November 4, 2019

Drink Up!

Posted in health and wellness tagged , , , , , at 3:38 pm by Broken & Brave

Dehydration—an abnormal loss of water from the body, especially from illness or physical exertion.

We all know what it is, but how can we create strategies to overcome chronic battles with it?

It’s very common in my industry, fitness and wellness, to encounter people who are chronically dehydrated. There are a variety of contributing factors. So if you find yourself dehydrated take note of this check list and assess!

Possible reasons for dehydration:

•you consume too much caffeine or energy drinks.

•you choose high calorie drinks instead of water (this could include the caffeine category if you are frequenting coffee houses for designer coffees)

•you are consuming too much alcohol.

How did you do?

Your body requires proper fluid balance for your body to function well. Often times people misinterpret their feeling of dehydration as hunger and they eat instead of drink.

How do I fix it?

•Keep a fluids journal and track your intake of water, caffeine, caloric drinks and alcohol.

•Keep a large bottle of water with you at all times. This is called a “water trigger” because it will be a visual reminder to drink.

•Drink two cups of water with every meal.

•Supplement your diet with a quality rehydration beverage full of electrolytes and antioxidants.

You will notice some positive changes in both how you look and feel when you receive adequate water. Your skin will be radiant and possibly clear blemishes. Remember, your skin is the largest organ of the body and one of the two ways we eliminate waste. You may notice you feel less fatigued and have more energy. Also, drinking water may assist in weight loss.

So go ahead, drink up! Just make sure it’s water in your cup! The benefits will overflow in your health and possibly your waistline!

Eat well, live strong!

~Nicole

Hydration beverage I use:

IDLife Hydrate

IDLife Hydrate is a superior sports powder mix packed with vitamins, electrolytes and coconut water to fuel your body and help keep you hydrated throughout the day.*

 https://nextlevelteam.idlife.com/hydrate

**I appreciate your confidence in my recommendation. Because I like hydrate so much, I distribute it and will receive a commission if you should order. So thank you! I adore helping others look and feel their best.

November 1, 2019

Intentional Living

Posted in health and wellness tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:05 am by Broken & Brave

“For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 1 Tim. 4:8

Sometimes in life we’ve got to make a hard pivot! Click the link for encouragement toward healthy pivots toward better health, wellness & relationships.

Be inspired! ~Nicole

http://brokenandbrave.com/body/intentional-living/

July 23, 2019

Fueled

Posted in health and wellness tagged , , , , , , , , at 5:27 am by Broken & Brave

What will you eat today?

Food is fuel, well it’s actually so much more, but here’s what I know. How you fuel decides how you feel. Make good decisions today. Mind, Body, Soul…it’s all connected. Balance living makes you whole!

When you realize Heaven is decided upon you, you understand that others are captivated by you, too, and want you around for a long time. Read my short blog piece for better health and living. ~Nicole

http://brokenandbrave.com/mind/fueled-whats-in-your-tank/

May 8, 2019

Breaking the Training Threshold

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:08 am by Broken & Brave

Funny thing happened the other night.

I was placing an AdvoCare order the other evening and finding out what flavor bars my kids wanted. I was just describing to my 8 yr old son that the Apple Cinnamon bar tastes like a rice crispy treat. He then informed me he wasn’t sure he’s ever had a rice crispy treat before….

I am both proud and ashamed all at the same time. But then I was reminded how great it is that nutritional supplements have come such a long way and it’s wonderful to give our kids healthy yet tasty alternatives to sugary treats. Have you tried the Apple Cinnamon bar? It’s delicious!

Related products

If you like to snack on protein bars there are a variety AdvoCare offers. I find them to be a great way to remember to eat on the go and get some extra protein in my nutrition.

Some other great flavors include:

•Chocolate Peanut Meal Replacement Bar
•Fruit & Nut Bar in either lemon blueberry or cranberry orange.
•V02 Prime Bar for performance
•Pumpkin Spice Bar

https://www.advocare.com/9507230/store/search/advobar%20am%20apple%20cinnamon

Fitness Tips

Some possible reasons why your not making progress with your training:

1. Your not using enough weight. Stop holding back. If the weight is too heavy then just try it and then back down. You can always perform as many reps as you can at a certain weight then finish with something lighter. This is called a drop set and it’s an effective tool to testing your borders and abilities and progressing to a new level. Muscles sculpt under pressure not just movement.

2. Your not utilizing proper technique. 

You have to utilize a full range of motion and perform exercises with control of the movement. You must fight gravity to succeed.

3. Your moving through your workout too fast. 

Focus on the muscles being worked in the exercise and their activation. Many just do the exercise movement to finish it or hurry up and be done. This will burn some calories and it will benefit, but it may be a reason your not getting to the destination.

4. Your not working with enough intensity. 

There is a place for recovery during the workout. But there is also such a thing as not working hard enough. Work to a level where you must focus on what you are doing, giving it everything you’ve got. Press in!

5. You lack consistency. 

You work out, but you are hit and miss and don’t have a faithful pattern to your workout routine or schedule. You may hit the workout five times one week but skip the whole next week. Inconsistent. Schedule the time for yourself and be loyal to it like you would be an employer or job. You’re the only you you’ve got! Respect yourself!

 

Don’t forget. You’re beautiful every step of the journey. If you have your general health and your limbs move and work then you are blessed! Don’t focus on what you don’t like and celebrate what you do!

~Nicole 💗

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*I am an independent distributor of the AdvoCare product line and my husband serves as Sport Performance Expert on the Sports Advisory Council with other esteemed professionals in the realm of Professional, Olympic and elite college and high school athletics. My husband has taken athletes to the Olympics four consecutive games and has taken a walk on basketball player to become the number one draft pick in the NBA. He currently works with elite and professional baseball players and up and coming aquatics athletes and international hockey players. We use AdvoCare and may earn income on any orders placed through our website. Thank you for your confidence in our care! ~Nicole

March 28, 2019

Fit Life For Life!

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , at 6:42 am by Broken & Brave

I remember when my daughter was maybe 10, maybe a little younger…I had to explain to her why exercise was important to do even when you didn’t feel like doing it. Because she saw me consistent with it she assumed I always wanted to do it. I told her I didn’t always feel like working out. She seemed surprised. Then I walked her through a talk about our family health history.

When you know your history, you know what needs to happen to change the future so history doesn’t repeat.

Keep guiding your kids.

My kids eat a thousand times healthier by choice than I did at their age.

Raise them to be over-comers.

It may feel hard at times because let’s face it—they’re going to do what you do not what you suggest. So you’ve got to lead by example.

I’m once again reminded of the fruit of dedication and intention as my daughter is a young working adult and rises up and gets to the gym at 5am!

Fitness is a Way of life that is for the purpose of a long and healthy life. Anything aesthetic is just the added bonus. Lift heavy and love strong! ~Nicole

#liftheavylovestrong

It’s not just about exercise! Nutrition is the foundation any health protocol is built upon!

A few staples for nutrition we utilize (I am a distributor of these products and if you order through my link I will receive compensation. I try not to be commercially on this page, but am a true believer, have seen the profound difference a quality product can make and grateful for your business!)

🍎Omega Fatty Acids shown to increase brain function and maximize IQ potential during gestation and early years. Certified mercury free.

https://www.advocare.com/9507230/store/product/w2002-omegaplex

🍊CorePlex multi vitamin pharmaceutical grade

https://www.advocare.com/9507230/store/product/w6031-coreplex

🍇Fast Melt Probiotics. An easy and tasty way to get healthy micro flora into children.

https://www.advocare.com/9507230/store/product/w5812-probiotic-fastmelt

🍊I am an absolute Advocate for taking in extra C! But not all C’s are created equally! This isn’t just ascorbic acid, but a complex of high grade C. Read on!

https://www.advocare.com/9507230/store/product/w3151-c-grams

February 26, 2019

From the Other Side of My iPhone

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:55 am by Broken & Brave

Hi! 👋🏼

…From the Other Side of My iPhone

Let me take a moment to introduce myself. Whether you’ve been following me for days, weeks, years or have only just discovered this blog- I will begin as if we are only just beginning together.

Together.

Together sounds good doesn’t it?

Together sounds strong.

Together has a layer of supplemental strength that can’t go wrong.

There is infinite power in together.

My name is Nicole. I am not an anonymous blogger. I’m not using a pen name. This is me, who I am, laying it out there in vulnerability hoping to use the unique and creative gift God has given me to fetch hearts and love on them lavishly.

My goal is to SPARK hope, FUEL the flames of your PASSIONS, desires, wants, dreams and interests. I may also use this page to promote things I love and believe in. Some of which I get paid for, which is just the added blessing because I am not money motivated, but we all know we all need to earn a living. My ultimate goal here is about my giving and increasing the value of your life and gratitude that your time reading anything I had to write was time well spent.

I’ve been blogging since 2012 just as a sort of online journal. I have been a writer all if my life. I wrote my first “book” in the fifth grade and I’m pretty sure it was about a ponies life. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but never knew where it could go. Never explored writing for more than just a hobby. But as I aged I began seeing real fruit in my life in any area I had opportunity to write. In school I excelled on any exam or project that required the use of my pen. I had a foundation of confidence from a proven track record here. I think a defining moment or rite of passage for me occurred my senior year of college. I had a female professor pull me aside and speak words into me that sparked a new level of awakening inside. She was a creative writing instructor in the English department and all she really said was that I was a gifted writer.

Those words of affirmation stick with me even today. Encouragement breeds courage! And that’s what I intend to bring you everyday-encouragement for your courage for whatever you life may entail.

Everywhere you turn someone’s got a blog page or self publishing their book. There’s a lot of competition out there for your time and attention. Here’s a few reasons why I think my page is different.

⭐️The goal of my page is to invigorate and empower YOU. All else is the gravy only added to enhance flavor, pleasure and experience. For example, I am a fitness trainer and I have a background in nutrition. If I write about health, fitness or tips from my own life hacks or my favorite fitness toys and gadgets—it’s like gravy intended to increase the flavor and function and pleasure of your own life. Do you see my little analogy and what I mean by its design?

🎯 My target audience is everyone. Anyone breathing with a heartbeat deserves to be loved. I aim to measure it out in ample portions. The fuel of the love measured via my pen comes from heaven. My relationship with the One, my God, is my love and this communion of soul makes me whole and it ebbs, flows and has a presence in some level in everything I write. I pray you receive some of that love and comfort to. Then you may stress less and have added benefit of comfort in this hectic world we live in.

📝I am a poet. Don’t plan to make money as a poet, but you never know. I occasionally write posts that stir the soul in pure creative writing and prose. I hope you enjoy those as well.

♥️Time is something that once gone is gone for good. So allow me to refresh you, bless you, charge you and inspire you. I often have people share with me that they use my blog as their morning “pick me up” or devotional. A spark to begin their day.

I begin my every morning with a Spark of my own. Here’s how I do it:

I read quotes, scriptures, and engage my mind in meditative reflection on my Sovereign. My connection to heaven may include listening to worship songs, and writing my poems and adorations. I drink a Spark by AdvoCare. It’s a nutrition beverage for mental focus. It’s like high def for the brain. It feeds my mind the nutritional neuroactives required for enhanced focus and clarity. It’s better than any cup of coffee because it last about four hours with no crash. And it’s low in sugar and calories. This right here is one of those gravy points of interest I was describing above. Spark is something that has added value to the life of this busy Mom to five children. Yep, five. So if it helped me, maybe it can help you.

https://www.advocare.com/9507230/store/search/spark

I do get paid for helping you there if you purchase through my website, so alright with that already. It’s my pleasure and thank you! Link at the bottom of the page for those wanting more information and energy! If you try it I’d really like to hear from you how you like it. It’s my pleasure to serve you!

So here we are. This is me, on the other side of my iPhone. Though we use the cloud, no clouds here. I mean to be crystal clear. My intentions are to:

🔺Serve

🔺Support

🔺Encourage

And have some fun along the way.

Because I am getting more serious about advancing my writing and reach, know that my new website is under construction “as we speak”. So if I bump any corners along the way as I grow my page-I am grateful for your grace. We all know that we learn best sometimes in the simple “do”.

Today’s take away:

Watching someone else have courage and persevere encourages me to have courage and persevere.

Be encouraged. Persevere. Someone may be watching you as well—gaining courage to persevere.

You are a Champion!

~Nicole

Try Spark!😃

https://www.advocare.com/9507230/store/search/spark

AdvoCare products are safe! Medical and Scientific Advisory Board:

https://www.advocare.com/about#science-and-medical-board

February 15, 2019

This Is Going To Be Dope!

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , at 6:03 am by Broken & Brave

Why Can’t I Get Motivated?

This may be a question you’re asking yourself right now?

You have dreams, things you want to do, experiences rich inside the heart and mind, but something comes up lacking when it’s actually time to take the required action steps to move upon your goals. Why?

You maybe be experiencing a vicious cycle of deleterious effects because of a “start-stop syndrome”. You’ve got the best intentions, you may even begin that daunting task, that exercise program or clean eating menu—but something inside just isn’t clicking and the motivation is mentally mustered up for a brief season, but then somehow fades away.

If what I am suggesting describes you, there may be a nutritional root to what you are facing. Instead of beating yourself up, let’s take a closer look inside.

Our bodies are amazing. I am forever fascinated by their beauty, capability and complexity. We are like a walking talking scientific experiment that knows what to do and how to do it every day. But sometimes little hiccups in the body cause things to bump out of alignment and our homeostasis is disrupted. One of the key roles of nutrition— providing energy, is to function to feed cells and maintain stasis. Stasis is merely balance.

Too extreme of anything isn’t good for us. So let’s take a small moment to talk about an important chemical used by the brain called dopamine.

“The brain includes several distinct dopamine pathways, one of which plays a major role in the motivational component of reward-motivated behavior. The anticipation of most types of rewards increases the level of dopamine in the brain”

So if we believe there will be a reward for our efforts or we are excited by the reward we will become motivated to do the work or take the actions required. We get energized–literally!

In Psychology we can study about the research done called “Classical Conditioning”. This study used dogs and salivation. A dog was stimulated and conditioned for a desired response using positive reinforcement. For the dog the reward was food.

https://www.simplypsychology.org/pavlov.html

We operate the same way. When something positive happens or the anticipation and expectation of something happening occurs we release dopamine in the brain and this neurotransmitter releases and stimulates the pleasure center of the mind. Certain foods are shown to stimulate our bodies ability to produce dopamine. So basically—when we are adequately motivated toward a goal and the belief deepens that we will be rewarded or blessed for our efforts—we excel. Dopamine can help us do that!

Your dreams and aspirations may only be one thought away. Set your mind right. Activate within your heart, mind and soul all the capacity Heaven loaded deep within. You’ve got what it takes to succeed and as you begin you just may find the momentum like wind in your sails taking you higher than you’ve ever been.

Sometimes to achieve we merely need to believe in ourself. We need others wrapped around us who deeply believe in us as well.

We need encouragement—but we also need excitement.

God gave a pleasure center in our mind for a purpose. Let’s put it to good use!

You’re only one breathe away from an exciting day! You may be only one dopamine infused thought away from break through!

Let’s get fit and go for it!

~Nicole

Nutrition Tips

I’ve found a great little article that includes suggestions for health rich foods that may naturally increase dopamine production in your mind.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-increase-dopamine

February 11, 2019

Just Be

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:24 am by Broken & Brave

Never chase a goal so hard you forget to have fun with it.♥️

I’ve been going through some old photos—compiling them from all the various shows I’ve done over the years. I have a specific purpose for this complication for myself and my training. It’s interesting and useful to see how I’ve changed my physique over the years. Change happens small and over time. Pictures help with perspective.

As I go through them, I am reminded there’s been quite a few and I’ve now been doing this more than just a year or two.

Guess what? Looking back I think, “hey, I was more prepared than I thought I was.” But maybe I was placing too much priority on what the judges thought? I’ve been blessed with open doors for a quality education in the fields of human developmental and nutrition. I’ve planned, prepped and been focused and dedicated. I have the gift of discipline. And I found the nutritional edge my biochemistry needed to shred down lean.

I highly recommend AdvoCare if you are looking for a rock solid supplement that has safety and efficacy. I’m including a picture of me on the left, 6 weeks after birthing my fourth child. Contrast that to picture on the right, on stage in my second season. I believe my FIFTH child was two years old when the picture on the right was taken. I don’t have the exact dates of the photos so you have to take my word and visit the website:

NextLevelcoach.com

Aside from all of this—you never feel ready, at least I don’t. You can feel you put in the work and the time, but not ready. I feel this way with every show. So as I look at these pictures I am once again reminded of all the memories that have been made. All the friendship and community that has been built.

How about you?

Have you ever had something you worked hard at and sometimes you forget that you do your part and trust God to bless your efforts?

I think back to when I was in school. I never felt ready in college. Always did the work, but was it enough? Never felt prepared enough. But I graduated and I guarantee I remembered to have fun!

How about parenting?

If you’re a parent for sure you’ve had times you got so caught up in the job of parenting that you forgot to just cut loose and have fun with them?

I’ve always found humor in the parent who was desperate to potty train their child by the age of two. I just smile, good for you (knowing that most likely they know when to run the kid to the bathroom. Most one year olds don’t have enough muscle and mind to muscle control for that—but some do).

But to the mom who feels less than prepared because her four year old still soils their pants I always share—“they’ll be fine. They aren’t going to graduate high school in a diaper.”

Puts it in perspective, right?

I love to laugh with my kids. They crack me up. But I’ve had a lot of them so each kid progressively benefited from the more laid back me. The oldest always gets to be the pioneer for younger siblings. Isn’t that true! I know my oldest agrees with this (I’m an oldest sibling, too)!

I’ve got some homework for you this week.

📌Spend some time enjoying yourself.

📌Indulge in some simple pleasure.

📌Smile often.

📌 Be friendly.

📌Show others kindness.

There’s so much more to life than work and purpose and direction and intention.

Just Be.

You plus God is greater still.

When you simply do what needs to be done, you can trust in a God who says, “it’s enough”. Forget the judges—you’ve got the win. And as for your kids, they’re going to turn out just fine. Keep loving and leading and every little voice that says it’s not enough, you’re not enough or things are pretty rough—ignore it!

These are just a few examples. You already know what it is that presses you, and maybe you need to just enjoy it a bit more because you’ve been thinking of it the entire time you’ve been reading this. So, you know what to do…

Enjoy♥️

<Nicole

February 8, 2019

The Grace to be Great

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , at 8:27 pm by Broken & Brave

We live in such a superficial society.

Appearance is everything and vanity is it’s chief council.

There are countless strategies available to make us look and feel great. Everything from head to toe–you’re covered if you’re willing to spend the time, money and energy to consume what society is selling.

Sustenance is an interesting thing.

I have noticed over many years of my recent life that the more affluent circles of our nations population base are overall more physically fit with healthy weight management. There are exceptions to this, of course, but overall this population of people looks pretty darn good. Most likely this is because they can afford it. Healthy foods cost more than packaged and processed foods. Gym memberships and personal trainers or high end, small, semi-private group training/classes are the trend. The higher end society is looking for something customized to the detail and complete and they are willing to pay money for it.

I think the more affluent community understands that–like it or not–your appearance is your business card.

It can take over eighty encounters with a person to change a negative first impression according to a recent study done at Harvard. So how you look, how you present yourself and how you treat/handle others plays a large roll in how successful you will be at pretty much everything.

As a trainer I’ve primarily worked with the more affluent community. I used to do personal training programs with a few “buddy packages” (you and a friend kind of thing), but now I’m almost exclusive small, private group training. I still carry a small stable of one on one clients, most of whom have their own private gyms located in their homes, but I have found myself more and more lately turning those opportunities down. Primarily because I just don’t have time. My family is a priority and my plate is full. So I now focus on small groups of committed individuals who are teachable, coachable and willing to work.

I am a health advocate.

An advocate is an ardent defender of people and purpose. It is the purpose God placed inside me to use health and fitness as my ministry.

I’m focused not only on improving strength, flexibility, overall health and vitality, but I’m all about equipping others for victorious living.

I’m all about disease prevention and holistic natural applications of sustenance, rest and movement all packaged in each individual unit.

•I’m about casting vision for the woman who wants to hang with her kids at Disney well in her elder years without needing to sit down a lot or rent a wheel chair just to enjoy the family fun.

•I’m about not being on a myriad of prescribed meds that has people so frightened to even take a multivitamin because it might interfere with their drugs.

• I’m definitely about empowering females to believe in themselves and create a deeper awareness of how wonderful their form is and what strength they possess (physically, spiritual, mentally) and how to harness it.

I recently had someone who I’d been helping along their health journey tell me they had decided to go in a different direction. I had functioned as an unsolicited unpaid source of council and help. They came to me asking for mentoring so I helped at my own sacrifice. It’s difficult for me to say no to someone who is ready to change.

They had sort of eluded to their shift in direction, but I actually found out about it another way and so I specifically asked them about it.

I tried to be as positive as I could be. I wanted to thoroughly communicate love, grace and humility wrapped up in a compassionate spirit. It was challenging for me to listen quietly because I knew as they were sharing the less than stellar decision they were making. I agreed to pray for them and encouraged them and left the situation positively so they knew I loved them and the door was wide open should they return again.

Relationships of a mentoring nature can be difficult. There is the temptation to personalize and take ownership of the results, successes or failures of other people. But it is not our personal responsibility to fix the world. I cannot fix my friends deleterious habits or choices. I can guide, love, protect and direct–but ultimately it’s their life and they are free to make whatever choices they desire.

As the mentor we understand that at the end of the day we leave everyone and everything at the base of the Cross. We did our part and that is all we can do. Then you just pray that the time and energy and sacrifice you put into them will stick and something good will flourish from it.

It could be easy to rehash all the sacrifice and time you’ve invested. The temptation is to feel a sense of disloyalty or lack of gratitude. But that’s not necessarily true, so don’t swallow that bait.

These practical truths I’m sharing with you apply to all of life.

We are all leading someone, somewhere by our conduct, life and example. We are living breathing sustenance to someone else’s soul.

I am fortunate in all my career I’ve only ever encountered one person who I detected may have an eating disorder. In this case, it was anorexia/bolemia. I know the clues to look for, but that was years ago (totally different story from the one I just described). But when I look around society I see many, many in every age group, race and economic category who suffer from a sort of spiritual eating disorder. A Spiritual Anorexia. They are starving to death because they don’t eat the right things. I’m not talking about food, I’m talking about thought patterns, focuses and methods to comfort their own pain. Soul Sustenance. I see people also who see the Truth, whether it is about themselves, God or others, but they refuse to eat it.

Anorexia is ultimately a spirit. It goes after the mind and influences the decisions of the individual causing them to believe skipping meals is somehow the answer to their problems or the solution for controlling their world. Spiritual Anorexia functions the same way. Distorted truth and a reflection of self, others and the world around is skewed. I imagine there are many people who suffer from both, spiritual anorexia and the physical manifestation of the disease. After all, if it is a spirit, it’s going to do as much damage to the whole of a person as it can once its invited inside. Satan’s objective is to steal, kill and destroy.

We are all mentoring others each and every day. What you say and do carries tremendous value and when you know this and take it serious–understanding the big picture of your life’s objective, then you can make a positive impact that will last.

Consider yourself a seed carrier. You are scattering it everywhere. Some seeds will do nothing, find no home to imbed themselves in. Others will find fertile soil of heart with just the right conditions to flourish and grow, while others will only grow so much then stop. This is not up to us to decide who will do what. All we can do is love, avoid personal feelings of hurt, and carry on knowing you’ve done your part and others may enjoy a higher quality of life because of the mark you made upon their heart.

Leadership does not come without great personal sacrifice.

Feed your body the right stuff so it will last.

Feed your heart and mind the right stuff so you will surpass any form of greatness you’ve experienced in the past.

Feed your soul Truth, Love and the Inspired Word of God. It is Pure and Good Sustenance from Above.

And never forget…

Take Joy in the Journey…

You have been sustained by Grace to be Great.

~Nicole

Biceps and Tan Lines…

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , at 9:13 am by Broken & Brave

Through time trends come and then they go only to reappear again some time later.

Fitness is in style. Period. We live in a culture that has moved to the extreme in everything. Not only is fitness hip, but there are so many ways to express it.

When I was young I was always attracted to an athletic frame. Not just in men—women also. I had a deep regard for muscle tone and that “healthy” look. I found it appealing. Probably one of the reasons I became a sponge for all things health and fitness when I was very young. No one else in my family like that. I created my own culture and lifestyle with that.

Back then bodybuilding was bodybuilding and that was all. Now it’s got all kinds of divisions, classes and each require a different standard for physique and muscle mass. Choices to the extreme. I’ve been shopping for a new figure suit and the choices are beyond too many. Not only style and cut and fabric, But fasteners and gems and where or how do you want them?

If your not into muscle you’ve got so many other choices. We’ve got extreme sport called “CrossFit”, or you can yoga and pilates your day away. You may not swing an axe, but find a kettlebell is where it’s at. How about just going for a walk? You can stroll or power walk? Run, jog or sprint, you’ll get leaner than lean with all of it!

I always tell people I am consulting with to find something they enjoy doing. If you enjoy it—you’re more likely to stick with it.

Fitness hasn’t always been in style. Strong is the new skinny, but back in the 20’s skinnier than skinny was the rage with celebrities like “Twiggy” representing the rage. Back in the day being as fair as can be was representation of some sort of privilege or royalty. It symbolizes that you weren’t “working class” so you had no need to go in the sun because your servants or workers did all that for you. But now you can be tan all year round with lotions and bronzers, spray tans and beds.

So what’s the point of my pen this a.m.?

When you work hard at something it will show. If you work hard outdoors it will show. You will be tan and you will have the lines to prove it. When you work hard on your body you will have the lines on your frame to prove it.

When you work hard on your relationship with God it will show, your spirit will shine like the sun and penetrate those around you—a different sort of tan I guess.

When you work hard on your health and fitness, minding your nutrition, your medical file may slim as well as your waistline. Your muscles will firm and the jiggles disappears giving rise to your Joy and self confidence. When you focus on your friendship with Heaven your spirit will strengthen and grow just like your muscles. You will increase in endurance and stamina. You will withstand more…believe more…become more. You will be more.

So no matter how your bod is shaping up or your tan for that matter. Know that today could be the first day of many that causes your spiritual momentum to rise. You’ve got muscles of heart and sunshine inside. Go out today and tan the world around you for the good.

Shine bright—

You are heavens delight.

Never be ashamed of your muscle it shows you’ve got hustle!

~Nicole🌹

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