Archive for the ‘Getting Going’ Category

Top Ten Ways to get back on Track
April 20, 2010

continued from part 1

Ok, so maybe you’ve slipped.  One day led to another and now here you are 3 weeks (or years) away from a time when you were really trying to do the right things and stay on track with your nutrition and exercise.  No worries.  Getting back in line is easy as pie (sorry).

1.  Make a list of 10 things you would do at your ideal weight and health.

Inspiration is a powerful motivator.  Always stay connected to your end desire.  As Stephen Covey says in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, “Start with the end in mind.”

2.  Energize your exercise routine with a simple walk, forget the gym for now.

Don’t kill yourself at the gym.  This is the kind of self punishment that leads straight to a pint of Ben and Jerry’s.  Just walk…keep on walking.  You can do this.  Start slow.

3.  Add one fruit to your daily intake.

An apple a day can go a long way to eliminating some unnecessary snacking as well as bring some needed fiber and nutrients to your digestive track which is begging for mercy.

4.  Have a conversation with at least one person you know who is always encouraging.

Come on!  I’m sure you know someone.

5. Keep healthy foods out in plain view and put the less than healthy away.

If we think about food every time we see it, we might as well stack the deck in our favor…let’s look at more of the good stuff and less of the bad.

6.  Keep a log of everything you are eating and drinking.

“Oh…I only ate 12oo calories yesterday.”….before 8pm.  You bite it, you write it.  Mindful eating starts with honesty with yourself.  This does not mean self imposed guilt…it means honesty!

7.  Spend 5 minutes every day visualizing what you will look like at your ideal body weight and health.

Use your imagination.  Having trouble with this one?  Pick a model and paste your head on their picture..just kidding, but seriously, not really but you could.

8.  Don’t beat yourself up for something you may have done “wrong”.

All is fair in love and war.  Hopefully this is more about love than war.  In any event, mistakes are our learning grounds for improvement.  Be grateful for them, just don’t use this as an excuse to eat that whole batch of brownies in the name of self improvement.

9. Drink plenty of water.

You already know this one but it never hurts to be reminded.  Seriously, probably the single most important thing you can do for yourself.

10.  Remember you never can fail unless your dead….heart still beating?  Then you still have a chance to succeed.

Stay positive, stay grateful.  If you made it this far, you’re still alive…hell, even Jerry Garcia was grateful in death.

Keep on keeping on friends and never forget the words of one of our great visionaries,

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal:  It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

Write down your tips and ideas to share.


Nealon Hightower

P.s.  If you want more help on effortless fat release, join the next workshop on May 8th.



A Secret Ingredient to Effortless Ease
February 18, 2010

Ever wonder why some people seem to get amazing things done with what seems like no effort at all?  Do you know anyone who day in and day out gets out there and does the things that perhaps we wish we were driven to do?  Maybe it’s exercise, hard work, dedication to practice or helping others.  Well, I have found there are many components that go into living an inspired life and achieving your goals with effortless ease, but there is one that in my mind sticks out head and shoulders above the rest.  To me, for this there is just no substitute for and it’s one of the main reasons I get up every morning…… (more…)

The Pendulum
February 8, 2010

The Zen of pendulum swingingEver feel like you’re trying too hard but not sustaining the results you desire?  There’s a very good reason for that.  Quite often in life we tend to go all or nothing and thus goes the swinging of the pendulum.  I found in the past when I would try to “diet” that I would be so strict and exercise so intensely that after several weeks I would inevitably burn out and ultimately quit.  I would have drug my metabolism so low that when I reintroduced the no-so-healthy foods back into my life, I would gain all the weight right back and then some.  Now, as Forrest Gump says, “I am not a smart man….” but I do know this is no way to release weight. (more…)

One Brick at a Time
January 30, 2010

Often in life when we are presented with a large daunting task, it is easy to get so overwhelmed that we end up doing nothing.  I remember I felt a like this when I was very overweight.  It seemed to me that being a normal weight was so far away and so unrealistic that what good would making one good choice right now do.  Of course, this is thinking that will have to be overcome to ever accomplish the bigger things in life.

So how do we get past this? (more…)

Listen to Your Heart
January 7, 2010

What you want, wants you.

I believe there comes a time in everyone’s life when they become unclear on what to do next or where to begin or how to get what you want. I think what even more people question is, “What do I want?” And though these questions have been pondered by nearly everyone that has walked the earth, even to this day and age, with all the information at our fingertips and vast knowledge available to us, it would seem we are no closer to these answers than we’ve ever been.

There is a simple answer. (more…)

New Years Resolutions
December 30, 2009

Henry says, "Get to work on your intentions!"

For anyone interested in starting off the year with a bang, if you’re in the Atlanta area, come run with me on January 1st for the 2010 Resolution Run Event, 5k, 10k or 1 mile Run for Fun and Tiny Trot.

click here for directions

This is a first for me, to start my new year this way, but what have you got to lose?……right.

Ah yes, New Years and it’s resolutions are finally here again.  What’s it going to be this year?  I remember when I started my journey to physical well being, I came to a realization that I didn’t need another list of goals that I may or may not have reached.  What I needed was to set my intentions not on what I was going to do in January, but how I was going to live my life from this point forward.  And so, that is what I did.  I wrote down these six intentions that go along with the Six Simple Truths. (more…)

Never Underestimate Thrust
December 10, 2009

Sometimes all you need is a little vertical thrust to get your program moving.  Enjoy.

Don’t try this at home.


Top Ten tips for 2010


You Can Do it!
November 26, 2009

I wanted to show this video to show you that there IS hope for everyone.  I remember being bigger than a lot of these people and thinking that my condition was going to be permanent.   Nothing is permanent. The Toa te Ching reminds us that even mother nature cannot create a storm that last forever.  Please know that if there is breath left in your lungs, there is hope.  And though it may seem more like fiction than reality, tell that to the people in this video.

“Where there is life, there is hope.” –

Publius Terentius Afer (190-158 B.C.), better known as Terence

Much love to all,



Over? Nothing is over until we decide it is.
November 24, 2009

Ok, so trust me, I’ve been there before.  I was at the point where I just didn’t know if I had one more attempt in me to keep going and try again.  I remember one time when trying to do an intense 12 week program thinking to myself, “This is it.  If I don’t make it this time, I’m just not gonna make it.  I’ll go through the rest of my life this way because I can’t handle the disappointment of another failure. My spirit has a limit to what it can take.” (more…)

Feeling Guilty?
November 24, 2009

Dump the Weight (and the guilt)!

Feeling guilty because you haven’t been able to dump the excess weight?

Did you know that 95 out of 100 people who start a diet program fail?  Any idea why that is?  I’ll tell you why (more…)