Fatigue? Constipation? Hair loss? Depression? Weight issues? Constant cravings?

The list can go on and on. Are you fed up with the struggle to just deal with it? Or maybe the Doctor is not really pinning the “true” problem and has prescribed meds to help ease your symptoms ….?

Why not educate yourself and start reading up on what your body is telling you! I’m not saying to diagnose yourself, but I am saying is listen (to your body), observe, study and ask questions. Search for the right Doctor that can actually help you discover the underlying issue of what ales you. For example; if your having major pain in your foot you wouldn’t go to a dermatologist!! Search for the right Doctor according to your specific symptoms. Be your own health advocate. Your longevity is at stake here. This may sound disgusting or weird but I’m a huge fan in gut health. Our immune system depends on a healthy gut. You may be surprised on how many other issues are connected to gut health. It’s our second brain! Read up on it, I think you’ll find it very interesting.

Meanwhile, take deep breaths and practice being still. That just may be all you need!

Live, love, honor and laugh out loud! Prioritize you.

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Play the fool

Have you ever played the fool for someone? You’re crazy about a special person and you would do anything even if …… yes, you play the fool. Love will do that sometimes. Embrace it, don’t mind what other people say. Let them stare. Let them gossip. It’s ok to play the fool no matter what the outcome. Don’t you think its best to risk and take a chance on someone than not?

Sooner or later we all play the fool and I wouldn’t change a thing. I may have made some iffy choices but I like to think I gained some wisdom looking back. All a part of life and it’s theatrical play that we all have a part in (our own).  Playing the fool is just one of many.

I’m thankful for my heartaches (now). I found me a better man than I could ever imagine. This time, I’m no fool.

So it’s that time a year again where we give thanks. I have so many things to be thankful for. My health, my children are healthy, my boyfriends obvious deep love and affection for me, my family and friends. I thank God for my many blessings. I’m seriously thankful for a roof over my head and food on the table! You have no idea…. or maybe you do.

Find something, someone to be grateful for. I believe you’ll soon realize you have many blessings just as I.

Live, love, honor and laugh out loud! Prioritize you.

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Who are you anyway?

Do you know yourself? Your strengths? Your weaknesses? What makes you….you? Ok, what do you like about yourself? What about you makes you smile and think,” Ah, I like that about me?” What character do you portray to those who don’t know you on a personal level? What do your trusted friends think of you? Ask them, seriously ask them who they think you are as a person?

Accept your weaknesses, when you’ve identified them, because we all have them. What do you run to the hills from?  Do you tend to avoid certain things in your life? Perhaps when your faced to recognize your downfalls and inadequacies you can begin to make better choices and work towards an improved and healthier “you”.

Acknowledge your strengths and gain the confidence to hone in on them. What is your role in this life? Is what you do important to you? Whatever it is, are you proud of this role you play in life?

So who are you?  Maybe the page has turned and your suddenly in the next chapter in your life and haven’t figured it out yet. Go searching. A new you is waiting to be discovered with a list of experiences and wisdom to back you up.

There is no right or wrong “you.” Challenge yourself to the truth….. when you find out who you really are, be honest!  Stay true to you.

“You are not born with beauty, your beauty is created by who you are. Your inner beauty is more important than how people see you on the outside.” Emily Coussons.

Live, love, honor and laugh out loud! Prioritize you.

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What a thought! How many out there over think a situation till you’re in full blown panic? Stuck? Confused? What to choose, which way to go, what if I do this and don’t do that? Life is about choices and making decisions. Yes this can be difficult at times, but for crying out loud don’t over-think! Life is to short to be stuck pondering the same thought over and over and over AND OVER again! Sit down, weigh out the pros and cons and make your move. Do yourself a favor and don’t sit on it for to long. Why put yourself under more stress than you need…. and who needs stress any way?! Chances are that your over-thinking something because whatever it is must be of great importance to you. I understand taking the time to make the right choice in whatever it is that you’re in deep thought and insane about. However, over-thinking wont help you feel any less at ease than after you make your final choice/decision if it’s that big a deal. What’s done is done, once you’ve made your move to press onward, get over it and no looking back. Be at peace with “whatever” and check it off as another experience that makes life so wonderful :-)

Over-thinking can be a pain  in the —! Trust in you, believe in yourself. Do whats right for YOU! What do your instincts say? Don’t second guess yourself.

Live, love, honor and laugh out loud! Prioritize you.

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Looking forward to…

What do you look forward to today? What do you look forward to everyday? Everybody has something they look forward to at some point within there busy day (hopefully). Perhaps today is the day you will accomplish what you have worked so hard on, however small it may be, it is something to look forward to.

Maybe it’s something as simple as a  cup of coffee. If a cup a coffee sets your mind as ease with a sigh of gratitude, that’s something to look forward to. I personally look forward to my morning stretch and conditioning. It helps me start my day off with a good attitude as well as calms my nerves. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I have to pursue what I love, but I am more fulfilled and content when I help someone else accomplish there goals. I love fitness, health (mind&body), and people. I look forward in hearing from a client that I have helped in fitness enter into a session with good news… they have accomplished that one nemesis that has held them back. It’s a great feeling to know I was/am a part of someones accomplishments (shamelessly, selfishly admitting). It’s true, I look forward to seeing a smile on a persons face that I assisted in reaching the finish line. It’s a wonderful feeling :-)

On a more personal note, I look forward to the day I have more patience for myself than every other day. This will be one of my greatest accomplishments. I’m a working progress. My head is filled with many voices (no I’m not schizo) that are constantly reminding me of “stuff” good/bad/ugly. My motor seems to always be running (yet going nowhere). Keeping my focus on one thing at a time is challenging, however I continually work on it to better serve me. I find this part of my personality is where I’m most creative but also most frustrating.  I learn to take the good with the bad. I am well aware of my imperfections and learned to like them because I must live with myself (truth).

“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward”. Victor Kiam.

“A great accomplishment shouldn’t be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next big leap forward.” Harvey Mackay.

“Study the past if you would define the future.” Confucious

“I really hope I can make a difference, even in the smallest way. I am looking forward to helping as much as I can.” Kate Middleton

Live, love, honor and laugh out loud! Prioritize you.

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Crashing your diet

Yup! Smash it, put a lid on it, forget it! Crash diets?! That’s just silly talk. Have you struggled with this issue? Have you been a victim of the latest fads on “dieting?”

Have you tried the popcorn diet? The baby food diet? The potato chip diet? The holiday candy cane diet? Perhaps the soup diet?!! One of those are a hit in someones “crash diet” at one point in time.

Come on! They don’t work…… at least not long term, and definitely not healthy. Generally those who try the crash diet fad end up gaining more weight then what they started with. Very low calorie eating typically sets one up for failure. It’s important to include healthy fats in your daily intake and when your on the “crash diet” your most likely not getting enough of anything let alone “healthy fats.”  Crash diets will dehydrate you, therefor you’re loosing water weight not fat, NOT TO MENTION YOUR DECREASING YOUR METABOLISM! You want to raise your metabolism not lower it!

Also, your muscles will weaken due to crash dieting, this will make it difficult to exercise. Key word; EXERCISE. How can you exercise with no energy? Food, healthy food, is energy. A healthy life style = healthy weight loss.

I like to cross train with some resistance training to build muscle. Free weights, resistance bands are an example and are good ways to build your muscles. Cut back on sugar is another key point in a healthy weight loss. Sometimes it can be tough but worth it in the long run. Remember my motto; ” Everything in moderation.”

Crash diets don’t work because they don’t change habits!

Live, love, honor and laugh out loud! Prioritize you.

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