Too Much Information

“Information is not Knowledge” -Albert Einstein
“Where there is shouting, there is no true Knowledge” -Leonardo Da Vinci
“Wise Men speak because they have something to say.  Fools speak because they have to say something” -Plato

Recently, there has been a shift in the ability of information.  Before the internet became prominent, most information was accurate and true.  Most sources were truthful and trustworthy.  If you looked up a fact or spoke with someone, you were confident that what you found was true.

With the dawn of the internet, information flooded the public domain.  Information, facts, and sources became wildly available.  The worst part?  Lies and untruths became available.  Inaccurate websites and information came into the internet and flooded our minds.

For example, many sites can share information that may seem true, but is completely inaccurate.  It is important to pay attention to what resources you are consuming.  Consider these tips to identify if the information is accurate and true:
-it comes from a credible person or professional
-It has a dmain name as .org,.gov,
-it references accurate and credible outside organizations
-it comes from a credible organization or company

It something seems off or too good to be true, it probably is.  Use your head and question if the information you are accessing is true.  As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!


Value:  something (such as a principle or quality) intrinsically valuable or desirable (Meriam Webster dictionary)

“In order to lead a meaningful life, you need to cherish others, pay attention to human values and try to cultivate inner peace.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“It’s silly to have as one’s sole object in life just making money, accumulating wealth. I work because I enjoy what I’m doing, and the fact that I make money at it – big money – is a fine-and-dandy side fact. Money gives me just one big thing that’s really important, and that’s the freedom of not having to worry about money. I’m concerned about values – moral, ethical, human values – my own, other people’s, the country’s, the world’s values. Having money now gives me the freedom to worry about the things that really matter.”
-Johnny Carson

“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.”— Roy Disney

The other day, I spoke with my grandfather on the phone. We had a wonderful conversation and it was the highlight of my day.   If you don’t already do, I encourage you to do the same.  Our grandparents are full of wisdom and knowledge from life experiences and will only be around a little longer.  It’s a shame to think that some people do not appreciate their grandparents.  We got on the topic of attitudes and values.  My grandpa shared one of his lessons with me on how he has continued to stay positive and energetic despite his age.  He named 5 “V”alues that allow us to become our best selves.  Below is a summary of our discussion:

All Definitions from Meriem Webster Dictionary 
-Vim: Robust energy and enthusiasm.
In order to achieve anything in this world, it is critical to attack it with Vim.  Genuine, authentic energy will take you to places you never expected.  Energy and enthusiasm move the world forward. Strive to live each day with a sense of robust energy and enthusiasm.

Vigor: intensity of action or effect : force

Vigor can be another term for passion.  We know that passion is essential in our day to day.  But, why?  Passion drives us forward despite obstacles.  This intensity helps us become a light that shines on others.  People take notice.  They realize you mean business.  You aren’t messing around.

Vitality:  lively and animated character/ the power of enduring

Without vitality, we would be boring.  The people with a lively personality make friends easier and can change more effectively.  They are fully alive in themselves and show it.  Also, vitality brings a sense of perseverance.  This kind of person can endure the toughest circumstances all with a smile on their face.

Vertical:  perpendicular to the plane of the horizon or to a primary axis : upright

Every day above ground is a good day.  Sometimes, it is easy to get bogged down in this world.  Disasters and tragedies occur almost daily.  There is an overwhelming sense of negativity.  Sometimes, reminding ourselves that we can stand and work can change our whole attitude about our day and lives overall.  Focus on being grateful for being alive and vertical.

Virtuous: morally excellent : righteous
It is critical to be ethical.  To live by a code of conduct that aligns with a system of values.  If each individual did not have a set of virtues, society would not exist and this life wold be a nightmare.  Choose your virtues wisely as they will define your behaviors and actions

There you have it.  5 “V”alues that can create a vibrant, exciting, productive, and long lasting life.  Do you have other “V”alues that you live by??  Comment below! As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!

Get Dirty

“I can say the willingness to get dirty has always defined us as an nation, and it’s a hallmark of hard work and a hallmark of fun, and dirt is not the enemy.” -Mike Rowe
“Opportunity is missed by most people because its dressed in overalls and looks like work” -Thomas Edison
“Learn young about hard work and manners-and you’ll be through the dirty mess and dead again before you know it” -F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’m noticing, almost daily, how there is a lack of work ethic amongst people.  While I am not perfect, I value and understand hard work.  I have been a part of the work force for 10 years.  I have worked in several industries and varying capacities.  One practice I have had all the way through is to do my very best.  I make a point to do everything I can- prepare, serve others, problem solve, get rejected, learn and study more- to complete my work.  Again, my work isn’t always on point or close to perfect.  But, I put my best foot forward each time.

We are afraid to get dirty.  We are afraid to look bad or make a mistake.  This is a viral issue.  It pops up wherever hard work is required to have progress- a diet, a workout program, the workplace, relationships.  We are insecure about putting in the effort without having all the answers.  We want a sure outcome before going in.  We don’t feel ready so we wouldn’t try.  But you know what?  Life is messy.  It’s not clean and efficient all the time.  Sometimes, to get what we desire, we need to get dirty to some degree.  Yes, I am talking about sweat, pain, and effort in the gym.  But, it goes deeper than that.  In order to progress, we need to be willing dive into the “gunk of life”- scary emotions, scary situations, tough decisions, taking risks.  Life becomes more meaningful when we accomplish things through effort and sweat.

What examples do you have of getting dirty??  Comment below!  As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!

Shine Bright

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world.-Timo Cruz, Coach Carter
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Dr. Martin Luther King
“I Wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being” -Hafiz

Grade school and high school can be difficult times for some people.  These are critical times for young people in who we become as adults. As adolescents, we are developing our identity and beliefs about others and forming relationships.  These times can also be detrimental to young people.

I was bullied in my younger years.  Not physically, but bullied verbally.  People made me feel like an outcast.  I was the butt of their jokes and disrespected.  At the time, I didn’t know better.  I just thought that’s the way it was.  I was meant to be bullied.  I was nobody. I wasn’t special or good in my own way.

Now, I see how wrong I was.  I was wrong to believe them.  I was wrong to go along with what others and society said about me.  It took me awhile to find that out. I finally realized I have a light inside me.  I can shine bright and not care what people think. Remember, you are SPECIAL.  You have a PURPOSE.  You are GOOD.  Do not let anyone else tell you something different. Aim to believe in yourself.  Love what makes you different.  Celebrate your uniqueness.  Once you do, people will notice.  They will change their minds.  They will not make you feel bad anymore.  Shine your light and you will rise higher!  As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!

Gear Up

“Organize, don’t agonize.”  ― Nancy Pelosi
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Be willing to take the first step, no matter how small it is. Concentrate on the fact that you are willing to learn. Absolute miracles will happen.” -Louise Hay

To me, getting ready is an odd concept.  It’s an essential part of our lives.  We get ready for work, get ready for school, get ready for a party, and so on.  Each person has their own definition and routine of “getting ready”. Here, I will focus on getting ready to make a health/ lifestyle change.  But, you can apply this to anything in your life.

Getting ready occurs once we acknowledge something needs to be done.  We realize that our mood has been off, we could lose a few pounds, or ate too much dessert recently.  There is something about our health we want to change.  The first step of any change is “preparing.”  Once you take the first steps, change becomes easier!  Therefore, we need to consider how to get the ball rolling in order to make these changes stick!  Consider these questions when looking to make a change:

-What resources will I need?
-Do I have said resources?
-How much time will I commit to this change?
-Who can I count on for support?
-What are my goals?
-How will I keep motivated during this change?
-What happens if I hit obstacles?

Take, for example, that you want to start running more often.  You realize you need running shoes and workout clothes.  You decide you will commit 1 month to making it a new habit.  You want to run for 30 minutes straight after that month.  You will count on your trainer friend to encourage you and help you with any unseen troubles along your way.
Obviously, this is one hypothetical situation to illustrate how to being making a lasting change.  What other questions would you ask yourself as you “gear up” for a change? Comment below!  As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!

Why I Workout

“I’ve always believed fitness is an entry point to help you build that happier, healthier life. When your health is strong, you’re capable of taking risks. You’ll feel more confident to ask for the promotion. You’ll have more energy to be a better mom. You’ll feel more deserving of love” -Jillian Michaels
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” -John F. Kennedy

I am by no means in my top physical form currently.  I’ve never been a top athlete or have the sexist body.  It’s important to know that your body does not have to be perfect.  You do not have to be a perfect 10 or be featured in a fitness mag to reap the benefits of exercise.

Currently, people will come up with LOADS of reasons why not to do something.  It’s easy.  We can dismiss the activity or person with one tiny excuse.  We stay in our comfort zone and keep going on our merry way.  If it’s inconvenient, it’s not going to happen. Thats what occurs often in society now.  Some typical excuses include: “I don’t have the time”, “It’s too inconvenient”,” it’s too difficult”, or my personal favorite- “why would I get sweaty on purpose?”

We’ve all been there.  We know it’s important. We know we should be doing it.  But, we comfort ourselves by rationalizing why it wouldn’t work.  We don’t want to disappoint ourselves or others.  But, life is not supposed to be 100% comfortable.  It’s CRITICAL to do something you would not normally do to get the results you want.

Instead of making reasons why not to workout, think of some reasons why it IS a good idea.
-It feels good to get moving
-You think more clear after working out
-You get a sense of accomplishment by doing something difficult
-You have a better mood from working out
Of course, your body, mind, and emotions will become more healthy!
Are there other reasons you exercise?  Share below!  As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!

Wine it Out

“Beer is made by men, wine by God.”  -Martin Luther
“Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.”  -Lewis Pasteur

I used to never be a wine drinker. For awhile, I used to think it was gross.  Sour grape juice?  No thanks.  Give me a beer instead.  Some wines are served warm?! No thanks.  I want something cold. It never used to be something I reached for when given the choice.

Lately, something has changed.  I have found that I do enjoy wine!  To me, it was an acquired taste.  It didn’t seem attractive at first.  After trying it a few times, I have found that I have certain preferences.  Wine tastes great!  It is best especially in certain situations or with certain foods.  For instance, I enjoy red wine while relaxing at home in front of a house fire.  I enjoy white wine with dinners including fish or chicken.

Wine can be a great addition to your diet. Wine has many positive attributes to it.  For some people, it relies them.  Red wine has been seen to help protect against cancer.  It does contain some vitamins and minerals to promote wellness.  However, remember this: wine is still alcohol.  Actually, it is high in alcohol- about %12-15! If you chose to enjoy wine, make sure you do responsibly: only 1-2 glasses at a time. In this way, you will reap the benefits while not getting drunk or increasing your waistline.  Cheers!  As Always, Eat, Move, Improve!