For those of you who are looking for New Year’s fitness ideas heres one from my friend and fitness author Jon Benson who was also on our cruise and that was part of a 3-week business vacation during which he LOST 11 pounds of body fat while I gained 6 pounds on the same cruise. I met Jon on our first CopsAlive Cruise three years ago and this is a product that we use and have sold on CopsAlive for over a year. If you are in law enforcement and struggle to maintain your wellness or are a police officer who is having trouble losing weight this might be for you.
Here’s an email Jon sent me this week detailing how he lost weight while I gained on the same trip… Enjoy!
How I dropped 11 lbs… on vacation?
It was the weirdest thing …
I mean, I’ve been around you know? I’ve had just about every body and fat loss experience you can think of… the good, the bad, the ugly…
… and now the really bizarre.
Here’s the story:
I took off on an 8-day cruise to the Caribbean. This was a “business” cruise (yeah, right)… and I knew there was no way to eat the way I prefer to eat. At least not ideally. After that I had to speak in Tampa Florida at a fitness summit, then off to Las Vegas for yet another summit meeting.
All-in-all I was gone for almost three weeks.
First thing that I knew had to go was my “ideal” diet plan.
That’s my “Extreme” Plan on the Every Other Day Diet plan…
I had the privilege to attend an excellent seminar last week hosted by the Denver Police Department on “Spirituality, Wellness & Vitality Issues in Law Enforcement Practices”. Our presenters were FBI Supervisory Special Agent Samuel L. Feemster, J.D. and Sergeant Ginger L. Charles, Ph.D. of the Arvada Police Department. They asked some interesting questions and offered some unique perspectives on modern law enforcement practices. Some examples include: “Is Law Enforcement a calling for you?” and “What courses were you trained in at the police academy?”, then “What courses should you have been trained in at the academy?”
This seminar was not about just religion but about any spiritual influence that gives police officers the kind of character that allows them to endure the toxic nature of police work and maintain their sanity over the years of a demanding police career. There was information presented that many, many more officers die from suicide, cancer and heart attacks than ever are killed in the line of duty and we discussed what leads police officers, true leaders of our communities, to chose suicide over life.
The question was asked how do you become a well rounded police officer?
Today is Law Day in the U.S. and the theme from the American Bar Association this year, which is the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, is “A Legacy of Liberty”. As we held our state ceremony at the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial I thought about all those police officers who have given their lives to create that Legacy of Liberty in the United States and all those still serving who sacrifice their lives and perhaps part of their souls each day Continue reading
As editor of CopsAlive.com I just finished attending the 3-day “Traumas of Law Enforcement” seminar put on by the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) organization, and despite the depressing nature of what is happening to our profession I left with a sense of hope that there are so many dedicated people out there making things better for those who come after them. If you are interested in this seminar after reading this blog there are still two more sessions of this valuable program still to be presented this month but you must act fast by visiting the C.O.P.S. website to learn about locations and dates. There is no registration fee for these programs but registration is MANDATORY! In our session we had over 110 attendees from around the United States with a variety of sworn and non-sworn personnel including supervisors, chaplains dispatchers and peer support team members. Continue reading
Police Officer Suicides are becoming an epidemic. Over the last several years suicides by police officers have out numbered the number of officers killed in the line of duty by 3 to 1. It is estimated that between 400 to 500 officers take their own lives each year. This is a major problem and as law enforcement professionals we must resolve this problem ourselves. The first step is awareness and then we must take action. I started this blog at www.copsalive.com when a friend and former Sheriff’s Patrol Sergeant committed suicide. No one saw it coming and in my twenty three years as a police officer… Continue reading
Cops and other law enforcement professionals are just like other people when it comes to wanting a way to increase their income. Many like me have taken to creating side business on the internet and in that vein several people have asked me lately for resources intended for bloggers. So like a good blogger, I decided to write an article to describe some of my thoughts.
Can you earn a living on the internet? Some say so, and many say the way to build your base of support is through blogging or writing a frequent article on a blog or web log. Continue reading
I recently had the opportunity to interview a police officer who really has planned for success in his life and his career.
Chuck Rylant began his law enforcement career in 1998 with the Lompoc Police Department in California. During those four years, he worked in a patrol car and later as a field training officer. While working graveyards on patrol, he chipped away at his bachelor degree by taking one class at a time. Looking back, he can remember struggling to stay awake while doing homework between 3:00 AM – 6:00 AM when there were only a few calls during his patrol shift. Unfortunately, he went through a divorce and had to put off finishing college for a couple of years while he got his “life in order”. Continue reading
Another good cop fell in the line of duty last week. Nicholas Heine was 30 year old but he wasn’t felled by an assailant’s bullet nor was he stabbed or beaten.
Quoting from Nick Bonham of THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN June 22, 2008 12:38 am “Nicholas “Nick” Heine, a seven-year veteran of the Pueblo Police Department and a decorated and well-liked officer, collapsed about 2 a.m. while running between bar disturbances in the Historic Union Avenue District.
Heine died shortly later at Parkview Medical Center. He was 30.
Heine’s mother and co-worker, Detective Pat Heine, a 19-year veteran of the police department, said her son died of a heart problem that no one knew he had. Continue reading
I met retired police officer Ted Newman earlier this year on a Carnival Cruise to the beautiful islands in the Caribbean. Coinsidentally we were both also in a group that came onto that cruise from around the world to learn more about operating a business on the internet.
It was an amazing trip. Not only did we spend eight days and seven nights on a beautiful ship but we also visited Puerto Rico, St. Thomas USVI, Antigua, Tortola and the Nassau in the Bahamas. What’s more we were part of a group of over 125 internet marketers from 7 countries. While the ship was at sea we spent time together in various facilitated learning sessions exchanging ideas and learning from one another. Ted and I became fast friends and have stayed in touch. Continue reading
Everyone is talking these days about higher gasoline prices, higher food costs and generally higher costs for everything we enjoy. At the same time the financial markets of the world are struggling, record numbers of people are losing their homes and the misuse of credit has become a global problem.
How’s your financial health? Are you unsettled by all around you? Even though you are a police officer are you in the middle of some of these problems? As a cop how well to you manage the financial resources you have? Continue reading
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