Does age have you by the throat because you’re feeling like you don’t matter anymore or somebody told you that you’re too old, too sick or too tired to make a difference in the world? NONSENSE
If you ascribe to any of that chatter I guess you didn’t hear that times have changed! AARP, however, is making sure more people get the message through their Magazine and videos and I am honored to be among them this month.
The good news is…it’s not too late for you to become a part of this change. Whether you are over 40,50, 60 or more –these are the most exciting times of your life. Contrary to what some believe you can STILL make an undeniable impact in the world.
If you’ve lived this long you have the gift of WISDOM, but you have to use it wisely if you truly desire to make an impact and not waste it on trivial things.
You also have POWER if you have wisdom and that power can make a tremendous impact on your life and the lives of others around you.
The question however is…will you choose to take advantage of your gifts. You have two choices. You can be a bystander and wait for life to play out for you OR you can get there with intention and take control of every opportunity regardless of how uncomfortable you feel. As a result, you can have the best joy ride of your life!
I am committed to the joyride. What are you committed to?
To get your mojo back you have to: Stay relevant, Get creative, Stay active and reinvent yourself.Otherwise, you lose that spark and become old and outdated.
This is your lifeline.
Here’s what I know. Taking good care of yourself in the way you know you should is often difficult. Busy days and nights take its toll on our bodies, minds and souls that causes our motivation to wane.
I get it. Been there done that. I know how daunting that cycle can be. But here’s what I also know. You can rise up out of that cycle. You CAN do better and I am dedicated to giving you the tools you need to succeed.
If you are ready to make a change, but finding it difficult to do so and…
If you find yourself staring at the walls because you don’t know what to do next, let me know and I’d be happy to point you in the right direction.
Isn’t it time you trusted yourself enough to do something different so you can get different results.REAL RESULTS!
You know people always tell me that I inspire them. That’s great and I love it. It’s a part of my mission, my purpose and who I am.
Perhaps the best inspiration to get fit and stay fit is seeing the women who are accomplishing their goals! But, it doesn’t matter whether it is something they saw me do, heard me say or read about, the fact is that they have been moved and awakened in some way to do more or be more in their life. When that happens you have to pay attention and follow that up.
I believe nothing happens by mistake and everything happens for a reason even though we may not always understand it at the time. In other words a beautiful gift doesn’t always arrive in the way you would expect it, but if you are open to the possibilities, if you are present and if you have a little patience you will hear the message and follow that lead.
I was invited to a meeting presentation the other day and I was asked to stand and say a few words. So I did for just a few minutes. When the meeting was over I spoke with a lady who had met me at one of my previous speaking events. The first thing she said to me was, “You’ve inspired me before and now you’ve inspired me again!” That lead me to believe that although she had been inspired the first time, she had not used it to her advantage. I was right. So my response to her was: “What’s holding you back?” I said, “Don’t be afraid. You are capable. You can do this.”
The intention is to give you some tools to work with and help you understand that you are capable of being more then you already are and that you can free your mind of any perceived limitations.
If you have been inspired by me or anyone else, it’s a wake up call for you to take another step towards improving your life. That is my wish for you! Shift into 2nd gear immediately by taking some action to reach your goals and make some things actually change. Don’t sit back and think about it any longer. Finally get your health, your body and your life in order. If you can’t do it alone, never be afraid to ask for help or get support. Sometimes that’s all it takes.
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You know what? I am over the moon when I see the magic happen for you as it did for me. In other words I get really excited when you manage to accomplish a wealth of happiness for yourself through reaching your mind, body and spirit goals.
Let inspiration move you by taking some of these actions:
Join that spin class, learn something new or follow up on getting that degree you’ve always wanted.
Don’t be afraid to cease running in those old familiar circles and doing the same things over and over again.
Seek support, ask for help or hire a professional to help you get to where you want to go.
When was the last time you took it to the next level after being inspired?
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.
One Fabulous Fan says this about it…
Hi Wendy, I just wanted to say that I love love your workout DVD. There is no dread factor, and the workout flies by. Your upbeat and warm personality make me happy, and your amazing physique inspires me. Thank you so much.
I was wondering if you have any plans to make more DVD’s. I would be the first in line to purchase them! Sincerely, Inga xoxo
Tear sheet from the inside of BFW Magazine. Photographer, Roneique Banks & Kanika Utley, Creator/Publisher
Thank you BFW for capturing another great shot!
I just want to know one thing. Do you have your beach body ready yet or are you still hiding? If you are hiding, not to worry! There is still time and still hope if you are willing to buckle down. Above all, don’t stress because there’s one thing I know for sure and that is…stress will assist you in body fat retention and pack on the pounds. Who needs that these days, right?
Instead reawaken your mind, search your soul and get in tune with your body to see the big picture…but focus on the small steps that will get you there.
To keep yourself in check and stay motivated, use the magic of visualization. Hang a poster up in your bedroom or bathroom that shows a reformed picture of the new you (how you envision yourself when you reach your goals). Hang a bikini next to it. Make sure the bikini is the size you aspire to be.
The other thing that is extremely important in this equation is figure out what your purpose or reason is for wanting to change your life. Watch out because this has got to be a good one! What I am saying is, you have to have a higher purpose in order to make progress and stay focused or the magic won’t stick. Just like every other time you did the yo-yo dance, that’s what you will keep doing unless you have a genuinely good reason for wanting to change your life. Then jot that reason down on your poster and view it everyday to stay on track.
This is just for starters folks. I could write about this all day long. But I can better show you and coach you through this also.
Seeing it is one part — achieving it is the other. You don’t have to do it alone.
Keep your mind on the body you want for the beach. But also focus on activities you love, begin replacing bad foods for healthier ones and find the support you need to succeed if you can’t do it on your own to insure your success.
Better late than never. Now is the time to get to work to make it happen. Are you in? Let’s go then, ’cause it’s crunch time baby!
Wendy’s Fit Fax Tips!
The truth is life happens and there is always going to be a certain amount of stress in your life, but its how you manage it’s how you manage it that counts. Here’s what I do:
The truth is…I find something to laugh at everyday — movies, standup comedy and sometimes I am my own comedy. I can get sill and funny too with the things I create. Let’s just say, I like to keep things interesting.
The truth is…I don’t hold grudges. It ain’t that serious, I always say. Life is too short. Grudges only harden your heart and decay your soul.
The truth is…Resolve your issues. Forgive your past and forgive yourself. Say what you feel and mean what you say. Unresolved issues are like a growing disease or inferno that one day will combust and destroy you.
The question is: What will you do different this time to make it work for you?
Weight loss is a major topic of concern these days. Many people are overweight in our society today. The average American lives a very sedentary life style. There is also an overabundance of processed foods and fast foods that make it easy for most people to gain weight. A large amount of people suffer from low self esteem due to a poor body image. The desire to fit in and look thin can cause people to drastically and quickly lose weight and then gain it back. This is very unhealthy. Stop the madness before it causes problems.
Gaining weight is a process that happens over a gradual amount of time. As excess food is eaten, the body begins to store it as fat. Unhealthy food choices and lack of exercise cause weight gain. This process cannot be reversed overnight. The body needs time to gradually remove the excess fat. Many people want to make drastic changes to quickly remove fat. This can lead to starvation and excessive exercise. People will impose very strict dieting regimens on themselves to lose weight. They are then unable to maintain this unnatural sort of diet and eventually succumb to temptation and gain the weight back again. That why diets don’t work.
Dieting is very unhealthy for the body and the emotions, especially when it involves drastic swings. This behavior sets up a repeated pattern of failure. This can cause depression and a sense of despair. This type of dieting is sure to fail. There are always new fad diets being advertised that promise quick weight loss. Even though some initial weight may be lost, the body will always win the fight for survival and you will need to eat again. Don’t diet just eat a healthy, balanced and portion controlled meal. It’s the best way to make sure that your body stays in balance and your emotions remain calm.
The best approach to weight loss is the approach that utilizes sound nutrition and exercise. A reasonable approach seeks to lose a steady amount of weight over a gradual amount of time. In this way the body is able to maintain health and slowly use its stored fuel without feeling like it is being starved. Yo-yo dieting can become an addiction that leads to an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Be kind to your body, be patient and build muscle. Slow steady progress is the best way to permanent weight loss and health.
The vast majority of us that need to lose a little bit of weight would like to be able to lose it quickly. There are some dangers of fast weight loss, however, that need to be addressed whenever we decide to drop the pounds in this way. The unfortunate thing is, the temptation still exists and it is often prompted even further by those that are selling us the weight-loss products. Here are some of the dangers and why you should avoid losing weight quickly.
First of all, fast weight loss often results in a rebound of weight gain. This is because we are not teaching ourselves healthy eating habits whenever we are losing weight quickly, and we are perhaps putting ourselves on a regime that is unsustainable.
Fast weight loss also tends to take its toll on other parts of the body as well, such as the hair, skin and many of the internal organs. This could lead to further difficulties after the weight-loss has subsided.
One of the other dangers of fast weight loss is that if you are losing a lot of weight, your skin may not be able to keep up with the weight-loss. This is often one of the biggest cosmetic issues with individuals who lose weight, and in many cases it is avoidable.
Losing more than two pounds a week is generally not recommended and can be hazardous to your health unless you are under the direct guidance of a doctor.
When you lose weight fast don’t be duped in thinking its all body fat. On the contrary, you are losing precious muscle and other bodily fluids. And trust me you do not want to lose muscle. It is what gobbles up the fat and keeps you going among other things. TV shows like “Big Loser” give many a false sense of reality.
Although it does take a bit more patience, you can avoid the dangers of fast weight loss by eating a healthy diet which maintains a calorie deficit and getting a reasonable amount of exercise. Although it may not be as exciting as losing weight quickly, it is something that can stick with you for the rest of your life.
Is smaller better? Do you know what your body type is? Are you pear shaped, apple, watermelon or maybe you are closer to the Na’ Vi Body like the one in the movie Avatar? They are a lot like human bodies right? Similarly, they have two arms and legs, two ears, two eyes, one nose and one mouth, but they are a bit more slender in comparison to the human bodies, although they still are similar in their proportions. That, however, is where the obvious differences seem to end.
I thought it was interesting to note that the Na’vi anatomy includes a small tendril that protrudes from the back of the head and is covered by a ponytail. This tendril allows them to connect to the environment around them. Other differences between Na’vi bodies and human bodies include the color of their skin and the fact that the Na’vi are several feet taller than the average human which gives them an advantage, as far as their strength and speed is concerned.
That being said here’s my question and root observation. How fit are you? Some make this judgment on eyesight alone. The assumption is that if you are skinny or a person of average build you are healthy and fit and if you are fat or a person of larger frame size you are sick and unhealthy. Let me just say, it ain’t necessarily so Joe! Furthermore no matter what shape or body type you are or even if you have tendrils flowing from the back of your neck and blue in color like the Na’vi, it is not a measure of your health or fitness level. Far too often I have met with people who are of average size but unfit and unhealthy.
Here’s what matters. Health! Focus on health and functional fitness first, not how you look and everything else will fall into place. AMEN!
What generally happens to our physical fitness program when we travel? It all goes down hill right? Well it doesn’t have to be that way. All it takes is planning and a clear mind set of what you want to achieve. So often people tell me when they go on vacation or away on a business trip, they not only didn’t workout, but they over ate on all the wrong foods.
Here are some rules of thumb to live by when traveling:
#1 Rule – Don’t stay anywhere that doesn’t have a gym. These days that is pretty hard not to find.
#2 Rule – Plan your workout time just like you plan your meal times and pencil it into your day planner the same as you would if you were planning a business lunch.
#3 Rule – Reprioritize and rearrange your mindset on where exercise ranks in your life. Be sure to put it at the top. It must be recognized as a necessary and automatic function – Just like waking up in the morning and brushing your teeth or looking for breakfast.
#4 Rule – If you are short on time do body weight exercises and/or whip out that exercise tube I so often talk about and get busy.
#5 Rule – Make smart dining choices. Just because you are away from home there is still no excuse for eating bad. Many places today have a small selection of healthy menus. If they don’t, you have to mix, match and just ask for what you want. I do it all the time and 95% of the time I get my way.
Traveling is stressful and exercise is the antidote – No doubt! How are you handling the stress when traveling? Are you creative or just playing it by ear?
Including health and fitness in your life and relationship has many benefits. To start with you must focus on self. If you have your life in order, everything else will fall into place. If you are healthy, you will feel good, look good and have lots of energy. All of that positive energy helps you to reach out to your partner and be more supportive to the people around you. It allows you to focus on the good things about your relationship that can help it to flourish.
Many times people with unfit and unhealthy bodies tend to have depressed attitudes. That radiates into negative energy. Disease, pain and a general loss of well being due to the body’s physiological changes can be the culprit.
A healthy body creates a clear mind. A clear mind helps you make wise decisions and with wise decisions you will make smarter choices. The increased energy you get from your workouts as well as healthy eating gives you a sustainable drive to reach your true potential. Also, as an added bonus it increases your sex drive. (For more tips see my website at www.wendyida.com)
I don’t usually talk about really personal stuff but in this case I feel there is cause for celebration and one thing worth mentioning. I am celebrating my twentieth anniversary this weekend and you know what — I am still having a blast!
After twenty years we can still laugh, love, workout and have fun together. More importantly during the hard times and through all of life’s trials and tribulations I have never felt more supported.
To celebrate we thought we should get in a quickie weekend getaway to wine country. I don’t drink but two of my favorite places are Santa Barbara and Temecula. I love the climate and atmosphere there. This time we chose Temecula to make more memories.
One thing’s for sure out of all we did you can best believe I got in my workouts. Did you hear me! Oh yes, I got in my workouts! Got to…Everyday! I don’t leave home without it. : ) Ha ha! What I mean is getting in my workouts are important even when I’m on the road. There is no reason why I should stop being fit while I’m traveling.
This lifestyle works for me and being involved in health and fitness only enhances my relationship. It not only keeps me healthy, but it shapes me into a happy, energized and responsible human who is excited about life’s possibilities and its increased opportunities to deepen my relationship.
How about you? Are you enriching your life and fulfilling your fantasies? Are you aware that all you do and all you are begin with your health? Are you conscious of what your body is capable of and if so, are you taking action to bring it to its full potential? What’s your story?
You need at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic or cardio activity daily. Aerobic activity is defined as continuous movement for at least 20 minutes. Start out slowly and over time increase intensity and activity if you haven’t exercised in a while. Just remember to check with your doctor before starting any new fitness regimen.