Unhealthy habits


I’ve recently gone back to the gym. Since the end of June to the time I am writing this, between working out at least five days a week and being more mindful of what I eat, I have lost 11 pounds and will probably close out the week with another pound in loss.

I’m not writing this for the congratulations (although those are always appreciated) but to talk about how setting up a good routine with good yields good results. A few years ago, I did WeightWatchers and joined a gym, and I got great results. Unfortunately, I let other factors undermine that momentum. I let my gym membership lapse. I ate less healthily. The weight started to creep back. I tried using the free fitness room at work, but the lack of equipment and the difficulty of carving out time from the office in the middle of the work day truly made it impossible. I knew what truly worked for me – I needed to get to a well-equipped gym by 7:30 AM at the latest, five days a week, do a mixed routine of cardio and weights, and watch what I ate – and I wasn’t doing it. Instead, I was letting the power of bad reassert themselves. I knew what I was doing was bad. I just couldn’t seem to shift gears, though. Until I woke up one morning and thought, “I am miserable. I need to change.” And I went back to my original gym and renewed my membership.

Changing gears now, the GlaxoSmithKline Chinese bribery scandal continues to play out. At the time of this writing, according to the New York Times, other pharma companies used the same travel agency as GlaxoSmithKline did, but are not implicated in using that agency as a conduit for distributing bribes. The amount in bribes allegedly distributed in China by the agency on behalf of GlaxoSmithKline is $ 489 million.

A headline on Forbes’ Website caught my eye: “Is Big Pharma Addicted to Fraud?” Contributor Erica Kelton points out that GlaxoSmithKline has had to pay out a lot in fines and settlements over the past few years – $ 3 billion…Read more

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