December 26, 2013 – January 8, 2014


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A New You . . . by February?

z go goJanuary is “rush” month - - the month when people rush to gyms nationwide to work on their top New Year’s resolution: weight loss. As a personal trainer and fitness instructor, I know that my fitness classes will be full of new faces the first week of January.

 “Well, if it sneaked up on me, there is nothing I can do about it, right?,”
you reason. Wrong!

I have heard of goals such as: “I want to lose 30 pounds,”  “I want my waist back,” and “I want a six pack.”  People set these goals and have a clear date of when they want to meet them: February. Yes, February. The average fitness novice sets a lofty goal that they expect to meet in one month. While most people will not say, “I’m giving myself one month to – change my life, lose all my excess weight, or eat healthy for the rest of my life,” most “rush” newbies will quit their fitness resolution by February.
Not to repeat a cliché, but how do you expect a new you in one month when it did not take the old you a month to put the weight on? Have you ever heard of creeping obesity? 

You gain a pound a year by indulging in the extras:  Extra sauce, double meat at the carry out, and by limiting the necessities, such as workouts. Before you know it, you are 30 pounds heavier in your mid-forties than you were in your early thirties. The weight gain “snuck up” on you and you did not realize it until you saw the college pictures of a fellow alum posted on Facebook or you were throwing away items and came across your year book.

 “Well, if it sneaked up on me, there is nothing I can do about it, right?,” you reason. Wrong!

You have to start the reversal at some point. However, one of the problems with literally hitting the ground running in January is that people lose momentum because they are not used to working out at all.  Burn out becomes inevitable when people do not have the stamina. Try this:  Exercise all year long. Even if you commit to working out only twice a week, you are burning the extra calories that would stay in your body if you did nothing at all and you are building endurance in the process.

For a sustainable new you, try this: Divide your weight loss goal into small measurable goals with incentives. Instead of saying “I’m going to lose 30 pounds,” try, “I will lose 5 pounds by February.” Once you have achieved a specific goal, reward yourself with something you want like a pair of shoes or a visit to your favorite restaurant. Incentives often drive progress and when it comes to weight loss, this principle is no exception.

Also, try this:  Find an accountability partner. How do you feel when you have scheduled a time to meet friends or a co-worker for drinks and you are running late? You probably do not want them waiting for you too long and you probably would not dare think of cancelling the meeting at the last minute. Apply the same principle to an accountability partner. Find someone who will commit to meeting you at the gym, a fitness class, or wherever you work out. Chances are if someone is waiting for you, you might be less likely to stand them up because you do not want to look and feel bad.

A New Year’s resolution is a course of action that you decide. Once you decide on what you want, resolve not to quit. No one can guarantee a new you by February, but proper goal setting, realistic expectations, and determination can create a new you eventually.

Note: Tucker is also a Z-Go Go instructor


Year End Financial Check-Up

  • The National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) report said that among households headed by Blacks and Hispanics between the ages of 55 and 64, the average retirement savings account balance was $30,000. Among whites on the verge of retirement, it was $120,000. Meanwhile, investment and human resource firms typically recommend that retirees have assets worth anywhere from eight to 11 times their annual wages in order to adequately prepare for old age.

  • Washington  Post:   Many Blacks and Latinos have no retirement savings, study shows

  • Don’t Forget to Request Your Free Credit Report

Thoughts on What is
Healthy Changes

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Remember the Studebaker?


Studebaker was as American as Ford and GM is today.  The last Studebaker ran off the assembly line in South Bend, Indiana on December 20, 1963 after 111 years of the company making horse-drawn carriages and later “horseless” carriages, now known as automobiles.

Just about hour and half from Chicago and an hour from Gary, Indiana is the Studebaker National Museum that traces the history of the company on three floors packed with shiny metal history. One of the most interesting points was the argument over whether the company should build only electric cars. One early company executive said gasoline cars are “clumsy, dangerous, and noisy brutes.”  They built there last electric car in 1911.

Places to Eat:
Tippecanoe Place – housed in a former 1896,
38-room mansion 

The South Bend Chocolate  Company – downtown location includes a restaurant, coffee shop, bakery, candy story,  indoor playground,  and an adjacent local craft store.

Other Attractions:
Civil Rights Heritage Center

Other Connections:
The Studebakers Drivers Club

Memorial Service Program for Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela



Date: 10 December 2013
18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela


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Washington, DC
The African Heritage Dancers/Drummers and Little Ethiopia DC
Ninth Annual Kwanzaa and
Genna (an Ethiopian Holiday)
1901 Mississippi Ave SE
Thu, Dec 26, 6p, free

Kwanzaa Celebration
Metropolitan Community Church of Washington
474 Ridge St, NW  (near 5th and M)
Sat, Dec 28, 4p, dish to share

Studio Theater
1501 14th Street, NW
Wed, Jan 8 – Thu, Feb 23, $

Kwanzaa Celebration
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum
300 Oella Avenue
Sat, Dec 28, 1:30p-3:30p, free

Kwanzaa Candle Lighting Celebration
DuSable Museum of African-American History
740 East 56th Place
Thu, Dec 26- Tue,  Dec 31, 12p-1p, free

New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave
Fri, Jan 1, 12am, free

Driving Miss Daisy
The American Theatre
125 East Mellen Street
Fri, Jan 8, 8p, $25-$30

10 Years on the Web
January 31, 2014

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Looking For American Students to Be Friends with Gambian Students

 aimee cham
If you have or know 10th to 12th grade students or if you are a student interested in communicating with Gambian students on Facebook, The Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership (POHGEP) will like to hear from you.  We have already established a POHGEP Facebook Friends page and have more than 20 Kotu Secondary School students, such as Aime Cham, pictured above, waiting to chat with you.

POHGEP prefers a group of students, such as students at one high school, social group, or civic group so that we can better facilitate the exchange.  However all interested parties are welcome and are invited to contact us via Facebook or e-mail ( 

You can also support POHGEP with a tax-deductible donation. You only have 5 days left to make a donation and be able to claim the donation on your 2013 tax forms.

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