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Don McNay
Don McNay, ChFC, MSFS, CLU, CSSC is a financial expert, journalist, and author of seven best selling books. His new book, Brand New Man: My Weight Loss Journey releases on Feb 27.

McNay is one of the world’s best known experts on structured settlements and how lottery winners handle their money. He lives in Lexington Kentucky and you can learn more about him at

McNay has a Masters Degree from Vanderbilt University and a second Masters Degree from the American College. He has four professional designations and is in the Eastern Kentucky University Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

McNay has been a Huffington Post contributor since 2008 and his insights have appeared in hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, and USA Today. He has appeared on television and radio programs around the world including the CBS Morning News, CBS Evening News, ABC News Radio, AM Canada, CTV News and RAI Television in Italy.

Entries by Don McNay

Brand New Man Reality Show: 3 Days After Weight Loss Surgery

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 6:33 PM


This is a section from the Don McNay Reality Show section of Brand New Man, written on December 4, 2016, three days after gastric sleeve weight loss surgery. This gives a glimpse of what that experience is like:

Things have gone incredibly...

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Avoiding the February 7 "Fitness Cliff"

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2016 | 1:01 AM

"A, I'll always want you B, because my heart is true C, come, come, come closer And I'll tell you of the ABC's" -Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers

"It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop"

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Taking the Oath Against Fat Shaming

(6) Comments | Posted January 23, 2016 | 6:05 PM


I know there's pain
Why do lock yourself up in these chains?
No one can change your life except for you
Don't ever let anyone step all over you

-Wilson Phillips

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Becoming a Brand New Weight Loss Man in One Year

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 11:10 AM


The book, Brand New Man: My Weight Loss Journey Will Release February 27 by RRP International Publishing.

"I'm born to love again I'm a Brand New Man" -Brooks and Dunn

One year ago, I started a journey that allowed me to lose...

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Beans, Biscuits and Kentucky's Bill Goodman

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 11:00 PM

"Who knows how long this will last Now we've come so far, so fast But somewhere back there in the dust That same small town in each of us" -- Don Henley and Bruce Hornsby

As the Chairman of RRP International Publishing...

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Brand New CrossFit Man

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2015 | 12:23 AM

We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that...
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Stopping Structured Settlement Predators for Good This Time

(3) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 9:27 PM


"And here I sit so patiently
Waiting to find out what price
You have to pay to get out of
Going through all these things twice"

-- Bob Dylan

"I was there when it happened
And so I guess...

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Hurricane Katrina After the Flood

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 10:21 PM

"Ring out the bells again
Like we did when spring began
Wake me up when September ends"

-Billy Joe Armstrong (Green Day)

With the tsunami of media leading into the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday, it seems impossible that an author could come up with...

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My First 5K in 27 Years, After Losing 100 Pounds.

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2015 | 5:45 PM


Tonight, tonight, the strip's just right, I want to blow them all out of their heat.
Summer's here and the time in right, for racing in the streets.

-Bruce Springsteen

I've convinced myself all week that I...

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Sheila Hiestand: Hall of Fame Basketball Player to Ironman With 125 lbs Weight Loss in Between

(3) Comments | Posted August 2, 2015 | 1:49 PM


"Play the game, you know you can't quit until it's won
Soldier on, only you can do what must be done
You know in some way you're a lot like me
You're just a prisoner and you're trying to break...

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Becoming a "Brand New Man" after weight loss surgery

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 11:05 AM


"Why me Lord?
What have I ever done?
To deserve even one of the pleasures I've known"

-Kris Kristofferson

I am ecstatic. I've lost over 100 pounds in six and a half months past my gastric sleeve weight...

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Winning in a Race of Life, Death and Renewal

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 1:10 AM


"Tonight, tonight the strip's just right
I wanna blow 'em all out of their seats
Summer's here and the time is right
For goin' racin' in the street"

-Bruce Springsteen

"She told me 'Baby, when you race today

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Moneyball, Lawyers and the Vanderbilt Baseball Mama

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 4:50 PM


Billy Beane: "Where'd you go to school?"
Peter Brand: "Yale. I went to Yale."
Billy Beane: "What'd you study?"
Peter Brand: "Economics. I studied economics."
Billy Beane: "Economics and baseball. You're funny, Pete."
- From the...

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Bankruptcy Judge Joe Lee: Elizabeth Warren Before There Was an Elizabeth Warren

(3) Comments | Posted May 24, 2015 | 11:29 PM


"It's the hammer of justice
It's the bell of freedom
It's a song about love between my
Brothers and my sisters
All over this land"

--Pete Seeger

Look at this biographical summary, and who do you think...

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Annuities, Experts and My Losing 90 Pounds

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 10:37 PM

Shot through the heart and you're to blame You give love a bad name.

-- Bon Jovi

I watched a man give annuities a bad name.

I was in a coffee shop, having breakfast with my daughter, Angela Luhys, on a week...

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Mandina's With Moon Landrieu

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 1:12 PM


"A bottle of red, a bottle of white
It all depends on your appetite
I'll meet you any time you want
In our Italian restaurant"

-Billy Joel

Mandina's on Canal Street in New Orleans seems like a throwback...

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Does God Make House Calls?

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 2:48 PM

The Book: God's House Calls: Finding God Through My Patients by Dr. Jim Roach, M.D. (RRP International Publishing)

"Do you believe in Miracles?"
-Al Michaels (when the United States Olympic Hockey Team defeated Russia in 1980)

"I literally can't...

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Hanging with High Achievers

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 11:22 PM


"You're simply the best
Better than all the rest"

-- Tina Turner

Louisville attorney Nick King, who was considered one of the best trial attorneys in the 1980s in Kentucky, told me that he never really wanted to be "the...

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Dr. Jim Roach -- America's Healer

(4) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 9:33 AM


"There is no reason to be suffering from anything right now if you have access to this guy right here...I literally can't talk highly enough about how much I think you are really doing good stuff in the world." -- Jack Canfield, multiple...

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21-year-old Eastern Ky. University Woman Loses 175 Pounds in 14 Months

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 12:03 AM


"You're the meaning of my life
You're the inspiration"


Elizabeth Whitt, a communications major at Eastern Kentucky University from Richmond, Kentucky, has the maturity of a 40-year-old in the body of a woman who just turned 21. It's a...

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