internet. The VetJobs website connects transitioning military personnel, veterans and their family members with organizations who are searching for highly trained, reliable and mission-oriented employees.

Guest Bio: Ted Daywalt


Since 1999 Ted Daywalt has been president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars sponsored VetJobs, the premier military employment site on the Internet. From 1971 to 1978 he served on active duty in the Navy as a line officer and intelligence officer, then transferred to the Naval Reserve Intelligence Program, from which he retired as a Captain (O-6) with 28 years of service. Ted has held executive positions in the steel, electric utility, importing, chemical and recruiting industries. Ted is an in demand speaker and is regularly cited and interviewed in the press, including USA Today, 60 Minutes, Military Times, PBS, NPR, CNN, and FOX News. Ted testifies regularly before Congress on veterans and economic issues. Ted is recognized as the leading subject matter expert regarding veteran employment issues. Ted earned a BS from Florida State University (1971); an MA, International Relations, University of Southern California (1977); and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School, Emory University (1980).

For more information about Radio Show Times, Visit their website at the American Heroes Network

The American Heroes Network is a for-profit organization formed by Vietnam Era Veterans to help all Veterans returning home. American Heroes Network is a place where Veterans can gather to find the best available information of interest to American Veterans and their families. An interesting and important element of the network is our “responsive” mobile site that is viewable . . . Anytime, Anywhere and on Any device.

You can also Tune in with the American Heroes Network Every Tuesday at 8 AM Pacific Time on Voiceamerica Variety Channel For their latest episode Nov.26th .


 It has been said that we are only a generation away from forgetting our history. Disabled American Veterans struggle every day to overcome life-changing sacrifices. Their stories provides a vital part of history that has contributed to our American tradition. American Heroes Network provides a way for individuals, corporations and small businesses to support our Heroes by helping our veterans and their families rebuild their lives. They help aim our veterans, looking for jobs, in the right direction, help provide homes for our troops, assisting individuals and their families who have been severely injured while serving in the U.S. military and providing scholarships for families of our Fallen Heroes.  This will be a weekly hour long show joined by our military heroes and people and organizations that make a difference. American Heroes Network airs live Tuesdays at 8 AM Pacific, powered by Voice America Variety.

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