Archive for the ‘Exercise’ Category

Recreation
April 29, 2010

Re-create something fun

As I was entering the Peoria Recreation Center in Arizona I saw this image you see above and it spoke to me.  It got me thinking about the word recreation.  From it’s origin, to create anew.  Yes, that is what I think it is all about.  That is what can help transform you and more importantly transform your thoughts about exercise and activity.  Transform it from something that you can’t stand to do to something that you actually have fun doing, something recreational.  And in doing so, I know that you will create something new while enjoying yourself at the same time.

So just remember, exercise does not have to make you feel like a hamster on a wheel, it does not have to even take place in a gym, but it does have to be enjoyable for it to be sustainable.  Play games with the kids, participate in a sport activity you can handle, walk the dog, throw a ball…something, but have fun doing it.

Be well,

Nealon Hightower

You’ve gotta check out this Will Smith video

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Practice, Practice, Practice
December 14, 2009

These kids are amazing.  It goes to show what we are capable if we stick to something.  When I started my journey of weight release, I was not very good at making all the right choices and I didn’t exercise all that much.  I actually only did a couple of things right, but it was enough to get me to the next level and the next and the next until I had come a very long way.

The things that once seemed difficult to me, now seem quite simple, but you have to work at it and practice.  Eating right and exercising is a skill and like any other skill, it grows stronger with use.

So never give up and you will reach all of your goals, physical or otherwise.

Nealon

mindful eating tips

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Top 10 Reasons to Smile!
November 29, 2009

 

Ansley Samantha

 

I’ll let you in on a little secret I stumbled across that has made my transformation so much easier.

Have you ever seen someone running or exercising and it looks like they’re in complete pain?

You know the look, you’ve seen the guy.  All I can think when I see that is why is he putting himself through this.  That looks painful.  So I decided to try a little experiment and I tried smiling when I was walking or exercising and wow did it work!   I’m not even sure of all the reasons why it works, something to do with endorphins I guess, but like electricity, I don’t need to know how it works to be able to use and enjoy it.

So, without further ado, here are the top ten reasons to smile.. (more…)

Pick a subject, any subject
November 13, 2009

Hey everyone.  I’ve gotten some really great feedback from many of you and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.  So long as you guys think I should keep going, I will.  Perhaps you could tell me what subjects you’d like to talk about….

1.Exercise

2.  Nutrition

3. Getting your mind right

4.  Getting past a plateau

5.  Motivation vs. Inspiration  or anything else you’d like to talk about.

Let me know…I’ve got so much to say and am not sure where to start.

I love you all.  You are supporting my dream and I will do my best to ensure you get where you want with your health.

Nealon

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Start Slow, Speedracer
November 12, 2009

Lose weight(this is our new baby, nothing to do with the blog, but isn’t she cute?)

Now you have to understand, I’ve tried, sometimes successfully, sometimes not to lose weight and get in shape no less than 100 times in the past (could be more, don’t really want to think about it).  Here was my standard protocol,

1. go grocery shopping, buy a ton of good food

2. make sure my gym membership is up to date so they don’t flag me when they see this stranger come in,

3. Get a diet/exercise log going

4. proceed to punish the hell out of my body as penance for all my bad deeds

5. usually make it about 14 days on a Body for Life sprint, (that’s a good run) only to fall flat on my face at which point I end up feeling like more of a failure than I ever did when I started.

So here’s where I was at.  I couldn’t go through that again.  Now, I don’t mean that I didn’t feel like it, I meant I really couldn’t do it.  I was at the point where I said to myself, I guess this is just as good as it gets and I should just learn to accept it.  No, we have to keep trying…somewhere in the echoes of my mind I could still hear Tony Robbins saying to me “you don’t fail unless you stop trying”…ok Tony, what’s not perfect, yet?  You’re fat, brother, that’s what’s not perfect!  My inner dialog kept going (I know nobody else out there talks to themselves like this, right?) Well, IF I was going to take another whack at this, what would I do?  What would it be like?  Better yet, if this experience could be anyway I wanted it to be, what would that look like?  Well, as long as we’re having fun with this, I thought, I said, “If it could be anyway, I would have it be easy”.  Now I know what you may be thinking, this is not easy, right?  Well, I just entertained the possibility.  I asked myself, “If it were easy, where would you start?” (more…)