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Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day Tribute

Happy Mother's Day to All!

Mother's Day is interesting. It's an entire day set aside to show appreciation to all the mother's out there. That is really great but wouldn't it be more realistic and better if you were to treat every day like mother's day? Think about it. The only reason any of us exist is because of our mothers. I can't speak for anyone else but my mom is nothing short of amazing. There are not enough words in any language to begin to describe how influential, helpful and awesome my mom is. So how do I go about trying to show my appreciation, respect, gratitude and love for my mom in just a single day?! 

My mom is the epitome of what a mother should be. She is a strong, powerful woman who stops at nothing to achieve what she wants or what she feels is best for her family. Growing up my mom was always super independent, kicking ass and taking names at work. She would show up early, fix problems other incompetent people had made and then do her work plus stay late to ensure everything was running smoothly. On top of all of that she would make sure we were picked up from school and taken care of. The older I got, the more I realized how much my mom really did for all of us. It's one thing to do the perceived 'normal' motherly things like getting the kids ready for school, making meals, helping with homework etc. My mom was always there to ensure we not only were we taken care of but we were becoming well rounded individuals. My mom was always striving to make sure we were better; intellectually, spiritually, mentally etc. The unyielding passion my mom has for us is unmatched by any. 
My mom is a woman who re-defines what it means to go above and beyond. 
My mom is the kind of person who wakes up several hours earlier than I do on the morning of the Boston Marathon to run to Walgreens to get me extra socks/tights to keep warm during the race.
My mom is the kind of person who will text me at 2am reminding me to be safe while I am at college because she had a "feeling". (A feeling that was dead-on by the way!)
My mom is the kind of person who will rearrange her schedule to coordinate with my after-school plans (track meets etc).
My mom is the kind of person who will commit to driving me miles away every Saturday to pursue an expensive and time-consuming hobby.
My mom is the kind of person who can make any cloudy day a little bit sunnier with her jokes, advice and love.
My mom is the kind of person who always knows just what to say when I am having a bad day or don't know what to do in a tough situation.
My mom is the kind of person that will stop at nothing to help the ones she loves.
My mom is the kind of person that was just meant to be a mother because of how much she sacrifices, how much she cares, how much she gives up, how hard she works for her family.
My mom is the biggest reason for the woman I am today and for the way I carry myself today because of her influence.
My mom is such a great mother I have no desire to even become a mother because I wouldn't be able to replicate even a fraction of the love and hard work she commits to our family to which I feel would be a disservice to the family name.
There is no one greater, stronger, more loving, hard working and passionate than my mom.

 I love you Mom.
Happy Mother's Day!    

Thursday, May 9, 2013

PRIORITIZE Your Health & Wellness

As a certified fitness professional, I hear a lot of things/excuses from people regarding their schedules and abilities (or lack thereof) to exercise/make time for heir health.

I'm writing this post based on the statements made during a conversation I had yesterday with a member of mine. She had spent twenty minutes or so expressing frustration about her diet and weight loss issues. She went into detail regarding the typical ups and downs of weight loss; the roller coaster of emotions and weight change. After listening to her intently and conveying my understanding for her situation, since it is a struggle well-known by the majority of the population, I really did not have that much sympathy for her. As a certified fitness professional, I have heard this story or ones similar to it almost daily. It's not that I don't understand or have compassion for their struggles, but is time for some BRUTAL HONESTY.

The degree of passion which my members/clients/friends express frustration  is severely unmatched by their commitment to making time for their health and wellness. The conversation I had with this particular woman yesterday just really pushed me over the edge when I asked her about her routine and some of the basic and simplest ways to control her weight. I asked her about the amount of water she was consuming on a daily basis (2-3 bottles a day )as well as the number of hours of sleep she was able to get a night(about 5-6 hours). When I suggested she work on increasing her water consumption she had a laundry list of excuses; that would make her have to go to the bathroom; soda tastes better; carrying that many water bottles is heavy etc. It was the same story when I suggested she turn off the TV and get an extra hour of sleep. Her reaction to my less TV option was, "Oh no! I have my shows I must watch" and of course " kids stay up fairly late..."

This is what is wrong with people these days. Complain about how much they struggle and want to change their current health and fitness condition and yet they prioritize things that actually contribute to declining health! Since when does a silly stupid TV show dictate how your operate your daily life schedule? Maybe times have changed, but I do know that I am the same person before and after I watch TV/movie etc. I was raised by two wonderful parents who were very strict an implemented a no TV during the week policy in addition to a 7pm bed time (8pm during high school). At the time I really did not like them for it, but I am a better person for it now. I have the discipline and structure to create a balanced lifestyle with prioritized schedule. I have taken it a step further in that I actually sold my TV, canceled my cable and only watch shows, predominantly sporting events, at the gym. 

 TV shows should not be a priority in your life, especially if you are a parent! Be a proper role model to yourself and your family! I'm not saying you have to create rules as strict as what I was raised with, but a little reorganization and prioritizing will benefit your family, quality of life and overall health greatly.

- Turn OFF TV an hour early and go to bed!
- Tivo your TV show and FF through commercials to shorten the length of time watching.
- Watch your show and use the commercials to be active (Push-ups, Sit-ups, Jumping Jacks etc).
- Encourage your entire family to restrict their TV usage.
- Issue a family challenge: No TV for a week. You will be amazed at how productive you will be.

Stop making excuses and start prioritizing your health!

Motivation for May!