Don’t believe the hype! You are​ worth it.

Hello friends! Just a reminder that you are more important than you think you are.

You are worth it! Do not let anyone entice you otherwise. If you are here in this present world then you mean something and have a purpose. 

Hello friends! Just a reminder that you are more important than you think you are.

You are worth it! Do not let anyone entice you otherwise. If you are here in this present world then you mean something and have a purpose.

It’s up to you to find out what that is. For some, it may take a few trials or a few unpleasant circumstances. That is ok! That’s life! Life’s situations whether good or bad are all designed to make us into what we are to become.

Just think of the butterfly. In it’s earlier stages of being a caterpillar it does not have the ability to fly but as time and circumstance unfold it breaks forth as a beautiful butterfly.

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We follow the same in life. When we are born into this world we take on an original form not intended to last our entire life. Over time we encounter life circumstances that are designed to mold and shape us into what we are intended. A beautiful butterfly.

Hope this encourages you. I’m rooting for ya!

It won’t happen overnight​

Hello everybody! So, with any journey, there are things you learn along the way. There will be highs and there will be lows but the main goal is to keep your focus on the prize and keep chugging along the way. 

When it comes to keeping fitness goals it is extremely important to understand that reaching a particular fitness goal will not happen overnight. 

Hello everybody! So, with any journey, there are things you learn along the way. There will be highs and there will be lows but the main goal is to keep your focus on the prize and keep chugging along the way.

When it comes to keeping fitness goals it is extremely important to understand that reaching a particular fitness goal will not happen overnight.

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So many of us falsely believe this to be the case. Especially when effort in exercising and time devoted to a specific meal plan is given. We inherently expect that the time just spent exercising will somehow automatically melt away those extra pounds and yield the proportionally aesthetic body achieved by others.

We fail to realize that it will take time to reach a specific fitness goal. Especially if extremely out of shape. We have to accept that it is with time and patience that we will ultimately better our condition and see the desired change. It is so easy to give up after only spending a short time working toward a fitness goal. The reality is we have to understand that time, patience, and dedication are needed.

I know because I personally experienced the feelings of failure and regret after not really putting forth a commitment to change. The failure that I did not stay in the grind of the week in and week out exercise routines. And regret that when the opportunity was there to devote time for fitness I never took full advantage.

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Now, the mindset has changed and I am completely sold out to the lifestyle. For me, eating more fruits and vegetables and consuming less of foods high in fat helps me to feel energized and fresh each day. Learning more about how certain foods impact the human body help me to make wiser food choices. Accepting the fact that patience is key helps me know that I am closer to my fitness goal than the day before.

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Sure, there were days when I questioned the process. Especially when I had a great workout the day before and did not see the expected physical change. Boy doubt definitely crept in!

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But looking to others for motivation helped me to overcome! Yay!!!!

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So, if you are in this predicament here are a few suggestions I believe will help you to keep your focus and stay the course toward your fitness goals.

  1. Know that you are not alone – there are many others that have to deal with the same struggles of being consistent day to day in reaching their fitness goals.
  2. Determine what your fitness goals are for you only – Understand others can encourage but only “YOU” can make it happen. Personalize those goals and own them!
  3. Develop a meal regimen – With any positive fitness goals paying attention to food consumption is a must. What you eat as well as when you eat is extremely important. Owning up to this will positively yield visible fitness results.
  4. Surrounding yourself with positivity – Just as there are focus groups for certain initiatives surround yourself with others that encourage the fitness lifestyle who can identify with the struggles.
  5. Devote time – the fitness lifestyle needs time. Make time for it. When we accepted the previous lifestyle we gave most of the time to it. Time devoted to the fitness lifestyle is a must.
  6. Read fitness material – spending time on websites that promote fitness and reading fitness material helps to educate and build your fitness IQ. Feed your mind with positive fitness material whether it be YouTube, a magazine, or a specific website.
  7. See yourself meeting those fitness goals – With any successful company, there is a mission statement. That mission statement helps to guide the company. Meaning all teams, districts, divisions, departments, and regions develop a plan to promote the overall company’s mission. Do the same! Develop a mission statement that says “I will promote and encourage fitness for me. I will read to educate myself, I will eat foods that encourage a healthy heart and promote clear mental thinking. I will reach my fitness goals by spending time exercising.

Although this is not a complete list, these are just a few suggestions to help you lock it down when it comes to meeting your fitness goals.

I do want to mention I am no professional but one that shares and encourages a positive life and health experience in others.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned! Next up……How consuming apples can help you meet your fitness goals.

 

 

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Stay True to your GOAL!

we’ve all been there

Hello, All! So check this out! Every day the goal is to provide a pleasant and delightful experience to anyone that may cross your path. No matter who or what one may encounter the goal should be to be an encouragement. At least this is my personal goal.

That being said, do you ever find that to be difficult. I mean to focus daily on being that person who provides a positive experience for all who cross your path. Besides conquering one’s own challenges, the task can be disheartening when the benefactor does not seem to benefit.

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I know we have all been there. Providing positive guidance every day to all including the individual that obviously needs special attention. I mean it is that individual who kinda rubs everyone the wrong way.

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Every day is about them! Their whole thought process is focused on not togetherness but individualism. When you encounter them the conversation is always centered around not assuming responsibility for issues but blaming others. It can definitely be disheartening. Especially when all available help has been afforded to the person.

One of the most gratifying things in life is to be in a position to help others and see that help benefit someone. That help can be a word of enlightenment, assisting in a move from one location to another, encouragement in reaching a goal or getting through a test, a warning to a particular bad behavior exhibited that could lead down a bad path, or simply motivating someone to have a good morning. The benefits afterward can be quite rewarding!

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At the end of the day, I guess it can be said that staying true to yourself is what matters. If you know you have done all to provide a thoughtful positive experience to whomever, you can be at peace.

Sometimes we just need a reset!

lifes’ challenges can lead to this

Welcome back! So, I had some trouble with my phone and after asking a few questions during my investigation it led me to guess what? A reset!! Who would’ve thought just a simple reset of the phone would help clear the issue. Well, I did not but I understand the concept. For those who may not follow I’m referring to the action of just powering down and powering back up of any device. In this case my phone.

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What I am referring to is that through this life there will be times we just need a reset. Life for some can bring a variety of challenges ranging from managing food, navigating family concerns, dealing with medical circumstances, and overcoming substance abuse. Whatever the challenge one must find a way to reset.

The need to reset kinda goes like this. When my phone acted up I could not get the touch sensor to respond. It sorta froze up to where it would not respond. No matter the length of time I gave it to recover there was no response. This is sort of the same thing that happens to a computer when it does not respond after may be opening too many applications and performing too many operations too quickly.

Well, if this happens the solution many times is to give it a hard reset meaning the device has to be turned off and then back on. When this happens, the internal device operating programs are given a chance to realign themselves. This, in turn, causes most of the time the remaining sub programs to follow suit. Kinda like puzzle pieces that fit together properly.

Knowing this, the mind can be introduced to lots of information. Productive and encouraging things as well as non-productive and negative things. The challenge is to remain focused and on point to that positive goal which has been set. Over time there is a chance one can get over whelmed by what is seen as opposed to what is believed and ultimately lose sight of the original goal.

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A reset can be a mechanism that helps one to refocus on the goal and place all in the right perspective. Maybe it is a time you spend reading your favorite motivational author alone, maybe it is going on a special retreat alone, maybe it is embarking on that physically demanding trip or contest alone, or simply spending time away alone where one can reconnect with his God.

In all, the intended result is to come out a better being with a renewed focus, an enlightened heart, a rejuvenated mind, and a refreshed spirit.

Once a year, I embark on a reset. I encourage my mind and body by spending time reading positive spiritual material and I also reset the physical body by fasting. Both do wonders for the mind and body. The reading reminds me of whats important in this life while the fasting helps to reset and rejuvenate the internal workings of the organs and systems.

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So, if you encounter life’s challenges and sometimes need to refocus on your goals a reset is maybe what you need.

See you next post!

So Why The Change

With todays ever changing food landscape it is important to be flexible when it comes to investing in ones health.

Hi, everyone! Hope you had a good week! I did! Busy, but went well. So why is it that I promote healthy eating you ask? So why the change? Well, let me share a story.

Some years back I adopted a particular lifestyle routine. It was busy meaning I had a regular job, very little sleep, some exercise and a diet that included eating fatty foods; pizzas, burgers, and plenty of processed foods. My energy level was quite low which resulted in me wanting to sleep all the time.  Although I rested for a good seven to eight hours, I still felt a bit fatigued. Shortly after I started a day and had a cup of coffee I noticed drowsiness setting in. In addition, I noticed my clothes fitting a bit tighter every where. This situation did not make me feel good about myself at all.

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So after feeling like this and realizing this was not a healthy condition I decided to make a positive change with regards to my health. I concluded I did not want to feel sluggish anymore and wanted to lose the weight. This led me to seek expert/professional help, change what type of foods I was consuming, include supplements, and develop a physical fitness regimen.IMG_1915

The change resulted in a complete body change from the inside out. The guidance helped me to get educated on the internal workings of how our body works with regards to it digesting foods and the intended purpose. That information led me to replace and include certain foods in my eating regimen. This allowed for my internal digestive mechanisms to metabolize food more efficiently in order to get that maximum nutrition. I developed a physical fitness regimen which helped me to increase my metabolism to burn off excess calories. Lastly, supplements were included to help offset the loss of nutrition in foods today along with the increased loss of fluids during extreme physical fitness. So that’s why I changed.

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If your story is like mine that is good to know. This means we both understand the dilemma and that we are not alone as we might have thought. Set a goal and understand there is a way to enjoy life to the fullest.  It is waiting for you to make that decision.  Remember to never be complacent but always be willing to change. See you next post.

Eat Smarter, Live Well!

Is it really about what you eat??

Hello there! Welcome back! As promised I want to share a bit about what my lifestyle entails. One of the things I have learned to accept with a positive outlook on life is the fact that we are what we eat. Before I go to deep into this lets just look at what should be obvious to us today. Foods today are not what they they were say in the early 1900’s. Our culture was one that lived on farms and grew most foods. Whether it was cattle, grain, or vegetables society mainly ate from the fruit of the land with very little manufactured processing. Consequently, most foods kept a majority of their nutritional value. This in turn helped mankind to consume a high concentration of foods with plenty of vitamins and minerals.

Fast forward to today, there are far fewer family owned farms and most foods are processed. Advanced processes in agricultural technology have been the main cause; allowing for greater and quicker yields that are insect and disease resistant. As a result foods today appear to have lost a bit of the full nutritional value to be offered and replaced with fillers.

So with this, one has to eat smarter meaning they must educate themselves about what is consumed. Taking the time to do this will not only reward one with the self-satisfaction of doing well but also reaping the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Eat smarter and live well I say!IMG_3593Personally, I’ve benefited from eating healthier!  From feeling sluggish all the time with no energy to being alert and vibrant I attribute most of the change to eating healthier. This means eating less processed foods to consuming more organic-prepped based foods. A quick way to gage this is just look at the label. Are there ingredients on there you cannot pronounce? Hmmm? Far cry from just your plain descriptions.

Let me remind you though, that it has been a journey not always covered with rosy petals. I have had to learn over time what promotes a healthy lifestyle and what works against it.  This is what I stress. Do what fits you and promotes a healthy lifestyle so that you:

  1. Can enjoy your family
  2. Family can enjoy you
  3. Share your ideas
  4. Enjoy travel, reading, sports, bike rides, plays, walks in the park!

With much Love

First blog post

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

Hi every one! I’m Allen! Glad you are visiting my site. Whether browsing or diligently searching for that encouraging word for whatever circumstance you’re going through just know that is not a mistake that you’re here. I want to say welcome and happy you found me. I want you to know that although things may look bleak there is always a door to relief. I will offer compassionate, thoughtful words of enlightenment to help you navigate through.

I am enthusiast of healthy foods, fitness, wellness, photography, travel and positive encouragement. I am an Instagram follower, Snapchat junkie, Pinterest fanatic, Tumblr fiend, and of course a Facebook fan. My goal is to share my experiences with you in the event you will ever need positive motivation. So, that being said please visit often as I plan to make weekly posts.

By the way, the picture above shows that although the condition may look cloudy things are not always bleak. Did you know that the Sun is still shinning ? Growing up I used to believe that was all there was when the clouds came until I was enlightened. Funny! Over time, nature revealed to me the message that helped me navigate through life. That is, although things look bleak encouragement is also present. So stay focused and determined to keep looking up.

Stay tuned for more!!!