Motivational Monday: My Recipe

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A little late, but this was my recipe for success this Monday morning, and it is still carrying me through my day. Prayer. Putting on the full armor of God. Listening to my morning motivation, and JT (that would be Justin Timberlake, the 20/20 experience as a matter of fact). It took me a while, but I have learned how to get myself centered and ready for the day ahead. I can’t control the traffic, weather, or other people’s driving in the morning, but I can set myself up for starting my day. Let’s keep the positivity flowing throughout the remainder of the day!

Be well you guys!

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

@dommichele

 

 

They Won’t Understand Your Vision

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Hello Everyone!…Happy Monday! As I continue on my fitness journey, I have learned many things. I felt ups and downs, and even doubted myself. Although unsettled waters may arise, that does not mean that I will not sail the storm. We should all make an effort to take on the waves in front of us, and even though you are unfamiliar waters, the storm won’t last always. Don’t give up on your vision. I speak to myself and all of you tonight. You cannot lose sight of why you started on this journey in the first place. People may doubt you, talk about you, or wonder why you are still doing whatever it is your doing. Remember to press on. No one will understand you vision, and your purpose is not for them. It is for you. God gave you this path for a reason. There may be disagreements, and certain people may ignore you altogether, but keep pressing forward. Nothing can be a set back unless you make it, unless you want it, unless you pursue it with everything in your being. It has to be embedded in you like your DNA code. Your vision is for you and no one else! My father sent me a text message this morning that read…

“Here are 5 words that will determine if your ladies will have success in the quest for a healthy lifestyle and here they are: THE WILL TO DO IT!”

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The will to do it can keep me and you striving to our goals, towards our vision. I hope this helped someone tonight. It certainly helped me.

Stay dedicated to your vision. Stay motivated my friends.

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

 

Stay Sunny

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Happy Monday Everyone! As we inch closer and closer to the winter months, it can be easy to slip into those bad habits like sleeping to long, over eating, and not exercising. After all it is COLD!!! Although the thought of being at home cuddling on the couch all day consuming yourself with comfort food sounds great, it is not beneficial to your overall health. It may take more motivation than ever to get out into the sun and move that lazy winter body, so here are a few tips to stay active during the chilly months:

  1. Check the weather: Stay informed on the forecast to take advantage of those slightly warmer days so you can get out and workout.
  2. Dress appropriately: Nothing is worse than freezing while you are exercising. Tights, gloves, beanies, scarves, sweats, long socks, etc. Layer it on as much as you can without restricting your movement, and if you get too hot, you can peel off a layer or two.
  3. BE AWARE: It gets colder and darker faster in the winter months so be mindful of every element in your environment. Roads may be wet or slippery, so be careful out there. Wear bright colors or something with reflectors so you can be easily seen. Safety is always the name of the game!

So there you have it. Use these tips and you are sure to have a sunny winter! Be well everyone.

 

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

Motivational Monday: Finding Your Purpose

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Hi everyone, and Happy Monday! So… Today was my first day back to work. Although I am excited to continue my work as a Health Educator, I had to leave my baby boy at home. Going back to work after being on maternity leave for so long is hard to do. I am definitely missing my baby, but life must go on! Being back at work is motivation in itself. It helps me to get closer to my overall dream with Well & Fit Coaching. It is one step added to my overall wellness.

Believe it or not the above questions have a substantial effect on your health. According to the book that I’m finishing up, Simple Health, your sense of meaning in life significantly impacts the degree to which you will be able to experience optimal health or wellness. I don’t know about you, but I feel a much better when I am doing what I love. When I am living out my purpose. The motivation comes from within, and leaves me feeling fulfilled. As I read on I learned finding your purpose helps boost your confidence which causes less stress which leads to a better physical life. Can you believe, your body and mind will thank you for living out your dreams! We all have a sense of what we want to do in our short time on this earth. In time I believe that most of us will find that purpose, but it is up to you to act on that purpose. This week begin to imagine how you can live out that thing that gives you meaning in this life. I hope it drives you to take the next step towards your dreams. Be well everyone.

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

Picture below of my coworker and I in the November DOPH newsletter.

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Motivational Monday: Unsatisfied to Push

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Hello everyone, and happy Monday. New week, new day, new goals! At my job we are required to carve out some time in our schedules to attend health disparity modules. They are designed to make us more aware of culture, race, and the unfair truths that we live with in our communities we serve. The topics have a way of making you feel uncomfortable, and hopefully inflict change within yourself. Have you ever been in a situation like that? Feeling so uncomfortable or unsatisfied with your circumstances that you were compelled to change? It has been happening to me more than often as of lately, but it is not a bad thing. Don’t get me wrong, I am blessed to have all of the wonderful people and things in my life, but I know God is pushing me to something more. I keep going because I want more. Primarily for my family, but for all those I come in contact with as well.

As an adult, I have seen too many people suffer from health problems. I want to help change their lives by moving them into the right direction, and now that I have somewhat of a momentum, I don’t want to stop. It is almost like I can’t stop. I know my goals in life are greater than me. The unconfident me says, “Don’t do it because it will be too hard”, but I do my best to block that out and focus on what is in front of me. The opportunity to help save lives, and prevent the sickness before it even happens. I want to be the best for my husband and children (my #1 motivations), and I would rather fail trying than not to try at all.

Is there something holding you back, or making you so uncomfortable that you are feeling a need to change? Well rest assure you are not alone. The struggle is only part of the journey. If you can hold on and stay strong to the end, the reward at the end of the journey will be phenomenal! Don’t give up! Push forward and out of that comfort zone. We were not made to be average, and I won’t settle for anything less than great. Now there’s some motivation for you!

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

Wellness Wednesday: National Dessert Day

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Hi everyone, and happy hump day to you all! Every now and then I like to go online to look up the random holidays in every month, and boy are there some wacky ones out there! Well today just happens to be National Dessert Day! Yum! In the world of health and fitness usually the words desserts or sweets is strictly forbidden, but I have just the opposite affection towards it. I like my sweets. My favorite happening to be a Snickers (FYI). After all desserts are on the food pyramid right? Lol! I know, I know, but in all seriousness. I find the worst diets to be the ones that cut our desserts completely. Although yes they are packed with sugars and calories, they are not there to ruin your diet. My favorite rule to tell my clients is, “Everything in moderation”. It is those that deprive themselves of sweets are usually the ones that fail because they end up going on a “sweet binge”. I believe it is all about balance. Balance the sugar, fats, and fried. Make sure you are eating an abundance of fruit, vegetables, nuts, lean meats, etc, but have a cookie once in a while. This is in no way to get confused with special situations. If you have a medical condition limiting you to a required diet, then by no means am I telling you to eat a bunch of unhealthy foods. For those of you though that have tried diet after diet trying to cut out sugars or carbs, just know that more than likely it is not going to give you the lasting results that you want. So on account of National Dessert Day I want you to eat a piece of cake and live a little, and I said a little. Just keep in mind of your ultimate goal. Live a happy healthy life the right way! Happy eatings!!!

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

Picture from today’s workout and breakfast!

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