Fundraiser drives with health and community benefits

It is fundraiser time for all schools and other auxiliary organizations. If you are like me you have been bombarded with cute smiling faces asking you to buy a tin of cookies, some sort of cake or some other pile of sugar you cannot have sitting in your house. If it comes in my house, I say I will only eat one but by day 2 the whole tin is gone. (Confession: I am a sugar-holic.) So my dilemma is wanting to support the cute smiling face asking for support but really wanting to say “Go AWAY because that cake means me no good!” And then I read this Washington Post article with a new approach to raising funds by connecting schools with local farms. Local farmers brochures of what they have for sale from apples, vegetables, assortment of cheeses, coffee beans and so much more. I LOVE this idea. Why? Not only is this a partnership to support local farms to stay in business but a larger drive to keep people healthy with the foods we eat.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a report on the obesity rates in the United States. Obesity is billion dollar industry due to medical costs. Truly surprising. What if that money could go into food education and agriculture/farming on the front end rather than gastric by-pass surgeries, medication for diabetes and high blood pressure as it stands now. Just “food for thought.”

Indulge me while I take it one step further. The kids of Alexander Wilson Elementary in North Carolina were challenged by their principal to read 1 million minutes. If they did it, he would sleep on the roof of the school for one night. They exceeded that challenge. We can apply this same concept to a health challenge that involves the entire family. You would donate money to a school fundraiser for every mile a kid rode their bike, jogged or how many minutes a child jumped rope. For each goal reached, a parent, guardian or teacher/administrator would have to match it by doing the same activity or something actively comparable. The possibilities are limitless. I am getting excited just thinking about this idea.

So the next time a cute smiling face of an adorable kids comes up to you asking you to buy a cake or cookie dough, first try to find the healthiest option in the brochure. If there isn’t one, join the revolution to challenge the school/organization to try something different.

Motivation Part 2: How you too are trending.

The internet went crazy after Kanye West debuted his new video, Fade, at this year’s Video Music Awards this past Sunday. Before you click away because you think this article is about Kanye, think again. No one was talking about Kanye’s song at all, like I cannot even remember the tune of the song or what is was about. The video featured Teyana Taylor in a gym dancing to the song. Just her. Dancing.

My timelines went bananas over her extremely toned body. She looked great. Many of my online friends posted how they were going to starve, detox, eat only fruits and vegetables, drink their meals (juicing or protein shakes), etc. This is not the time for me to get into what methods are best for weight loss in a healthy way. That’s another article. It is also not about trying to fit into one standard mode of health and fitness. That’s definitely another article. What’s amazing is how many people started to look at wanting to make a change in themselves.

But here is the my epiphany: my friends, family and online connects are already trending in this health and wellness game. Think about it for a minute. How many of you post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Periscope, some form of physical activity you are doing, just completed or will go to? How many times do you post, sharing with the world, your weight loss journey, successes and challenges? How many times do you post your excitement about eating something good for your body? I am going to make an assumption you at least do one wellness post per week. Some of us post more than others. Guess what?: You are trending. You too are motivating someone who wants to get healthy! Your strength and determination to keep at this lifestyle of good nutrition and fitness is AMAZING. You may not be on the cover of Runner’s World, Shape or Oxygen magazines but you are the main focus in the storyline of Happy and Healthy, Featuring  _(Fill In Your Name Here)_.

Keep up the great work!

Why I believe one tracking method does not fit all.

Disclaimer: I am completely addicted to how many calories I burn a day and what my exercise heart rate is during activity.

I did a Google search on methods to track exercise. There are over 50,000 items. You can track online, using a device (Fitbits, Garmins, etc.), apps on your phone, accountability partners, good old pen and paper or any combinations thereof. The beauty of it all: you can track any way you want. You and only you knows what works for you. We all respond differently to certain foods in all their variations, the same is true in how we monitor what we are doing.

Never let a trainer tell you there is only one way to achieve your goals. There are no quick fixes so never believe the hype of gimmicks claiming you will lose 5 pounds in 1 day (safely).

The main goal is work hard, try to fall in love or like with what you are doing and then relax. You will reach your goals. I promise you!

Welcome to the New Site!

With the new year comes new changes. New Living Fit was in great need of a major make-over both online and in how the program is run. After having been inactive for some time and partnering with other fitness professionals, I am relaunching the NLF brand starting with the logo. Please make sure you follow this sight to keep up with all updates on where classes and seminars will be held.