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#GymRat?

I always thought the gym was the place to be if I wanted that perfect body, hewn from that “special” equipment that can only be found at the gym (*sniff*)! Yeah right! Well as it turns out, ignorance plus good intentions mean nothing and DO nothing for helping you lose weight, get fit, and improving your health. The statistics are out there, and the news is not good-obesity and poor health are on the rise and signing up for a gym membership is NOT the magic pill. Who’d a thunk it?! The reality is that more than 70% of people who sign up for a gym membership, fitness program,etc quit, anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

I’ve since made the calculation that the best gym or fitness program in the world, can NOT solve our current healthcare epidemic; in fact, this is one where a mult-pronged attack on all fronts needs to be implemented if we’re truly serious about addressing the issue of obesity in our nation as well as the global front. We need to understand that WE have the power to change OUR health and fitness and ONLY WE can make the necessary changes to achieve these ends. I’m so tired of all the weight-loss gimmicks and tricks that are being peddled out there instead of “people” being real and honest about the fact that fitness and health require commitment, education (i.e. educating ourselves about our food sources ), access to quality healthcare, healthy foods (i.e. not processed and packaged junk marketed  as “quick and healthy”alternatives), and a full on conscious shift to change the way we think about health and our relationship to food.

I’ve done the whole #gymrat routine as well as the at home platform, and for me, the gym is both a distraction and ineffectual (at least for me ) when it comes to sticking to a fitness program or gaining lasting results. This is not to say that going to the gym is a waste of time; it’s not-but for me and anyone else out there who thrives in a social environment that is stripped of pump, fads, and the whole “personal trainer” phenomena  (*wink*), the gym is not where I get motivated.

My fitness journey took me outside of the artificial environment of the gym and where I had to make the conscious decision, plan, and course of action to change my way of thinking about fitness and health relative to on within the context of my daily life and personal goals! Ding, ding, an epiphany hits me  and I realize that this is what most people fail to see or grasp (and most gyms fail to communicate to potential clients); the fact that fitness is not a one time deal, destination or moment in time. The act of getting fit and healthy requires personal development (i.e. it’s not all about the outside), and a total lifestyle shift. The same responsibilities you fulfill in the course of meeting your daily obligations and commitments also exist if you want to be fit and healthy in all areas of your life.

No one ever said this was easy, ONLY that it is NECESSARY if you want to live a healthy and full life, the question you should be asking yourself tight now is, “WHY AM I still doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result?” I don’t know about you but I’m getting outside and engagaging with the nature, the world, and the universe around me, as I continue on my journey to fitness, health, and fulfilment! blessings on the journey!👣

Hmmm oh what a day…

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Sometimes you just need to…

Life is full of challenges, ebbs and flows, etc. When it comes to living a healthy and passion filled life, quality is key. In order to fulfill your passion and potential, you must operate at your optimal physical and mental states. So what’s the good news in all of this? Well, by making yourself a priority when it comes to your fitness and health (i.e. recognizing that you can’t give from an empty well, or fully explore your innate potential) you are creating a pathway through which your life can begin to shift into balance. In my experience, I’ve that one of the most visible indicators of a life out of balance is poor health, stress, anxiety and being “stuck” (i.e. feeling trapped in a situation or state).

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Other “physical” manifestations of imbalance is the big “WG” a.k.a. weight gain; that’s right ladies, that ever increasing number on your bathroom scale that makes you want to scream in frustration because you’re at that point where a simple inhalation results in an additional five pounds! Wow, been there done that, NOT buying the t-shirt again gals, lol. So what am I getting at? What I am trying to say is that, all is not lost, yes you can shed the unhealthy weight, get rid of undue stress and fatigue, etc. The real and lasting solution is to first STOP and reflect on your current state, make an honest decision (about what you need to do in order to change your state), get a plan, and take ACTION.

It’s one thing to look in the mirror and gripe about weight gain, and being in a rut, but it’s a whole other level truth that makes you jump off of that “hamster wheel” going nowhere and, make a serious and actionable plan to change the course of your life. For those who are wondering, I don’t claim to have all the answers, BUT I do know how to get sh*t done because I’ve literally L.I.V.E.D. that journey and I had to dig deep for the courage and aggressively grab hold of the resources necessary to achieve my fitness and health goals. An added bonus to all of that is, other areas of my live began to shift in to balance as well and I’m now unlocking my power and potential for other goals for the future.

Sometimes you just have to dive in regardless of your fears or perceived limitations or barriers, other wise you’ll find yourself indefinitely stuck in that awful crossroads slowly losing your health, positivity, power and potential in a death spiral. Yes it sounds a bit melodramatic, but for anyone who knows that pain, you recognize that the struggle is real. I’ve got no illusions about how hard it can be to make that break, but once you decide, plan, and take action; the process becomes easier and the goal is in sight. I’m both a physical and visual person, so fitness (and health) is a favored way to create movement and progress toward achieving a desired goal. Getting outdoors is an excellent way to not only recharge the body and mind, but it also a great way break away from the crossroads (i.e. hamster wheel).

A brisk walk along the beach trails, forest preserves, etc, will (if you’re like me) help you activate your mind and body to engage in something new. Remember, exercise comes in  several forms and regardless of fitness level, the KEY ingredient here Is ACTION! Moving the body activates all your body systems as well as the mind and the best gift you could ever give yourself or your family is a healthy, strong, and positive version of yourself. I’ not saying it will not be a challenge, what I AM saying is that YOU need to invest in yourself recognize your own worth if you ever hope to have others make the same calculation. Bottom line? if you do not value yourself first, no one else will do it for you!

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In other words, “do not cast your pearls before the swine…” (Matthew 7:6, NIV).

 

Four Ways to be a Steward to the Soil | Wellness Warrior — Our Green Nation

Four Ways to be a Steward to the Soil | Wellness Warrior — Our Green Nation

 

I just had to share this lovely post in honor of  Earth Day from Our Green Nation! Please check it out …

Soil. Dirt. Ingredients for a mud pie (just add water!). Whatever you call it, soil is one of the main reasons we are alive on this planet. We’re also losing it and polluting it at an alarmingly rapid rate. Soil works on such a vast geological scale that it can be hard to think how […]

via Four Ways to be a Steward to the Soil | Wellness Warrior — Our Green Nation

Your universe…create your space!

Your universe…create your space!

So yesterday I decided to take a nature walk after a muscle burning kick-ass workout and IT WAS GOOD! Yep, I did it and I can honestly say there’s nothing like the sense of accomplishment and pride you feel when you’ve pushed through and come out on the other side.

For me it was a big deal because this same time last year, I literally could NOT work up the energy, lung capacity and courage to do what I’ve done! I said to myself,  “REALLY?” “Are you really just gonna stay this way?” “Over weight, UNhappy, FEARful, and boxed in?”

Nuh Uh! I soo was not going out that way! Next comes a coworker and friend who supported me and got me started with an awesome program and a wonderful group of ladies, each with their own struggles and journeys,  BUT UNITED in staying the course of getting healthy, fit, and empowered! BOOMSIES!! YAY, YAY! *backsliding like Micheal Jackson now* Hall haha, OMG, what a freaking journey it’s been but it ain’t over yet.

Now I’M  a fitness coach (shout out to my Beachbody buddies) and I’m humbled and empowered with the knowledge that I’m doing for others what was done for me AND I’M making money doing it! Can someone say, AWESOME!! and KACHING!!!  No its NOT ALL about the money, but it’s really nice to get paid for doing something you’re passionate about; especially in a world where so many people are suffering from poor health and nutrition.

All in all, Tuesday was a beautiful and hope filled day full of the sights, sounds, and yes, “smells” of nature. Getting outside and into the outdoors is a balm for my soul and there’s nothing like it. Maybe it’s  something about the physical action of engaging with nature that makes you connect and define your place within IT-YOUR UNIVERSE!

Here’s MY JOURNEY and “say hello to my lil’ friend” ha, haha (love my AL Pacino movie lines, *wink*) as i share a small slice my outdoor therapy what about YOUR JOURNEY? If you haven’t started yours, feel free to join me on mine … 😉
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