Category: Physical Well-Being


You know how there are before and after weight loss photos or before and after car restorations?

Well here is a before and after of a necklace full of sweet treats!

Before

After

I can clearly remember enjoying a candy necklace more than once throughout my childhood! And I for one want to be a parent who will share all things that made me smile as a child – but – a candy necklace will not be one of them.

As an aspired fitness advocate, candy necklaces will continue to stay a part of my past and fruit necklaces will be a part of my child(ren)s future.

I am inspired to show them a candy necklace one day to teach a healthy lesson of choice. That is after he/she or they are very comfortable with the habit of making and enjoying fruit necklaces and old enough to pay attention to quality ingredients.

I can’t wait to make this with my child(ren) one day! #GodWilling ❤ ❤ ❤

I am even more excited to make this healthier alternative to popsicles!!

Dark Chocolate Covered Kiwifruit

Kiwifruit – peeled and cut in 1 inch thick rounds, with a popsicle stick in each round. Freeze on a tray in the freezer.

1 cup Chopped dark chocolate and 1/2 cup Coconut oil – melted over a double boiler, then cooled to room temp.

Dip each Kiwi-pop into the chocolate mixture (it will immediately turn crispy) and place on a tray to refreeze or pass around right now.”
Inspired Thought and recipe Thanks to Great Minds Discuss Ideas and  Homesteading/Survialism on facebook ❤ ❤ ❤

~ I wish the best of health and enjoyment to you! ~

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~ Today’s Inspired Thought ~

 

I am so so afraid of standing still. I am so afraid of finding myself in the same unsatisfied and unaccomplished place that I feel I am in right now. I don’t want to be in this place next year!

 

“Be not afraid of moving slowly; be afraid of standing still.” is a lifesaver. There are days where I would lose motivation and find myself at a “plateau”. These words have helped empower me to continue moving forward at my own pace. Although my pace is slow due to inconvenient circumstances; each day that I push forward only pushes me one day closer to my goal and so I refuse to stand still.

 

When you don’t hear those words above enough one tends to forget such common sense. The more I see those words, the more the meaning starts to sink in and turns from inspired thought to inspired action.

Reading that success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out has given me so much RELIEF! I feel better to think that I am on the right track moving at the pace that I am in. I do feel that I need to pick up the pace though because my level of urgency has diminished a bit due to emotional adversity. Coming to better understand that the small steps that I am taking will sum up to the success I wish to reach has fueled my passion to achieve!

 

I’ve come to realize with such clearer understanding that mistakes are not meant to make you feel inadequate and unworthy of success.

Mistakes are not opportunities for you to quit.

Mistakes are opportunities for growth and improvement.

In the past, when I made a mistake I would be so quick to respond with harsh words to myself. I didn’t need anyone to discourage me because I was my own worst critic! I got in the way of my own success with such a negative and uninspiring attitude.

It’s time to let go of the thoughts that do not make me strong.

With practice all of these inspiring words will become normal thoughts and normal actions. This is what I aspire to achieve.

Ladies: When it comes to working out, every single one of us (no matter what age or nationality) share the same goal.

That goal is: To Look GOOD: anytime, any place, every day!

We all share the same goal above but many of us do not share the same perspective on how to get there.

While we share the same goal we all need to share the same understanding that in order to look good and keep on looking good well into our 30s, 40s, and 50s!….. “GOOD HEALTH is the key ingredient to true beauty.”

No fad diet or quick fix will ever come close to what you will get with GOOD HEALTH!

So keep your plates CLEAN, your workouts CONSISTENT, your patience and motivation FIRM and PERMANENT results will come your way!

~ Today’s Inspired Thought ~

~Inspired Action ~

How I appreciate such wise words. My mind is awake to the thoughts of how I have allowed myself to become my own obstacle in so many ways than one. I can’t control a flat tire. I can’t control the job market. I can’t control the rain. I can’t control who lies to me. But there have been plenty of obstacles that I could of prevented from coming my way.

Now I ask myself “How am you getting in my own way right now?”

I am now fully aware that there are a limitless supply of life obstacles that will come our way, obstacles that we just can’t see coming. So I should not make room for obstacles that I can prevent and control. Obstacles that come from me procrastinating. Obstacles that come from me miscommunicating. Obstacles that come from me being stubborn or careless.

I need to save myself the time and trouble and just stay ready for the ones that are least expected.

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~ I hope this message enlightens you as well ~

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Wise words in this text

Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.  – Jim Rohn

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~ Today’s Inspired Thought ~

A recipe for Easy Delicious Beautiful Brain Food!

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!

From Jay Kordich on Facebook

“BRAIN FOOD! Simple, Easy, Delicious & Beautiful……Here’s a wonder food that Everybody is going to absolutely LOVE for the Holidays coming up…Please let your kids get involved too. Organic Only. 🙂

2 cups Fresh Almond Milk
1 cup Fresh Frozen Blueberries… Blend all)

OR….

2 cups Fresh Juiced Almond Milk
1.5 cups Fresh Blueberries

(Juice the Blueberries and add the fresh juiced Almond Milk) This makes for a SUPERIOR tasting smoothie.

Blend away and enjoy!!!!

What’s ‘THIS’ good for? #1 is our Brains…read on:

Antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids in some nuts and oils may curb inflammation and this recipe is full of these fatty acids. Inflammation is linked to age-related dementia. Blueberries, curry powder, pomegranates, walnuts, flaxseed are brain foods. You can spice up your salad by adding walnuts and flaxseed oil. There’s buzz about blueberries, for instance, for their memory-boosting potential. But berries of all hues are antioxidant-rich, reports Navindra P. Seeram, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy in Kingston. That means they combat free radicals, molecules that can cause widespread cell damage and are linked to chronic inflammation. Unlike the inflammation that occurs when you sprain an ankle or strain a muscle, the type that contributes to aging is persistent, and thought to be at the root of most chronic diseases, from cancer, heart disease, and diabetes to Alzheimer’s, arthritis, and osteoporosis. Berries’ beauty bonus: They’re chock-full of naturally ocurring vitamin C, another potent antioxidant that may help keep your complexion looking smooth by fighting those pesky (skin-damaging) free radicals.”

Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.  – Jim Rohn

Follow Jay Kordich on Facebook for more great tips to enhance the longevity of the ONE body you have to live in!

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~ I wish you the Best of Health ~

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“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live” – Jim Rohn

“Those who do not find time to exercise,sooner or later will have to find time for illness.” -Earl of Derby, Edward Stanley

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~*~*~ The Best of Health to you and loved ones! ~*~*~

Just Eat Right and of course Exercise to seal the deal! That’s all it takes to keep your high school figure (if your a teenager); to get back to the slimmer you (if your a new mother); or to get to a leaner muscular you (if your a man).

I have been working in the fitness industry for about 4 years now and it’s amazing how much of a challenge it is for many to count calories especially when they desperately need too. There was a point where it was a challenge for me to keep track as well!

But why do we hate counting calories?…

The true question is Why do we count calories in the first place?

Many centuries ago before words were spoken and before words were written. Our ancestors did not count calories. Our ancestors lived off the land. Lived off of what was available to them. And their bodies were so much leaner and better because of it. Plus they were so much more active. Their ability to function on a day to day basis was based on outdoor activity throughout the majority of their days and indoor activity was little too none until the sun goes down.

As civilization evolved and prized recipes were shared from one culture to another. Generations of our families now have an option to prepare Italian flavors one day, Chinese another day, American the next day and back to their own ethnic food the next day and repeat.

We have so many options to choose from, especially when we live in America where many trees that once was roamed by our ancestors have now been replaced with Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dunkin Donuts, Convenience stores that sell a wide array of 1 dollar candy, 1 dollar chips,  1 dollar chocolates, 1 dollar soda and the list goes on!

So why do we count calories now when our ancestors did not count them back then? And why do many of us hate counting calories?

Because our families eat so much more today and move so much less. Our families function so much more indoors instead of outdoors. Our homes are built for us, instead of us building it ourselves. Our ability to travel great distances by foot or by horse carriages has been conveniently been replaced by cars, trains, and planes. Most job opportunities  are available in office/desk settings or truck/bus/taxi driving instead of up on foot and out in about.

The mailman gets more exercise than the average employee! And if you are are not a professional athlete, exercise can be little to none nowadays until we wait until it hurts.

Until it hurts to look at ourselves in the mirror, until our backs and knees hurt from the extra weight we slowly but surely gained throughout our sedentary years, or until our heart, kidney and/or liver finally gets exhausted from doing their best to adjust to the extra workload we put them through from all the extra food we feed our bodies without much needed exercise.

Counting calories is now a necessity. Because our cultures have been introduced to a wide array of meals, snacks and drinks to choose from we have developed a greater sense of craving. And with a greater sense of craving comes a desire to eat to please our tongue and our mind more so than to please our body.

And our bodies become a victim of abuse. Abuse of overeating.

We count calories because we have lost control of what is most important. We’ve lost control of our longevity. When one becomes overweight or obese and is diagnosed with conditions from diabetes or high blood pressure. It is evidence that we have lose control of our longevity and so we must count calories to get back in control.

We hate counting calories because  we feel like our freedom is taken away from us. Our freedom to enjoy what we want, how much we want, when we want. Because we don’t have time to sit and count. Because we didn’t grow up doing it and it’s not a natural habit. Because it reminds us of health problems.

But counting calories keep us in control, keeps us aware, keeps us in check in making sure that we are giving our bodies the proper energy and nutrients it needs in order to function properly. That is the importance of counting calories…because our lives depends on it if you wish to live another 10, 20, 30, 40 years! We have only one life and we should put all efforts to conserve it.

The image above can relieve us of our hate of counting calories.

Thinking back to the time of our ancestors. No doubt they indulged in the “fruits” of their land and they did not gain much weight because they ate right.  It really isn’t about eating less chips, burgers, pizza and drinking less soda and juice. It’s about eating right.

The right way to eat is to eat more of the “fruits” of our land rather the production of boxed, canned and bagged items that are man made creations.

I always tell myself that anything man-made has serious consequences.

So I do my best to stay conscious of the foods I eat by asking myself such questions as:

Did most of what I am eating grow from the ground or from trees?

Is it organic or was it made in a factory?

Is this plate a picture of quality or quantity?

Will this help me live longer or will this make me sicker?

Weight loss is not hard! We just make it so.

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~ Here’s wishing you the best of health ~

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Wise words in this text:

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” – Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby 1873

“Don’t put off for tomorrow what you could do today” – Thomas Jefferson (1700s)

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139 years ago, in 1873, Edward Stanley, the earl of Derby wrote

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”

Wow. Can these words be anymore clearer?

What will it take for us all to heed of those words?

It’s been over a hundred and thirty years since these words were expressed yet many of us continue to wait until it hurts; many us continue to wait until we’ve been diagnosed with a disease; in order for us to start exercising consistently.

Many of us are waiting until someone embarrasses us or waiting until we embarrass ourselves. (please understand this is not to offend)

Waiting until we try 10 different outfits  in the fitting room only to find nothing.

Waiting until your doctor diagnoses you with diabetes or high blood pressure and prescribes prescription pills.

Waiting until your knees and back aches because of the added weight.

Waiting until you feel extremely lonely and can’t find love because of low self esteem…
The truth is inevitable.

If we do not find time for exericise it is inevitable that we will have to make time for bodily illness.

You have a choice to make right now.

Would you rather suffer from the time it takes to exercise consistently for at least 30 minutes 3 to 5x a week or put it off for 20 years later when you finally suffer from a preventable illness?

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“Don’t put off for tomorrow what you could do today” – Thomas Jefferson (1700s)

Choose Fitness First!

The time is NOW to take heed of Edward Stanley’s words and exercise.

If you are sitting here with 15-30 mins to spare after this

Plug in your Fitness DVD and do a light workout NOW.

Search for a 15-30 workout through your cable network NOW.

Schedule a workout with your personal trainer NOW.

Go to the gym in your hotel or condo NOW.

Your life, 10-20 years from now, depends on it. I wouldn’t want you to hear these words from your doctor: “You need to exercise.”

Words expressed after discovering signs of diabetes and high blood pressure which all can lead to heart disease.

My Grandmother died due to complications from obesity and if I can help  in any way; I hope this helps motivate you to prevent the preventable right NOW.

~~ With Love ~~

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“The Food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison” – Ann Wigmore
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Thank you Ann Wigmore for such wise words. Your words have (re)inspired, (re)empowered, (re)inforced my determination and dedication to educating myself, my family and friends in the benefits of eating well consistently for the sake of enjoying the ONE life we all have to live. Eating well is a lifetime/long term practice. Not a short term engagement.

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A very special ~~ Thank you ~~ to Keep in Shape for sharing this quote on her Facebook page.

I will never know how much sooner or later I would of have seen those words if she hadn’t of posted them….but the time is NOW! And so I am extremely grateful I discovered them sooner rather than later! Visit and follow for even more inspiration!

Wise words in this text

The benefit of my pain is it gave me an intensity! – Tony Robbins

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The benefit of your pain is to give you wisdom, to discover strength that you never had before, to discover the gift from it which is to protect, serve and save yourself and most importantly to save another.

Share your pain, share your story, find peace from saving another.

*a great lesson learned today

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Thank the person you hurt because they have given you a conscious.