Patience With Our Progress

Patience With Your Progress Being patient, or having patience, with our progress can be a challenge for a lot of us, but the reality is that this is something that we need to allow for ourselves.

During this process it is important to enjoy each moment of our journey and realize that for the best results to be experienced we must keep in mind that we are in this for the long haul. We are in this for life.

We are doing this to better our life and in each moment we can enjoy our progress. We might have setbacks and failures, who doesn't, but through it all this is our journey and we must own ever step.

Moving forward still, even with any setbacks and failures is what gives us more character to appreciate our journey even more. If nothing else, we will have some pretty awesome stories to tell!

Measurable Tools of Physical Success


We live in a world of measurements. Specific and attainable goals. If your goals are financial, success might be measured by bank statements, how big your house is, your the kind of car you drive. If your goal is social status, success may be measured by how many lunches, dinners, and social outings you have or by your social circle of friends. What if I purpose to you the possibility that perhaps when it comes to physical health, we might be using the wrong measurement tool to determine our level of physical health? What if all too often we are experiencing successes in all areas, but we step on that scale and we are defeated?

INCHES. I am a big fan of full measurements as a tool of physical success. Riddle me this: Which is heavier: a pound of fat or a pound of muscle? The answer: They are both the same of course! However the pound of muscle is more dense and will take up less space, even if the weight doesn't change. So, while you are working hard sweating at the gym and watching what you eat, that fat IS disappearing. You are losing fat, but you are gaining muscle too.

HEALTH NUMBERS. I have in my family a risk of heart disease and diabetes. Because of this, I first started having regular blood work done before I was 30. I love this time each year to see where my levels line up, because it shows me the BIG PICTURE of my health. We tend to get uptight after we have that cheat meal or we fall off the wagon during vacation, but to see the overall picture once a year really affirms to me that I am on the right track! I posted some of my own recent results a few weeks ago... click here!

CLOTHES. How do those jeans fit? Do you have to squeeze into them, or do they slip on a little more comfortably? Are the bumps and lumps disappearing? YAY!!! Success looks good on you :D

WORKOUT IMPROVEMENTS. One of the greatest joys I get in my profession as a nutritionist and working out next to people in our gym is to see their real and tangible successes! Whether it is the first time someone does a push-up without modifications or the first time they swing the BEAST (106 pounds) or the first time they aren't too sore to move the next day... LOL! These are the real results we can hang on to each day. Easily measurable day to day to see a growth in progress.

TEST YOURSELF. While I am not a competitive person, I do feel it is vital to test our limits occasionally to know where we stand. Get out there and run a race ~ 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon. Challenge yourself with an obstacle course race like a Spartan Race. Enter into a weight lifting competition - I know of several Kettlebell Sport competitions around the country and it is always a good test of your abilities!

I have had conversations with many a person who are excited about how they feel, how their clothes fit, about their day to day results in the gym, only to be knocked off their feet when they don't see the number on the scale where they desire. Consider ALL the tools of measurement, and keep the scale in perspective!

~Girya Runner (Lisa Garon)

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Living with Purpose

purposeIt's easy to get caught up in inspiring and defining moments. When you meet your first love, you are inspired to love freely and walk on air in the clouds. When you have your first child you feel like you will take on the world to protect them from harsh realities. When you have your first bad medical report, you are inspired to find a way of health and fitness that you can adapt for a lifestyle. The reality is that while these, and many other, inspiring moments are wonderful, they fade.

It's in those faded moments our character is defined. Live life consistently when you are not inspired. Sometimes you will not have a new recipe to try, so you will need to make something that you have already had hundreds of times before. Sometimes your workout will seem kind of boring, but you know you need to push through it. And I am sure that we have all had days when we certainly did not feel inspired to go to work, but we do it anyway because of our obligation to our daily routine. It's about habit.

When we introduce consistency into our life, a liberation comes. You can be free to live for your higher purpose. You remove the chains of bondage to food choices, to force fitting in that workout, to excessive medical visits. By developing consistency in our choices, no matter what our "feelings" are, we are then free to do things like building a roof on a church, taking the kids on a last minute vacation, or enjoy the company of your friends and family freely. So, instead of living for the inspiring moments, and the next flashy Facebook post to catch our attention, live for consistency day to day. Then, and only then, when the inspiring moments come, you can fully enjoy them! The moment is what matters most.

~Girya Runner (Lisa Garon)

Let Us Be The Ones Without Excuses

This week let's not make any excuses and not have any room to say things like: it's too early, it's been a long day, it's warmer in bed, I feel tired, the couch is nice, I'm too fat, I'm too old, I'm too weak, I have too much stress (cause you should KNOW when you leave you WILL feel MUCH better), I have too much school, I have my kids (cause you KNOW you CAN bring them), it's too hard, it's going to take a long time to get my results, it's frustrating, it's cold outside, it's rainy and that's icky, it's a holiday, it's my birthday and I'm too special to workout on my birthday, it's my anniversary, it's Thursday, it's all EXCUSES!

Let us be the ones who are different. Let us be the ones who set the standard. Let us be the ones who raise the bar. Let us be the ones who are consistent come hell or high water- no matter what stands up in our way. Let us be the ones who experience the reality results BECAUSE we are the ones who take action every day. Let us be the ones who, no matter how hard something is, we put forth the proper dedicated effort to see it through to the finale.

Feel Like A Million Bucks!

No Easy Way Out

FITNESS TIP: Even if you're exhausted, bored or feeling lazy, honor your exercise commitment to yourself.

The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It's your mind you have to convince. -Vincent Lombardi

NUTRITIONAL TIP: Enjoy your occasional indulgences, but what you eat on a regular daily basis is what matters most.

You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be. -David Viscott

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What's Your Greatest Fear?

The jury's still out as to what exactly is the most common fear in the entire world is. The most common fears, according to some surveys, tend to be of: ghosts, the existence of evil powers, cockroaches, spiders (YES this one is mine!!), snakes(and a close 2nd for me!), heights, water, enclosed spaces, tunnels and bridges, needles, social rejection, failure, examinations and public speaking. A couple fears are the fear of success and, as mentioned above, the fear of failure.

Those last 2 fears are actually VERY good because I have never known a successful person who was excited to fail and most all those who overcome their fears of stepping outside their comfort zone become successful.

One of the greatest fears is the taking that first step of the unknown.

Without risk there never is reward.

Here's a poem I have always enjoyed.

Our Greatest Fear

By: Marianne Williamson

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other

people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others.

Weight Loss Affirmations & The Power Of The Mind For Losing Weight

The power of the mind over our actions is absolutely amazing and not even fully understood. When we plug in affirmations we set the stage for our actions to reflect our thoughts both shallow and deep. The subconscious mind is something where when you say or think anything negative it will follow that path, but there is great hope because when you also think or say anything positive your mind will recognize that as well. The path you are more likely to go down will be the path you most often think and profess. Let's begin today with some powerful affirmations toward you getting and continuing on your journey of better health.

Have an awesomely blessed day!