Archive for September, 2012

Start today and begin to better your health and fitness by making a commitment to yourself to change.  It only takes a few simple steps to make a difference.  Maybe you are stuck in a rut, maybe you have been hitting the fitness thing for awhile and have hit a plateau, whatever the deal just make one change for the better.  This change could be with regards to your nutrition.  A change to your activity level or workout.  Everyone is eligible.  No one person is Perfect!

The change in your diet can be a simple one. You can start with adding a serving of fruit or vegetables to each and every meal and snack.  That is it.  All you have to do is have a half cup of cooked vegetables or a cup of raw or leafy green vegetables or a medium sized piece of fruit.  Another step would be to eat 80% of your meals at home.  That means cooking your meals and not using pre made dinners or take-out meals.  If 80% is more than you are ready for then start with 50% of your meals, or just pack a healthy lunch for work everyday.  Any step, even a small one is a step in the right direction.

Steps to your activity level to becoming fit and strong can be simple too.  If you have not been working out then just make a commitment to walk 10 minutes a day and build from there.  If you cannot make it 10 minutes yet, then do what you can.  If you’ve been walking regulary, challenge yourself to get in a certain number steps each day.  You just have to start somewhere and work towards improving your time or distance.  Maybe you want to get in a workout and going after work is not cutting it.  How about waking up early each day this week and going before work? I bet your body will feel better for it.  Your energy levels will increase. 

Your change doesn’t have to be just diet and fitness.  Find ways to reduce stress, to get more sleep, or even spend time with loved ones.  All of these changes will make your body more healthy and will increase your longevity. 

But, whatever it may be, just choose one this week and challenge yourself.  Then, next week or in a couple weeks, choose another.  Even if you cannot see results right away you can start feeling better about yourself and the body that you are in. A few small changes can lead to big results over time.  Just make manageable changes and stick to them consistently.  If you do that you can start feeling better today.


What drives you? What drives you to be you, everyday? What drives you to get up before anyone else to get to bootcamp, to go to the gym, or to make a healthy breakfast, before anyone else? What drives you to push past your comfort zone? What drives you to crank out those last 3 reps or that last 30 seconds? What drives you to work harder than anyone else? What drives you?

Achievement is not defined by inches and pounds lost. It is defined by the journey. The journey YOU take to get you to where you want to be. It is defined by the sacrifices and hurdles you must overcome to get you to where you want to be. It is about drive. It is all about drive, nothing more and nothing less. So what drives you? Is it the 20 lbs you want to lose once and for all? Is it your quest for a healthy, younger looking body? Is it the fact you want to be the best at something? What is it?

On a personal level, for me, I am driven not by money, not by material possessions but by my inner determination to be healthy and to be a model promoter of fitness and health for others around me in bootcamp, at my studio, and in the community.  It is in me to eat healthy, to be disciplined and to go the gym 4 days a week to workout. I do this every week, no if, ands,or buts.  It is part of me and in some ways defines me. This drive keeps me alive physically, mentally, professonally and spiritually. Without it I wouldn’t be who I am today.

So what drives you?