I am finding that as I continue my QUEST to seek guidance to better meet the needs of those I serve for better health and fitness I am continuing to find that the media and most of the fitness industry is leading us all in the wrong direction. We are constantly being inundated with messages of the perfect body type, how to lose X lbs. in 48 hour, X workout in a box, and so on. Most of these messages are targeted to our fears. Fears from past failures and fear of being looked upon negatively if we decide to improve our health and fitness.

Many times these fears can break our hearts to the point of not wanting to move forward. We then become captive in our own body in mind with this broken heart. At the same time we begin to feel sorry for ourselves losing sight of our own happiness creating “poor” health within our mind and body. The “Good News” is you can create freedom for yourself from the mixed messages you continue to see about fitness and health. Trust me and work through your fears to make this the year you truly take a hold of your New Years Resolution for better health and fitness.

Luke 4:18The Spirit of The Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captive, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

I completely understand this fear and continue to battle my demons from the days of being obese. I am still “classified” as overweight, but I feel better now than I did when I was 25. I continue to get off track and lose focus on my own health, by all means I am only human. This usually occurs when I begin to allow my life to get completely out of balance, creating a “poor” return for my health.

To change this loss of focus I must remind myself what truly makes me happy in life and at the same time I am reminded why I chose being a fitness professional as a career. I consider this a simple task that takes less than 10 minutes to get refocused and can be done in the bathroom in front of the mirror with pen and paper.

Here is what you need to do to set yourself free:

– Stand in front of the mirror and think of a time in your life you were the most happy.
– Write down the expression on your face.
– What memory did you have when you thought of happy times (write it down).
– Try to find a picture from that time in your life.
– Answer the following questions:
– When were you the most joyful?
– What did you do to get to that point?
– What were your relationships like at this time in your life?
– What steps were you taking to be your best?
– What did others think of you during this period of your life?
– What steps (career, physical, mental, financial, etc.) can you take in your life to feel the things you described above?

We are all in this “QUEST” for a healthier life together. You may be seeking the physical quest, mental quest, spiritual quest, or any combination of the three. It does not matter which route you are are on, do yourself a favor. ASK FOR HELP!

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