Eat.Move.Improve. Logo Poll

Hi friends!  I am looking to nail down a more professional logo for my blog.  I am using a platform called DesignCrowd to collect logo designs from visual design professionals.  I was surprised of how many submissions I collected in a few days!  Can you help me decide by taking this poll? I appreciate your feedback!

Thanks, Anthony

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Inspiration out of Desperation

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“In life you either need inspiration or desperation” -Tony Robbins
“In 1995 I had $7 bucks in my pocket and knew two things: I’m broke as hell and one day I won’t be.” – Dwayne Johnson

“I don’t think human beings learn anything without desperation. Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything or creating anything. Period. If you ain’t desperate at some point, you ain’t interesting.” – Jim Carrey


You and I have been there before.  In fact, we all find ourselves in “hopeless” situations.  You know what I am talking about. We have a goal. We take steps and work toward that goal.  Something, or even several things, happen that move us away from our goal.  We begin to think we will not make it to ur destination.  We get frustrated, angry, or maybe downright depressed the we are putting in the work and not getting what we hope for.

In this time where anything is accessible through a click, it’s easy to begin believing everything is easy.  We will not meet obstacles while working toward our goals.  Why would they?  Most of our lives are easy to us.  However, many goals and things we really want tend to be challenging or difficult to gain.  When we become sensitized to easy situations, we expect things to come easy without a fight.  When our expectations are not met, we grow frustrated, angry, or even hopeless at ourselves or the goal itself.  These feelings make it easy to give up and stop working to what we wanted at first.

However, it is crucial to step back and take another look at where you are.  Assess the situation.  Are there other factors that are hindering your progress?  Are there steps you may have missed?  Or, is there an obstacle separating you from your destination?  For whatever reason, choose to HARNESS your feelings, beliefs, or attitudes around your obstacle(s).  Instead of letting them defeat you, allow them to fuel you to change your approach or KEEP GOING!  You got this! As Always, Eat Move, and Improve!

Reject Rejection

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“How many times have you heard that you can’t do this and you can’t do that and it’s never been done before? I love it when someone says that no one has ever done this before, because then when I do it that means that I’m the first one that has done it. So pay no attention to the people that say it can’t be done. I never listen to, “You can’t.” (Applause) I always listen to myself and say, “Yes, you can.” -Arnold Shcwarzenegger

“Rejection is an invitation to keep going.  As everyone knows, you can accept or reject it” -Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky, Air B&B owners

“Rejection should make you come back stronger than ever. Rejection should fuel your PASSION, it should make you wiser, more powerful, and MORE HUNGRIER THAN YOU EVER BEEN BEFORE IN YOUR LIFE!”  -Eric Thomas

Rejection happens.  It’s a part of life.  I have been rejection thousands of times.  I have been rejected by customers, potential dates, friends, and jobs.  Rejection stings no matter the source.  It hurts when someone or something doesn’t give you what you ask for- be it time, help, money, or attention.  It’s especially frustrating when you ask with good intentions.  You work for something so much and do your best to make it happen.  You step out of your comfort zone and make yourself vulnerable.  Even though you try, it still hurts.  Some kinds of rejection that can happen through a lifestyle change can include:

-your trainer rejecting when you ask to skip a workout

-your friend rejecting your ask for dessert

-coworkers rejecting your idea of a walking meeting

-your signifiant other rejects your choice to change your lifestyle

However, I have learned that rejection does not have to suck.  A new perspective has helped me get over and through rejection.  I now see it as an invitation.  You see, we have to pass through rejection to get anything that is truly valuable.  Asking for a “yes” always runs the risk of getting a “no”.  Your girlfriend can turn down your wedding proposal.  Your customer can turn down your sales proposal.  Your friends can reject your idea for a fun weekend away.  Your boss can turn down your work proposal.   Instead of hating rejection, use it to your advantage.  Use it as a learning experience.  Reflect on how the exchange/ process occurred.  Determine what went wrong.  Then, try again only smarter this time.  Also, let rejection motivate you.  Let the experience make you stronger and give you more resolve to reach your goals.  Every time you get a “no”, you move closer to a yes!  As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!

I’ll Be Back!

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Hey readers!  Sorry for my prolonged hiatus.  I had started a new job a few months ago.  I needed some extra time to get up to speed and used to working full time again.

I am happy to announce that I am planning on returning to posting again VERY SOON.  You will begin seeing consistent and new posts on my blog in the next few days.  Stay tuned!

In the mean time, I had a new idea for a string of posts.  You may or may not be aware, but we all have attachments to food.  We have feelings, thoughts, and relationships with food.  I had an idea to write “letters” addressed to foods as if they are people.  Would you like to read them?  Comment below!

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The Writer’s Prompt Challenge- 03/2017

“Death Date”

Victoria peered outside as the rain and wind crashed against her window. A storm raged on across the landscape as she sat in her desolate room on top of a high citadel. She begins to reflect on the past 6 months. This is so silly.   I have been up here since that fateful day. Nothing of consequence has happened to me. Who came up with this grim practice anyway? Predicting the day you were meant to die and marking you for life? Apparently, everyone believed them, whoever they are. She stared at her arm. Her “death date” was 6 months ago. She was truly dying. But, not in the true term of the word. She was dying slowly on the inside. Each day she becomes more bored and withdrawn from the world’s wonders since her parents locked her away to protect her.

She peered down at her necklace: a pendant imbued with an orange gem linked to a gold chain. It was a gift from her mother. “We will never forget about you. We will come get you when we are sure your “death date” has come and gone. When you are safe.” That was the final words her mother said. No messages. No letters. No visitors. Since that day.

I have had enough of this, Victoria thinks. What sense is life if you never live? What kind of life occurs when you are always afraid to die? She was done with it all: the tower, her tattoo, waiting until the “danger” was past. It never passes! I must rise above drivel predictions and what others want for me. I need to get out of here. Victoria grabbed her heavy cloak, raced down the steps, and burst out the door. She set out on her way and never looked back.

Help Me Out

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Eat Meat

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“Avoid fried meats, which angry up the blood”  -Satchel Paige

“I love lean meats like chicken and turkey. I am obsessed with fish and sushi in general.  I eat a lot of veggies and hummus” -Shawn Johnson


Disclaimer: I have a handful of friends and who have decided to choose a vegetarian/ vegan lifestyle.  I have several friends and family members who share a passion for animal rights and refuse to eat meat. While I respect and value their opinions, I do not follow the same belief system and lifestyle they do The following post is in no way an attack on those lifestyle choices.  I am simply expressing my belief and expert opinion using the knowledge I have on the subject.  I am open to discussing this topic further in person, in the comments below, or through direct messaging!  Thank you for reading. End disclaimer


It’s not a secret that protein is a crucial component to a sustainable and healthy weight loss plan.  Protein performs many beneficial bodily functions that I will discuss below. What becomes confusing is what kind of protein and how much is adequate for weight loss.  Protein comes in many foods such as lean meats, fatty meats, grains, dairy products, meat alternatives, and even some nuts.  There are so many protein options available, where do you start?  If you’re a meat eater (like me), consider lean meat products.


Definition of Lean Meat:  You may ask, what’s the difference?  Isn’t all meat that come from animals the same?  On the surface, it may seem so, but each and every meat product is unique in its own way.  They are all different in taste, texture, smell, salt content, protein content, and fat content.  When lean meat is mentioned, it points toward a specific group of good for you choices.  Lean meats are the choices lowest in fat and most of the time in calories.


What Lean Meat Does for the Body: You may ask, what’s the big deal?  What will lean meat do over my favorite meat, bacon, for me? In fact, lean meats have several advantages to you and your body.  First, lean meats contain the highest ratio of protein compared to fat and calories. Because of that, people get satisfied quicker and eat less.  Protein helps build muscle that burns calories faster than fat.  In turn, weight loss is achieved easier.  Lean meats are low in fat.  This makes them lower in calories than other fatty meats.  This aids in weight loss and preventing heart diseases.  In fact, protein even helps heal the body efficiently.  It is known as the body’s building block, after all!


Examples of Lean Meat:  As I mentioned earlier, there are MANY choices in the store for meats.  It’s important to choose lean meats when checking out. A serving of lean meat is typically 3 ounces at a time (or the size of the pam of your hand). Also, keep in mind that these meats become HIGH FAT meats when fried or eaten with the skin.  Any cooking technique that does not use fat is okay.  This list is not a comprehensive list, but the most common options:

-chicken breast
-turkey breast
– fish
-lean pork
-lean beef
-game meat
-shellfish

-lean ham


Alternatives to Meat:  If you choose not to eat meat, there are still plentyy of protien choices you can make.  Non animal and vegetable proteins exist and have as much or close to the amount of protein animal meats provide.  However, they are less available for your body to absorb.  You may need more non meat proteins to get the same effect.  Meat alternatives include:

 
-eggs
-milk
-greek yogurt
-beans
-lentils
-whole grains
-nuts

-nut butters


Bottom line:  Lean protein sources are important for any weight loss journey to be successful. Find what you like and stick to those lean meats.  There are plenty of recipes out there to change up the protein sources you choose.  As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!