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This is your access to inspiring and passionate experts in wellness, technology, and behavior change. On this podcast, you’ll learn from exceptional people who are dedicating their lives to being a positive force for your physical and emotional wellness. You’ll discover the connections between your emotions, wellness, and the tools to grow your healthy habits to live your best life. And we’ll also have some fun together along the way. This show was created for you, the smart and savvy, who are looking for practical, real life solutions for your personal wellness journey. Your host, Josh Trent, Wellness Coach and Digital Health expert, interviews ​global leaders in the areas of behavior change, health, wellness technology and fitness, to empower you with the knowledge and tools on how to take the best action in transforming your mindset, your body, and ultimately your life. By learning from world class leaders on the show, Josh Trent will both challenge and support you to explore and better understand your intentions behind WHY you do what you do, get clear on WHO you need to show up more powerfully for, and HOW to live the Wellness Force life. After struggling with weight and health issues in adolescence, Josh lost over 75 lbs and transformed his own life in becoming a fitness professional and training over 10,000 sessions since 2004. Voted by Onalytica for the "Top 50 Digital Health Influencers 2015," Josh’s goal is clear: To Empower Greater Wellness In Over One Million Lives Through Technology. Topics include: behavior change, wellness technology, mindset, fitness, health, supplementation, bio-hacking, transformation, digital health, quantified self, mHealth, wearable technology, wellness applications and more. Listen to Josh uncover what’s really working in wellness and discover how to change old habits with new technology with new expert interviews and episodes every week! Show notes from today as well as all the free resources are over at wellnessforce.com/radio. If what we talk about today on the show means something to you or resonated with you, please share it with friends or family that you care about. Have any questions from the show? Send email to josh@wellnessforce.com GET MORE WELLNESS IN YOUR LIFE
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Sep 27, 2016

Darryl Edwards is a Movement Coach, Natural Lifestyle Educator and creator of the Primal Play Method;™ developed to inspire others to make activity fun while getting healthier, fitter and stronger in the process.

 

"Primal Play is about making fitness fun and ensuring that the individual can experience the joy of movement again. Many of us have fallen out of love with movement, and we focus on fitness or exercise which then becomes pain and punishment as the way to get fit. What we should be thinking about is what we can enjoy that will get us there, rather than what we must endure to get fit." - Darryl Edwards

 

Finding The Joy of Movement

Darryl's journey of paleo and natural movement began over ten years ago when he had iron-deficiency anemia, hypertension, and 26 percent body fat. He felt weak, lethargic, and suffered from insomnia along with debilitating lower back and knee pain. It didn’t take long after focusing on the Paleo approach to reap the benefits, and his improved health continues to this day.

To eventually lead thousands of people by teaching the joy of movement across the world, Darryl first had to feel the pain of physical discontent early in life.

Sitting for hours on end in his banking career, he began to train as most of us start training: in the gym and bored out of his mind. He intuitively felt from deep in his core that there must be a better way to live life well and attain the health and wellness he knew he deserved.

This is a sad reality that many gym goers, marathoners, and weekend warriors discover once their "no pain no gain" mentality simply can't support the lifestyle any longer. Listen as Darryl unpacks how anyone and everyone can learn to experience the joy of movement wherever they are and whatever health goals they might have.

 

Movement Breakthroughs

What  sparked radical change in Darryl's life was essentially finding the joy of play;  a reconnection to his childhood and the memories that brought happiness.

This discovery would come to be the catalyst for greater health in his own adult life.

In the video below from the ancestral health symposium in 2016,  Darrell discusses  his primal play method,  what it means to have physical health,  how to transform the current paradigm of exercise and fitness,  and gives an incredible lecture on physical activity for the new era.

 

What You'll Learn From This Episode

  • Why your body is in pain and what to do about it
  • How to make your workouts fun again no matter who you are
  • How to turn your workouts into play
  • The benefits of training in primal movement patterns
  • The differences between "paleo" fitness and regular fitness and exercise
  • Action steps to begin the integration of movement as play
  • Darryl's story about how he transitioned from working out in gyms to 100% functional movement

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More About Darryl Edwards

Darryl is a Movement Coach, Natural Lifestyle Educator and creator of the Primal Play Method;™ developed to inspire others to make activity fun while getting healthier, fitter and stronger in the process.

He is also the owner of Fitness Explorer Training and author of several books including Paleo Fitness and Paleo from A to Z.  His work has been published in titles such as Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Elle Magazine, Men’s Fitness and featured on the BBC documentary Eat to Live Forever.

After almost two decades working as a technologist in investment banking, Darryl transformed his health after adopting an ancestral model to well-being.

Darryl now advises people on maintaining a healthy lifestyle – amidst the epidemic of obesity and other chronic lifestyle diseases. He has also been published in titles such as Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Men's Fitness and featured on the BBC.

 

Darryl Edwards at PaleoFX 2016

Darryl's Presentation: Get fitter, stronger and healthier using the power of Primal play. Regardless of your relationship with activity; whether you have a love affair with fitness and relish a new challenge or hate exercise but want to get passionate about movement again – you will gain practical movement skills that will assist you in performing everyday, recreational and extraordinary physical tasks more effectively. You will also have a lot of fun doing it.

 


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Sep 20, 2016

"In my life I've done a lot of physical things like marathons, challenge races and weight training, but vipassana was one of the hardest things I've ever done because it was so dependent purely on the mind. When we work out and go through physical pain, you can push through it because there's a stimulus there. When you sit in silence, the hardest part about it is that's there is nothing else to do besides face your thoughts, face your feelings, and face what's going on inside." - Josh Trent

 

Vipassana Meditation - 10 Days In The Desert of Your Soul

Today's show welcomes fitness and wellness celebrity Scott Colby as our guest host interviewing Wellness Force Founder, Josh Trent, on his 10 day Vipassana meditation experience in Joshua Tree, CA at the Dhamma Southern California Vipassana Center .

This episode is for you if you've never meditated in your life and it has always been something you've wanted to try, or even if you're a seasoned meditator looking for that next step on how to grow your life's practice.

We're also going to discuss Scott Colby's partnership with Pencils of Promise and his incredible service to Guatemalan children schools through the "say it with gratitude stationary sets" fund raiser towards the end of the episode which Wellness Force is honored to support.

 

Why do hundreds of thousands of people globally complete an annual vipassana?

Most students embark on a vipassana with the intention to achieve greater inner peace and harmony through the mental training of "thought purification" which allows one to face life's tensions and problems in a calm, balanced way. Vipassana meditation, essentially, is a practice of what founder Mr. S.N. Goenka calls "The Art of Living" that one can use to get out of their own way to begin making greater positive contributions in society.

This may sound empowering and healing, which many studies report to be true, but be warned: this practice is not for everyone, rather it is only for the one who feels called to it at the right time in their life.

As Yogi & Best-selling Author Karan Bajaj says: "Just sitting with your spine erect for eleven hours a day can be a challenge, now add complete silence and two sparse meals a day to it, and you’re guaranteed some level of physical and emotional agony."

 

Why You Get To Do A Vipassana

Meditation is a essentially a practice that teaches focusing attention inwards. This could be done with a mantra, breathing techniques, or by using visualizations. There are numerous ways to practice meditation, and all of them center around becoming more self aware.

The main difference of vipassana however is found in its technique of "body scanning" that students learn through a process of relaxation without the normal stimuli of instant gratification it has become so accustomed to and even in some cases, addicted to.

In an era filled with the weapons of mass distraction, vipassana arms students with the tools they can use to rise above mindless actions in our modern world.

Because of the long durations of sittings in the training, vipassana allows the student to discover powerful insights about the subconscious roots of their unresolved anger, discontent, and other emotional issues. Once these issues can be seen, felt, and worked through in silence, a new mental narrative can be spoken which helps to lower overall stress and anger while boosting future emotional balance and mental health.

Vipassana training is also helpful in maintaining emotional balance, treating neurosis, and other unhealthy emotional conditions.

The foundation of the vipassana practice is sīla — moral conduct. Sīla provides a basis for the development of samādhi — concentration of mind; and purification of the mind is achieved through paññā — the wisdom of insight.

 

Benefits of vipassana include:

  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Reduced cortisol levels
  • Corrected circadian rhythm
  • Increased body awareness leading to lifestyle change
  • Increased mental faculties for memory, cognition, and decision making
  • Insights on how to let go of existential stressors
  • The formations of new healthy habits
  • Increased patience and persistence in the tasks of everyday life

 

"I became interested in this vipassana journey about 4 months ago after interviewing Karan Bajaj on the podcast and felt the pull to go to the desert for the 10 days of silent meditation. When I arrived and sat for the first night, I quickly felt just how intense and demanding these 10 days would be." - Josh Trent

 

The Benefits of Delayed Gratification

In our current society, where smart phones and calendars rule, if we're not paying attention, it is far too easy to become a slave to the mind.

By intentionally practicing the art of delayed gratification with Vipassana, students begin noticing the difference in thought processes where they can consciously control the directions of which the Amygdala sends its impulses.

Beyond just the physical challenges of sitting in silence for 100+ hours in 10 days on the body, the long stillness and silence also supports the growth of new synapses where increased mental toughness, patience, and delayed gratification can further develop.

 

Benefits of practicing delayed gratification include:

  • Increased happiness
  • Improvements in practicing gratitude
  • Greater financial habits and health
  • Improved physical health
  • Higher levels of appreciation

 

“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” — Leonardo da Vinci

 

A Spartan Race For The Mind

For the 10 days of the course, all students agree to maintain "noble silence" which includes refraining from talking, exercising, looking at other students, and communicating by hand gestures with other students. With the removal of all stimuli, the metaphor of vipassana is like "a spartan race for the mind."

 

As Josh Trent says:

"By day 7 - I had had enough.  7 grueling days of going through what felt like excruciating pain with a numbness in my butt and a stabbing in my hips I'd never experienced before.

The 4am wake up gong at my window. Two hours of meditation before a breakfast of oatmeal.

The strict daily routine in the confined environments. No writing, reading, or exercise.

There were around 100+ of us sitting in a dimly lit meditation hall sun up to sun down.

The distractions of modern life—phones, work, movies, music, — all gone.

All that is left do do is sit for 7-10 hours a day in total silence and breathe.

I glanced around and could see I wasn't the only one struggling.

I had a few really bad days on 3 and 5, and on day 7 my only solace was living hour by hour.

Among the pain, there were moments, sometimes even a 30 minute blocks where I felt waves of compassion and love so profoundly, that I almost didn't know how to deal with them.

But I did.

And when I emerged on the other side after the 10 days, I left the center with a clean mind, immense gratitude for life, and love and compassion for family, friends, an colleagues like never before." - Josh Trent

 

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Sep 12, 2016

 

"The point of identifying emotion and navigating emotion is not to hold on to it, but to be able to recognize it and to understand that it's trying to tell us something." - Jeff Agostinelli

 

It's easy to get ahead of ourselves and allow our emotions to control our lives, but that's not the purpose of our emotions.

Our emotions are the tools we need to help us break through from chronic thinking. 

This week, Life Coach, Business Coach, and Podcast Host of The Next Level, Jeff Agostinelli, shares how we can take advantage of our emotions to truly listen to ourselves in order to think clearly, rediscover joy, and be free from pain.

 

Break the Cycle of Chronic Thinking

 

"A lot of people will try to reach out and they're stuck in a pattern of thought. We have an emotion and then there's a thought, there's an action, there's a behavior, there's a habit and they're all connected. Who's to say that we can't just move one of those things around and everything else will change?"- Jeff Agostinelli

 

When we're feeding into our emotions, we can find ourselves stuck in connecting thoughts, habits, and behaviors. But what if we try to change something? What then happens to our emotions?

If we try to change something in the way we think or act, it can create a new path for us to follow. We may be afraid of change and think that we can't change our lives. But we can change when we or another person takes a close look at what's going on in our lives.

To help us get started on breaking free from the cycle of chronic thinking, we must start by asking ourselves honest questions such as:

  • Do I really love my environment?
  • Do I really love want I'm doing?
  • Do I really love this relationship?

When we break free from chronic thinking, we get in touch with our emotions and move forward

 

Tap Into Your Emotions

 

"The gift inside of pain is the true expression of what the pain is meant to wake us up to. So if we're experiencing pain in a certain moment of our life, it's a momentary thing to let us know, "Okay, look, this thing has got to change." - Jeff Agostinelli

 

It can be painful and strange to tap into our emotions, but it's the number one thing that we can manipulate and utilize to help us move forward. If we're experiencing pain from outliers such as our environment or other people, we can manipulate what we feel.

We just need to take a close look at the situation to recognize ourselves and what we're feeling. The point of identifying  and navigating emotion is not to hold on to it, but to be able to recognize it and to understand that it's trying to tell us something.

To tap into your emotions. Ask yourself the right questions to help you reach an understanding with yourself.

Don't ask questions such as:

  • Why can't I find a boyfriend/girlfriend?
  • What's going on?
  • Why do they have to be so hard work with?

Ask yourself:

  • Why am I creating these habits?
  • Why do I feel this way?
  • Why did I act like that?

 

Find Clarity In Your Thoughts

We're constantly evolving so in order to understand our emotions and feelings of pain, we need to re-assess ourselves regularly. When we're starting to feel pain again, we need to look at our top priorities and discover what's missing. We need to take some time give ourselves some self-care and self-love.

Part of this process is to find clarity in our thoughts. Here are three ways that Jeff suggests we find clarity in ourselves:

1. Meditation

Meditation allows us to give our bodies the space that it needs. It really helps us tap into our emotions and break free from chronic thinking.

2. Writing

Writing allows use to get all of those thoughts to get out of our minds and onto the physical piece of paper. This is a much stronger therapeutic practice than just talking about we're thinking because we're putting it into a deeper physical practice.

3. Movement

Movement can be whatever we want it to be-running, dancing, swimming, jumping etc. Movement is the practice that allows our bodies to do what they're meant to do: move. We're not created for sitting or standing all day.

Movement gives your body and mind what it needs to help it calm down.

 

About Jeff Agostinelli

With a background in studying pre-med biology and working as a private chef, Jeff wanted to take his knowledge about food, healing, natural health, and a healthy lifestyle to help others. Eventually, Jeff's journey led him to become a personal Life and Business Coach.

Jeff is also the host of The Next Level Podcast where the goal is to inspire, educate, and deliver simple techniques by extracting key lessons from those who have already been there.

 

What You'll Hear On The Show

3:55  About Jeff Agostinelli

4:40  What habits have you kept from childhood and what have you let go?

10:50  What is a macrobiotics diet? What type of foods does it include?

13:40  How did your vipassana experience affect your personal and professional life?

18:05  As a Business Coach, what is the most common theme among your clients at the beginning of the process?

21:10  How do you help people tap into their feelings?

25:50  Looking on the inside to make the choice outside

27:00 What do you think your clients experience when they don't want to feel the pain so they bash down their emotions?

29:20  What do you do for clarity?

33:25  What are three ways that people can find clarity?

36:40  Has there been 1 or 2 things you've done that's helped you to move up to the next level?

38:45  7 for 7 round: Josh asks Jeff 7 fast questions

 


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Sep 5, 2016

"Everyone can relate to sitting in a spot and you don't feel like you're supposed to be there and you're meant for something more. You could be 45 years old sitting at a desk in an office and you feel like you're selling yourself short and you've been lying to yourself your whole life about who you are and what you're capable so you're just limiting your dreams." -Jake Ducey

 

We've all experienced a moment when we're not happy with our life. We've reached a moment when we know we need something else to become who we're truly meant to be. However, it can be difficult to know where to begin and how we can accomplish our goals.

Today,three-timed publish author, speaker, and leader, Jake Ducey, shares how we can create a life that we love.

To get started on living a fulfilling life, Jake will explain how the subconscious mind works to help our intuition, how to identify and own our vibrations, and how to live a life that we love. 

Take Advantage of Your Subconscious Mind

To be successful and live a life that you love, it's all about living a life that you feel good about. To do this, you must listen to your own thoughts and senses.

Unfortunately, many people are limited by their mindsets and their emotions are controlling their thoughts. Not only is it important to understand how our thinking process works, but how we can use our subconscious to our advantage.

The unconscious mind is a wonderful thing and it acts as a filtering device for outside reality.

Outside reality can be anything from thoughts about love, body image, money, or career that we hear from other people, the public media, and even Facebook. And these pieces of outside reality create barriers that keep us from listening to our inner reality and intuition.

Once you begin to listen to your intuition and emotions, your inner vibrations can tell you the truths about who you are and who you're meant to be.

Learn to Listen to Your Inner Vibrations

 

"When you disconnect from your senses, you get in touch with a deeper vision. You can see your life and who you want to be and who you're supposed to be. You can hear the intuition and the soul and the heart speak to you in a faint voice that you can't really hear because the noise of the world is so loud."-Jake Ducey

 

Thoughts from the outside world can keep us down, but so can our own senses and emotions. When we're controlled by different senses and emotions, we become unfocused. Things that we want like good grades in school or a higher salary send vibrations and senses that control our every move.

By disconnecting from outside noise and really listening to our emotions, we can tune in to what our unconscious thoughts and energy vibrations are telling us. In the end, you come to realize that the truth relies in your own reality.

What creates reality is yourself and not your senses nor vibrations.

Change Your Life with Visualization

 

"If you hold a vision within yourself, two things can happen: You eventually give up or you start talking to yourself about how it's not going to happen or it's not happening."- Jake Ducey

 

We think in images, not words. If you can control the images within your head, then you can control your mind and essentially your life.  But sometimes, outside thoughts and images can create roadblocks. These images can be anything from what we see on the news, from social media, to a chat with our coworkers.

Fortunately, you were born with this powerful mind to create whatever you want to create. Don't listen to what other people tell you what you can and can't do.

Visionaries don't accept the outside world and they don't allow it to hold them back from doing what they want to do. You have to think of what you want to think. Don't fill yourself with negativity and everything that's going on in the outside world.

Block out the outer world. focus and believe in your inner world more. 

First Steps to Create a Life That You Love

Create a life that you love by setting goals for yourself and give a new meaning to things in your life such as your education or your career.

Another way is to increase your own value and don't change what you do. Stick with your job and work on being more comfortable with yourself and the tasks that go along with your job. You can increase your value and not change what you do by growing your skills and increasing your self-image.

Accomplishments like that can help you grow in your career and start you on a path a position that you love, a new company to work for, or a better salary.

It's not where you are in your career, but the meaning that you give to your career and the value that you create from it. 

To move forward in your life, what do you want to create?

People such as Jay-Z, Steve Jobs, the Wright Brothers didn't listen to the outside world. Instead, they were so ambitious and successful because they had these inner visions and images. Their inner world helped them become who they wanted to be and do what they wanted to do with their lives.

 

About Jake Ducey

At only 25 years old Jake Ducey is a three-time published author with Penguin/RandomHouse (The Purpose Principles and Profit From Happiness), a leading speaker for his generation having been featured in TEDx Youth, hired by mega organizations such as Nielsen and Accenture, and a leader who has already inspired countless thousands of young people to seek meaningful career success and to make a difference in the world.

TEDx Youth Talks featured Jake on their stage, the Van’s Warped Tour made Jake Ducey their first ever-inspirational speaker for their entire 42-city 2015 summer tour in front of 500,000 Millennials and their parents.

“High School Nation” sent Jake on a 30 high school inspirational speaking tour, the number one talent agency in the world CAA (Creative Artist’s Agency), signed Jake, and school districts across Southern California have begun to implement his first book “Into the Wind” as required reading along with a teaching curriculum he helped design.

Most significantly to Jake, the nonprofit Feed Our Children Now announced him as their spokesperson and while on Vans Warped Tour Jake helped them raise 345,000 pounds of food for homeless youth in America.

What You'll Hear On The Show

3:10  About Jake Ducey

3:50  What are some things we don't know about Jake Ducey?

4:45  What inspired you to write the Purpose Principles?

7:00  How do we achieve success?

7:40 What's the common thread with your clients? What limits our mindsets?

10:40  What was the shift that caused you to make a change in your life and to leave college?

12:45  Tell us about what you learned when you traveled and what you learned on the rocks.

20:00  How we're controlled by our senses through vibration

22:50  What is your relationship with Jack Canfield and meeting him?

29:25  Fear and Meaning: "Meaning comes while we're on the path to our vision. Not once we've achieved it."

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32:55  What is vibration and how can our current vibration attract or refract things that we want?

37:00  How do I take real control and ownership of my energy vibration?

41:10 How do we actually do what we love? what gets people back in touch with themselves?

46:35  How do we shift out of a job that we don't want anymore? How can we plan for that change?

50:45  How can visualization help a person make a change in their life?

59:10 7 for 7 round: Josh asks Jake 7 fast questions

1:08:00  About Jake Ducey's Live Teaching Seminar: Rat Race to Dream Life Live Intensive

 


 

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Aug 30, 2016

 "The true spiritual practice is learning to love no matter what. Not when everything is perfect. Not when you feel like loving. This is the layer that we must peel in order to access our soul." - Kute Blackson 

On this week’s podcast, best-selling author, speaker, and transformational teacher, Kute Blackson, shares how we can forgive and let go by observing who we are through listening to what our emotions are telling us.

Forgiving and letting go of the past can be two of the hardest things a person may face during their lifetime. Sharing his own personal story of the relationship with his father and how he came the USA, Kute explains how we can be brave and allow our internal compass on the wellness journey can guide us through life.

How To Live Life Itself As Your Spiritual Practice 

Living your life means making your own decisions and taking control.

To help us along our wellness journey, look for signs that a path is right for us. This will allow us to be true to ourselves in a way that the universe supports us each stop of the way.

If you feel that a path is not right for you, listen to that gut feeling. Maybe your mind is telling you one thing, but your emotions and feelings are telling you something completely different.

Be Willing To Tell The Truth

"When we live in alignment, then the universe will support us, but it may not look how we always think it will."- Kute Blackson

 We have to be willing to by true to ourselves and we can feel that truth in our hearts. Maybe a current job isn't lined up with our morals or beliefs? Maybe we're in a relationship with the wrong person?

At a point in Kute's life, he was following his father's footsteps to take his role, but then he realized that this path was not for him. Kute spent a lot of time observing his thoughts and emotions. He eventually realized that his life was supposed to take him on a different wellness journey.

This wouldn't be the first time that this thought process allowed Kute to come to a revelation of what his mind and body were telling him. With this practice, Kute is continuously learning to let go and accept what path is next for him to follow.

When The Path Is Difficult

Following your path can be so difficult with many obstacles, struggles, and tests. However, just like they did for Kute, these moments prepare us for the people that we should be.

Part of letting go is just allowing yourself to trusting each step of the journey. If we can trust, life will give us what our soul most needs the most right at the very moment in which we need it.

Letting Go of Worry

Why worry so much? Most of the time, we're afraid of what our destiny truly is, and we're afraid that we have to control everything. To let go of worry, we first have to be willing to surrender and trust the process.

When we're children, we're free to be just as we are and we trust right away and express ourselves however we want because we're unconditioned. But as we grow older, we become conditioned. Part of early-life conditioning is believing that we're not free and this keeps us from trusting other people and our own authentic voice.

Breaking Conditioned Responses

Breaking conditioned responses begins once we've taken the honest emotional inventory within ourselves. Conditioning tells us that we're a certain persona and so we try to figure out who we should be. This helps us avoid pain because we feel validated by society because our persona has been accepted.

But we cannot truly break condition responses until we've accepted ourselves.

Part of accepting ourselves is observing our thoughts and emotions. 

When we observe ourselves, we begin to stop judging ourselves. And as we practice being the observer, we can break the reinforcements of the previous negative thoughts about who we really are.

"We have over 65,000 thoughts a day and most are the same as yesterday. Your thoughts are not real, your thoughts are just energy. Your thoughts aren't the issue. The importance you give your thoughts is the real issue." - Kute Blackson 

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Kute was generous to Wellness Force, and he’s giving away two advanced tickets to his “Man Breakthrough Experience” October 14th in Los Angeles.

Here are the details how you can enter to win and work with Kute in person LIVE October 14th, 2016 in Los Angeles:

Until September 30th, 2016, post a picture that means something to you about your deepest purpose and living life fully in alignment with what you love. Add the  hashtag #KuteBlackson and tag @wellnessforce on Instagram to enter. 

If you are a woman that has read the books, been to the seminars, and have the information but are still frustrated that you keep attracting the same types of men that aren't right for you or don't really see who you are, then this is the event for you.

If you are tired of repeating the same old patterns of self sabotage that destroy your relationships with men and are finally ready to deal with the inner blocks that are causing you suffering. - The seminar is all about decoding men and transforming the hidden blocks that keep you from attracting the love you deserve. 

About Kute Blackson

Kute Blackson is an utterly unique visionary in the world of human potential. Unlike those who promise to simply help people “get” what they want, Kute’s life work instead reveals to people what they have to give, by liberating who they are most truly and deeply. The focus: Freedom.

Kute’s own background and experience lay out the blueprint for his approach to liberating others, setting their gifts and greatness free. Born in Ghana, West Africa, his multicultural upbringing as the child of a Japanese mother and Ghanaian father, raised in London, and on 4 different continents defies all stereotype.

The son of a revered spiritual leader, Kute was speaking to his fatherʼs congregations, in more than 300 churches, by the age of 8. At the age of 14, he was ordained into his fatherʼs ministry and groomed to carry on the familyʼs spiritual legacy. But his heartʼs truth drew him to separate from his fatherʼs ministry and come to Los Angeles in 1995.

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What You'll Hear On The Show

3:10  About Kute Blackson

5:15  Kute shares a few things we don"t know about him

6:30  Kute shares the meaning behind his message: "The true spiritual practice is for us to all open our hearts and share what's inside."

10:45  More of Kute's spiritual background and being a citizen of the world

14:30  How Kute came to love reading so much that he's read over 800 books so far in his lifetime.

16:50 Why we should be willing to tell the truth to ourselves.

18:00  How do you feel that your space in your family has shaped your life?

21:00  What was the moment of change in your life when you were going though a lot of pain?

24:00 Kute's epiphany from feeling so much pain

26:30  Kute's experience walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain

31:20  Win a Wellness Bundle from Perfect Supplements!

32:30  How do we grow trust and overcome past events in our lives?

39:45 How do we make the connection to knowing that our thoughts aren't real and they're just energy?

42:55 Question from Facebook: How would you recommend I stop carry what my dad thinks about my passion?

46:20  Facebook:  What's Kute's daily habits and things to do to let go of old patterns?

48:40  Do you see a common thread among clients? Anything common that holds them back form letting go?

51:25  Do we change with love and compassion?

53:25  How do we get in touch with our fears and don't allow it to control us?

58:50  Have you ever done an early exploration of silence to get in touch with fear?

1:00:55  7 for 7 round: Josh asks Kute 7 fast questions

1:09:00 Win two tickets to Kute Blackson's live event, The Man Breakthrough Experience, on October 14 in Los Angeles, California.

 

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Aug 23, 2016
Can a lack of integrity derail weight loss? What does the avoidance and aggression cycle mean for those on the path of better health?
 
Welcome to a very special encore episode for this week's show! 
  
Today's special guest, David Zappasodi, comes on the show to discuss his powerful book, Immovable Heart Unstoppable Mind. Today’s show is the perfect fit for us, because we’re talking about the most important cornerstone for any wellness program, and that is mindset. 
 
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Immovable Heart Unstoppable Mind

David has a degree in Exercise Physiology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. In his twenty years in the health and fitness industry, David has been a personal trainer, metabolic typing practitioner, boot-camp instructor, martial arts teacher, and public speaker on healthy living. He also founded a functional fitness and nutrition center in San Diego, and operated it for 9 years, during which time he was extensively featured on Fox News, KUSI TV News, and on network and local television and radio programs throughout California.
 

Weight Loss & Humanity

More important than any of his credentials, however, David has a deep faith in the beauty and greatness of humanity, and is very determined to help others to see and embody the greatness within themselves. Through this faith and determination, he has inspired and guided many people to transform their lives throughout his career.
 
David is the international best selling author of Immovable Heart Unstoppable Mind - A personal guide to the 6 essential practices for living a healthy and fulfilling life.
 

6 Essential Practices For Living A Healthy & Fulfilling Life

 

Listen as David uncovers how over 20 years of coaching experience lead him to create The most powerful practices for a healthy and fulfilling life, including: 
 
 
  • Generosity - Helps us to let go of the past and release obstructions without focusing on them. Generosity makes our goals more powerful by giving them a greater purpose than our own self interest, and brings greater abundance into our lives.
  • Integrity - Helps us to not create new obstructions that impede our progress. It allows us to learn lessons about the intensity and frequency of our vicious cycles, and the negative consequences that we experience because of them. It also brings more intimacy and connection into our lives.
  • Patience - Helps us to not take our current obstructions and blow them out of proportion, making them even bigger barriers to progress. In fact,lack of patience does the opposite of progress– it turns our mountains into molehills. Brings more growth and transformation into our lives.
  • Inspired Action - Helps us to cultivate more of what we really want in our lives, rather than trying to move us away from what we don't want. It also brings more joy and fulfillment into our lives.
  • Mindfulness - Helps to free us from attachments that keep us feeling stuck in life. It is the inner essence and the common thread of all of the previous practices, and as necessary in order for them to be powerful and effective. It also allows us to experience true freedom.
  • Commitment - It is the outer container that gives shape and direction to all the previous practices. It also gives us the ability to stick with the other practices long enough for them to blossom and have a noticeable effect on our lives.

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Aug 16, 2016

"This is not like any other nutrition program you've ever stumbled across. You have to think about it differently in terms of it being just one part of a lifelong cycle." - Melissa Hartwig

 

Pushing Your Reset Button With Your Health, Habits, & Relationship With Food

On this week's podcast, you’ll learn from an exceptional woman who has dedicated her life to driving real transformations in physical and emotional wellness. In this hour, together we’ll discover the connections between your emotions and healthy habits to live your best life and enjoy the process.

Sparking real, sustainable transformation and creating food freedom begins when we do the emotional inventory with ourselves. This can be a tricky process when starting out, especially when taking the honest look at how we're showing up in our relationship with food is the only way through.

But there's science behind why we get stuck, and how we can change. It happens when we're hungry and open to the right answers. 

As Melissa writes in her first book, It Starts With Food:

 

"Ancient signals in a modern world: Food scientists have engineered chemicals in processed foods that light up the reward centers in the brain for a different reason than nature intended- not because they provide vital nutrition, but because they are scientifically designed to stimulate our tastes buds." 

 

About Melissa Hartwig

Melissa Hartwig is a Certified Sports Nutritionist who specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create life-long, healthy habits. She is the co-creator of the original Whole30 program, the New York Times bestselling author of The Whole30 and It Starts With Food. Melissa has been featured by Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, the Wall Street Journal, Details, Shape, Outside, and SELF.

Melissa has also presented more than 150 health and nutrition seminars worldwide, and provides support to more than 1.5 million people a month through the Whole30 website.

 

"We're often told that it's selfish to take care of yourself first, but I look at it as an act of radical self love. I set boundaries in my life so that I am healthy, happy and so that I flourish in my life and I have more to give to everyone else." - Melissa Hartwig

 

Melissa's New Book: Food Freedom Forever

Letting Go of Bad Habits, Guilt, and Anxiety Around Food

End the yo-yo dieting cycle… forever. Welcome to the Food Freedom plan.

Millions of people have successfully completed the groundbreaking Whole30 program and radically transformed their energy, sleep, cravings, waistline, and health. Now, Food Freedom Forever offers real solutions for anyone stuck in the exhausting cycle of yo-yo dieting and the resulting stress, weight gain, uncontrollable cravings, and health complaints. In her newest book, best-selling author Melissa Hartwig defines true “food freedom” as being in control of the food you eat, instead of food controlling you.

 

quotatoin-marksFood Freedom Forever gives you everything you need for achieving dietary success, for today and for the rest of your healthy life. Melissa Hartwig’s information is spot on in terms of its scientific validity, and wonderfully approachable in terms of its implementation. — DAVID PERLMUTTER, MD, Author, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Grain Brain

 

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What You'll Hear On The Show

2:00 About Melissa Hartwig

4:45 Melissa shares a few things we don"t know about her

7:45 Melissa's road to creating the Whole30 and her tipping point

9:00 Why Melissa used joy instead of struggle to launch Whole30 and it Starts With Food

10:50 The difference between west coasters vs. east coasters and their relationships with food

12:00 Melissa unpacks what the Whole3o is, how it resets the body, and who it's for

14:30 A life changing story of an older man who transformed his relationship with food by doing Whole30

17:50 Your brain on food: Melissa explains her favorite chapter of "It Starts With Food"

21:15 Melissa explains the difference between satiety and satiation

24:30 Foods with "no brakes" and gateway foods

25:29 The healing power of grass fed hydrolyzed collagen

28:30 The psychology of change model and how to change

30:16 Dealing with anxiety on the Whole30 and in your life

33:30 Melissa discusses shame spirals and her new book Food Freedom Forever

36:07 How to feel like you're enough and worthy of being healthy, lean, athletic and fully present

40:16 Melissa and Josh discuss wearables and using trackers for obligers and upholders

41:20 Why Josh started and hosts Wellness Force Radio

45:51 Being authentic, intuitively vulnerable, and empowering on social media with the Whole30

46:46 7 for 7 round: Josh asks Melissa 7 fast questions

55:13 Win a copy of It Starts With Food and Whole30

 

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Aug 8, 2016

"Food is what you are, and you are what you eat. Food serves multiple purposes. On one hand, it's to nourish your body with physical things that it needs, but you can also use food to soothe emotions, avoid emotions, as entertainment, or when you feel sad. It allows for a certain degree of emotional manipulation." - Tony Federico

 

Food is an important part of our everyday life, but sometimes we allow unhealthy, processed foods to manipulate our bodies' health and emotions. Unfortunately, eating healthy is not always an easy switch to make with big multinational corporations selling and promoting foods everywhere we look.

However, we have the ultimate power to make the decision to decide what we eat every day. Take a moment look inside yourself and ask if your relationship with food is a healthy one. It's okay to admit that it's not a healthy relationship and that you're ready for a change in your life.

On this week's podcast, host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, Tony Federico, shares with us how he overcame an unhealthy relationship with food and how making a goal to live a more Paleolithic lifestyle has transformed his body and his life.

How To Create A Healthy Relationship With Food

As humans that operate from the reptilian brain, what do we ultimately need to thrive?

We need real food.

Take a moment to think about where our ancestors found their source of food. It wasn't from the processed food section from the grocery store, but from real foods like fruits, nits, seeds, vegetables and different meats.

If you are what you eat, then your relationship with food can say a lot about whether you are tuned in with your body or not.

Tony himself struggled for quite some time to create a healthy relationship with food. At one point, he found himself in a cycle of doing unhealthy amounts of exercise and eating processed foods that he believed to be healthy. In looking back on his lifestyle, Tony discusses on the show how his obsession of eating healthy food was called Orthorexia nervosa before it even existed.

To create a healthy relationship with food, Tony shares how we first get to understand how it helps our body. How all of natural foods' nutrients, vitamins, and more give you the energy and strength to live a healthy life each day.

Feeding Yourself From A Place of Love & Abundance

"Maybe my body is not the enemy. Maybe I can work with this thing if I understand it."- Tony Federico on the Paleo Diet 

What does your life balance look like right now? Maybe the mix includes:

But is everything balanced evenly? What areas do you dedicate your time to the most? Which areas are healthy and which are unhealthy?

If your health and nutrition are not at the best place that they can be, you may have to change your daily nutrition. For Tony, going Paleo helped him to rethink the benefits of food and a healthy lifestyle.

To give your body the love and abundance that it needs to stay healthy, real food can help give you the right mindset and positive energy that you need in your life. If you're eating unhealthy, it can throw you off balance in all six areas of your life.

Reach Your Goals With Reverse Engineering

One method to help you complete a goal is to do it via "reverse engineering."

Reverse engineering goals is when you pick a specific goal and decide what types of systems, people, and environment you can put into place to help you reach that goal.

As part of the goal, you need to have a base number, but it's very important that you have zero judgement towards that number. For example, if you want to lose 20 pounds and your base start number is 200 pounds. Don't judge that number because it will only lead to negative thinking. Instead, use it to help you see the results that you want.

Next, do your homework to start planning and creating a strategy. Be responsible and have the will and commitment to do it. Even if your plan isn't working,  think about what can you do to change it so that it does work? The slightest tweak can help you get to the goal that you want to complete if you have the willpower to complete it.

More About Tony Federico

Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of an eBook audio program deep dish, "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a speaker full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.

What You'll Hear On The Show

0:00  Wellness Force Opening

3:30  What's something fun that most people don't know about you?

4:30  What tragedy happened in your life to lead you to Paleo and to have this career as an author, speaker, and podcast host?

8:00  What was your experience with everything from having relationships to having your thyroid removed,  experiencing restless leg syndrome, and having ADD tendencies?

14:20 What made you choose Paleo and why do you think it was the right decision for you?

19:30  What has been the most transformational piece by going Paleo?

20:55  What do you do on a regular basis to grow?  How can you follow a more Paleolithic lifestyle over a Modern one with all the technology that we have available to us?

23:30  Tell us about Deep Dish: What's it all about and why did you write this book?

35:50  Who is your Deep Dish for?

38:30  How does technology affect your health and wellness? How does it relate to ancestral health?

41:40  How do you make a goal happen?

45:20  7 for 7 questions

59:05  Wellness Force Closing

Listen To Tony Share

  • His personal experience and journey with health, fitness, and Paleo.
  • What his childhood was like and important moments during that time.
  • How to set goals with reverse engineering methods
  • How he came to have a healthy relationship with food and overcome his Orthoexia nervosa.
  • How to be resilient and how to create a strategy for it.
  • Why we should practice more love and showing compassion to others.
  • What technology Tony uses including a FitBit and a stand-up desk to enhance his daily wellness.
  • What his book, Deep Dish, is all about.
  • The evolution of food.
  • What we need a daily basis to grow.

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Aug 2, 2016

"The quality of our sex life is a direct reflection of our internal health."-Bob Schwenkler 

On this week's podcast, trained life coaches and founders of Sex the Podcast, Natalie Vartanian and Bob Schwenkler, join me to talk about relationships, sex, and wellness.

Since joining forces as a power couple in 2015, Natalie and Bob have been the secret sexual weapon for successful men from all walks of life. They’ve helped many people from former Army Sniper Instructors, Online Marketing Experts, to Corporate Airline Pilots from across 3 continents unlock the next level of joy and confidence in their sex lives and relationships.

Meeting someone new and beginning a romantic relationship with them can create one of the most exhilarating feelings that you will experience during your lifetime. However, your emotional wellness plays a huge part in not only your health and fitness, but also your sex life. Past relationships and experiences can really effect new relationships, who you are, and who you want to become.

Each time you begin a new relationship with someone, it's important to address anything that's going on with yourself.

If you're emotionally unsteady because you have bottled up feelings of anger, sadness, and trauma on the inside, not only will it show up in your daily fitness and wellness health, but in your personal relationships and sex life as well.

To have a healthy sex life, you need to be healthy on the inside by addressing any hidden issues or baggage that you may be carrying with you. 

 

How to Recognize and Share Your Personal Feelings

In a relationship, it's important to recognize how you feel and not to ignore those feelings. Ask yourself, what do you want in a relationship? What do you want for your sex life? What do you want for your career and the rest of your life?

For you to be able to recognize your feelings and open up to your partner about your wants and desires, you should first become intimate with yourself. You can do this by giving yourself self-care and self-love. 

Begin by slowing down and taking a moment to understand what is going on with you. Try to be in the present and recognize what emotions you're feeling right now. Come back to yourself and be honest with what you want and need.

Learn To Understand Your Partner's Love Language

When you understand yourself better, you can learn to listen to your partner better as well. However, miscommunication or no communication can still happen throughout a relationship. Fortunately, coaches like Natalie and Bob can help you can fix that by using strategies and tools to help open up and improve communication with your partner. 

These communication tools can help you both to understand each other's love language, what your desires are, and how you can recreate something in your relationship. 

To understand your partner's love language, it may mean unpacking any baggage and talking about issues that you haven't even discussed about in the past.

How to Get Out Of A Shame Spiral

Something that can keep us back from having a fulfilling relationship and sex life is the shame that we feel for ourselves. This shame spiral can happen to us when we don't feel good in our own bodies or the person that we are.

If you're feeling shameful, it could be happening because you're in a constant pattern of avoidance. This pattern occurs when we're stuck in an unhealthy routine that doesn't allow us to find out what's really going on with ourselves.

This pattern of avoidance could include having lots of unfulfilling sex, drinking, working a lot, spending time on social media, or even just rational thinking.  Rational thinking mode is a thought addiction and surprisingly enough, over-thinking will keep you from having connected, fulfilling relationships.

To have a better sex life, you should look deep inside yourself and have an internal inquiry. Ask yourself what's holding you back from having great sex and even other experiences such as an amazing life or career? 

To help you truly escape this shame spiral and begin having fulfilling relationships and great sex, reach out to sources of support and help if you must do so.

Don't Be Afraid To Reach Out For Help

If you're struggling with your emotions and your shame spiral is keeping you from connecting with your partner, don't be afraid to reach out for help. 

Because we're only human, we can't take this journey all by ourselves. Talk to close friends about what you're going through and maybe they've been through the same obstacles. Ask someone to be your accountability partner to help hold you responsible for the goals that you want to accomplish.

Spend time with like-minded people in person or virtually online with different communities. Seek professional help by reaching out to therapy groups such as the ManKind Project or life coaches like Natalie and Bob. They can give you the support, strategy, and the tools that you need to help you live a fulfilling sex life with your partner.

 

"Do the thing and you'll have the power."-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

More About Natalie Vartanian

For the past 6 years Natalie Vartanian has worked with women from across 5 continents to help them get the sex lives and relationships they want.

As a featured writer on Elephant Journal and Good Men Project her love and relationship blog posts have gone viral to gain tens of thousands of shares.

She is the creator of The Virtual Love Course and has helped hundreds of single women believe in love again and effortlessly attract the partner of their dreams.

More About Bob Schwenkler

As The Coach for High Achieving Sensitive Men Bob Schwenkler helps men access more love, power, and freedom in every area of their lives.

His writing has been featured on sites such as The Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, and the Good Men Project.

He is the creator of Advanced Sexual Stamina for Men, leads internationally based men’s retreats as a Sex and Intimacy Expert, and has worked privately with clients from the US, Europe, and Australia.

What You'll Hear On The Show

0:00  Wellness Force Opening with Josh

2:05  Introduction to Natalie Vartanian and Bob Schwenkler

6:00 What do women truly want in a relationship?

7:05  What do men truly want in a relationship?

8:20  What is Natalie and Bob? What are you all about?

8:40  What led you both towards becoming relationship coaches?

11:40  What is the link between wellness and a healthy sex life?

13:00  How did your professional relationship change after your personal, romantic relationship break up?

15:40  What happens when you have different commitments for your work instead of your relationship? What does that mean for your intimacy levels in a relationship?

17:40  Question for Natalie: Any stories of success with clients who have broken through the limitations of intimacy and self love/care?

19:50  Question for Bob: Do you have a client with a success story that has really made you proud of them?

22:25  Question for Natalie: What is it like for you to help couples rekindle their intimacy and passion?

24:00 How can a man create intimacy within himself?

25:00 How do I get more intimate with myself before beginning a new relationship?

26:50 How does a woman (whether in a relationship or not) get in touch with herself and her intimacy.

29:00  As a relationship coach, has there been anything that you've done to help you create healthy boundaries so that you can focus on self-care? What are your tips for women and men?

31:00  How can males create healthy boundaries and focus on self-care?

32:50 What holds people back from being sexually fulfilled?

35:45  What makes men not feel sexually confident?

37:20  How do we recognize "shame" and how can we push through a shame spiral?

41:10 What is biologically different about men and women as far as their wants and desires?

43:35  What can do from a creation/solution standpoint for someone like a mom who wants to create more intimacy in her life.

46:05  Why don't people ask others for what they want in a relationship?

47:55  What can men do to break through their fear of intimacy? 

52:30  7 Fast for 7 Questions

59:30 Wellness Force Episode Closing with Josh

Resources Mentioned In The Show

Listen To Natalie and Bob Share

  • How to address your emotions.
  • What to do if you feel shameful.
  • How to address the baggage that you'll bring to a new relationship.
  • How to create open communication with your partner.
  • What men and women want in a relationship.
  • How men and women approach intimacy and sex.
  • How to become intimate with yourself through self care and love.
  • Why it's good to seek support to improve your sex life.
  • What is a pattern of avoidance and how to stop it.
  • How to understand your partner's love language.

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Jul 26, 2016

On this week’s podcast, floating and sensory deprivation expert, Glenn Stokoe, shares his personal experience with meditation and why floating creates the perfect environment to deepen a mediation practice that helps the body and mind to recover, align and fully relax.

"We store so much energy, not only in our psychology, but in our muscular skeletal system that when we float, our body gets to unwind and just finally take that breath it's been craving so much." - Joe Rogan

Meditation has been studied for centuries as a powerful tool that supports us in letting go of what doesn't serve our growth.

With traditional meditation however, it can take years to reach the clarity and inner peace we desire. With a new modality of healing called "floating," you can reach a state of ultimate relaxation with just a few sessions.

Science is also proving that the burgeoning field of sensory deprivation through floating can be a powerful way to heal the mind and body alike.

Floating is not only a great empowering tool to help lift our spirits and clear our thoughts, but it is also fun and can allow us to bring more creativity into our lives. 

Whether you suffer from stress, cloudy thinking, or chronic pain, floating is for everyone and it can help us let go of everything in order to simply just "be."

The Science of Letting Go

As the founder of Float North County in San Diego, California, Glenn has helped numerous athletes and spiritual seekers recover from pain and clear their minds.

Since his first float in 2013, Glenn's personal exploration in floating has included completing sessions that have lasted up to 3 hours and his own 30 day journey of floating and meditation.

If you want to recover from chronic pain, improve your athletic performance, or re-energize your mind and body, floating can help you rediscover yourself and let go of anything that is holding you back. 

What is a Float Studio?

At a float studio, the floating experience takes place in an enclosed space that looks similar to a large hot tub. The floating tank is about 8 feet long by 5 feet wide and can be between 5-7 feet in height. The tank is filled with 1,1oo pounds of Epsom salt which is made up of magnesium sulfate that allows you to float effortlessly in just 11 inches of water.

The water's temperature is set to match the temperature of your skin so that you're completely balanced and it feels like you're floating in almost nothing. 

A lot of people who are claustrophobic may be hesitant to try floating, but once they're in the large tank, they find that they feel fine in the water. Floating effortlessly in warm water in an enclosed space can bring a lot of comfort to us.

In addition, the Epsom magnesium salts keeps you completely buoyant so it's very easy to float and just let go of everything that you're feeling. You don't have to worry about water getting on your face or into your eyes.

Watch the video with Wellness Force Founder, Josh Trent, as he interview Glenn Stokoe live at the float studio!

Who Visits Float Studios?

Floating studios are for anyone and everyone. However, the people who benefit from them the most can include athletes and people who suffer from chronic pains or varying forms of stress and anxiety.

When you're in float tank, you're in an environment where you're not affected by gravity and you're absorbing all the magnesium from Epsom salts. This is perfect to help your body recover and relax.

Many professional teams including the Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Cubs now have their own float tanks. They have found that floating helps their athletes visualize for upcoming games, recover fast from injuries, and help re-evaluate what they did during the last game to make a real mind and body connection.

According to Glenn, these float tanks can be your best, personal, development tool because you can easily listen to your mind and body. If you can learn to be sensitive and  pay attention to what is going on with your body, then it can alert you to whether or not a future injury may happen and you can actively prevent it from occurring.

How Much Time Should You Spend in a Float Tank?

According to Glenn, 90 minutes is the perfect amount of time to spend in a float tank. Now you may be asking yourself, "Isn't 90 minutes a lot of time to spend all  by yourself in just water?"

To help you get into a state of complete relaxation, 90 minutes is key to allow your body and mind to reach a circadian state of rhythm (at 45 minutes). When you first try floating, 90 minutes may seem like a lot, but some people actually prefer and benefit from floating for over 2.5 hours.

Depending on why you attend floating sessions and whether it's for chronic pain or anxiety and stress, how often you go during the first sessions can differ from person to person. If you float for chronic pain, it's recommended that you go 8-9 times over the course of 3 weeks. If you float for anxiety and stress, you should go 6-7 times over 2 weeks for results.

Once you've gotten into a rhythm of spending time in a floating tank, you don't have to go as often, but  you should try to go on a regular basis for ongoing results that can benefit your life. This may be anywhere from 2 times a week to once a month depending on your reason for going and how much you need it.

How Can Floating Help You to Let Go?

"Consciousness is knowing that we're a force and we get to direct our force by choice." - Josh Trent

According to Glenn, it's natural that the first float won't be the most productive float for you. Your thoughts can be in another place because everything is so new and you're brain is so focused on taking it all in. However, each time you float, you'll be able to relax your body and mind faster to reach a higher state of meditation because your brain and body will be accustomed to being in the float tank.

"Negative thoughts can overtake your thinking and your ego can take over because you're amazed by what you're doing, but floating lets you ultimately shut that out completely because all you can hear is your own breath and your heartbeat. Simply letting go is a very big part of the floating experience. You have to enter the float tank knowing that you're not going to control the float, but to just let go." - Glenn Stokoe

Not only have athletes found floating tanks to be extremely helpful, but people who suffer from chronic pain, stress, and symptoms such as PTSD have walked away from their first session feeling amazing.

If you're overloaded by work, many have found that a float tank allows for clearer thinking for ideas. Instead of spending time overthinking about a situation to find a solution, a float tank can naturally help you have new ideas and  "aha" moments because you've allowed yourself to let go.

"How can we create as human beings if we're constantly reacting to what we're receiving and we can't respond to it?" - Josh Trent

What You'll Hear on the Show

0:00  Wellness Force Show Opening

3:00  Introduction to Glenn Stokoe

4:00  Why did you form Float North County?  What was your journey?

7:00 What is floating?

8:30  How did you set up your floating center business? Did you have a mentor?

10:15  How does floating benefit the science of letting go? How can a person benefit from their first floating experience?

13:20 Have you found for average people..do they feel wired and energized after they float? How many floats does it take?

15:45 What does this feeling of being weightless doing for the central nervous system, mind, and body?

18:05  How does floating help athletes? Does it benefit them in a different way than for other people?

22:10 How can floating help our brain and body synchronize?

23:30 How can long floats (2-3 hours) help us with personal development and meditation

25:30 How can our cortisol levels be reduced by floating?

27: 25  How do people use floating to let go of stress and anxiety?

29:15  What can people do to make floating a regular practice for them?

32:00  Why should people float for 90 minutes compared to 60 minutes?

33:10  What surprises people the most about floating?

37:00 How will the floating industry grow in the future?

38:10  7 Fast for 7 Questions

43:30  Closing Remarks by Josh and Glenn

Resources Mentioned In The Show

Listen To Glenn Share

  • His experiences with floating and meditation.
  • How he created Float North County.
  • What its like for someone to try floating for the first time.
  • Why floating tanks are okay for people with claustrophobia or other fears.
  • How floating can help heal the body and mind.
  • The different benefits of floating.
  • How long should you float for and how often?
  • Who floats and why do they float?

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Jul 19, 2016

Dr. Jade Teta is an integrative physician, naturopath, and personal trainer with over 25 years of experience helping people achieve their health, weight loss, and fitness goals.

If you've been counting calories and exercising as part of a health and wellness program, there can come a time when the scale suddenly stops moving.

But beyond the horizon of the fitness industry's fetish with the scale and dogmatism of "calories in vs. calories out and "eat less, exercise more" lies the truth about what our body really craves:

Our undivided attention to the metabolism.

On episode 067, Dr. Jade Teta stops by the studio with Josh Trent to share his decades of experience working with the human metabolism, and uncover the top 5 metabolic myths that are holding people back from having real health and wellness.

By teaching us how to understand our individual and unique metabolism, Dr. Jade Teta's methods prove how we can keep our bodies, hormones, and energy in check.

Dr. Jade Teta is an integrative physician, naturopath, and personal trainer with over 25 years of experience helping people achieve their health, weight loss, and fitness goals.

He is the founder & CEO of Metabolic Effect Inc., and author of the best-selling book, The Metabolic Effect Diet. He is a regular contributor to many publications, including The Huffington Post, and the Textbook of Natural Medicine, the number one natural medicine textbook used in medical schools across the country.

Jade has completed an estimated 10,000 workouts in his lifetime, and has worked with thousands of weight loss and fitness seekers from all over the world through his Metabolic Effect Clinic and online programs.

The Metabolic Effect

Each person's body is different and therefore, the metabolism of each person is not the same as another's. Dr. Jade learned this the hard way during medical school when his busy schedule was getting in the way of him eating and exercising properly.

After months of continuously gaining weight by consuming unhealthy foods and drinking so-called "healthy" juices from places such as Jamba Juice, Jade had a revelation about metabolism. It was then and there that the theory of the Metabolic Effect was born.

When we're young, our metabolism can be easily calculated, but it's not the same as our bodies change as we age. This is when you need to become a metabolic detective to better understand your body. Discover what foods work for you and what doesn't anymore.

How to Become a Metabolic Detective, Not a Dieter

The difference between being a detective and being a dieter is that a dieter goes by rules. Unfortunately, being a dieter is not the best path to living a healthy lifestyle because all of these rules can really restrict a person as far as their diet and they can feel stuck. Once a dieter is done with one diet and its rules, they just move onto the next one hoping that it will show them the results they want.

To be a detective, you can't follow strict rules of eating only certain foods. Instead, you need to follow guidelines and structured flexibility to help find your best way to approach nutrition.

 The first step to becoming a metabolic detective and not a dieter is to understand that everyone's metabolism is different.

Once you know that, you can learn how to keep your metabolism in balance.

How to Keep Your Metabolism in Balance

There are two key ways that you can keep your metabolism in balance. One is HEC and the other is the Golidlocks Zone.

HEC or Hunger Energy Cravings is your body's way of telling you that you're in balance. Your hunger, your energy, and your cravings are there to let you know if your metabolism is in check or not.

HEC biofeedback clues can also include anything from exercise, mood, sleep, digestion, headaches, and libido can also tell us a lot about our hormonal balance.

The Goldilocks Zone is all about balancing the body to make sure that the metabolism is in check. Think of a seesaw that represents your body. This seesaw needs to be perfectly balanced by not taking too much, not taking too little, but just the right  amount of everything including fats, carbohydrates, exercise, stress, sleep etc.

Try to aim for your personal Goldilocks Point by seeing how many carbohydrates you can consume while still being able to show results by working out, getting enough sleep, meditating etc. to keep your HEC in check. You may have to adjust your diet by taking out different foods and adding in new substitutes to help stay balanced.

The 5 Metabolic Myths

During today's podcast, Jade and I spoke about the 5 Metabolic Myths:

1. You'll get sustainable, predictable, linear, and fair results if you follow a guidebook AND The body is able to easily burn fat and build at the same time

The truth: As previously discussed in this blog, all of our bodies are different and you can only truly find results with trial and error to try to keep HEC in check.

The body is only able to easily burn fat and build muscle at the same time if a) you're a beginner to fitness or b) you're taking steroids and other supplements. Once you've been working out constantly, you'll find that your metabolism won't do both at the same time. To burn fat and gain muscle, you need to switch up with different exercises and eating habits.

2. All you need to worry about are calories.

The truth: If you cut calories on purpose, your metabolism will increase your feelings for hunger and increase your metabolic rate. 

3. Hormones work in isolation and are either good like human growth hormone or bad like cortisol.

The truth: Metabolism has multiple mechanisms that it overlaps and works with hormones.

4. There is no good way to assess the balance of hormones without blood testing.

The truth: You need to look at different areas including your blood to fully understand your hormones and what your body needs in order to be balanced. 

5. The metabolism of leading people and overweight people work in the same way.

The truth:  All of our bodies are different. Each obese person is different and each lean person is resistant.

The 4 METABOLIC TOGGLES

These are 4 quadrants to help keep your HEC in check:

  • ELEL: eat less exercise less
  • ELEM: eat less, exercise more
  • EMEL: eat more, exercise less
  • EMEM: eat more exercise more

“Your greatest difficulty is with yourself; for you are your own stumbling-block. You do not know what you want. You are better at approving the right course, than at following it out. You see where the true happiness lies, but you have not the courage to attain it.” - Roman Philosopher Seneca

What You’ll Hear On Today’s Show

0:00 Wellness Force Opening

1:45 Introduction to Dr. Jade Teta

3:20  What is something that people don't know about you that's funny?

5:15  What's your own personal story about overworking and over-training? What lead you to begin learning about the metabolic effect?

10:25  What's the difference between being a detective and being a dieter?

12:50  What is HEC or Hunger Energy Cravings?

16:50 What's the Goldilocks Zone for Hunger?

20:00  How do we know when to add in starch or fat when trying to be balanced?

26:00  What are the 5 Metabolism Myths?

48:50  How do you know if you're facing Metabolic Damage? Can you reverse it?

54:00  How do our emotions come into play with keeping our HEC in check?

1:05:50   What's a Fear PR? Can you tell us about your new book?

1:09:45 Episode Closing

Resources Mentioned In The Show

Listen To Dr. Jade Share

  • How to become a metabolic detective
  • The 5 Metabolism Myths
  • HEC or Hunger Energy Cravings
  • The Goldilocks Zone
  • Starting Line foods (protein, fiber, water)
  • How do we know when to cut out certain foods to keep in balance?
  • How do we know to add in fat or starch?
  • How to create a flexible, structured diet around your personal metabolism.
  • How to burn fat and gain muscle at the same time.
  • How are metabolism adapts to our different situations.
  • How do you know if you're facing Metabolic Damage?
  • How to keep your emotions and stress in balance while keeping our HEC in check.
  • How our willpower and health come into play.
  • The law of metabolic multitasking
  • The law of metabolic efficiency
  • The law of metabolic individuality

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Jul 12, 2016

On this week’s podcast, Franz SnidemanSenior Strong First Instructor, Primal Move National Instructor, former Collegiate Sprinter and International Lecturer shares the fundamental importance of educating and coaching clients in safe, healthy and holistic athleticism. Today, Franz talks about how we can add sprinting to our fitness routines and what benefits it includes for both body and mind.

Franz is a student of nutrition, Neuro-Muscular Therapy, Primal Move Kids and Corrective High Performance Exercise Kinesiology. As the co-owner of Revolution Fitness, in La Jolla, CA and the author of several books including Revolution Kettlebell Fat Loss Program, he draws on his passion for healthy living, athleticism, knowledge and appreciation of human development, anatomy and personal experience, to have co-developed what he calls the Primal Speed System.

It can be a strange, new journey to add something to our lives that we are unfamiliar with such as sprinting, but Franz has some great tips for both beginners and born again athletes who are eager to get back into shape.

With each new effort, we can change our own behavior and improve ourselves every day.

Why Should You Include Sprinting In Your Workouts?

Sprinting has many benefits, not just for the body, but for the mind as well. 

How many hours did you spend sitting down at your desk today? Most likely you were sitting there for quite some time before you got up and walked around the room. During that time, maybe you got a drink of water, went to a meeting, or stepped outside for some lunch. When you look back on your day, do you think you have had enough physical movement?

If you spend many hours each day sitting at a desk, you will not get the fitness that your body and mind are craving. Maybe you don't have enough time for a long run, swimming, or an hour long fitness class.

Fortunately, the beauty about adding sprinting to your workout is that it's just as viable as any other cardiovascular activities AND it doesn't take too much time. 

The Steady Progression to Becoming a Sprinter

So how can you become a sprinter? Sprinting is vital for fitness, but it needs a progression so that your body can adapt to it.  Franz's advice is to do several steps to gear yourself up before adding sprinting to your workout. If you try going to the track without proper preparation and understanding of sprinting mechanics, then you might face a future injury.

To learn how to sprint, you need to go back to the basics of crawling. Crawling is the first mode of locomotion you do before you can even stand and walk. Sprinting is a standing crawl and the final progression of locomotion.

Once you get the hang of crawling, here are Franz's next 3  steps to prepare yourself for a sprint workout:

1. March while standing in place

To connect the brain with the body and get into a rhythm of movement, begin marching while standing in place. By learning the sprinting cadence, you begin to learn important sprinting techniques such as moving on the balls of your feet, foot striking, and landing underneath your body. Try doing this technique for 5 minutes each day.

2. Build the intrinsic and small muscles of the feet.

Prepare your feet and lower legs for sprinting by building the intrinsic and small muscles of the feet by walking on your heels, toes, and the sides of the feet. First, do heel walks (walking on your heels) with the toes pointed upwards towards your shin. This helps to teach your ankles to be stiff and have dorsal flexed feet so that you run on the balls of your feet and not on your toes.

However, for the next exercise, to teach your body how to do a proper push off when you sprint, you need to lean forward on your toes as you walk. You shouldn't be walking on your tip toes, but leaning enough that your knees are straight as you walk.

For the third foot exercise, you need to do an around the world combination of cycling through these next motions. Begin by walking on your tiptoes followed by walking on the outside edges of your feet, the heels, and finally the inside edges of your feet. Cycle through these motions for 30-60 seconds once a day.

3. Create a great posture with shoulder mechanics

To create a great sprinting form, you should have good posture on the upper half of your body. Begin by sitting up straight. Next, simply start moving your arms in the same motion as you would when sprinting. This will help remind you to keep your arms up and in front of you to create momentum.

All of these steps can easily be done from the comfort of your home. After you have practiced each one, put them together for your next sprint workout.

Build Your Body and Mind with Each Sprint

"Regardless of your goals. If you're an endurance athlete, middle distance athlete, maybe just a strength athlete, sprinting will make you more athletic because it will enhance the functioning of your nervous systems and the way that your brain communicates with your body. And that's a good thing." -Franz Snideman

Just like crawling, you find yourself in a cross body pattern and motion as you sprint. This movement actually connects your body to both the left and the right brain hemispheres. Because of this link, your brain works better, you burn more calories, and you build more muscle and nerve tissue.

The brain develops from movement so that when we learn new skills, we end up building new nerve cells and tissues in the brain. People who do a lot of different movements and move really well tend to learn better than people who do not move on a daily basis. Because of this, short term sprinting is good for the brain because it takes you to a whole new level for a couple seconds before you come back to resting mode.

What happens if you over exhilarate yourself when you sprint?

You don't have to worry about over exhilarating yourself because you have central governors in your brain that protect you from overdoing something that can cause harm to the body. For example, right before you reach your fastest speed, your brain will tell your body to stop going too fast should you pull a muscle.

However, this doesn't mean that you should let the central governors from moving and keep growing as a sprinter and athlete. Sprinting actually helps you to break free from the central governors and take your brain up a step.

How does sprinting help you to lose weight?

Sprinting is not only good for the mind, but obviously the body as well to help you deal with glucose and insulin to shred excess fat and calories. If you take a look at professional sprinters, pole vaulters or hurdlers, their training involves high power and short duration sprints to be able to have their athletic physique.

When you add sprinting and other high intensity exercises to your workout, you should include it with a combination of strength training, walking, and an overall healthy lifestyle. With sprinting, you will see a progression overtime and eventually a healthier, more athletic you.

How to Face Your Problems and Fears to Reach Success

On Franz's Facebook page, he wrote this inspiring post:

"Success requires so much more than people can see. Enjoy the highs and the lows, the ups and the downs. It's all part of the process and Journey. Easily earned success is not character building and does not make you stronger. If you can understand that problems are opportunities to grow than you will not want to quickly give away or avoid your problems. Embrace the problems and the challenges as they make you better and more resourceful." 

We are all on our own life journeys and we dream of different goals, but to get where we want to be, the pathway is not always easy and sometimes unplanned events can stop us from getting where we want to be in life.

You don't stop growing because there's a problem you're facing. Instead, you really grow by taking on the problem by yourself. Figure out which goals you want to achieve and obstacles to overcome. That way, you can grow emotionally and become a stronger person than your were before. It's fine to reach out for help, but understand your role to take on what needs to be done on your part. Nobody else can walk in your shoes. It's your life and your journey.

Resources Mentioned In The Show

Listen To Franz Uncover

  • What are the benefits of sprint workouts.
  • How sprinting can help you get an athletic physique.
  • Fran's mission for Primal Speed Sprinting Workshops.
  • His top tips for preparing your body for sprinting workouts.
  • How sprinting can boost and improve your brain power.
  • How sprinting can affect our hormonal balance. How can hormones help our health.
  • Why we need to set goals, choose an adaptation, and have a WHY to see an end result happen.
  • What success means for Franz.
  • How Franz has learned to take on problems and obstacles to find solutions and reach goals.

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Jul 8, 2016

Rebecca Hazelton is a licensed Nutritionist, Health Coach, Personal Trainer, and HeartMath Coach running her own consulting business since 2001. This week on Wellness Force Radio, we discuss her latest book, Pleasure Meditation: Your Guide to Joyful Stress Reduction.

Since 2001, Rebecca has been working as a coach and consultant. Throughout her career, she's found that we all face a lack of tools for dealing with stress management.

As a mom, Rebecca is passionate about teaching self-care, how to treat your body with love and respect, and has a nutrition license through AHSU with specialty certifications in Metabolic Typing Nutrition and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition.

Rebecca is also a certified Postural Alignment Specialist with the Egoscue University. Her first of two published books, Choosing Health: A One-Size- Doesn’t-Fit- All Guide to Diet, Exercise, & Motivation is a must-read for anyone interested in living a healthier lifestyle.

Her new eBook Pleasure Meditation: Your Guide to Joyful Stress Reduction has just been released and is a simple 3-minute guide that teaches you exactly how to boost your feelings of pleasure AND melt away feelings of stress.

Letting Go Of Stress

Poor stress management and self-care can lead to other numerous health concerns including fatigue, gut health, thyroid problems, and hormonal imbalance.

Stress can be so hard on the body; sometimes all you need to do is take a deep breath.

But what about taking it further?

Stress reduction tools like pleasure meditation can help you to respond to different situations, feel balanced, and experience joy each day. Today on the podcast, Rebecca shares her own story of experiencing stress and how her F.L.O.W. system of pleasure meditation has helped her to manage it and find greater happiness.

F of F.L.O.W - Focus On Your Breathing

Pleasure meditation can be  very powerful and it's great for those who need it, but don't know where to begin with handling their own stress management. 

The F of Rebecca's F.L.O.W. system is to simply begin focusing on your breathing. Take a couple of breaths to feel present in the moment. During that time, find out where your breathing is coming from. If it's not coming from deep within, but rather from your neck and shoulders, you can be dealing with a great amount of stress.

L of F.L.O.W - Let In Love And Let Stress Go

To let love in and let stress go, you need to switch out stressed out hormones with beneficial hormones in your brain to help balance out that body. How can you do this? With the power of vision and memory.

Let in love by thinking about a wonderful memory of when you felt love. It can be an experience from a recent interaction or pleasure from petting a cat or a dog. Allow yourself to remember and embrace those experiences of your life when you let love in in order to let your stress go.

O of F.L.O.W - Open Up With Gratitude

When you open yourself up to feel gratitude and to be thankful for what you have in your life, it's impossible to feel stressed out in that moment of time. 

Letting in feelings of love is unique to everyone because of all of our different experiences, but sometimes love itself cannot help us feel gratitude. Feeling gratitude is another layer that can help us to experience pleasure and joy.

W of F.L.O.W - Wake Up Your Pleasure Awareness

To free yourself of stress, try to see the world in new light by waking up your pleasure awareness. When you let in love, you experience gratitude and when you start to appreciate the little things in life, you can wake up your pleasure awareness. 

You may begin to see things differently than you ever could before. Maybe colors look brighter, the sun feels warmer, or nature seems more beautiful. With pleasure meditation, you're tapped in to feeling other feelings throughout the day. Think about having your feet on the ground in the moment, but your head in the clouds with other sensations. 

Understand Your Stress Better With HeartMath Coaching

A HeartMath Coach can help you better understand the linking connection between how your heart rate and emotions can affect the amount of stress that you feel. 

Using the bio feedback device, baseline resilience, you can find out you're heart rate is at and whether you are stressed or not. Each person's baseline resilience number is different and it can help a person determine what causes great or little stress.

With HeartMath Coaching, you can learn to empower your stress and react better to moments when the little things in life stress you out.

Resources Mentioned In The Show


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Jul 5, 2016

On this week's podcast, Productivity & Success Transformation Coach Craig Ballantyne, stops by the show to talk about how to beat anxiety to create your perfect day. Craig is a fitness expert and the author of the groundbreaking fat loss workout systems, Turbulence Training, and Home Workout Revolution. He has been a contributing author to Men's Health magazine since 2000 and has been the editor of the personal development newsletter, Early to Rise, since 2011.

Understanding Your Own Anxiety

Suffering from anxiety shouldn’t make you feel like a black sheep.

In fact, many people that you  know may suffer from some form of anxiety because 40 million Americans (18% of population) that are over the age of 18 face it each day. Some of these anxiety disorders include panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, or major depressive disorder.

To beat your anxiety, you can change your mindset today.

On this planet, every minute counts and in order to get the most out of each day of our lives, we have to get in the right mindset to take it head on as best as we can by changing our habits.

Just like a fitness transformation, we need to make specific changes in order to see a mindset transformation. A new mindset transformation won’t only help us beat anxiety, but it will also help us become more goal driven and productive as well.

In order to complete this mindset transformation, we can follow what Craig calls The Perfect Day Formula.

How to Follow the Perfect Day Formula

According to Craig, in order to begin following the Perfect Day Formula, we need to do The 3 C’s each day:

  1. Control the morning
  2. Conquer the afternoon
  3. Concentrate on what really matters

The First C: You have the greatest control of your day during the morning hours.

Before you leave the house, your morning is your time to focus on how you can get ahead in the day. Even if it’s just for 15 minutes before everyone wakes up, you control everything that you do.

Start your day on a positive note to help you feel energized and focused with less stress by reading the newspaper, drinking some coffee, or watching the sunrise. Do anything that will help you clear your mind.

The Second C: Conquer your afternoon with the 5 Pillars of Personal Transformation.

Life is extremely unpredictable and anything can happen at the drop of a hat to  throw us off course from our perfect day. Fortunately, with the 5 Pillars of Personal Transformation, we can better prepare ourselves for any emergencies, negative thoughts, or feelings of anxiety that may come our way.

The 5 Pillars of Personal Transformation

  • Plan and Prepare for any obstacles or emergencies that come into your life.
  • Professional Accountability: Look to someone to hold you accountable for your actions and bring out the best in you.
  • Positive Social Support: Who are your cheerleaders? These are the people that are always there for you and will help push you to do better.
  • Meaningful Incentive: Have a big enough reason for why you’re doing what you’re doing i.e. for your children or your health.
  • The Big Deadline: Set a deadline for the big and small goals during the day.

"A goal without a deadline is just a dream." - Craig Ballantyne

The Third C: Concentrate on what really matters by creating a vision for yourself

In order to truly focus on your dreams, you need to create a vision for your life. This will help you understand where you want to go, how you want to get there, and help you make the right decisions overall. For the majority of us, that means creating structure in your life, but a lot of us don’t like structure. So what can we do?

If you know exactly where you want to go, you can get there without any distractions when you follow your own rules.

Instead of seeing structure as something that is holding you back from having the freedom to make your own decisions, structure can be extremely liberating. How you may ask? Well, isn’t following your own rules a lot easier and less stressful than following someone else’s orders?

Why Your Perfect Day Starts With The Goodnight Formula

The 3 C’s begin with taking control of your mornings, but the real magic begins that night before with Craig’s 10-3-2-1-0 Goodnight Formula.

Your Perfect Day already begins 10 hours before you go to bed when you should be refraining from drinking any type of caffeine. Some people may be able to drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages  at night, but for the majority of us, it can really affect our sleep cycle.

As the day continues on, at 3 hours beforehand, you should not eat any heavy meals or drink alcohol. If you go to bed with alcohol in your system, you will most likely wake up feeling even more tired than you did the night before.

To help you begin to relax more and not be stressed before you sleep, you should stop doing any type of work activity 2 hours before bed. At 1 hour left to go, it’s time to put away the electronics, turn off the TV, and avoiding looking at your phone’s screen.

Whether or not you had a great night’s rest, zero is the number of times that you should hit the snooze button in the morning. If you allow yourself to fall back into a sleep cycle, it will be even more difficult for you to get up and enjoy your 15 free minutes to take control of your perfect day.

How To Know If It’s Time For You To Change Your Environment & Relationships

Whether they realize it or not, our friends, family members, and coworkers can sabotage our formula for a perfect day.

When we’re trying to create the perfect day for ourselves by following the 3 C’s, the Five Pillars, and the Goodnight Formula, we can face different challenges. To get through them, we need to have the best support system that we can possible have from the people in our lives.

These are that people that are there for you no matter what with their love, support, and kindness.  Unfortunately, they can also sabotage us sometimes.

To move forward and grow, we may have to change our environments. It may not be forever, but if you have a goal in mind, you may have to change your schedule and your activities to reach your goal. You don’t have to leave people behind, but this may also mean that you have to change the environment you’re in if you truly want to see yourself improve each day.

If you’re in a toxic relationship that does not allow you to grow in anyway at all, you might have to give the gift of goodbye. That way, you can create space to allow new people into your life who will support your goals and hold you accountable for them.

What Not To Do During Your Perfect Day

When we face anxiety, we may follow negative habits that are holding us back from having a perfect day. Craig gave us so much great advice on what we should be doing to beat anxiety and create a perfect day, but he also has a Do Not Do List of what we should not be doing:

  • Do not hit the snooze button.
  • Do not check your email first thing in the morning.
  • Do not answer all phone calls.
  • Do not mindlessly surf the Internet.
  • Do not waste time arguing or gossiping.
  • Do not consume food or drink that makes you tired.

These are some good tips to help you create a perfect day, but what about your own unique list?

How can you be less distracted and more productive during the day?

Take some time to write down what you’re doing each day and discover when you’re distracted and when you’re productive during the day. That way, you can create your own Do Not Do List and focus on the most important tasks you need to complete during your productive time.

More About Craig

Craig Ballantyne is a Productivity & Success Transformation Coach from Toronto, Ontario, Canada,and the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. He has been contributing to Men's Health magazine since 2000, and in 2001, Craig created the popular home workout program, Turbulence Training.

On his journey to success, Craig had to overcome crippling anxiety attacks, and he beat them with his 5 Pillars of Transformation. Today Craig shows men and women how to use the 5 Pillars to lose 10 to 75 pounds, get a raise and make more money, find the love of their life, and overcome any obstacle in the way of success. You can read his daily essays on success, productivity, and fitness at EarlyToRise.com

What You’ll Hear On Today’s Show

0:00 Introduction to Craig Ballantyne

2:45  How did your childhood help you become the person that you are today?

3:45  How Craig transitioned from Fitness to Mindset training

5:26  What was one of Craig’s most growth in his transformation? What did you experience with the Law of Attraction?

8:25  What compelled Craig to write The Perfect Day Formula

9:25  The 3 C’s explained: 1) Control the Morning

10:15  How does Craig structure his morning?

12:05  The 3 C’s explained: 2) Conquer the Afternoon via the 5 Pillars of Success

14:12  The Goodnight Formula explained: why the perfect day happens the night before.

16:40  The 3 C’s explained: Concentrate on what really matters

17:40  How can creating discipline and rules later lead to success in life?

18:58  How Craig worked through his own anxiety to live this transformed life.

21:45  The 5 Pillars-No. 3) Having positive, social support in your life.

22:55  Sometimes our friends, families, and co-workers can either knowingly or unknowingly sabotage us to have a perfect day.

23:25  Craig’s experience with giving the gift of goodbye to someone.

25:20  The 5 Pillars: No. 2) Professional Accountability

27:05  The 5 Pillars: No. 4) The Meaningful Incentive

30:00  The 5 Pillars: No. 5) The Big Deadline

32:00  What helps people to decrease their procrastination?

34:35  How to follow a not to do list that’s just for you and how to find your productive time.

36:55  We face 150-275 decisions each day- How do we beat this decision fatigue?

38:25  Visioning the future: What type of legacy does Craig want to leave when he’s gone?

39:55  How do we make mistakes and get through them? What mistake has Craig worked through?

42:05  7 for 7 Fast Questions

47:00  Episode Closing

Resources Mentioned In The Show

Listen To Craig Uncover

  • How to beat anxiety from within yourself.
  • Craig’s own experience with anxiety.
  • How Craig went from a career in fitness to improving mindsets.
  • Craig’s personal growth transformation with the Law of Attraction
  • How to create your perfect day with the 3C’s and the 5 Pillars of Personal Transformation.
  • What not to do to create your perfect day.
  • The 10-3-2-1-0 Goodnight Formula
  • How you can change your environment to improve yourself.
  • How to avoid decision fatigue.

 


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Jun 28, 2016

On this week’s podcast, New York Times Best-selling author and striving Yogi, Karan Bajaj, shares how sabbaticals, vipassana meditation, and living in his dharma has helped him create more power, clarity, and purpose in his life and for millions of readers.

The Purpose Driven Life

The sad reality is that only one out of every three Americans are now reported to be very happy. It's no surprise that on the wrong road, we can find ourselves feeling disconnected from our passion, discontent with where we are, and craving a shift towards a more purpose driven life.

In our journey, we may do many things to find purpose again including changing jobs or in finding temporary satisfactions through "weapons of mass distractions," like alcohol, food, and even the wrong relationships.

To find a purpose driven life however, Karan plants the seed of thought that what we may need to do is simply create the time to focus on what we truly desire through yoga, meditation, and sabbaticals.

To be able to feel more content with yourself and where you are in life, Karan guides us to the focus of stripping away your emotional materialism.

How to Strip Yourself of Emotional Materialism

Emotional materialism is defined by Karan as “constantly wanting to become something or someone better.

A person who focuses on emotional materialism is someone who is incessantly looking for growth within jobs, social circles, and experiences in order to become “someone better,” all without ever feeling good about where they are. They believe that once they have become that "better person" or achieved something bigger, only then will they be truly happy. 

This however is the exact opposite of how to become content with who we truly are.

After we strip ourselves of emotional materialism, we become more selfless. After we become more selfless, we can see ourselves as the best medium for carrying out our work; the magic of contentment is that it doesn’t even matter if that work fails.

To a Yogi, the most important thing is that they are a vessel that carries out their work.

But how do we begin this process of changing our mindset and not focus on becoming something else, but on who we are right now? How can we truly strip ourselves of emotional materialism and become selfless?

Karan suggests three powerful steps: Learn, Reflect, and Meditate.

To be content, you must do all three consistently over time.

In order to allow ourselves to simply just “be,” we get to learn through secondary resources such as books and people, reflect on those learnings, and finally experience what we have learned through meditation.

Finding Contentment in Your Life

It is obvious that if you are consumed with negative thoughts about where you are, then you won't be able to lead a life of happiness.

Many people believe that true contentment is found in reaching the "moment" from when they get from Point A to Point B. Ironically, their current purpose might just be where they currently are right now; between Point A and Point B.

"Instead of focusing on how to get from Point A to Point B, you must pause for a moment to give yourself the space to help you feel content with yourself, which will lead you to find your purpose." - Karan Bajaj

If you rush yourself and forget to learn, reflect, and meditate, you won’t be able to take the powerful moment to pause for thoughts such as, “I am what I am. I’m where I’m currently at in life, and I’m going to be the best me that I can be.”

Karan teaches to not rush life, and rather take it one day at a time to see where it can lead you.

How To Prepare For A Sabbatical or Meditation Retreat

In the process of Karan living out his dharma, he realized that he didn’t need to spend time following radical goals, but rather to enjoy "being" and discovering his true path through meditation.

To help do this, Karan has taken two, one year long sabbaticals.

He calls this the 4-1-4 rule.  Work for 4 years diligently, take one year off, then return for 4 more years. However, not everyone can take an entire year away from their work, family, and life to spend on reflecting and meditating.

Some people follow a 7 -1-7 rule by working 7 weeks and then taking a week off. Karan also suggests taking short, meaningful vacations by spending time in new environment or doing a 10-day meditation retreat.

By letting everything familiar go on a sabbatical, you get to dissolve your habits and cyclical thinking so that you can start anew again on your return. The only true prerequisite for a meditation retreat is that you welcome it with an open mind and have an acceptance for you and those around you.

You may be thinking that doing a sabbatical or meditation retreat such as Vipassana can be a scary experience. You may even question whether or not it will be easy for you to let go of society's conditioning and commit yourself to focusing on meditation for so many days.

These worries are very common for people who are new to meditation retreats, but embracing this fear and going through the threshold can be a life-changing experience.

About Karan Bajaj

Karan Bajaj is a #1 bestselling Indian novelist with more than 200,000 copies of his novels in print, both optioned into major films. Karan's first worldwide novel, The Yoga of Max's Discontent, will be published by Random House on May 3rd' 2016. The book, called "The greatest adventure of our Generation" by The Daily Telegraph was inspired by Karan's one year sabbatical traveling from Europe to India by road and learning yoga and meditation in the Himalayas.

For the 1st week of launch, you can get a free meditation course, a Quit Sugar in 7 days nutrition guide, a yoga flow video course and other transformational gifts worth $299 when you order your book (150 Spots Only)!

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Karan has also worked in senior executive roles at companies like Procter & Gamble and the Boston Consulting Group and was named among Ad Age's "Top 40 Under 40 executives" in the US.

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More About "The Yoga of Max's Discontent"

The book is about a Wall Street investment banker who becomes a yogi in the Himalayas and is both a page turning adventure through the hidden underbelly of India and a contemporary take on man’s classic quest for transcendence.

The book is receiving excellent advance reviews with The Daily Telegraph calling it “The greatest adventure of our generation” and Sharon Gannon saying it’s “A superb meditation on effort and grace, on the level of Herman Hesse and Victor Frankl,”

Resources Mentioned In The Show

Listen To Karan Share

  • What it takes and what it means to become a modern yogi.
  • How can you do a sabbatical with a family?
  • The story behind writing his book, the Yoga of Max’s Discontent
  • The definition of emotional materialism and how to strip it from your life.
  • The difference between Americans and Indians with finding a passion in their careers.
  • How can we allow ourselves to just “be” instead of trying to become something.
  • How does the degree of inner work we do help grow our financial wealth?
  • What is the 4-1-4 year model and how can people use it in their life?
  • How can we constructively take time off from work to begin anew?
  • How can we improve our own intuition?
  • How to know if you’re ready for a 10-day meditation retreat or Vipassana meditation.
  • His experience working for American corporations such as Procter & Gamble and Kraft Foods.
  • What inspired him to take a third sabbatical after the untimely death of his mother.
  • What life was like growing up and seeing people come to his village to practice yoga in ashrams and caves.
  • Why people leave for sabbaticals and other personal quests at some point in their life.

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Jun 21, 2016

On this week’s podcast, celebrity trainer of NBC's The Biggest Loser season 11, Brett Hoebel, discusses how we all can discover our unique healthy life, why our struggle can be our greatest gift, and how we can get clear on the choices that will truly make a difference.

On this show, Brett shares his own story about when he experienced his own “Fitting Point” moment as a teenager. This would be a key moment in his life that led him to find his new, inner strength to overcome his struggles with poor nutrition.

Without knowing it then, this new lifestyle change and a passion for fitness would lead him to have a career that he loves as one of best known trainers in the health and fitness community.

In a world where we follow busy schedules that can include a family, a career, and other commitments, it can be difficult to find the time and motivation to fit in a good workout.

Living a healthy lifestyle can be even more difficult if we’re battling inner demons that keep us from being the best that we can be both inside and outside the gym.

How To Find Fitness From Within

The reality is that if you force yourself to exercise or eat healthy foods without the right passion for it, you will always see changing your lifestyle as something negative. With this attitude, you will view these changes as something that you have to have happen and not what you truly get to let happen.

At some point, you will see a lifestyle change as something positive when you finally find a personal connection to fitness. This connection gets to be be something that moves you forward on an emotional level.

It can become very tiresome and boring to do the same exercises week after week. To change it up, Brett recommends finding something that truly energizes you and makes you excited to live a fitter life- in or outside the gym walls.

Brett, for example, really enjoys taking the time to do Salsa dancing classes before getting into his workout.

Takeaway: Do whatever works for you to make you happy and feel motivated!

Discovering Your Fitting Point

As easy as it may sound, finding your passion to live a healthy lifestyle is not always so simple. Life comes with so many different obstacles and curve balls that can stop us or put us off track from exercising, eating nutritious foods, and enjoying living healthy.

Even Brett went through many struggles as an overweight teenager. He was involved in many sports growing up, but would overeat unhealthy foods with gluten and sugar that were against the diet he was supposed to be following. In denial of his emotional eating disorder and at rock-bottom, he had a sudden revelation and found his “Fitting Point.”

The Fitting Point is when a person has found a moment in their life when they find inner strength and realize a change needs to be made for them to become healthy. This change may be trying to schedule a time to workout out more or, like Brett, stop eating unhealthy, processed foods and eat more natural foods.

Identifying Your Life Passion

It can be a long journey to discover what drives you to be excited about living healthy.

Similarly, you may also face different paths and interests by attending different classes and switching careers before you truly find a major or job that you can be passionate about each day.

When Brett began college, he was not doing as well as he had hoped to do and just wasn’t excited about what he was studying. With some advice from his father, Brett decided to change his major to Pre-Med because he really loved studying science. By changing his major, Brett was finally excited about his classes and had the motivation to do better in school.

This switch greatly helped Brett, but he soon found out that a Pre-Med major was not his true calling because it lacked the human interaction that he really enjoys. With another revelation, Brett discovered that fitness was his true passion. This would eventually lead him down a new path to his successful career as a fitness trainer.

We will all go through some difficult moments in life when we don’t feel passionate about what we’re doing. But if we dig down deep and think about what truly makes us happy, it will lead us to something that we truly love.

It can take time, sometimes lots of time, but when you find your calling, you will realize that everything that led up to that moment helped you along the way and the journey was worth it.

More About Brett:

As the author and creator of the revolutionary 20 Minute Body™ book and DVDs, and celebrity trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser season 11, Brett Hoebel is one of the country’s most sought-after experts for fast fat-loss, nutrition and motivation.

He was also one of the health and fitness experts on Food Network’s Fat Chef, as well as the brains behind the RevAbs® DVDs from Beachbody (producers of P90-X).Greatist named Brett one of the world’s “Top 100 Health and Fitness Influencers” with others including Michelle Obama and Jillian Michaels; and has been touted as “Best of New York” by New York Magazine and Allure.

His “fitness from within” philosophy and body-mind approach come from his struggles as an overweight teenager and diverse experiences in different Eastern and Western disciplines, including his martial arts training in capoeira while in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Resources Mentioned In The Show

Listen To Brett Uncover

  • How to find the motivation and inspiration to be fit.
  • His past and struggles as an overweight teenager.
  • How to know if you are at the Fitting Point and finding your drive within to exercise and make changes to your life.
  • His longing to find belonging at school as a child while following a strict diet.
  • His experience growing up with a variety of different sports.
  • How his mother helped him improve his nutrition habits by giving him advice on what healthy foods to eat.
  • How his dad helped him discover what he wanted to study in college.
  • His journey to becoming a personal trainer.
  • How he was chosen to be on The Biggest Loser.
  • What happens when The Biggest Loser seasons are done?
  • How The Biggest Loser contestants have been able to keep the weight off.
  • How you can stick to a new workout and nutrition program.
  • What technology he uses to help train The Biggest Loser contestants and other clients.

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Jun 14, 2016

Damon Gameau, Actor, Director, Author, filmmaker and the creator of "That Sugar Film" drops by Wellness Force radio to discuss why he's started a movement to help change the way you think about "healthy foods."

It's no surprise that many people you know have either dealt with or currently are in the process of breaking free from sugar.

Modern day research papers from top leaders in the wellness movement are now showing the exact science as to why it so incredibly hard to let go of sugar:

We are physiologically wired so that once we come in contact with sugar (which is rare in nature), that we crave it more and more.

With clients, I see a lot of great progress in activity, sleep, and hydration, but this sugar piece this is a subtle foe; when you least expect it, it can slowly creep back into the diet and start wreaking havoc on progress. 

Sugar & Childhood

This episode hit me in both the chest and in the stomach.

On today's show, I talk about some things from my childhood that came during the live interview with Damon, and he shares the shocking findings of his 60 day "healthy food challenge" where he developed nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and gained an incredible amount of weight.

All from eating 2300 or less calories a day while maintaining healthy exercise levels by eating "heart approved" healthy foods.

Breaking Free From Sugar

If you're on a wellness journey and letting go of old weight, or if you're looking for more energy then this is going to be an absolute knockout for you!

This week on the podcast, Damon Gameau of the documentary, That Sugar Film, shares with us how the food, media, and grocery store industries continue to push us into consuming more and more sugar, how that sugar affects us, and what we can do to fight back and eat healthy.

During the filming of That Sugar Film, Damon visited the United States and purposefully ate foods and drinks that we see as healthy, but actually have tons of hidden sugar. As you will discover, the experiment took a toll on his body, mind, and emotional energy.

There’s nothing wrong with treating ourselves to something delicious once in awhile, but when we have a soda here, a candy bar there, and a strawberry banana smoothie from Jamba Juice on our way home from work, every grain of sugar starts to add up. All these sweet foods and drinks may give us a quick buzz of energy, but left unchecked we can find ourselves in a sugar coma, ready to crash, and emotionally drained.

We all know that too much sugar is “bad for you,” but what do we do when there’s hidden sugar in supposedly healthy foods such as smoothies, yogurts, sports drinks, and juices. 

Taking Advantage of Our Biology

The advertising and media industries have a lot of power that manipulates our food and beverage choices. Through television, social media, point-of-sale and other outlets, these advertisements can spread fast and vary greatly, including celebrity endorsements and promoting important charitable causes.

Celebrities such as Beyonce are singing the praises of Pepsi and even sports star LeBron James has promoted McDonald’s and the pizza franchise Blaze. Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) sells some of the unhealthiest fast food that can cause so much damage to our bodies, but yet promotes cancer awareness by selling Buckets for the Cure.

These endorsements and promotions send mixed signals to children and adults alike.

Humans tend to crave sugars as a default. Even the mental image of sugary foods release the same endorphins as the feeling of love and happiness. Just simply seeing an image of a chocolate bar, soda, or a juicy burger from McDonald’s with the slogan, “I’m lovin’ it,” can flip the switch in our brain to crave these types of empty calorie products.

Thin On The Outside, Fat On The Inside

There’s a wide misconception that if you’re thin, you’re automatically healthy and if you’re fat, you’re unhealthy.

But the reality is, you can be thin and at a normal weight with a very high metabolic rate and still be eating lots of processed foods with added sugars. This is known in Australia as “TOFI,” or in America as “skinny fat,” where large amounts of fat surrounding your internal organs is present that can’t be seen from the outside.

At some point over the course of many years of drinking sodas and eating foods with high amounts of sugar, a person can face extreme health dangers such as diabetes and heart attacks. During the production of That Sugar Film, Damon himself suffered from the beginnings of fatty liver disease within just 3 weeks of his sugar experiment.

Can we turn back the clocks? Not really, but what we can do to improve our health for the future, is to go through the process of eating healthier foods and avoiding sugars. Over time, your body, mind, and energy will improve with natural sugars from fruits and vegetables.

Uncovering The Truth About Sugar

For many years, the sugar and food industries have been hiding information from us by not sharing entire lists or percentages of ingredients on nutrition labels. Without even realizing it, we were probably consuming even more added sugar than we should have each day!

These industries still need to provide more information to the public, but fortunately, organizations like the FDA are working to have the sugar and food industries include more information and larger labels on packaging to help people understand what they’re actually consuming.

This change is so important in order to have the freedom to make nutritious decisions each day.

You can turn your back to the food and sugar industries as well by doing your own research and discovery healthier alternatives. One good tip to keep in mind is to stay within the perimeters of grocery stores and try to eat as many foods without nutrition labels.

Just focus on eating natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish, meat, and poultry.  

More About Damon Gameau:

Damon Gameau is an Actor, Director, Author, filmmaker and the creator of "That Sugar Film" that will change the way you think about healthy foods.

As the highest grossing documentary of all time in Australia, it stars actors Hugh Jackman and comedian Stephen Fry. With over 300 special-effects scenes, what’s more intense than the ride you'll go on in the movie and in this interview, is the impact of this film on the sugar industry.

Not only is Damon well known for That Sugar Film, but he also appeared in the Australian series Love My Way, the 2002 Australian film The Tracker, and in a small role in the US series How I Met Your Mother.

You can read Damon’s latest blog, recipes, and more. He has also written That Sugar Book which is based on the film.

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Listen To Damon Uncover

  • How being “TOFI” or skinny fat by eating sugars can harm our health in the future
  • Action steps you can take to beat sugar for good
  • How to stop sugar fatigue
  • What Damon learned about sugar from nutritionists and scientists
  • How sugar affects our minds and bodies
  • What to do to eat healthier and avoid foods and drinks with added sugars
  • What you should know about the sugar and food industry
  • How the media and celebrity endorsements work to get us to consume excess sugar
  • Different sugars: fructose, glucose, lactose, and sucrose

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Jun 7, 2016

When you hear the word, “craving,” what comes to mind?

It might be a feeling or an itch, that if left unscratched, will eventually take on a life of it's own.

What we now know is that cravings can be unnatural or natural depending on the manipulator that creates it based on satisfying our deepest physical and social needs.

This week on Wellness Force Radio, Holistic Health Coach Kevin Geary of Rebooted Body shares how we can identify our "manipulators" to then stop using superficial cravings as a means of instant gratification.

Decode Your Cravings

Do you crave a McDonald’s Big Mac or a large ice cream sundae after a long day? Or maybe a large glass of ice cold water in the summer?

Some cravings are natural and healthy; our body's voice that has spoken to us for Millenia to support health, vitality, and satisfy our soul.

But having a sugary smoothie will not help us satisfy what we are truly missing from our lives.

What we really crave are physical and social factors such as energy, acceptance, and a life purpose. It’s never too late to begin taking a closer look at yourself and discover what you’re truly craving in your life.

When we take time to figure out our stress factors and what we crave, we can get to a place of self-acceptance and feel satisfied with ourselves. When we really look deep inside ourselves, we can find fulfillment and finally get the fit life that we want.

What is a Craving vs. a Superficial Craving?

A craving is something that is a human need for a specific purpose such as survival; to be happy; or other core human needs.

A superficial craving is more of a desire such as a desire for a cup of hot coffee in the morning or something sweet as an afternoon snack.

When we can’t satisfy real human cravings, it can increase our superficial cravings and bring on a great deal of stress so that we easily turn to different coping mechanisms such as eating unhealthy foods.

Human cravings that we need to satisfy to end superficial cravings can include:

  • Safety
  • Mobility
  • Movement
  • Love and Relationships
  • Social Acceptance
  • Purpose
  • Health and Vitality
  • Self Actualization
  • Autonomy

What Are Our Manipulators?

All of us have very different backgrounds that involve stressors and factors that keep us from reaching our health and fitness goals.

These are referred to as BioPsychoSocial Manipulators. One specific manipulator is perfection. If we feel the need to have specific meal plans, workouts, and other specialized plans to reach fitness and body success, this need for perfection can actually have a negative effect on ourselves both physically and emotionally.

If we’re perfectionists and we end up not following a specific diet, we would feel bad if we eat something that’s not part of the meal plan.

If we didn’t do every set in a workout, or if we didn’t meet a weight goal by the summer, we’d be negative towards ourselves and get nowhere in the end.

BioPsychoSocial Manipulators such as perfection are distractions that keep us from reaching our goals in a positive manner. Other BioPsychoSocial Manipulators can include:

  • Willpower
  • Shame
  • Guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Poor sleep
  • Nutritional poverty
  • Cluttered environment
  • Peer pressure
  • Chronic illness

Why We Need A Why

The Fitness Industry likes to tell us that we need to look a certain way or we need to be a specific pants size to be healthy.

Therefore, we set up goals for ourselves based on that idea and force ourselves workout everyday or only eat salads for a month because we think it will get us to our fitness goals. But if you’re using willpower and forcing yourself to do a workout or diet that you don’t like, then you are more likely to fail than to succeed.

Willpower is a manipulator and it’s keeping you from reaching your goals and has no means to help you reach them in a much more positive means of fitness. Instead of having willpower, what you need to do is to question yourself “Why?”.

Why do you want to set a fitness goal? Why do you have this intention to eat healthy? If you have a massive why instead of a superficial why that’s been given to you by the Fitness Industry, then you’re going to be able to overcome your obstacles and get to your goal.  

More About Kevin Geary

Kevin Geary is the founder of RebootedBody.com and host of the Rebooted Body Podcast. He helps men and women finally get a body and life they love with his unique blend of real food nutrition, functional fitness, and behavior psychology. He currently has clients in over 30 countries around the world and is dedicated to the mission of changing the landscape of human health. Rebooted Body is here to help you answer the main question, “Why can’t I consistently align my behavior with my good intentions?”Kevin himself has gone through a life and body transformation from being 220 pounds and borderline diabetic with high blood pressure. After experiencing different yo-yo diets and forcing himself to cut calories and eat only certain foods, Kevin realized that there has to be a better, positive way to lose weight by creating a relationship with yourself, food, and fitness.

Listen To Kevin Share

  • His personal experience and journey with weight loss
  • His discovery of restorative and positive movement and exercise
  • His and his wife’s experience with psychotherapy sessions and finding the perfect counselor
  • How Kevin changed his life around with a new job, goals, and life outlook
  • What is the difference between Cravings vs. Superficial Cravings
  • What are BioPsychoSocial Manipulators
  • How are childhood experiences affect our behavior later on in life.
  • How and why we all have different perceptions of what is stressful

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May 31, 2016

For anyone new to the gym who’s looking to gain the strength to let go of old weight, lifting barbells can be intimidating, but not just because of the sweat that’s involved.

In a fitness industry of macho-messaging, loud gym floors, and creepy dudes drinking protein shakes, the exercises can sometimes be the easiest thing to deal with.

As with any new challenge, the hardest part is pushing through the uncomfortableness of a new environment to begin. From the incredible benefits of strength training for supporting fat loss, longevity, and mental clarity, today is the perfect day to start training no matter how long you’ve waited or how awkward it may feel.

On this week’s Wellness Force podcast, strength coach and movement teacher, Scott Iardella, shares his life’s work on the importance of strength training and tips for how busy moms, women, and men alike can add it to their wellness journey.

“Strength training does not have to be this intimidating factor that keeps us from the gym or from being the healthiest that we can be each day. With the right approach and the right guidance from a trusted coach or mentor, there can really be more benefits to strength than just your muscles.” - Scott Iardella

Strength training is a phenomenal way to boost metabolism, lose weight, stay healthy, and be strong. To help you get started with your weight training, Scott has shared with with us several of his top exercises for gaining muscle. If you’re looking for a place to begin or even to add some body weight exercises during your busy day, you’ll want to note down Scott’s tips for future reference.

Scott himself suffered from a major low back injury at a young age when he was training as a bodybuilder and had to learn the hard way to allow himself to recover and follow a specific program to get back to a healthy state. If you do have a sports injury, it’s okay to pull back and not push through intensive exercises and training. You need to allow time for  your body to heal so that it can perform at its very best again.

Unless you have an injury or are unable to perform certain exercises, when it comes to strength training, there shouldn’t be anything holding you back. Work hard, take a break, and keep pursuing your goals.

Common Myths of Strength Training for Women

When women begin to think about strength training, many are afraid of gaining too much muscle and bulking up at a fast pace. However, unless a person is training specifically to become a bodybuilder and over consume food to have a higher daily calorie count, it’s next to impossible for a woman to become too bulky.

Along the lines of being afraid of gaining too much muscle, many women believe that they need to do intense lifting at the very start of a strength training regime, but actually all you need to do is to keep it simple. There’s a reason why simple exercises have been used by people for so many years and it’s because time and time again, they work.

However, for some women, they have no interest on becoming stronger and that’s okay. But it is important to understand that strength training can help you be fit and healthy for the long run. Even just doing a couple minutes of it can boost your self-confidence and well-being.

Why Strength Train? What are the Benefits for Weight Loss and Longevity?

Besides becoming stronger, there are so many benefits to strength training including weight loss and longevity. Many people believe that all you need to do to get into shape is to do daily cardio as your entire workout. However, aerobic workouts and strength training really go hand in hand. In fact, including weights can increase your metabolism throughout the day and greatly helps increase weight loss.

If we want to continue to be strong as we age, lifting weights and doing other strength exercises are very important because we naturally begin to lose our muscle tissue once we get to 30 years of age. If we want to live longer  in addition to being healthy with a less risk of injury, strength training is an easy and effective form of exercise to increase those chances.

Four key, simple fundamental lifts include a push, pull, squat, and hinge movement. To ensure that you do each exercise correctly, be sure to have the right movement, stabilization, and mobility. Exercises has to be individualized to fit your needs and ability.

Keep your workout simple and don’t push yourself outside of your limits to avoid injury. It’s always a good idea to find a suitable personal trainer that is well credited and fits your approach to training.

More about Scott Iardella

Scott Iardella is a strength coach, movement teacher, podcaster, and author of the NEW book, The Edge of Strength. With a one-of-a-kind background as a strength coach, athlete, and former physical therapist, Scott is known as a fitness innovator and a scientist in the area of strength and performance training.

He’s recognized for engineering powerful, no nonsense training programs that increase strength, build muscle, and enhance athleticism while preventing wasted time and frustration with ineffective or irrational exercises and programming.

A passionate professional who’s dedicated to helping people fulfill their potential through a foundation of strength.

Listen To Scott Uncover

  • Expose common myths of women in strength training: What holds women back?
  • Why we strength train: benefits for weight loss and longevity
  • The science behind letting go of old weight through the modality of strength training
  • How women can listen to their body to train effectively
  • Steady state vs. HIIT: How long duration cardio can derail fat loss
  • Bodyweight training for strength: 3 top simple movements
  • Kettlebell and barbell training for women: How to begin and best movements
  • Best overall exercises to activate and shape the glutes

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May 24, 2016

The Reality: Traveling Can Keep You From Being Healthy and Fit

When we're at home in our city and we have our weekly healthy routine, it's easy to focus on our goals, eat well, and get enough exercise. However, traveling can get in the way of ways and put us off course from continuing to be healthy and fit.

But, as Rob Dionne, Fitness Professional and host of the Open Sky Fitness Podcast, will explain in this podcast, you don't have to let traveling get in the way of being the healthiest that you can be at the end of the day. In fact, there are many small steps you can do before or during a trip to ensure that you stay focused on eating right and getting a workout in when you can while traveling.

5 Key Steps to Staying Fit & Healthy While Traveling

On today's show, Rob Dionne shares with us how to stay healthy when traveling with 5 key steps.

1. Call Ahead to Different Restaurants and Gyms in the Area

Use different online resources such as Yelp, Uber, and more to find and get to the restaurants that provide the food that you want to be eating to stay fresh and healthy.

If you're always traveling to the same city, keep that list of restaurants with you as a good resource for the future. In that list, including a couple of restaurants that are open late at night so you have the opportunity to eat healthy whenever you want.

2. Stop Playing the Victim Card

Take the time to do a quick workout in either your hotel room or gym. Continue to do exercises that you do on a regular basis at your gym or with your personal trainer. Take control of your situation to find time and space in the day to work out and eat healthy including taking the stairs at the airport or hotel rather than the escalator or elevator.

3. Bring Healthy Food with You When You Travel

Start your vacation strong by not throwing yourself off course with an unhealthy meal. It's very tempting to eat at fast food places while traveling via airport and on the go, but you can easily fix that by bringing your own healthy snacks with you through security and on the plane. Eating a meal before you travel will also help keep hunger pains at bay.

Make sure you keep up your water intake as well. No need to buy an expensive bottle of water at the duty-free section of the airport terminal. Just bring an empty water bottle and fill it up once you pass through security.

Before you leave for your trip, try to have some prepared food at home for quick and easy batch cooking. Traveling can be very hard on our stomachs and if you have pre cooked food or ingredients waiting at home for you in the freezer, you can cook a quick and healthy meal once you get back.

4. Know Yourself, Know Your Triggers

Know and address your triggers while planning for your trip. Think ahead of time about what food at the airport will make you want to eat unhealthy or why you will decide to not workout during your trip. When you understand yourself, you can plan what food to eat while you travel and when you can fit in some fitness to continue to stay in shape and reach your goals.

5. Create a Goal for Yourself

Sign up for an event or make a goal for yourself or with others so that you have an obligation to eat healthy and workout daily. With all fitness goals, be sure to set an end date that you can look forward to seeing health results.

 

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More about Rob Dionne

Rob is an NASM (National Academy of Sport Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer, also holding advanced specialist certifications in Corrective Exercise and Performance Enhancement. Other certifications include Level 1 Rice Release Technique® practitioner as well as a proud Level 1 Crossfit Trainer! He is a life long athlete competing in swimming, wrestling, Brazilian ju jitsu, beach volleyball, marathons, triathlons and most recently men’s physique competitions.

In November 2013, Rob took 5th in the NPC World Championships and 1st in the INBA World Cup! With his extensive sports and fitness background, Rob has developed an effective workout program that incorporates sports movement and the mechanics of weight training in an outdoor setting, that is extremely fun, safe and effective.

Every individual has different needs and Rob is dedicated to helping his clients accomplish their personal goals.  Each workout program is designed specifically for the client’s needs.

 

Listen to Rob Share About:

  • His life journey from hunting game; acting in plays; beginning a healthy lifestyle; and his journey to becoming a personal trainer.
  • How empathy can help personal trainers really relate to and help their clients.
  • His transition to healthy eating based on his passion for cooking and nutrition.
  • His strategy to staying healthy and fit while traveling.
  • Self-awareness: How to check-in with ourselves and be mindful.

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May 17, 2016

Award winning Chef and entrepreneur Kat Humphus is on a mission to save the art of at-home cooking by making eating savory, healthy foods more simple. 

The uncomfortable data is in: with the speed of modern life, men and women collectively are spending less time at the stove than ever before.

Everyone knows that eating healthy trumps exercise, yet 6 out of 10 people in the country don't ever make time to cook food for themselves.

When looking at the continuum of behavior change and the skill it takes to push eating healthy into the fold, there couldn't be more reasons to throw in the towel.

But as Chef Kat explains, cooking healthy food at home isn't about being perfect and burning hours of time on your feet, it's about adding the right ingredients to your food and in your community to help support you along the way. 

Hungry For Connection

What makes cooking more fun and habit-forming?

Connection.

Not just to the food and where it came from, but to the people in our lives we cook for, including ourselves.

What we need now as a society is for food to be something revered, not just ordered from a window. But the paradigm shift back to the art of cooking healthy as an act of self-care is under massive attack.

Large food companies, who have made an absolute killing on the country's susceptibility for laziness, aren't helping either.

The same corporations that make billions on packaged foods are now capitalizing on the market for GMO ladened and poor nutrient quality "packaged meals."

With free time on the decline, the demand has been especially strong for what are called "fresh prepared foods," meals prepared in a nameless warehouse and then served at grocery stores, bodegas, and mini-mart's around the country.

Sales of these nameless, tasteless, and obesity yielding foods now spike above $25 billion annually that point towards a lack of cooking skills in parents are also on the rise. 

Turning Up The Heat In The Kitchen

The reasons for the slow death of cooking in America are many, but a few big flames stand out. For one, women, who traditionally have carried the brunt of the cooking load, are working more than ever, and therefore spending less time cooking at home.

In 2008, women spent 66 minutes per day cooking, almost 50 minutes less than in the 1960s, when they spent upward of 112 minutes on average. Men, by comparison, are actually spending a bit more time at the stove, albeit only a meager eight minutes more.

So men have hardly made up the difference.

As Chef Kat explains, making healthy cooking simple is just the first step, and what will really make the difference for busy families is adding in the the right ingredients at the right time.

More About Chef kat

Katherine Humphus is a classically trained Chef, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France.

After working in Manhattan kitchens under famed chef Wylie Dufresne at WD-50, she also cooked under world-renowned chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in Napa.

Upon returning to her hometown of San Diego, she began working under the Cohn Restaurant group umbrella, opening up 3 restaurants as Executive Chef—BO-beau kitchen + bar in 2010, 100 Wines Hillcrest in 2012, and BO-beau kitchen + roof tap in Long Beach in 2014.

Chef Kat has been honored with the title of Best Chef 2014 by the Peninsula Beacon, in addition to winning Top Female Chef by Riviera Magazine and also Best Local Chef 2012 by Ranch & Coast Magazine.

Now back in San Diego with Kat’s Kitchen Collective, she cannot wait to bring exquisite cuisine to the everyday kitchen. From the kitchens of Paris, New York, and Napa, Chef Kat is on a mission to make cooking healthy possible again right in your home.

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Listen To Chef Kat Uncover

  • How to make cooking at home possible, fun, and simple
  • Why cookbooks don't work for longterm behavior change
  • How to start cooking today regardless of your past
  • The power of being vulnerable ion your cooking and you life
  • Community: What needs to be in place for healthy cooking to happen 
  • How to deal with being intimidated and overwhelmed by cooking 

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May 13, 2016

BONUS episode for a ten minute bite this week!

Today, we're talking about your wellness and genetics. Yes, predisposition towards health complications do exist, but from the collective consciousness in regards to lifestyle modification, saying that genes keep you fat takes the power of positive change out of your hands.

Remember when you were 7 years old and you got caught drawing with crayons on the wall in your room?

What was your first response?

Either fully own up to it or, most likely at that age, peel back and dive into 100% denial.

When it comes to our wellness in the modern world, the national food system, personal health choices, and nutritional habits have officially become the crayons.

Do you mindlessly graze on carb-packed foods throughout the day in a stress response to elevated cortisol?

Do you feel like the meals you eat could possibly be an escape from a day filled with stress, deadlines, and lack of sleep?

WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY

You are not alone.

In the currently health-jaded society, our mechanized, homogenized, and pasteurized system cannot be the scapegoat for you to place blame on any longer.

If you’re willing to spend enough quiet time by yourself in yoga, meditation, or breathing, completely removed from the distractions of the outside world, your intuition will tell you that the only thing holding you back from feeling and moving better is you.

This ten minute bite podcast was crated to inspire you to take the action and accountability needed for your dreams – whatever they might be. Step outside the box for a minute with me and get a little bit closer to feeling the way you deserve to feel: amazing.

HUMANS OF THESE MODERN TIMES

We learn the benefits of denial at an early age.

It comes in many forms but always has one strong anchor: it doesn’t serve our true needs. We all tend to place blame on others from time to time; our thoughts and actions miss the authentic boat. The path of least resistance is all to easy and holds no accountability to our true desires when it comes to health and wellness.

We ask ourselves early in the wellness journey at some point before the awakening: “Am I just a product of my genetics?”

Western medicine would like you to believe so, but after the past 10 years of coaching I can instinctively and intuitively say no.

“The mind only believes what you want it to believe and the body will always follow in tow.” – T.u.

Late one night, I had to go get water at my local grocery, when I ran into one of my old gym members from Mission Beach. Her shopping cart was filled with the usual suspects- bread, soy, dairy, chips, cakes and pasta.

You can always tell a lot about a person by the way they shop- where they are going and where they have been. When asked about her health goals, she told me about quitting the gym and doing a master cleanse the week before.

You know the drill, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and a lot of BS. Its another one of those week long diets where you starve yourself and go into ketoacidosis only to regain all of the lost weight plus 3 lbs.

GENETICS & BELIEF

“It’s in my genetics Josh, I just can’t lose weight, I’m going to get a lap-band consultation soon,” she says while reaching for a 2 liter of Diet Pepsi. My heart sank as I talked to her a little about HFCS, food to hormone cues and gave her my card; it’s up to her to give me a call now.

As I walked away I realized the odds of me hearing from her again, with her victim mentality, were worse than trying to get a match to light in a thunderstorm. It’s not that she has completely given up, it’s just that she has temporarily lost hope.

All the motivation she had for better health used to power her enough to run an emotional marathon. All she can do now is sprint the curves and walk the straight-aways.

People are like that when it comes to changing, especially in regards to what they eat.

The supplement industry has made an absolute killing on people like this. Xerox a picture of a six pack spray tanned bikini model holding a fat burner bar on a magazine cover and you’ll make a HUGE profit capitalizing on someone out there who is uneducated and demotivated; they’re willing to try anything quick just to feel hope again.

So why does the uneducated follower repeat this obviously insane process of yo-yo dieting and calorie restriction over and over again?

It’s a learned behavior.

CHANGE THE EXPRESSION OF YOUR GENES

The old fatalistic view that your genes alone determine your fate is dead.

Emerging evidence in the field of epigenetics has demonstrated that not only can we change the expression of our own genes within our own lifetime, but perhaps even more surprisingly…sometimes these changes are heritable in the form of epigenetic marks that affect even our germ line!

In this PaleoFX 2014 video, Dr. Rhonda Patrick explores the intersection between genetics and environment: how things like exercise, heat stress, and fine tuning micronutrient intake can have profound effects on the way your body functions.

THE INSTANT GRATIFICATION MODEL

It attracts many of us shortly after birth; when we are young trust comes naturally.

Modern science has shown us that we learn all that is most important for behavior development in the first 7 years of life. Is it so shocking to most Americans that the eating habits of our parents are passed on to the children of tomorrow and that these children mirror everything we do?

It’s no surprise that those who have trouble losing weight in their adult lives are most likely just repeating a pattern that was learned from their parent’s lifestyle.

I’m not 100% blaming the parents as we know every human has their own free will. We grow into adolescence and further into adulthood by developing an alternate way of living and beliefs compared to when we were young. However, it is common practice that a cobbler’s son becomes a cobbler himself. If I was biased about this then look at the data from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services

“Looking at the long-term consequences, overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults, which increases to 80 percent if one or more parent is overweight or obese. In 2000, the total cost of obesity for children and adults in the United States was estimated to be $117 billion ($61 billion in direct medical costs).”

“Furthermore, the probability of childhood obesity persisting into adulthood is estimated to increase from approximately twenty percent at four years of age to approximately eighty percent by adolescence, and it is likely that these obesity comorbidities will persist into adulthood.”

GET CURIOUS

The question we have to ask is if our genetics or behavior is the cause of obesity. Well, the jury is out, and it’s obviously not just the genes; it’s our learned behavior. So how do we make drastic changes to an obviously broken system?

Speak.

Go out and talk about it! Become informed, don’t settle for the mainstream media high-carb & low-fat diet schemes! The change anyone wants for better health simply just comes down to education. Any learned behavior can be unlearned and refreshed if you put your mind to it.

According to the National testing laboratories in Bethel, Maine- Humans learn the fastest, and have the most retention, when teaching others at 90% followed by a close second of 80% when practicing themselves.

All the way at the bottom there is no shocker that we only retain 20% of what we see when learning.

This is why reading about being healthy and losing weight is no replacement for getting off the couch and failing till you get it right! Or happen to know a wellness professional who is passionate about results.

Just like the woman in the grocery store we all have choices; some are easier than others.

If you have hope take an active role in getting excited, then you have all you need to start the next cycle of recommitment.

Finding true health again is relearning all those feelings we are taught by the path of least resistance to ignore.

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May 10, 2016

This week we showcase an encore interview with two of those most sought after body intelligence coaches and best-selling authors in the world. 

Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., and Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph.D., are pioneers in the fields of conscious relationships and body intelligence and the authors of more than 30 books, including best sellers such as Conscious Loving, The Big Leap, and Five Wishes. During the past 30 years they have appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows and networks, including Oprah, CNN, CNBC, and CBS's 48 hours.

In 1989 they founded the Hendricks Institute, which offers seminars annually in North America, Asia, and Europe. Their nonprofit organization, The Foundation for Conscious Living, funds research, Films, and scholarships in the areas of conscious relationships and natural well-being.

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Listen To Katie & Gay Uncover:

  • How doing the work in our relationships can translate into better health and wellness in our lives.
  • Gay & Katie's unique work in transformation & conscious living
  • Their work in consciousness and creating a life of love, presence, and integrity
  • The new book, Conscious Loving Ever After
  • How to create thriving, loving, and conscious relationships
  • Exploring the definition of emotional intelligence
  • Healthy habits to begin cultivating in relationships with our partners and ourselves  

Resources Mentioned In The Show

"Being out of integrity with your genius causes a wobble that destabilizes your relationship, work, and health.” - Gay Hendricks

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May 3, 2016

Whether you're a supportive coach or a person on the wellness journey looking to lose 40, 50, or even 100 pounds or more, the light at the end of the tunnel can sometimes seem dark.

Hours on the treadmill.

Counting calories in MyFitnessPal.

Starving yourself.

But what if losing weight had less to do with diet and exercise and ultimately was more about the emotional intelligence you have in your most authentic self?

Finding Your Authentic Self

From doing the powerful inner-work, letting go of his past, and changing his behavior, Holistic Health Coach and Author Michael Tamez was able to shift his functional relationship with food and realize his most authentic self to lose over 100 pounds.

Michael Tamez is a certified holistic health coach and the author of "Transformative Nutrition" The Ultimate Guide To Healthy& Balanced Living."

He's stopping by Wellness Force today to share his 15 year story of overcoming severe sleep apnea, high blood pressure, advanced gum disease, and going through layers of self resentment to then transcend and transform his life to let go of a surreal amount of weight.

Hiding Behind The Fat

At age 20, Michael was morbidly obese, had severe obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and advanced gum disease. By coming out of hiding and facing the anger in his heart, not only did he lose 100 pounds and reverse all of those lifestyle related health conditions, he also transformed the dysfunctional relationship he had with food, his lifestyle, and his true self.

This health transformation experience was intensified when he lost five family members within eighteen months. Because of the tremendous impact of these losses, Michael was forced to have major mental, emotional, and spiritual breakthroughs in some the most difficult times of his life.

After experiencing all of these life transforming deaths, he was highly inspired to write an empowering book about life.

In Michael’s book, Transformative Nutrition: The Ultimate Guide to Healthy and Balanced Living, he describes his influential health journey in detail. Having been on the other side of balance, Michael can relate very closely to what people deal with when it comes to weight issues and lifestyle related health imbalances.

Healthy And Balanced Living

His unique and progressive approach is not just for people who want to lose weight or eat healthier; it is intended for anyone who wants to establish a functional, healthy relationship with their body, meanwhile impacting every area of their life.

Michael's mission is to inspire a permanent shift in the way people eat, think, feel, live and love.

More from Michael's Work:

"Unless you address the underlying causes of being overweight in the first place, the weight is most likely going to eventually return. The second question is going to take some work. That is what my whole book is about. People don’t become overweight overnight, do they? I know I didn’t. Therefore, they aren’t going to become skinny overnight either. Even if someone could magically wake up 50 pounds lighter, do you honestly think all of the negative mental and emotional attachments to being overweight will disappear? I can tell you from my permanent weight loss journey of initially losing almost 70 pounds over the course of the first year, those attachments took many years to break free from even after losing the weight."

Resources Mentioned In The Show

Listen To Michael Uncover

  • How to let go of old weight by finding your most authentic self
  • Why all diets don't work due to emotional roots
  • What to do next when diet and exercise aren't enough
  • How to use your body's signals to direct your personal wellness
  • Why personal development is the missing link for sustainable weight loss

"I drank two liters of soda a day. I ate fast food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, not caring at all about the consequences. I thought exercise was a joke, and it got to a point where I’d get winded just tying my shoes. Weight loss wasn’t even on my radar." - Michael Tamez

[tweetthis]"Fat loss has less to do with diet & exercise. It's about the emotional intelligence of your authentic self." @TransformativeN [/tweetthis]

 

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Apr 25, 2016

What does it take to live a life on your terms? Deep down, we all crave to live by our own design, but there's not exactly a 101 class in school that ever teaches us how.

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In this week's episode, Fitness Celebrity Anna Renderer shares her 10 strategies on how we can do just that.

With her story of overcoming hardship as a youth, Anna shares what it took for her to transcend and move out west to become one of the most watched fitness instructors in the country.

Designing A Life You Love

Anna believes that in order to have the capacity to thrive in your health, fitness, and to be fully expressed and achieve what you want, you first must know yourself.

More than just physically, Anna'a powerful emotional presence commands attention from the start. From years of working with personal training clients in the trenches at Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, Anna has learned what mental roadblocks hold women back when it comes to creating better confidence, fitness, and self-love.

From thousands of hours on the training floor, Anna now teaches women across the country all the smart, simple, and small steps it takes to live their best life. She believes that women are such powerful human beings and wants to build an army of women that can fully utilize their power!

More About Anna

Anna is a certified High Performance Coach and the Fitness Expert and Host of POPSUGAR fitness, creating new workout programs each week for over 700K subscribers.

She is the creator of The Sexy Confident Woman Formula and 7 Day Fat Furnace and a 1-Star Diamond coach for Team Beachbody, growing a network of fitness professionals and fitness enthusiasts to develop online businesses and brands to change more lives around the country.  

Crush Your Self Doubt

"I believe that having purpose will conquer fears of judgment, hardship and self-doubt." - Anna Renderer

What Anna Believes

 

I believe every person was born to shine bright.
I believe our attitude and environment sparks and sustains our motivation.
I believe everyone is born for greatness.
I believe we are born to serve and inspire others with our gifts, talents, and passion. 
I believe joy and enthusiasm are contagious and can change lives.
I believe having intention and discipline is the recipe for success in anything.
I believe more people are in need of support and love.
I believe more people are in need of self-expression and freedom to live their truth. 
I believe elevating others is the true key to happiness and connection
I believe making choices and taking action is how we develop wisdom to become better.

Resources Mentioned In The Show

Listen To Anna Uncover

  • 10 Strategies to be sexy, fit, and confident woman in this busy modern world
  • Why she believes elevating others is the true key to happiness and connection
  • Conscious Eating
  • Staying consistent for better shape and health 
  • Avoiding burnout as a busy woman
  • Creating realistic ideals that relate to you
  • The skill of letting go
  • How to do an emotional "clean-out" 

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So nice! 

You read all the way to the bottom? That's what I call love! I do the same thing for the people, things, and movements I care about as well.

PS: Looks like you and I share the same passion. I'm grateful for you and want to extend you my email address.

Write to me and let me know what you'd like to have to get more wellness in your life!

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