There’s no question that we live in a very image-oriented society. Sad as it is, there’s just no getting away from that. But the reality is that while your appearance may have an impact on some things, for most people, body image is somewhat overrated.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look better, but it shouldn’t be your primary motivation or the main thing you use to judge how effective lifestyle changes have been at improving your life.
The bottom line? Focus on your health first, and then let your body and appearance follow behind.
The reason this matters is simple – if you aren’t healthy, you’ll simply have a harder time being able to feel your best and look your best. Focusing on your health lets you lay down the foundation that will allow you to then move onto your body image.
What does this mean for you? For starters, focus more on a good, healthy overall lifestyle change. A nutrition plan combined with regular exercise might not always help you lose weight as fast as those fad diets, but it will lead you to more stable weight loss over time.
Simply put, it’s important for you to build long-term plans for your health instead of minor changes that seem like they’ll work.
Keeping all of this in mind until next time, remember this and start building your blueprint for a healthier life. It’s the first step towards not only a healthier you but eventually a healthier looking you as well.
Another day has gone by…WOW! Or should I say another week. OMG time seems to speed up with each passing year which means there is no time to waste.
And as if we didn’t need a reminder of how precious our time is…my heart goes out to the victims and families of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
I personally understand the despair of a life gone too soon and too quickly.
One of the most overlooked aspects of life on this planet is that we take things for granted. We are not meant to be here forever nor is our purpose here meant only to entertain ourselves. There’s a bigger picture and we have to find the lesson. For me it’s to be in service to others. To teach, preach, guide, support and live out life’s true essence with quality, purpose and as an obedient soldier of God.
The underlying aspect of feeling good and having good physical health as well as taking advantage of every freakin moment on earth is first….changing your MINDSET! Although it is so often ignored, it can have a major impact on your life.
It’s true – the way that you think can have a huge impact on your health.
OUTLOOK and ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!
Think about your overall attitude during the day. Do you wake up grumpy or down in the dumps? How did you feel physically during that time period? Headaches, body aches, nausea, and more could all be issues that arise from something as simple as a bad attitude or outlook on the day.
How is your attitude? Do you need help changing your mindset? I did once and it resulted in a life of transformation physically and mentally. So many of my clients have benefited as a result. If you too are looking for positive change and transformation I’d be happy to serve you and share my vision with you as well. Feel free to contact me.
That poor attitude can make it harder to stay motivated, to eat properly, exercise regularly, and keep with a fitness regimen. Or, for example, a person may feel that they’re too old to get the figure they’re dreaming of. As a result, they fail to take the steps needed to actually achieve it.
Combine this with research that suggests that your thoughts and attitude can impact physical healing, and it becomes clear that for anyone who wants to live the longest, happiest, healthiest life possible, it’s important to take a closer look at how you think and behave. It could do more for your health than you realize.
Keep this in your thoughts as you go through the day, and be sure to mind your mindset. If you do, you’ll be one step closer to the healthy life you want and deserve.
Until next time, stay healthy!
I challenge you to make one change by making a shift in your thinking and share it with me. That Simple! So what’s the Plan Stan? Your comments are welcome below…
Let me start by saying that I hope you’re living and feeling great! Fall is steadily approaching, and as the weather cools and the leaves change, it’s easy to lose sight of the goals that you’ve set for yourself over the summer OR since the beginning of the year. Remember those resolutions? 🙂 Are you on track? Still not too late!
Everything from the weather to the types of food that many people eat will change during Autumn months, and it’s important that we don’t just forget about those beach bodies as we enter cooler weather. Doing so can cause you to lose the gains you’ve worked so hard on. So, while you may not have totally met all of your goals so far, it’s well worth taking a look at where you are currently and where you’re going. Making sure that you’re on track for meeting your goals is important – now more than ever
I can say with confidence I AM on track and meeting my goals as of this moment. First I’m making sure you get the message on what’s hot and what’s not so you can keep up instead of always playing catch up. And you should know by now that even though I preach and teach I also believe in walking my talk.
So one of my goals has been to stay in association with like-minded people. As a result I met Chike Okonkwo and a friend from the show ‘Being Mary Jane’ recently. Part of my energy comes from the excitement of meeting my goals!
There are a few things to review as fall approaches, including:
Not just whether or not you’re losing weight, but how easy is it for you to stick to your nutrition plan, and what steps can you make to make it easier?
- What fall-centric options can you add to your nutrition plan?
Traditional stews, chilis, and soups may not be a perfect fit, but it’s likely that you can find numerous vegan replacements that will fill you up without adding calories.
- Can you adjust your exercise plans?
With cooler weather, some options may be easier to stick with than before – a longer run without worrying about overheating, for instance.
With a few simple adjustments, you can make the autumn months work for you and your fitness goals. Think about your options and start planning for the upcoming autumn season. You’ll be glad you did.
How about you? Are you meeting your goals? If not, I’ve got solutions to help get you there. You know my number. Call it! 🙂 In the meantime…
Until next time, stay healthy!
I know that life can throw a lot of challenges at us, but one thing I think is important to remember is what kind of obstacles we’re creating for ourselves. One perfect example of this? The way you’re approaching your life and the attitude you carry with that approach.
Living a healthier, happier, and altogether better life means taking steps to do so, and that often begins by rethinking the way that you’re living life. One thing in particular to pay attention to is this – is age really holding you back?
Think about that question for a minute – don’t just snap to an answer.
Specifically, what is age stopping you from doing? For many people, the answer might be surprising. Often, age is an excuse, not an actual preventative factor. It’s the mindset that ‘I’m too old’ that is stopping you, not your body or mind.
Who determines when we are too old for things anyways? We do. We know our capabilities and what we can accomplish. We don’t have to sell ourselves short simply because of our age. If we take care of ourselves, we can be as vital as we were in our 20s. With a great attitude, a healthy diet, and an active lifestyle, age will never be a barrier to living to the fullest.
Having a positive attitude about aging is the key to staying young. If you decide that age is a barrier to your happiness, it will be. Instead, I know from my own experience, that if you choose to live your life the way you want no matter what age you are, you will always look and feel young. Your attitude defines your youth, not your age.
Stop letting the idea of age hold you back from living the kind of life you want. You’re never too old to seize the day and start working towards your ultimate life goals! If you aren’t sure where to start or even if you can start, let me help you!
When I ask my clients about their goals, a slimmer waist is almost always on the top of the list. Whether you want a smaller waist or six pack abs, that means working your core. The core itself however, is much more in depth than one may think. In fact it should be your primary focus.
Working your abs and strengthening your core muscles is more beneficial than just looking good in a dress! The core is the center of your body and it controls everything! If it’s not strong and healthy it’s difficult to do anyting at all without pain or discomfort.
If you’ve ever had a back injury (I surely have) you know what I mean. Whether you are trying to sit, walk, stand, or lay down – NOTHING is comfortable.
Do you work at a desk, sitting down all day or are you in a car all day driving?
Well think about this…
After hunching over a keyboard, answering phones, or driving Uber cars or buses all day, statistics show that you may likely have backaches after you get home and overtime will develop back problems as a result.
Everything you can do to strengthen and tone radiates throughout your body in so many wonderful ways.
Strengthening your core straightens your spine and fights that end-of-day fatigue. A healthy back reinforces good posture, which is just as important as a smaller waist when you want to exude confidence and look good!
Core strength also helps to ensure that your whole body is prepared to take on more strenuous exercises and having a strong center protects you from injury while preserving your health!
Of course, the first step to better abs is always “pushing away”, meaning saying no to sugars, bad carbs, and seconds, but your daily workout is key as well. Once you begin to move and work out your core, you’ll find that you have an abundance of new and revitalized energy!
Everyday tasks, housework, and fun activities won’t be as draining or exhausting as they may seem without a tight core on your side. Use that new found energy to grow your business, improve your relationships, or create new possibilities for yourself.
Then every chance you get hang with me! Let’s run it out (or walk it out) and do some seated leg raises to keep those muscles toned! And remember, do what you can, ease into it, and make sure that you practice everyday!
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Spring is finally in full swing, and as the weather warms and the flowers bloom, Easter is fast approaching. While the day is filled with family togetherness, thankfulness, and egg hunts, those of us who are working to improve our health and wellness often have to deal with something else – figuring out how to eat healthy for the holiday.
The obvious step here is to avoid all those chocolates and sugary candies, but I’ve noticed that there are plenty of other meals on the menu for Easter feasts that may not be as healthy as your body deserves. Because of this, I think it’s time to take a quick look at some of the best tips to help you get through this holiday. Here are some key points to remember.
• Find alternatives wherever you can. Instead of traditional waffles and syrup for lunch, why not use a vegan friendly recipe like carrot cake waffles instead? Opt out of those sodium filled meats and focus on nuts or tofu as lean proteins, too. Swapping out some things can help dramatically.
• Use shakes or smoothies to avoid the urge to munch on all the sweet treats that are so readily available.
• Shop smart and avoid stocking your home with anything that you shouldn’t be indulging in. There are plenty of great Easter basket options for kids that don’t involve chocolate, and thus won’t bring chocolate into your home where it can tempt you.
The bottom line is simple – just keep focused on your goals and maintain a healthy nutrition plan. Eat smart and follow your plan and you’ll get through Easter feasts without any trouble and keep working towards your ultimate fitness goals.
Until next time, stay fit!
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Today, we’re going to take it to the kitchen. While working out is one part of the equation, what you eat is important too. No, no. I’m not going to lecture you, I promise. I just want to help you make the right decisions to help you thrive.
What do you say? You with me?
Springtime brings plenty of natural beauty and even helps improve mood thanks to the return of warmer weather and longer days. And for those of us who are focused on eating healthy and feeling better, it’s also the time that makes it easier to keep up our nutrition plan since so many fresh fruits and veggies are coming into season.
Food swaps are perfect for improving the way you eat, and all it takes is just a bit of effort. The key to great swaps is to focus on fresh. Here are some ideas:
Matcha tea instead of latte – Coffee is a pick me up for millions, but many try to add sugar and other sweets to it. Instead, try out matcha. This type of green tea comes with plenty of caffeine to pick you up, but also brings lots of antioxidants to improve your health.
Fruit instead of sweets – Whether it’s cake or candy, sweets can sabotage a good nutrition plan. Spring brings lower prices and easier access to fruits, and using them instead of those sugary sweets is a better option.
Fresh greens instead of frozen – Frozen greens are often more convenient for us busy people. But during the spring, fresh greens are plentiful and affordable. Use them wherever you can to improve your nutritional intake and enjoy a better taste.
Scallions for onions – There’s nothing wrong with onions at all, but trying to replace them with scallions in a few recipes can help give you a lighter, more interesting flavor while providing allicin – an infection-fighting compound.
When you head to the grocery store or farmer’s market, just remember that there are plenty of great swaps out there worth considering.
For an even quicker meal on those busy days I use Isagenix which is especially great when traveling too. I never worry about getting the proper nutrients anymore with these scientifically backed products.
So on your busy days when cooking is not an option, don’t hang out at fast food joints – instead pack a punch (or a lunch) with Isagenix for a nutritious delicious meal. This does the trick for me!
I’ll be back in touch soon with more healthy ideas for a better you!
If you stay busy like me…
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Remember I teased about something coming up?
Well now I’ve got more to tell you!
This is an exciting email for me and YOU because I have something that will literally get you up and moving.
It’s exciting! It’s mind-blowing. It’s totally me!
Are you ready to find out? I know you are!
Well wait no longer…
It’s high time you join me on this journey…
So… Let’s Meet “LIVE” up Close & Personal
It’s Time You Take Charge – Empower Yourself
For years, I’ve held firm to the belief that improving your life begins with making personal changes and finding your own inner strengths. Empowered people are stronger, more confident, and able to follow their path to reach their goals effectively.
But for some, finding the way to empower themselves isn’t always easy. That’s my message to you today. Here are 4 ways that you can empower yourself and find that inner strength that will help you reach your goals more effectively.
- Eat Better – This one surprises people, but the fact is that when you modify your nutrition plan to be healthier, it can help you gain energy and even fight depression.
- Remember Victories – Too many times, we dwell on defeats, setbacks, and the negative in our life. Instead, focus on the times when you succeeded. This helps you see your positives and find inner strength.
- Live For You – This is a must. Instead of focusing on what others may think, learn to live for yourself. It’s your life, and you only have one. Follow your dreams and do what makes you happy, not what you think others want you to do.
- Pamper Yourself – Meditation. Massage. A trip to the beach. Whatever it takes, give yourself the treatment that royalty would get. This helps recharge your mind and remind you of the good things in life.
These are private, internal steps you can take. Use them as a foundation for empowerment and then start moving towards creating a stronger, better life plan. You have the strength to do anything – you just have to find it.
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The last time I emailed you, I spoke to you about how I worked at becoming who I am today. Believe it or not, I too had a lot of doubt and self-judgement. But I worked through it with the support and guidance of a mentor. Now I’m paying it forward!
Your first step to getting STRONGER. is to…send FEAR to hell! Yup! FEAR is WHACK like CRACK and it will hold you BACK!
Don’t buy into it! Just push thru it!
To help you push thru it… please accept the following gifts:
- My video to help you: Cast Away Fear & Judgement
- My message below on: Letting Go Of Fear
- My video guide to: Looking Fit, Fierce & Fab
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Letting Go Of Fear & Judgement
Let’s talk about improving your life in a way that is often overlooked. While many of us work towards reaching physical and mental fitness goals, the motivation is often driven not by something positive, but by something negative.
I’m talking about fear, and while it can be a key force in driving one towards making positive changes, at some point you need to let go of that fear and start to focus on the positives in your life. That’s what I did. And look at where I am today.
Doing so is important because it allows you to find inner peace and your inner strength, two things that will be vital in improving your success at reaching whatever goals you’ve set for yourself.
Often, when looking to make positive changes we do so because of things like fear of what others will think of them or fear of how we’ll be perceived. The big issue here is that when fear and dread of judgment from your peers occurs, it is often easy to lose motivation – one little setback can turn into a downward spiral of self-doubt and apathy. Believe me, I’ve been there!
But when you let go of that fear, you start to do things for yourself, not for someone else. You work to improve your life to better your physical and mental health, not to change the way someone might think of you. When we have this shift in thinking, it makes it easier to stay focused and that can give you the strength you need to achieve even greater things.
It’s not always easy to do, but taking the time to identify your fearsand then moving past them is something everyone should do. Find your inner strength and cast out those fears. It’s worth it.
It’s Wendy, your Fitness Mentor and Lifestyle Coach.
Can I share a secret with you? I wasn’t always this bold, audacious woman you experience today.
I know you’re thinking, “BUT WENDY — you’ve been on Dr. Oz and Dr. Oz hangs with Oprah and people who hang with Oprah are epic so, that makes YOU epic.”
Okay!! Okay!! You’re right. I’m pretty freakin’ epic but I didn’t always know it.
How about you? Do you know what you’re gifts are? The world is waiting for you to show up, show out and share them!
And if you aren’t feeling epic this February, let me help.
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Love & Honor Yourself
Yes, February is here, and that means that Valentine’s Day is almost here. It’s a day that many people out there struggle with – the idea of having a special someone in your life means that for many, it becomes a primary focus. But over the years, I’ve found that one thing is much more important when it comes to this holiday – honoring yourself.
Sure, if you have a significant other out there, getting flowers or a romantic dinner is wonderful. But you’re more than just an object of affection, and this Valentine’s Day you should focus on honoring yourself whether you have a sweetheart or not.
Some ways to go about doing that include things like:
- Treating yourself to a meal at a restaurant you’ve always wanted to try out.
- Experiencing something new – from slackline walking to a new biking trail and beyond
- A relaxing day spent at the spa, getting a massage, or just relaxing at home with a book
The point here is obvious – give yourself some attention and do something special for yourself. And while you’re doing it, be sure that you continue to focus on reaching your health and fitness goals so you don’t end up stepping backwards on your journey.
Valentine’s Day is a day for love, but in the hustle and bustle over trying to find someone else to LOVE, never forget to begin by LOVING yourself.
I’ll be back in touch soon, but until then be sure to give yourself the attention and personal honor that you deserve.
It’s no secret that being physically active is incredibly important for your health and wellness. But for many, working out is hard to do just because it’s a chore. When something feels like a hassle, it’s hard to make time for it every day. That’s why finding fun workouts is very important.
Fun Workouts To Get You Up And Moving
This is why I’ve put together a quick list of some of my favorite workouts to help you get motivated to get up and moving every day.
• Walking Tours – No matter where you live, there’s a good chance that you have plenty of local sights to check out. Set up walking tours to help you see your area in a new way. Whether it’s a hiking trail or a loop around part of the city, you’ll see some new spots while getting exercise in at the same time.
• Obstacle Races – If you’re really looking to challenge yourself, what about the obstacle races that are becoming popular around the world? Mud Runs and Warrior Dashes are two examples that let you climb walls, crawl through mud pits, and more. It’s a way to get more excitement in your workout.
• Play! – If you have kids, why not challenge them to a game of tag on the lawn? If you don’t have kids, why not play with your friends? It’s easier than you think and will help you get more exercise while having fun.
Another thing to consider? Put a TV in front of your treadmill or stationary bike. You can watch a full TV show while working out, adding a layer of enjoyment to it that wasn’t there before. The bottom line is that it’s possible to have fun while staying active – you just have to take the right steps to do so.
What are your favorite activites to get up and get moving? Let me know by leaving a comment on my blog!
Thank you for being a part of my world!
I hope you’ve had an amazing Holiday and a great year! If things didn’t go quite the way you wanted it to the good news is…You’ve been blessed with another chance to get it right!
Let’s step it up and make some changes together. Let’s create some cool new memories that we can be proud of! I’m not going to lie to you though. It’s going to be a scary ride. CHANGE IS scary on all levels. BUT…if we put our BIG girl panties on and brave the storm the rewards are great!
Dare to do something different this year! Dare to step outside of the box and take a risk. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got and I want more. Don’t you?
Life has purpose if you give it meaning and if you give it meaning you may in fact find your purpose here on planet earth. I found mine. You can too if you…
- Create the magic you want to see in your life by rejecting the word “NO.”
- Believe you are capable of achieving that dream in your head
- Keep the faith and remember that faith without works is always dead.
Are you ready to take this ride with me into 2017?
I AM STOKED BABY!