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Overcoming Obstacles in the New Year

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On my quest to becoming fit forever I have discovered that we all have the potential to accomplish much more than we give ourselves credit. That’s right, regardless of our age, genetics, or body type; we have what it takes to succeed. All we need is a passion and desire to drive us to our goals.

Too many times we let obstacles discourage us from attaining our goals. What I’ve learned on my journey is that obstacles are just a part of the landscape. How we react to those obstacles is a key to achieving success with our health and wellness.

What do I know about obstacles? In the next few paragraphs I’m going to be transparent and share some challenges that I wake up with each day that could keep me from attaining my fitness goals.

When I was in my 20’s I noticed a 2 inch increase in my neck size. Little did I know that there was a large fast growing tumor fused to my thyroid gland. This was causing a whirlwind of symptoms: elevated heart rate, uncontrollable sweats, fatigue, and massive weight fluctuation. Not something the average person wants to deal with in the midst of life and stressful work demands.

I experienced these symptoms for months. The doctors had difficulty trying to detect what was causing these problems. By the time that the condition was diagnosed my thyroid gland was damaged to the point of needing to be removed. Radiation treatment was required to remove the tumor and my thyroid.

Without a thyroid gland, I would need to be on replacement medication for the rest of my life, and was told by my doctor that weight control would be a constant struggle. His words were, “Those without a thyroid are destined to struggle with weight the rest of their lives.  Really?  From that moment on it was my goal to prove this Houston doctor wrong!

I made a decision that with God’s help and the proper balance of nutrition and exercise, I would get in the best condition of my life and stay that way. I would be FIT FOREVER! (That title sounds somewhat familiar).  Now, more than 30 years after that doctor’s prognosis, I am still proving him wrong! Every day I have the chance to set the course for my destiny the rest of my life.

This situation is not easily dealt with, as pounds will pile on if I choose not to stay active and exercise. But guess what?  Everyone has obstacles of some kind to deal with.  It’s time for me to stop the excuses and to get my tail in to Colorado Athletic Club and do the work!

Now is the time to hit our obstacles head on.  No more excuses!  If not you, then who?  If not now, then when?  Today is a brand new day of a fresh New Year. Get started on the path to health, strength, and happiness.

 

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See Your Dreams Come to Life Pt. 2

 

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In our last blog we stated that goal setting is a powerful process for taking baby steps to our dreams.  Goals are key to shaping our ideal future, and for motivating ourselves to turn our vision of the future into reality.  This applies to every area of life, especially to our health and fitness goals.

Let’s look at why goal setting is so important when it comes to our health.  The process of setting goals helps us choose where we want to go in life. By knowing precisely what we want to complete, we know where we have to concentrate our efforts. We are also able to quickly spot the distractions that would otherwise lure us from our course.

By setting sharp, clearly defined objectives, we can take pride in the achievement of our health goals. We can see progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind. Also by setting goals, we also raise our self-confidence, as we knock out our goals one by one.

We must remember that our body is a gift given to us by God to manage for a lifetime.  We get one shot, so let’s make it count! 

IMAGINE…Think about your health and fitness goals. What would you like to see happen? Go ahead – dream big! Let your mind take you to places it hasn’t been before. What kind of activities would you like to do that you are unable to do right now? What waist size or dress size would you like to be six months from now?

Notice I didn’t say next week! Becoming healthy and fit doesn’t happen overnight – it takes time. Set some goals that are measurable, realistic and attainable. Program your mind to believe that a long term healthy lifestyle is the optimum goal, not just temporary weight loss!

 

Next, BELIEVE… in your heart that snap shot etched in your mind is going to take place.  Create the big picture of what we want, and decide that nothing will stop you to see it take place. Then we break these down into smaller targets that we must hit so that we reach our long-term goals.

And finally, ACHIEVE… Now get rid of the excuses and get started!  Am I saying that you actually have to apply yourself 100% to your goals?  That’s exactly what I am saying!  Take action now to see your dreams come to life.

Take out a sheet of paper and write the following at the top:  My long term health and fitness goals (one year goals).  Take some quality time to write down your your top five things and put them in order of importance.

Now, in order to accomplish what you have down on paper, you must devise some realistic, attainable short-term goals. Start with six-week goals. Take time to write them down:  Six-week goals that will lead me to my long-term goals.

Remember to be very specific. If a long-term goal is to lose 5 inches off of our waist, then a short-term six-week goal may be to take half an inch off your waistline. In order to do this you must break down each goal and ask the question, “What is going to be my plan to achieve this goal?”

These health goals are your future! Each long-term goal must have short-term goals devoted to making them happen, along with specific steps to achieve those goals. Having a plan is half the battle – working the plan is the other half.

This is the perfect time for a healthier, happier, and more energetic YOU in the year to come. Go ahead:  IMAGINE, BELIEVE, AND ACHIEVE!

 

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See Your Dreams Come to Life Pt. 1

Dreams

Why is it that most of us don’t see our health and wellness dreams fulfilled? Too often we sell ourselves short by simply doing what we’ve always done. As a result we always get what we’ve always gotten in the past.  We all want to see our dreams fulfilled, but unfortunately we stop short of taking action on those dreams.  The truth is our dreams don’t work unless we do!

Goal setting is a powerful process for taking baby steps to our dreams.  They are key to shaping our ideal future, and for motivating ourselves to turn our vision of the future into reality.  The practice of setting goals is used by top-level athletes, successful business people and leaders in all fields. They give us long term vision and short term motivation. They focus our knowledge and help us organize our time and our resources so that we can make the very most of our lives.

 

  • Write your health goals down: What does not get written down does not get done. This crystallizes our goals and gives them more force.
  • Set priorities: When we have several goals, prioritize them. This helps us avoid feeling overwhelmed by too many goals, and helps to direct our attention to the most important ones.
  • State each goal as a positive statement: Express your goals positively. “I want lower my body fat so that I can feel better and more energetic” is a much better goal than “I’ve got to lose all this weight somehow.”
  • Set realistic goals: When we set goals that are not realistic, or too high, we may not anticipate the skill needed. This in turn may cause us to want to give up, so we must make sure our goals are reasonable.  Make sure to keep the goals small and achievable. If a goal is too large, then it can seem that we are not making progress towards it. Keeping goals small and incremental gives more opportunities for reward.  We should take care to set goals that are manageable. There is nothing more dispiriting than failing to achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond our control.
  • Be precise: Set a precise goal, putting in dates and times so that you can measure achievement. If we do this, we will know exactly when we have achieved the goal, and can take complete satisfaction from having accomplished it.

It’s time for us to pull out our biggest dreams and make a decision to go for it with all we’ve got! What do we have to lose? It amazes me the miraculous transformation that happens in our lives when we are willing to dream.

Let’s be thinking about some health and wellness dreams for the future, and in the next blog we will look at the plan to see these come to life.  It’s all in a state of mind.  Remember, to change your life you must change your mind!

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Think positive!

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NEWSFLASH! It’s time to THINK POSITIVE!

Change begins with thinking in a different way. We hold the power in our own mind to make the changes that need to happen.

We must begin to think positive, and to trust that great things are in our future. Next, we must erase the negative thoughts that plague our minds. You know the kinds of thoughts that I’m talking about; the ones that play all too often:

“Here we go again, you remember what happened the last time you tried a new workout plan?”

“Why even bother? You know that you won’t be able to stick with it.”

“Go ahead, quit, you know you don’t have what it takes.”

“I just can’t help being overweight, my metabolism is messed up!”

“I’ll never be able to look like I want to look, so why even try”

We need to replace those negative thoughts with positive thinking and stop being our own worst enemy. Let’s make the mindful decision to focus forward on a new beginning.

Whatever happened to:

“You can do it.”

“You have what it takes.”

“You are a winner!”

“Keep keeping on.”

“You’ve got this!”

Aren’t you ready to embrace an active lifestyle of health and strength? Then get started and embrace it and consider it yours.  The truth is we all have within us the power to change. We have the potential to accomplish much more than we give ourselves credit. That’s right, regardless of our age, genetics, or body type; we have what it takes to succeed! But we must believe it before we achieve it.

 

 

 

 

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“He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.” Arabian Proverb

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There are some “Do’s” that are important to embracing health.

Do maintain a positive attitude.

Do eat three meals a day.

Do make meals last more than 15 minutes.

Do eat only in designated areas of the house.

Do stay away from cigarettes and second-hand smoke.

Do avoid and reduce stress as much as possible.

Do exercise moderately and regularly.

Do eat plenty of fiber to maintain regularity.

Do practice portion control.

Do plan snacks.

Do realize that you get one body for a lifetime and it is up to you to maintain it.

The promise of a better life is within your reach. Fueling your body with healthier habits will improve your quality of life, and your example will help create a healthier, happier world.  To see more about our Fit Forever journey check this out: http://wp.me/PGpee-94

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Healthy Tips for Kids

“The early years of life can lead kids toward or away from
good health.” 

10 HEALTHY TIPS FOR KIDS

Following these ten tips will help kids stay healthy and happy.

1. Food is fun

Enjoy your food!  Eating is a good thing.  Like putting gas in a car, it gives you fuel.  Food gives you the fuel and energy you need to go!  If you don’t eat your mind and body can’t go fast like they were intended to.

2. Breakfast is important 

Our bodies always need energy; and after a night’s sleep, energy levels are low. So, when you are off to school, if you don’t eat your body will stay sleepy and tired.  Start the day with breakfast. Plenty of carbohydrates is just the ticket.  Try cereal with skimmed milk, oatmeal, fruit or yogurt, toast or bread.

3. Eat different kinds of food

Every day, you need to eat all different kinds of foods – not just candy and sweets.  You need over 40 different kinds of vitamins and minerals every day for good health. Since there is no single food that contains them all, it is important to balance your daily choices.  You do not need to miss out on the foods you enjoy. The best way to make sure you get the right balance is to eat a wide variety of foods each day.

4. Don’t forget vitamins

Vitamins are important if our body is to be healthy and strong. They are absolutely necessary for our growth.  Make sure to take a daily vitamin in the morning with your breakfast.

5. Eat fruits and vegetables as snacks

Fruits and vegetables are among the most important foods for giving us enough vitamins, minerals and fiber. We should all try to eat 5 servings a day. For example, a glass of fruit juice at breakfast, perhaps an apple and banana as snacks and two vegetables at meal times.

6. Fat isn’t good

Eating too many of those tasty, fatty foods (such as butter, spreads, fried meats and sausages, pies and pastries) might not always be so good for your body. Although we need some fats to get all the nutrients we need, it is better for our health if we don’t eat too much of these foods and get knocked off-balance.

7. Snack smart

Eat regularly and choose healthy snacks.  Even if you eat regular meals during the day, there will still be times in between that you feel hungry, especially if you have been very active. Snacks can fill the gap, but should not be eaten in place of meals, only as an extra. There are lots of different snacks available. Your choice may be nuts, raisins, fresh or dried fruits, yogurt, or sticks of vegetables like carrots and celery.

8. Quench your thirst

Drink plenty of water.  Did you know that more than half of your weight is just water? So as well as giving your body all the food it needs each day to keep healthy, you need at least 5 glasses of water a day. Plain tap water, bottled water, fruit juices, Crystal Light, and low-fat milk are all acceptable.

9. Don’t forget your teeth

Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Eating foods high in sugar or starches too often during the day can play a part in tooth decay. So don’t nibble foods and sip drinks all day long! However, the best way to keep a nice smile is to brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Also, after brushing your teeth at bedtime, don’t eat any food, or drink anything but water!

10. Get moving

Be active every day. Just like a bike may become rusty if it is not used for some time, our muscles and bones need to be kept moving too.  Activity is needed to keep your heart healthy and your bones strong. It can also be good fun. Try to include some form of activity every day: it may be just playing outside, walking around the neighborhood and running up the stairs. Outdoor games like  kickball, football at break times are good for giving the body a workout.

Parents, make sure to limit TV, video game and computer time. These habits lead to a sedentary lifestyle which increases risks for obesity and cardiovascular disease.  Encourage physical activities that children really enjoy. They’ll stick with it longer if they love it. Focus on the positive instead of the negative. Everyone likes to be praised for a job well done. Celebrate successes and help children and teens develop a good self-image.

Help them set specific goals and limits, such as one hour of physical activity a day or two desserts per week. It’s true that when goals are too vague the chance for success decreases.  Rewarding children with candy and unhealthy snacks encourage bad habits. Find other ways to celebrate good behavior.

Let’s make a difference in the lives of our kids. Teaching tomorrow’s generation to live a healthy life is the key to helping change our world.

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Looking for Healthy Balance? Check out Fit Forever: The Next Step

FIT FOREVER The Next Step is a uniquely designed lifestyle book that focuses on daily consistency in leading a healthy life. 

This second book in the FIT FOREVER series helps people find healthy balance through nutrition and exercise. Look no further… this is a no-nonsense book helping you daily live a healthy lifestyle.

You should read FIT FOREVER, The Next Step if…

You are looking to find balance in mind, body, and spirit
You want to look and feel younger than you are
You are looking for healthy, easy to fix recipes
You are committed to advance to the next step in your Fit Forever Journey.

This simplistic book offers three sections: Be Well, Eat Well and Live Well.

Be Well opens with 180 daily motivational studies that highlight topics of the ten chapters from book one entitled FIT FOREVER.

Eat Well shows a healthy approach to eating, including food lists, and eating plans.  This section also includes healthy recipes from a Whole Foods Nutritionist with 28 years experience.

Live Well gives workouts and illustrated pictures of weight training exercises at three levels: beginners, intermediate and advanced.

The author says, “On my quest in helping people find healthy balance I have discovered that regardless of our age, genetics, or body type we all have within us the power to change.  We must remember that we will only receive one body in the span of our life, and it’s up to us to do all that we can to take care of it.  Welcome to ‘The Next Step’ of your Fit Forever Journey.”

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