Keeping Motivated

Keeping Motivated – How I Do It

147I surround myself with people, photos and affirmations that are in line with my goals to be healthier, of mind, body and spirit. I keep my diet clean, I do not eat any processed foods, nor foods with artificial sweeteners. I monitor my carbohydrates and sugar intake so that I do not become lethargic. I stay in the mirror always envisioning the physical body I want to see staring back at me.

I speak positively to myself, encouraging myself and believing I can do all things if I remain steadfast and committed in my beliefs. I put it on automatic, training, eating and thinking. I plan my meals and my training in advance. I recognize distractions and avoid them.

More times than not I WIN!

This is my blueprint to keep in the game and it works!

Keeping Motivated Everyday

  • Show love for one another in any and every way possible

    SIFH’S mission is to encourage one member man, woman, child, and across all races show love for one another in any and every way possible.  We encourage one another by way of accountability, advice, donations, support and in every aspect of life.  We are an organization established to support a person to the healthiest lifestyle possible, mind, body soul. There were days I thought SIFH were just my imagination and not really viable, then a message of some sort would arrive from some lovely person saying the encouragement of SIFH has improved their life.  I am not going to get all spiritual here but all I can say is that God at the helm and from where I sit and what I see it just makes sense to forge ahead.Share this Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmailFacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail
  • Is there no place like home?

    Is there no place like home?                                 Dec. 30, 2013 Dorothy had to venture far away from her center only to discover that we can’t really out run ourselves. Are you at home in your own skin? Wouldn’t you like to be? Find out how to better love the skin you’re in, be more at peace, and celebrate being uniquely you. External factors constantly affect our opinions. Modern advertisements have done a convincing job at altering our general views of how we value ourselves. We are consistently taught that our bodies should be smaller, taller, our hair thicker, or shinier, teeth straighter, or whiter. Admittedly, there are seemingly superficial standards of beauty that share international agreement. What is commonly shared as the universally accepted standard often depicts the portrait of a healthy person. Health is reflected in clear smooth skin, good strong teeth, and great over-all bone structure. Structural beauty/integrity is often a combination of nurture and nature. Our genetics and diet combine to influence our looks. Nurture affords us an opportunity to affect personal appearance. What we put to our lips can either make or break our hips. Natural raw foods are essential to building and maintaining a glowing physical appearance. Vital hydration, vitamins, and minerals are abundantly present in fresh vegetation. The aforementioned elements are the building blocks of our cells. They support and improve what your Momma gave ya. Green, red, and yellow storehouses deliver fiber to absorb and sweep away debilitating toxins while phytochemicals replenish and restore cellular health. Good health is the basis of real beauty, but total beauty isn’t solely dependent on external appearances. Internal influences (such as attitude) are also deep effectors of overall attractiveness. Certain emotional characteristics radiate from within to accentuate our outer shells. A genuine smile, confident carriage, sparkling eyes, and radiant energy are subconscious broadcasters that yell “attractive.” Here again, what we decide to eat can make the difference in what we broadcast. It’s no secret that when we feel physically good, our frame of mind usually follows. An engaged, energetic, positive person is always pleasing company. So remember there’s no need to venture from your center to celebrate unique beauty. It’s all already there waiting for your tender nurture, acceptance, and respect. Artificial fixes can enhance the birthright, yet a firm foundation built on healthy concepts is enduring. Here’s to Living the Green Life. Sincerely, Deborah Joyner - Guided Purposes Inc. Holistic Health Coach Share this Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmailFacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail
  • Health and Fitness Pertaining to the Recovering Addict

    Health and Fitness Pertaining to the Recovering Addict For the last seventeen years I have incorporated health and fitness into my daily routine. Some say I just traded addictions, but if they knew me then, they would suggest I should stick to this addiction.  Active addiction breaks your body down.  It was evident when I took my second B-12 shot.  The first time, was during my first time in rehab. 18 months later in the second stint the shot hurt like hell. Most addicts need a structured environment and that is what I needed.  I was 315lbs at six feet with a family history of congestive heart failure, and also cancer. After getting out of rehab and getting a health assessment by a physician I was given the go ahead to start a health and fitness program.  I never really got a trainer; I just surrounded myself with people who were like minded about their health.  Diet was really first as I had to learn to eat right and I am still learning a lot. We should all try to learn our bodies, and know what makes us tick to the best of our ability.  And I say that because, we could get someone who is one size fits all and that is not always the case.  Coming off alcohol and drugs also keeps us stopped up.  Monitor what's coming out of you and of course what's going in you.  Research your program and your diet.  Some say balance your diet, but if you are heavy like I was, my advice is look at an ectomorph chart, that will tell you plenty. Now a lot for me was spiritual. Upon getting out of rehab, I started attending 12-step meetings daily.  I became a meeting rat and gym rat and work rat.  That was my structure, and I still follow it that way seventeen years later.  I have never relapsed, because I follow this program.  I don't go to meetings like I used to, but I do stay in touch with my sponsor. Exercise and eating right is good for the soul.  When I started this, my goal was just to lose weight and to get in shape.  But it took a life of its own.  As I started to drop weight, I really started to feel better and have more confidence.  The compliments helped me, going to work was much better; I started being able to communicate with people, and also with family.  One year later, I was featured in the newspaper for losing weight.  People were actually asking for my help, so you can imagine the confidence boost within me. Looking fit and being fit, does something for the soul.  It actually gave me a purpose in life, for once I actually started feeling that I was contributing to society.  Three years later, I did my first body building competition and won.  As time went on I won three more shows in the span of eight years.  2008, I won my pro-card from the SNBF. Health and fitness has not only helped me stay fit, but has also kept me on track in staying clean.  It also has helped me in my everyday life with my family.  It has helped me be a better husband, father, grandfather and son.  I have become a better and productive member of society.  A lot of people and friends at work look to me to help them now with their health and fitness journey, and I am doing my best, by God’s grace to lead the way. Carlton ShoemoeShare this Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmailFacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail
  • Dealing With Sports Injuries

    Dealing With Sports Injuries As an athlete your body is exposed to the elements and also subject to wear and tear of injuries. Keeping that competitive edge is essential to staying ahead of the competition. Hydration and nutrition is important to help the body heal from injuries. When the body is injured how it is treated will determine how soon you can return and how it will affect your body long term. When dealing with injuries heat and ice therapy can be beneficial to our bodies.  Using cold therapy if an area is red, swollen, inflamed, or if it's an acute injury, meaning an injury that just occurred, you want to cool the area down and prevent any inflammation. Heat will generally be used to prepare a body part or a portion of your arm or leg for exercise. It helps in increasing blood flow or circulation, increasing tissue elasticity or flexibility, and it will just help warm up or prepare the body part to accept the exercise or the stretching that the athlete will be doing to the area. You can use heat or cold in conjunction with exercise. The healing process starts after the injury takes place the body has the ability to heal itself depending on your health at the time of injury. Do you have an allergy to medications, certain foods or is there a chronic injury and or illness present? Does your food intake allow your body the nutrients it needs to help your body rid itself of waste? Not having the ability to rid your body of waste will reduce the efficiency of the operation of bodily functions. Are you making improvements to your body with your diet? Is it compatible to what your body can and can’t digest? Does your diet provide you with the vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly so that when an injury happens you can be in a position for a proper recovery? As a former high school track star and advocate of health and Fitness I have had injuries to deal with Back, Neck wrist and hand until I provided my body with the right nutrients my injuries were chronic and difficult to deal with. Leonard Viltz Google Facebook.com/Leonard.ViltzShare this Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmailFacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail
  • To Breakfast or Not to Breakfast, That Is The Question!

    One of the first questions I ask my clients is, “Do you eat breakfast?” I usually hear: “Nope,” followed by, “I’m not hungry in the morning” or “I’m typically running late” or “I just have coffee.” Then there's, “I skip breakfast because I’m dieting.” If these sound familiar, I'm not going to sugarcoat it. You're not alone, but you gotta' make a change! Thirty-one million Americans skip breakfast, according to a recent survey by the NPD Group. This blows my mind because breakfast is critical for brain and bodily functions. Think of it like this, when you start your car on “E”, you know that it's not going to be long before it will start to sputter and konks out. Don't travel 'til lunchtime on an empty tummy. Why is breakfast important? Solid science proves that breakfast eaters are more likely to maintain a healthy weight. Building your empire? Forbes Magazine reports that the most successful people start their day with breakfast (ahem, “power breakfast”). Breakfast helps you to put up a willpower force field. You're less likely to be hitting up the vending machine later in the day or overeating because your blood sugar bottomed out. My first tip: accept that breakfast is a must. No matter what your excuse, busy, not hungry, or “dieting”, a few bites of food turbocharges your brain and body. You won't know how good you can feel until you do it. Embrace, decide and do. My second tip: nosh on what makes you happy but make sure it includes a protein and a carbohydrate source. Bagel lovers wipe your tears: the bagel and cream cheese tastes good now but causes you to crash later. That cream-cheesy-bread-bomb breaks down into simple sugars and leaves you craving more food. Keep the bagel if it's true love and top with lox, egg whites, turkey sausage, thinly sliced roast beef, a bit of steak or ham. Is every morning a fire drill? Take my Five Minute Breakfast challenge. Get yourself in gear and whip up one of these simple meals, either the night before or in the morning. Set the timer and make it a game of “How fast can I get this together?” I believe in you. Ready, set... • Traditional: eggs any style, whole grain toast • Creamy: chopped fruit with low-fat cottage cheese or non-fat Greek yogurt. • Cereal: Fruit, oatmeal, cold low sugar cereal, scoop of whey protein powder • Wrap: whole-wheat tortilla, peanut butter, banana slices, cocoa powder • Savory: lox, low fat cottage cheese, red onion. Breath mint, please. • Sweet: smoothie: berries, yogurt, almond or coconut milk, peanut butter, ice. Your no breakfast eating excuses are busted! Set yourself up for success with breakfast, so you don’t crash and burn later in the day. Kim Barnes Jefferson, Squadleader, Fabulous Fitsquad www.fabulousfitsquad.com Kim is a Health, Fitness and Lifestyle Coach. Her mission is help women learn how to look great and feel fabulous. Kim believes there is a healthy person inside each of us. She works with clients to teach them how to give themselves permission to live a healthy lifestyle. Kim’s no nonsense own your “stuff” approach makes her a sought after coach. She is an ACSM certified personal trainer, AASDN certified nutrition specialist and ACSM certified wellness coach.Share this Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmailFacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail