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

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August 21, 2017

Multiplication Anointing.

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:12 am by Broken & Brave

imageSometimes, when life gets hard you have to work harder so you won’t quit. Don’t you dare give up! Life has rich blessings waiting for you on the other side of every struggle.

God sees you through. No season too lean or dry for Him to use it to lift you high. He’s setting you up for blessing.

Do you trust Him? God is the Driver of your Destiny. When He is in the lead you can overcome anything. Blessing is in the atmosphere.

Whatever the struggle, you’re going to make it through! Victory looks too good on you!

Don’t you dare give up.

If you’ve still got breath in your lunges and blood flowing through your veins…It isn’t over yet! So, take care, You. You’re season of blessing isn’t through. In fact, it truly has yet to see its greatest break through.

Get Charged! Your worlds about to be enlarged!

~Nicole

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2

 

May 29, 2017

GO For The Gold!🏅

Posted in Devotional, true story, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:07 am by Broken & Brave

Several years ago I was blessed to hear Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record holder in men’s downhill skiing (at 97 m.p.h.), Cary Mullen, share his story. One of the most impacting points he made was when he told the story of the famous ski slopes in Austria. The slope was so incredibly steep, as he put his skis over the edge of the gate, he could not see the hill…AT ALL. He shared of the fear that was to be OVERCOME by every skier on that hill. A few of his team mates broke limbs on that jump, but one teammate backed out, forfeiting his opportunity for Olympic Gold. Years later, when the men reunited as a team, the one team member who quit shared his regret. His words, etched deeply into the hearts of the others…’the men who jumped and fell, their broken bones healed, but regret lasts a lifetime’.

“Failure is not to be feared, we cannot win if we are afraid to lose. It takes REAL COURAGE to try something when the odds are against you succeeding, and failure is less traumatic than regret.”

-Graham Cooke

Live a life without regret, leave a Legacy. -Nicole

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December 3, 2016

Jump!

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , at 7:14 am by Broken & Brave

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Studies have been done using fleas. The fleas are placed in a jar and the lid is fastened. The fleas jump & jump & jump, but get no where. After a while they stop jumping. In fact, when the lid is removed, giving the fleas total freedom they still won’t jump out. I wonder what would happen if a new flea was introduced to the group? Would the other fleas laugh at him for daring to jump? Would they avoid him because he did things differently than them? I’m sure once he broke through the lid barrier (that wasn’t there at all) a few other fleas may dare to jump again too.

Your life is full of extraordinary potential. Set your wings ablaze and get your jumping legs ready. Gods got more in store but you can’t be afraid of whose going to laugh or judge. You’ve got more! -Nicole

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”
2 Chronicles 15:7

November 29, 2016

Push Away…

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 10:23 pm by Broken & Brave

The Push Away Diet Plan

 

“Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning…For He is gracious and merciful. Slow to anger, and of great kindness.” Joel 2:12-13

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There was a woman who receive a remarkable healing in her body. She was so exuberant with joy she wrote her Pastor to tell him the good news. She finished her letter by asking, “Do you think God would do anything about my being overweight?” The Pastor wrote her back and congratulated her on her miracle, and replied to her question regarding her weight , “This kind only goes out by fasting.”

Sometimes the best diet is the push away diet plan. You’ve got to push away from the table until your body weight becomes balanced and stable. But this applies to everything. You’ve got to push away from negative and deleterious thinking. You’ve got to push away from harboring pain of your past, bitterness and resentment. You have to push aside feelings of inadequacy or inability. You’re really quite wonderful and those things that weigh you down will hold you down if you allow it. Lighten the load! Fitness isn’t just for the body-it’s for the soul. You’ve got glow! So as you remember to be kind to others, be kind to yourself as well! -Nicole

 

November 16, 2016

Time Under Tension

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 6:56 am by Broken & Brave

It takes a long time to build muscle and change your shape. With consistent effort, good nutrition and faithfulness you begin to see some fruit of your efforts right away, but for long term wellness you’ve got to stick and stay. Your reward is in the constant and deliberate application of it. You’ve got to be patient.

The same is true for Soul Strength. You must nurture your own heart, feed it good stuff, always be expanding your mind and growing your soul. Be open to new ideas and opportunities as they unfold. Be mindful that not every good idea is God’s idea for your life just like not every fitness protocol is the same from person to person. Seek soul strength, find wisdom, pursue it diligently like you were a Bride preparing to fit her wedding dress– ironed and pressed.

Be patient with the process.

Everyday is a great day to get better. You’ve got this! ~Nicole

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30

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May 28, 2016

Expect It…

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:30 am by Broken & Brave

A small child learning to walk may fall 50 times for he or she succeeds to take a handful of steps.
A kid learning to ride their bike may wibble and wobble and even fall over, but they keep getting up.
They say if you fall off of a horse you should get right back on to eradicate any future fear of riding.

How do you know this is not your year? Though we may fall. We may fail, we may not see the fruit of results God has purposed within us, we don’t quit. We don’t give up. We keep going. Everyday is full of success and some of that success goes without you ever knowing who you touched and how you changed their life. You MUST dwell in a place and space of perpetual expectation and anticipation of a blessing. Know it’s coming. Feel it in your gut. He is a God of Big things and He is willing to move heaven and earth for you. Believe~

💗Nicole

“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

1 John 4:4