Motivational Monday: Reflecting

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But I still don’t wish death on ’em, I just reflect on ’em….

Speaking of reflecting I’ve had some time to myself to do that today. Sorry I’ve been gone for so long. I have had a lot on my plate. New transitions are happening, and I’m trying to figure out a way to take Well & Fit Coaching to the next level.

It is crazy sometimes the people closest to you will be the one that hurt you the most. They know your weaknesses, and how to press your buttons. I have to be honest, it upsets me that people will pay more attention to someone having a good time in the club, but won’t spend the time to invest in their health. I am not saying that to be negative, but to tell the truth. In return it has given me another fuel to keep striving. When the cards are down, or I feel stuck, I just have to tweak my plans again to make them better.

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I am blessed to be around a handful of people that are positive and uplifting every day, but for those waiting for me and my plans to fail, all I can do is kill them with my success.

Not everyone is going to understand your vision. Only a select few will know the struggle you have been through. Your journey is not for everyone, and every time you feel like doubting yourself, look in the mirror and remember how wonderful you are. God created you for a purpose, and he is not done with you yet. Don’t waste your time on the negative people.

REACH FOR MORE!

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

Well & Fit Coaching’s Wellness Workshop

Don’t forget this upcoming Tuesday. Log in as we discuss African American Women and Wellness. I’ll be bringing you an informative and interactive workshop. Tuesday, January 17th, at 7pm via Zoom.us.

Meeting ID: 284-156-6600, Password: aawomenimg_20170112_161727_024

Can’t wait to see you all there!

80% Nutrition, 20% Exercise

Since the recent passing of the new year the majority of us are “on fire” or motivated to achieve our new year resolutions. The most frequent of new year resolutions has to come from the never ending desire people have to “lose weight”, and by this they think it equals exercising more. Although this is a very important component, you still can’t out exercise your diet. Even if you managed to exercise 7 days a week, you would not get the best results you possibly can unless you begin eating right.

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I have recently been on a smoothie kick in the morning. I mix all my favorite fruits, and veggies in the blender (the ninja blender I initially bought for my husband for Christmas…hehehe…), and it is a sure way to start my day off right (I will be adding a protein mix soon because I am hungry in like 2 hours). I have also been bringing snacks such as nuts, cheese, cranberries to also snack on. When I have lunch I try to keep it light. I don’t want something to drag me down for the rest of the day, and I live by my “don’t overeat rule”. If we are to truly conquer our wellness goals, then it has to start from the inside out.

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Everyday you wake up try to make a conscience decision to live a better life. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not perfect by any means, but I know that I want to take care of myself now and avoid problems later. It is also good to practice “everything in moderation”. Have a slice of cake or a mini snickers (my treat). It usually curves those cravings, and you can move on instead of obsessing over something that you wish you had.

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They key is to stay realistic. Ask yourself, “Where am I now?” and “Where would I like to be in the next year?” Do you want to be stuck making the same new year resolution next year, or is 2017 the time for change? You decision, but know that you are the one who has to deal with the consequences.

Be well you guys.

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

-Dominique

 

Seeing Your Vision

I don’t know what it has been about the start of this year. I have seem to feel re-motivated. 2017 feels good from my head to my toes, and we are only 4 days in. I feel more comfortable doing things that I have never done before, and I want to stick to them. 

I feel so fortunate to work where I do. I just finished make a vision board for 2017. It is filled with dreams and goals that I have for myself and my family. What’s funny is when I started I didn’t know what I was looking for, but as I continued searching for images and words that spoke to me, the more clear the vision became. It was a self reflection process. I kept thinking, “This is work?!!!” Lol!

Just like making a vision board, life is very much the same way. At times we may not even know what we are looking for or which direction we should go, but the more we press on, then more it is revealed to us. 
Every workout I complete, I am living out my purpose. I am also helping people and myself at the same time. It is a God given gift and feeling that makes me come alive. Good things are in the works for you and me. We just have to start somewhere and keep pressing on. 

Be well you guys. Stay encouraged, and make tomorrow amazing as well.
Live. Love. Well & Fit. 

-Dominique

Tackle Your Tuesday: End Your Day In Silence

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On a daily basis at bed time I try to give my last thoughts for the day either on my blog or social media. The problem with that is after I hit “post” notifications come flooding into my phone from people liking or commenting on what I have shared. Initially I just try to put my phone down, but I can’t lie something in me ends up checking any way. We are all guilty of it, and the older I get, the more I am learning just to let it be. Unless it is an emergency, it does not need to be address right before bedtime.

From day to day we are distracted with so many things. Phones, social media, video games, television, etc. are all things that contribute to our hectic day. Not to mention our commutes in the morning and at night. You could even be dealing with difficult coworkers throughout the day, but there is hope I tell you, in silence.

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5 to 10 minutes of silence a day can make a lasting impression on your day and your health. There is something truly “golden” about it (Although it can be loud at times because of our own thoughts). Try allowing yourself 5 to 10 minutes before you actually fall asleep and just lie in your bed.  Let your thoughts roam, but remain calm and just let it all filter out. That’s what I’ve been trying to do.  Just be still. You could even pray. Take this time to spend with God, meditate, or practice deep breathing.

See wellness is not just fitness or eating healthy. It is a way to take care of your entire self. That includes you mental and emotional well-being. Spending time in silence also allows you to do some self-reflecting. I can concentrate on the good things, and the things I could have possible changed in my day. Self-reflection leads to growth, and that can only happen in your innermost thoughts.

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I encourage you to try this tonight. Find time to just be and relax, then fall asleep. Tackle the rest of your Tuesday in silence. Be well you guys.

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

-Dominique

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.

Pass The Peanut Butter!

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Hi everyone! It is FRIDAY, yay! I made it through my first week back to work. It did help that I had a break in the middle of the week thanks to Veterans Day. It was a week well spent getting back into the swing of things. While at work, I always find time to research various health and fitness topics, and today peanuts and peanut butter just happen to be the topic of interest in my brain. Did you know that November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month? I can’t say I get too excited about peanuts or peanut butter unless it’s in chocolate or Kung Pao chicken! I also enjoy a good PB and J from time to time.

After doing some research I learned the benefits of peanuts as well as peanut butter are awesome! They are packed with fiber (helps with digestion), protein (builds and repairs muscle), potassium (great for recovery), B6 (helps with energy), and more. Its got heart healthy monounsaturated fat or “the good fat”, and because of the protein, it keeps you fuller longer.

Overall I think peanuts or peanut butter would qualify as a smart pre-workout or post-workout snack. After taking all those facts into consideration it is safe to say you should get cracking (peanuts) or scooping (peanut butter). Be well, and enjoy your peanuts this month!

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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