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How to Avoid a Trip to the ER

mindset Aug 22, 2023
How to Avoid a Trip to the ER

Research suggests that out of the top-ten things that people regret in their lives before they die, number seven is:

"I wish I had taken better care of myself."

Most people believe that if they'd eaten better, slept more, and paid more attention to their health and well-being, they might not have gotten sick.

They wished they had made self-care more of a priority.

With 25+ years of coaching experience, I continue to hear these regrets.

Good news is that you still have time if this applies to you.

The human body has a miraculous ability to repair itself quickly when you practice the habits of health.

This is why I do short-term results-based programs, like the 14-Day Fat Flush System, to jump-start success in a short amount of time.

Another reason for jump-start programs is to prove how simple it is to build better habits.

And I put my money where my mouth is.

If you take imperfect action and give the program an honest effort, you will get the promised result.

And if not, you can get your money back. So if you need a quick-start plan, this is your lifeline.

How to Avoid a Trip to the ER 

Wanted to share this eye-opening email I replied to.

This is a topic I'm very passionate about, and I make no apologies for being blunt.

It's a monumental problem that's costing the great USA billions of health-care dollars annually.

A preventable epidemic that's tragically killing tens-of-millions of Americans too.

This is a deep lesson, so I divided it up into three "Chapters."

But first, a story about identifying your priority-one goal.

Chapter 1: Bowling balls and broken toes

If you are overfat, it's probably obvious to you and everyone around you.

Of course you may choose to ignore the fact that your clothes are getting tighter... that you are easily out-of-breath... that you feel uncomfortable getting into a swimsuit... that your doctor said it's critically important for you to lose weight.

But ignorance never changes your reality.

So when I'm on the phone or video conference, screening a potential coaching client, the first question I always ask is:

"What is your priority-one goal?"

Oftentimes I already know your height, weight, and waist circumference measurement because you filled out this online questionnaire ahead of time.

Over my 25-plus-year coaching career, the most common problem I have observed is obesity. And the most popular priority-one goal is "lose weight."

If you are struggling with an abundance of bodyfat, your priority-one goal should be to lose "X" pounds of bodyfat so you're no longer obese.

Logical, right?

However, you might respond with something vague like "get healthy" or "proper nutrition," both of which are fine goals.

But a clear and measurable goal is much easier to track and improve.

Think of problem-based goal-setting like this:

You're bowling with friends and somebody accidentally drops a 16-pound bowling ball on your foot, fracturing some bones.

You shout obscenities, falling to the floor in agony.

The pain is awful and your foot immediately begins to swell.

Within a minute, your foot is throbbing like it has it's own heartbeat.

Your so-called "friend" leans down to help you out and calmly asks, "What's your priority-one goal?"

You look, wild-eyed with rage, and shout, "You just dropped a bowling ball on my foot! Get me to the hospital! Now! Right now!"

The white-hot pain of your freshly broken bones (the problem) creates an urgent goal (stop my foot pain) and immediate deadline (now).

The action plan is also clear and to-the-point (car ride directly to the E.R.).

So why not create the same urgency when somebody is overfat, obese, or morbidly obese?

Especially since obesity rates have tripled in one generation.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the estimated annual health care costs of obesity-related illness are a staggering $190 billion.

That's nearly 21% of annual medical spending in the United States.

If obesity rates were to remain at 2010 levels, the projected savings for medical expenditures would be $549.5 billion over the next two decades.

In addition, businesses are suffering due to obesity-related job absenteeism ($4.3 billion annually) as a result of the "broken" corporate wellness system.

Chapter 2: Same old excuses 

Now let's get to the core of this lesson and that email I received from "Brad," which is a pen name that I made up to respect privacy and keep the conversation anonymous.

Perhaps you have similar concerns.

"Hi Joe, I just watched your video and read the letter you wrote on your website and I thought to myself, Oh my gosh, they are talking to me. I always put things off when it comes to being healthier. I thought to myself, I am signing up now, I am not gonna be that person anymore. I was feeling ambitious, I felt the spark, I felt like I could really do it. I am already eating healthier the past 5 weeks, I have 10lbs gone so far but I also realize JUST eating healthy is not going to get me where I want to be, and get my body in shape. And lose 50 pounds of fat. So I scroll to the bottom and I'm feeling pretty empowered at this point, then I's $99 a week. Unfortunately it doesn't matter how good of an investment it is, I don't have $99 every week. This was very upsetting, I actually cried. If you guys ever offer any other programs that are cheaper in price or if you have any payment plans for your body transformation program, please keep me in mind. Thanks so much. You do amazing work! Thank you for existing :)"

Chapter 3: If you don't value it, you won't invest 

I receive emails like this all of the time. Not the part about crying, but emails venting frustrations as a result of indecision and obesity-related health challenges.

Perhaps you would also like to lose 50 pounds and are feeling unbalanced and frustrated.

Well, you are off to a fantastic start because you've clearly identified your goal: Lose 50 pounds of bodyfat. It's a concise goal that's measurable.

And after 25+ years of coaching, I'm confident I can solve your problem within 50 weeks.

Can we do it faster? Yes; however, losing one pound of fat per week is how you keep it off for life.

Because faster fat loss does not equal better fat loss.

Of course you can do it your way. Or you can invest in a coach to guarantee success. Either way, it's your choice.

Brad had an issue with the coaching investment and that's okay.

Your current financial situation is none of my business; however, most objections fall into one of three categories:

  • I don't believe in your services or results.
  • I don't believe in you.
  • I don't believe in myself.

As for our tuition, you may not be willing to invest in improving your quality of life, body, mindset, and happiness.

Or, like Brad, you simply don't believe you have extra money available to prioritize your health.

If this is the case, may I suggest you look where you are spending money.

  • Do you have cable TV? Cancel it. That's $100+/month savings right there. Time saved being sedentary in front of a screen too.
  • Do you own brand-name clothing? Would you rather look-and-feel like a million bucks or have some fancy outfit that costs as much?
  • Do you go out to eat? Money spent for convenience when you could save by batch-prepping meals at home.

I won't get into the financial ramifications of your house, car, and vacation choices... but you get the idea.

My point is that if you think your health is an expense, then it's not a money issue. It's a priority issue.

Wonder why we ask you to share your priority-one goal and answer several basic questions before you start the coaching program?

Well, we want to discourage people who aren't 100% committed.

This is why "cheap" fat-loss programs simply do not work in the long term. If you don't value it, you won't invest in it. If you don't have skin in the game, well, you won't be accountable.

My humble suggestion is to prioritize your health, just like you would prioritize going straight to the hospital to fix a badly broken toe.

If you do what you've always done, you will continue hopping up and down on one foot clutching that painful toe.

Do you want to continue running in circles or solve your obesity problem for good? 

How long do you want obesity to be among the things you struggle with in life?

One more thing.

Memento mori is a Latin phrase translated as "Remember your mortality" or, quite literally, "Remember you will die."

On the flip side, you must remember to live.

I guarantee that you will live a fuller, richer life by following a proven system of mindful eating, smart training, and getting enough sleep.You will be happier when you are surrounded by a positive and supportive community. And you are more likely to hit your goals when you have a built-in system of accountability.

If you are in dire financial straits where you absolutely, positively can't afford $99/week because you need it to put food on the table, clothes on your back, or a roof over your head... here are my suggestions for getting healthy, in no particular order:

  • Get a $10/month membership at a big-box discount health club. Do resistance training and metabolic conditioning four days per week.
  • Buy used gym equipment. If you don't want to invest in a gym membership, purchase some used weights and a jump rope and train at home, in your basement or garage.
  • Run five 40-yard hill sprints up a steep incline in your neighborhood. Or find a track at your local high school and do five 100-yard sprints twice per week.
  • Search the internet for "free workout video." Follow along doing sprints, squats, and pull ups. It won't cost you anything but time and effort.
  • Batch-prepare your weekly meals on Sundays and Wednesdays. It's actually the most affordable and time-saving way to practice mindful eating. Focus on eating a serving of protein and vegetables at each meal.
  • Avoid screen time 60 minutes before bed. Your nighttime ritual will encourage deep sleep and, as a result, help you recover from stressful days.

Notice the trend with my suggestions?

Smart training, mindful nutrition, getting quality sleep, and managing sleep are low-cost or free strategies to get healthy.

Expert coaching and world-class accountability requires an investment; however, I will coach you for free, with daily lessons like the one you are reading now, until you pay me to coach you.

Look, it's never the money issue, it's always a deeper underlying issue.

Guaranteed results, professional coaching, support, and accountability is a proven formula to solve your problem.

Funding your healthy habits is the best investment you'll ever make. So you can be around for your family and others who depend on you.

  • Engaged and mindful when it comes to your relationship with others.
  • Having fun and vibrant experiences.
  • Brimming with joy and satisfaction.

I'm confident that an investment in your health will increase your quality of life by at least one order of magnitude.

After delivering 100,000 coaching programs, since 1996, I've seen predictable patterns of both success and failure.

Awesome news is you can reverse obesity and other obesity-related problems which can result in low energy, depression, and even death.

Why not start living the life you deserve? I'll be here for you, whenever you are ready.

Wishing you all the best.

Memento mori,


If you neglect self-care today, you may have regrets later in life. Now is the time to invest in your health as a means to enhance quality of life and overcome obesity-related challenges.

To your success,

Coach Joe



Joseph Arangio helps 40+ men and women lose weight, gain strength, and slow aging. He's delivered over 100,000 transformation programs to satisfied clients around the globe. If you want to increase longevity with the best online age-management program, or you want to visit the best age-management program in the Lehigh Valley, you can take a free 14-day trial.

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