Hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend! I noticed there was something different and really magical for me this particular holiday more than other Memorial day weekends and it made me smile. It all started as I tried to find a park on my way to the gym. When I entered the gym the activity was electric and full of life and bodies. Not only that, but you could feel the positive attitudes, happy laughter and absence of stress on peoples face. Zumba classes were filled to capacity, cardio machines all busy and weights were a popp’in. It was totally awesome! I mean it’s so nice to feel the positive energy flowing like that from people all striving for the same thing – to achieve their best bodies, best health and best life.
I know, I know what you are going to say. Well of course people were in the gym because lots of folks don’t have to work that day. Well let’s look at the bright side of it. They could have been somewhere else on their day off doing much worse things. So it’s a great start to making changes in your life that really count. My mission would be to show them how to hang in there and continue this behavior long after going back to work. But the simple fact that people choose to come to the gym on their off day is a good thing. I’m just giving credit where it is due.
It’s become clear to me that more people then ever before are sick and freaking tired of feeling bad, being invisible and feeling like life and their dreams as a result is passing them by. Some are doing something about it and others don’t know what to do about it so they sit and ponder.
I say with love to those people who ponder. Don’t create more anxiety and depression for yourself by sitting on your hands because it won’t go away unless you stand up, take charge and make significant changes. On the other hand, what I do know for sure is that it is difficult for many people to get up and take charge on their own and stay at it when emotional needs, stress and lifestyle have got you down.
If you are shut down and don’t know what to do next get the support you need to succeed. Seek out someone you trust that can get you the right information, keep you motivated, hold your hand and keep you accountable to insure you make long-term lifestyle changes.
The bottom line is that you CAN feel better, live longer, have the body you want and make a difference in the world. You DON’T have to always be in pain, feel sick or slow down because you’re past the age of 40. Age is not a factor or an excuse!
You have HUGE control over your situation. You just have to know how to use it.
Wendy’s Fit Fax Tips!
Statistics show and prove that people are living longer as a result of being more conscious of their health, but so many more need assistance. Start here by getting real with these tips:
Get real and get rid of the “I want it now mentality.” It’s never going to happen for you otherwise. Any healthy and significant changes take time and patience.
Develop an operating system. Pick which days of the week and optimal times you will workout each week on your calendar. Label it something like an important meeting with yourself. If you really want to get this system down start with only one or two days so its not stressful and grow from there.
Find your best source of accountability. This is key because most people fall off the wagon right here. Find someone who not only can help you get going, but stay going until you understand how your body works. Get some basics as well as learn how the mind, body and nutrition work together. It could be a buddy or family member to get you started, but its also important to find a trusted mentor, coach or fitness professional to guide you to your goal for the long haul.
Have you found the guidance, help or support you need to succeed yet?
People always ask me how I stay in shape and mange to look so youthful and I tell them I shake it up! I just turned 63 this month and my spirit is so alive! I am just bouncing off the walls. You want to know why? I am so much better at 63 than I was at 33. I’m healthier, happier, stronger, smarter and I feel sexier!
My secret is simple. I strive to live a clean and balanced lifestyle everyday. Well I know you have heard that before. Am I right or am I right? Right! Well obviously there is a lot more to it than that in order to achieve your optimal goals.
Yes, I work out daily; yes I eat good small nutritional meals and try to keep my stress low. I also work hard, but play hard as well (The only way to go). But it still takes more to achieve your ultimate health and dream body goals.
The real test and magic is in doing all those things when you just don’t feel like doing them. I got up just this morning feeling like that. That bed felt cozy, my pillow felt warm and my body was tired. I had had a tough week. Oh and the voice in my head said, “Lay here a while. You need to rest today.” This was a perfect recipe for any excuse to skip my workout.
There are always going to be days like this. The secret sauce is pushing through those times and getting it done anyway. When you do this consistently it pays off BIG TIME and YOU WIN!
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Wendy’s Fit Fax Tips!
Here’s how to WIN BIG on those days when you want to stay in bed or you are too tired after work to do your workout.
Don’t entertain the thought. When you find yourself in a similar situation as I just described like feeling all warm and fuzzy in bed, immediately divert your mindset to the feeling you get when you are done with your workout and how proud you feel having accomplished it.
Don’t negotiate. If you go back and forth negotiating with yourself on whether or not you should workout that day or if you start thinking about the busy day you have had or intend to have, you will eventually lose the battle and skip your work out. Often what follows is a pattern that snowballs you into a downward spiral, which can lead right back to ground zero – a sedentary lifestyle.
Visualize your new body. The moment you feel a little doubt creep into your mind about not doing your workout, visualize the beautiful picture of you already in your new body or see your health goals already achieved and how amazing that feels to you. If you do this right, I guarantee you it will light a fire under your butt and you will leap out of bed or kill it in the gym right after work.
What other things have you tried and it worked for you to kick your own butt and kill it in the gym?
Talk about health…I want to pay special tribute to your healthy relationship with mom on Mother’s Day.
Most moms do the best they can with what they know…and when they know more, they do better. Recognize that mothers are not perfect and understand that they are people too. In other words, they are more than just your mother. They are individuals who have their own personal thoughts, feelings and things they have to deal with on a regular basis.
In addition, they play a part in the lives of others too. They are somebody’s sister, wife, cousin, daughter and lover (I know this one is hard to think of when it comes to your mother, but it’s true ☺). So they deserve not only a break, but also applause and appreciation because anyone who IS a mother knows it’s the hardest job in the world.
Just like a momma bear we yearn to protect our babies. Of course I’m talking about myself now. As a mom I know I have done my best with the skills I have had. I have always thought of my kids first and would never ever have abandoned them. Once I had them I was invested for the long haul no matter what. It was them first or there was no me. This makes me weep as I think about it because they mean so much to me. I am proud of my two grown up babies.
Then I think of my own mommy and how I was such a rebel growing up. I think of how tough it must have been for her to handle four daughters and a son. We didn’t have much, but nonetheless I remember those mayonnaise sandwiches were so good! Yes, times were rough, but we survived. I fast forward to now as I long for her to be here with me again so I can hold her hand and tell her I love her and see her look back at me and say, “I am so proud of you Wendy.” That visualization makes me weep more. I often think of old times with her — funny times too and missed opportunities. I’ll never forget the words Mommy always repeated to us before her untimely passing, “Give me my flowers while I can smell them.”
Seize those precious moments with your Mother and make them last I tell you. Make them memorable and it will sustain you in a positive way for the rest of your life. Laugh, learn and make special plans together. Let those times become traditional rituals that can’t be ignored and can be recreated and passed down through your family line throughout the years. Create and share healthy regimens and healthy lifestyle habits so you can enjoy each others physical presence as long as possible.
Overall, understand that it is always important to capture that special moment with mom by saying: “I love you,” but remember talk without the walk is cheap. So follow through and walk your talk baby and you will never regret it!
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Wendy’s Fit Fax Tips!
To build a healthy relationship with mom or anyone else in your family try the following:
Spend some special time together. Workout together, take in a movie and try a new restaurant that specializes in healthy meals. Designate a certain day of the week or month in perpetuity to have this time for only you and mom.
Build a genuine level of respect. Show mom that you appreciate and support her and sympathize with her. Entertain her ideas and help out with the little things. Give her a word of encouragement, compliment her and show her she is loved.
Let bygones be bygones. Forget about holding grudges and for any misunderstandings you and she might have had. Try to put yourself in her place to understand what stresses she may have experienced in her life and why she made some past decisions. With love and compassion help her to see how you saw things from your minds eye and perspective as a kid.
How do you plan to spend your special day with Mom?
I was inspired by a lady who booked an appointment with me recently. She is 54 and full of life and the desire push forward no matter what to reach her dreams. She doesn’t believe the hype and old attitude that aging means insignificance. Instead she is fired up and plunging forward!
I get excited as heck about that and I want more women to really understand it…that age is a state of mind and a state of health. That’s it!
So just as I told her…I want to pass on to you too…
Keep the party going for as long as you can.
I mean keep yourself together, no matter what age you are. Be proactive with your health and keep your stress low and you will have the energy and the desire to do all the things you desire and so much more.
You will never become insignificant unless you think you are or believe what others say you are. You are you. You are unique. You are beautiful. So act that way, dress that way, talk that way and walk that way with your head up. Believe in you!
If you find that difficult to do on your own ask for support. Get the help you need to succeed and use that wonderful wisdom that comes with age to your advantage.
Lotta Love and blessings,
My goal is to KEEP you motivated and keep up with the best in this game called life. In part I do that with my workout DVD’s.
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