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Learn How To Meditate

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Do you know how to meditate? When we escape from our thoughts and concerns, we’re allowing ourselves to bring stillness to our minds. This is known as meditation. Meditating can be very challenging to master. We’re all capable of accomplishing by practicing. Understand, meditation is a journey. The purpose is to calm the mind, achieve inter peace, and reach a higher spiritual dimension. You don’t necessary have to sit in a dark room for an hour to reap the benefits of relaxation. You can train your mind to focus solely on your breathing when you need to bring stillness to your thoughts. Start by inhaling deeply, follow by exhaling with the same flow. Bringing your attention solely on your breath, feel your chest raise and fall while your lungs expand and deflate. If your minds starts to wonder with distracting thoughts, channel them by chanting a mantra of choice. Silently repeat the mantra over and over to yourself as you meditate, allowing the word or phrase to whisper through your mind.

For those who are new to meditation, it’s especially important to avoid distractions while practicing. Turn off the TV, your phone, and remove yourself from loud noises. You can listen to calming music or the sound of a small water fountain running. Your meditation space does not need completely silent. All you need is the ability to concentrate on yourself for how ever long you choose to meditate. You should try and meditate at the same time every day. This way your meditation will quickly become a part of your everyday routine and you will feel its benefits much more profoundly.

Join me everyday this week tracking your experiences with meditation. Let us know what benefits you have seen.

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30 Minute Workout

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Hey guys! Let’s get a 30 minute workout done to start our week off right! Here’s what I’ll be doing this morning. Join me and let me know what you thought about this routine.

P.S Don’t forget about your Protein shake…

Always Do Your Best

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Dealing with a head cold last week; I had to push myself to keep going each day. I wanted to stay in bed and sleep the sickness away. Boy do I wish I was rich enough to just shut off my phone, ignore my emails, and forget about all my bills. Unfortunately that’s not my life and I have to work when I’m sick. I used a lot of mental strength to get me through each day, determined to do my best as if I was healthy. Telling myself this too shall past and I’ll be back to my normal self soon enough. Thinking positively about my sickness and how this will only make me stronger. If I can continue to do my best I’ll prove to myself that I can do what ever I set my mind to. 

I’m about 90% better. My love for seeing myself succeed is undeniable and I’m not stopping until, I can ignore my emails or the world because I’ll have freedom of time and money.

“Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.”-Miguel Ruiz

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Start Each Day With A Clean Slate

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Yesterday is now in our past. Today is our current future, and tomorrow is not promised to us. Keeping a clear mind each day will open opportunity in our lives.  If you had a rough night, but were blessed to wake up to a new day. You have another chance to make a change. Start this week off with positive ways you can make a difference in your life. Let go of yesterdays baggage and open good fortune towards your future.

Starting today and carrying throughout the rest of our lives. Let go of useless clutter in your mind. Begin with a healthy breakfast to start your day.  Planning ahead. Organize your schedule with a to-do list. Arrive at work ahead of time to get a jump-start on your work load. Maybe even a 10 minute meditation before you start answering your emails, or driving to drop your kids off at school. It’s very important you take time for yourself to clear out unproductive thoughts.

You hold the key to your success. Don’t allow another day to pass without grabbing a hold of yourself and shaking off the negativity. We’re all born with many talents. We just need to bring out our gifts. It starts with a clear mind!

How do you plan on starting your Monday me?

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Start Your Week Off Right!

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Happy MondayMe people! It’s a brand new week ahead, and why not start it off right with a great work out. I decided to write out 3 goals for the week. Printing them out and posting them on my refrigerator for an every day reminder.

  1. Workout everyday at 5am (I’m not a morning person)
  2.  Keep up with my house duties (I’ve been slacking on my cleaning and that’s a no no for me)
  3.  Have a productive week at work (Working really hard everyday with out trying to cut corners).

I haven’t been consistent with my workouts and that’s been affecting my moods lately. I’m determined to change that today so, here I go! Bring on those happy endorphin’s 🙂

What workout routine are you doing right now?

Don’t forget to drink a healthy
protein shake.

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If Barack Obama Can Do It So Can You…

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It’s Black History month; I’ll be dedicating my post this week to historians and how they made a difference in our lives, while incorporating current events. We all have very busy schedules, but trying to fit fitness into our daily routine can be very challenging. It you look at it this way maybe it’ll help you think about getting into better shape for your mind, body and soul. If our president Barack Obama can do it so can you! He works out six days a week for 45 minutes. Looking to get sculpted arms like Barack? Try his arm routines: standing triceps push downs, lying triceps presses, shoulder presses, overhead dumbbell extensions. He also occasionally does plyometric and ab workouts. Don’t forget he loves sports like golf, which he’s played 100 times since he’s taken office… and basketball, which he loves.
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You can do all these things with a little dedication and hard work. Nobody said it’ll be easy, although with a determination to win you’ll be able to do it too. Join a sports team, start a fitness program with a friend, and make sure you’re eating healthy. If our 51-year-old president can manage to workout while running our country; what’s really your excuse?

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P.S I’ve still been getting up at 6am working out with a protein shake to start my week. How about you?

Mental Points For Success

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How do you measure success? Do you think someone is successful because they’re rich? Or because they’re happy with what they have? There are many levels of success in life. I don’t measure success by the amount of money someone is worth. I measure success by the happiness in my life and the ones that mean the most to me. If I wasn’t able to give to my family, I wouldn’t be happy with in. I not only want success, I want my loved ones right there with me enjoying success too. Yes, money can buy you lots of opportunity and support your family. But it can’t buy you true love. Here are a few key points I use to help guide me towards peak performance for reaching success.

  1. Goals
    Setting performance/result goals by our actions and determination. Goals make us take risks; not setting goals allows us to float in life with no wish to carry out anything.
  2. Focus and Control
    Focusing on your performance is the outcome of a thought. Bad thoughts= bad performance, good thoughts= good performance. Focus on controlling yourself, which is important when trying to reach your goals.
  3. Expectations
    Expectation takes focus off self and puts it on others who we do not have control over. Expect others to fail you and expect to recover from failure. We can’t learn if we’re not taking risks.
  4. Dedication
    High achievers are willing and want to work hard. If something is worth doing, it is worth doing well. Be confident, have self-discipline, and be dedicated
  5. Responsibility
    We want to feel loved and gain approval from others. We avoid responsibility to protect the love we want from others. But we are not perfect and must be willing to accept consequences.
  6. Attitudes
    A good attitude is when we believe and have hope when others quit. Maintain a not going to give up attitude, and think positively about your decisions.
  7. Learn
    Ask yourself what do I need to do differently next time? What does the right way look like? You have to ask questions. Learn from others who have walked the same path.
  8. Visualization
    Visualize yourself in the situation. A clear picture programs the body and increases chances for success.
  9. Mental Discipline
    Our thoughts influence our actions. Focus on a positive mantra. When faced with pressure see it as a challenge, an opportunity to succeed.
  10. The Winning Way
    A winner has goals, blocks out expectations of others, devotion, responsible, has a good attitude, confidence, prepares, focuses and thinks positively.

It’s never too late to retrain your mind to do better with your life. If you’re blessed to see another day, take full advantage of it and strive for greatness. What steps do you take for reaching your goals?

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What Motivates You?

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Does fitting into a size smaller dress you bought at a bargain price, motivate you to work out?  How about challenging co-works to the biggest weight loser?  Whatever you use to push yourself, we all still need positive encouragement to stay focused on our goals.  If you don’t have  a reliable workout partner to drag your butt to the gym, you can use other strategies to keep you centered.

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Create a workout playlist with upbeat music. I listen to Workout-Dance/Pop created by Natasha Hussein. Listening to music while changing can jump-start your warm up. You’ll be dancing to the beats, pumping yourself up for a great workout ahead.  Also burning calories before you start your workout routine.  Visualize wearing that smaller size dress, strutting your stuff as admirable compliments flow.  Picture a healthier you while imagining how great you’re going to look as you drop those extra pounds. You can even use a role model to help with transitioning to a healthier you. Whom do you admire most?  Post a picture somewhere where you can look daily to remind you why won’t give up until you see results.

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Beyonce is my inspiration

Stay far away from negative people while you’re focusing on an improved exterior.  They can have a toxic effect on your interior and cause you to lose track of what’s really important.  Which is self-gratification.  Hey, I don’t write these blog posts for nothing. Use this blog as a tool, knowing I’m here with you struggling in the same life battles.  We can be each others support system. We can do it!

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Flat Belly Challenge

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Looking to for a great workout experience with out going to the gym? Here’s one I’ve done personally before and totally enjoyed. I’m headed on a road trip for a week and this challenge is perfect for getting an effective work out. Don’t forget to drink your protein shakes either before or after you work out.  Who’s with me?

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