I have food issues

I have food issues

“I have food issues”
Do you?
Many of you will nod your head, in fact, I would too…

Until, I started giving it a deeper thought… hmmm

Here’s what I have to say and I realize it might not be popular

Adrenal Fatigue: Healing & Hope

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If you haven’t been a fan of this page for long, I’ll give you a quick briefing:
I came from the world of fitness competitions and “the fitness industry”, where extreme dieting runs rampant and its normal to “diet” for weeks on end for a contest, a photoshoot, or an expo and event.
Unfortunately, even though, I knew this was unhealthy for my clients, I somehow thought that I was different.

Well.. I was.. for a few years… but eventually my body rebelled and it left me with metabolic damage and why I’m pissed off. (first video)
I would have never guessed, that one year ago (October 2011) when I basically “gave up” and conceded to “just getting fat” that it would be the catalyst to healing. It wasn’t immediate, and in fact, I didn’t have a clear path to healing until I reached out to some good friends and colleagues for some help. I listed the help and resources in my second video and update.

It has been officially 7 months of healing now, and I’m down 13lbs with about 15-18 to go, but a totally new outlook and one thats not hyper-focused on the scale. I would have never thought, in my tears and frustration that I would look back on this and be grateful for the experience, but it has taught me about the life there is to live and how sharing my story would help so many other women.

Here is my latest update, along with the recent update of a girl who emailed me due to these videos— Please share— I have found this to be very common not only in the world of fitness competitions, but group exercise teachers, marathon runners and personal trainers as well.

Why I spent $107.17 on a wallet

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I posted this picture on Instagram. The top picture WAS my wallet, the bottom picture is my new wallet.

My zebra print one was a duct tape wallet (a little girl made me, it was cute, I liked it)

However, it was very sloppy, I definitely wouldn’t want to keep money in it, as lord knows what would happen. (LOL)

It did the job, kept my cards in one spot, my ID, etc. I never really cared what anyone thought about it.

I have always had issues keeping cash, in fact, I HATE having cash on me.

I am afraid I will lose it, it will get stolen, etc. and its very apparent, by my wallet, that I don’t “respect” money.
So, last week I had my meeting with my mentor and millionaire, Ali Brown.

Ali started asking me questions about money and she said, “Let me see your wallet.”

GULP.

I never cared about showing anyone my wallet… in fact, I’d even bragged about it before, but sitting in her home.. suddenly I was EMBARRASSED. I KNEW what she was getting at.
I dug in my purse, and winced and uncomfortably laughed as I handed her my wallet (with receipts and cards falling out of it) ugh… (face turning red)
She basically flipped it over and said
“First, get a new wallet.. a NICE wallet.. and keep some money in there”
She also told me to start hanging out with people who have money. (my husband said, “So does this mean we should go hang around the Mercedes dealership on Monday?” LOL)
The reason for all this, and why I’m posting about it,  is simply, a MIND SHIFT.
I understand it, and she didn’t need to explain.
When I was forced to show her my wallet, my duct tape wallet, in the millionaire’s house, I got it.. right then.
I need to stop acting as if there is nothing, that I have nothing, or as soon as I do it’s gone.
I need stop fearing money and need to realize its ok to have money in my purse, in my wallet, in my bank account.
I need to feel ok with DESERVING it.Its a simple concept for me in weight-loss…
I have a client who lost 125 lbs.,  yet he still wore this HUGE gawd awful 3XL shirts! I hated that! Stop dressing like you’re fat!! You ARENT.
I totally GET IT..With money and myself, it was the same thing.
I continued to “wear fat pants” even though I am a successful (or trying to be successful) person.
So…
Not only did I get a nicer wallet… I spent $100 fucking dollars on that wallet!
(This is something I would NEVER do… OMG… who spends $100 on a wallet?!!)
Well I did.
and you know what? I was really comfortable with it, and I LOVE my wallet… in fact, I took this so seriously, I went to every freakin’ store in the mall, from Gucci, to Fendi, to Louis Vuitton and I actually came back to the very first wallet I liked.
This is not to say that ANYONE needs to spend $100 on a wallet.
This was specifically significant for me and some of my personal hang-ups. (and I can tell  you right now, my mother is probably reading this and screaming in her kitchen, “Danyell I can’t believe you spent $100 on a wallet!!!…. its ok mom :) there’s more where that came from)
However, look within yourself.
Maybe its weight or clothing— you don’t deserve nice clothes because you “aren’t there yet” or you only eat cheap food because “you’re just going to poop it out anyway” (LOL but I’ve totally heard this)
Whatever it is.. is there something you are denying or maybe not giving the respect it needs in order for YOU to become a bigger and better version of you?
Hell, I know, not every millionaire has a nice wallet or a nice purse.
It is a reminder for ME. That is all.
I hope you can see where a mind shift may help you get out of whatever rut or block is holding you back :)
Be YOUR best YOU.


Workshop Weekend, Day with Ali, & Falcon Sightings

Workshop and Ali Video

I have had a WHIRLWIND of a week!
First, I hosted my first Inspiration & Perspiration #inspireLV12 weekend.
It was one of the most memorable events of my life. I had two amazing guests; Angie Gooding, Body-Image Specialist and Bex from Bexlife awesomeness- specialist.

We talked about food, diets, personal issues and how our thoughts create our reality. We had a nice yoga session with Bex and went down to Crossfit Las Vegas to learn some skills and get our butts handed to us on a nice workout.
All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of women.
Every woman walked away with not one but TWO huge goodie bags FILLED with stuff from MPG Sport, Labrada Lean Body 4 Her, Naturebox, KLUTCHClub, Perky Jerky, Zico, Chobani, MusclePharm, Quest Bar, Pure Barre and Train Dirty Fitness.
They also all received a very special gift, only available to participants and future participants of the workshop; The Inspiration & Perspiration necklace designed in thought by me and made into being by Creative Galina.

THEN, I was asked to speak to the ladies of UNLV Rebel Girls (dance team). I came in and told them my story of Metabolic Damage and how restrictive eating and over exercising can really cause damage. The girls were touched and there were many tears in the room.

I left that night feeling an overwhelming sense of purpose, that I was exactly where I should be, doing exactly what I needed to be doing. I actually called my husband and began to sob because of the overwhelming feelings I was having and also the small miracles that had been happening over the last few months that led me to this week.

The next day I flew to LAX to meet with Ali Brown, Entrepreneur mentor, whom I won a half day with in August. She is someone I admire and have been following for many years. The chance to sit in her home and strategize with her was an unbelievable experience that was very valuable to me. I share a little story in the video of a falcon sighting. Sometimes when we start to look for the signs in life, we will know when we are on the right path because they will be revealed to us.

Enjoy the video 😉 (PS ignore the random ZOOM halfway through, I couldn’t fix it.. so.. oh well!)

Protein Rant

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I just posted this Blog: What is the Best Protein Powder for Losing Weight & Toning  on Facebook, and instead of people reading it, I got a lot of links and advertisements for different companies. Grrrrr.

I just made this quick video to explain what protein powders are good for and what they really do :) Enjoy

and PS When in doubt #JERF

How to take proper progress pictures

How to take amazing progress photos

Not that there are any RULES, but this is the most effective way, I’ve found, when taking progress pictures of my clients and myself 😉

Please be kind, I tried to strip down to give you an idea, I felt very vulnerable



Splenda Challenge Results

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August was a month to ditch all our added sweeteners (splenda, sweet n’ low, sugar, equal, ALL OF IT)

 “I have been off equal for a month and my stomach problems are less and my sugar craving has decreased!!” -Dawnie

This was an attempt to see if we would notice a difference either physically on the outside (smaller tummy?) or even on the inside (less cravings? anxiety? etc.) I have a bunch of  YOUR quotes throughout with some amazing testimonials!

“a while back, during a routine doctors’ visit, I was told that my liver was inflamed (I found out it was because of all the Splenda I was consuming.  That is the only toxic thing I was putting in my system).  I went for a follow up a week ago, and everything came back normal!
Thank you again so much for putting this challenge up.  It made it easier to stop.” -Anonymous

I have to say, the first 3 days were definitely the hardest for me, in fact, so much so that I caved on Day 4 and Day 6 with my four splenda latte… then I finally told myself “don’t be a bitch” and had to recommit on Day 7. After I had my interview with Bo Shin and my interview with Michelle LeSueur about what happens to the body, it definitely made me want to start over and get serious!
I actually got a new phone this month so I lost my “before” picture and I’m honestly not sure if there would be much of a difference, visibly, HOWEVER, I have noticed a few major changes:

#1. Cravings— wow! they were awful at first…. and now.. hardly there! In fact, I actually hadn’t really noticed until I started realizing it was the end of the month and there was a LARGE bag of peanut butter M&M’s lying on the counter and I hadn’t so much as THOUGHT about eating any! (this is NOT like me!)

#2. Self-Awareness— This challenge made me VERY aware of how often I would mindlessly eat (like dum-dums at the bank) candies or drink diet soda or how often I actually was buying lattes.

#3. Label Awareness— For the most part, I thought I was pretty good at picking out natural things, but then, I was shocked at the sweeteners added in my yogurts, my salad dressings, my sauces… bummer! I definitely became much more aware of the little things here and there that added up.

 “I did and lost a couple pounds but more importantly my chronic stomach pains went from daily to only a few days out of the month! My skin is clear and my cravings for. Sweets has declined exponentially!”– Jessica

CONCLUSION:
I would LOVE to do this challenge again, because, in all honesty, there were some days I had yogurt with added sugar and I ate some chinese food with teriyaki sauce, etc.

Halfway through the month, I found the 21-day-Sugar-Detox and I think I’d like to try it again and do ZERO sugar/sweetener. I feel much more “free” (if that makes sense?) without cravings. I find my thoughts revolve less around food and its nice. The beginning is definitely the hardest, but it only confirms my thoughts, that if its THAT hard to give up, it can’t be good for you!

“I DID IT!. but I am sooo happy that I did! I would have to say that I did not use sweeteners as a norm before, so my challenge was no products with any type of “sugar/sweetener” in them. Only fruits were allowed. It brought a HUGE awareness to how almost every “healthy” product that I had been purchasing, from peanut butter, rice cakes, and rice had sugar in them! I did not loose any major weight, maybe a couple pounds, but I do feel a sense of knowledge has been gained and will forever be conscious of my sugar intake! I will be forever healthier as a result of this challenge. Thank you Sweaty Betties!!!”-Christine

 

Workshop News!!

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Workshop Update!!

We have some great news!! Early-Bird Discounts have been extended until Sept 10th

AND we are giving huge discounts to groups of 2 or more!

All the more reason to grab a friend!

**BLOGGERS HAVE A CHANCE TO COME FREE HERE**

Ladies— you will not be able to see these women (Me, Bex and Angie) individually for ONE hour for these prices, let alone TWO DAYS worth and with so much access to speak with us personally… it will be BEYOND worth it!

If you NEED to be there.. MAKE IT HAPPEN!! Sell some shit you don’t need on e-bay, skip your hair dresser this month, Don’t Be a B!tch and just do it! We want YOU to start making changes NOW! 

Watch the video and GET TO WORK!! We cannot wait to meet you!!

THANKS TO OUR DIAMOND SPONSOR MPG SPORT

I need your vote!

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OK, if you’ve been on Facebook, Twitter, or opened your emails, this may not be news but…

I’m writing with some really exciting news… Last week, I entered a contest hosted by entrepreneur mentor Ali Brown called “Entrepreneurs Who Thrive”–and I just found out  that Ali chose me as one of her TOP 10 finalists!

If I win this contest, I’ll not only be named “Thriving Entrepreneur of 2012”, but I’ll also have the opportunity to win HUGE exposure for my The Sweaty Betties, and the chance to meet with Ali for a half-day business consultation. (If you haven’t already heard of Ali, she’s the real deal, listed as one of Forbes’ “Women to Watch”, appearing on Fox Business Network, taking her company to the Inc. 500 list, and more.)

And here is where I’d love YOUR support. Right now, you can vote for me to help me win the contest! Just go to this link, and follow the instructions to submit your vote: 

CLICK HERE

Just hurry, because the last day to submit your vote for me is TUESDAY, August 28, 2012 at midnight. I’d really appreciate it! :)

Danny-J

Best Advice Ever

START DATE: Dec 10, 2009 163 lbs. END DATE: June 6, 2010 122 lbs.

I had to share this, as I couldn’t have said it better myself, its from an interview by one of my beautiful clients from 2011 and I just wanted to share:

Q. If another woman told you she wanted to start training, what is the one piece of advice you would most want to give her?

A. “Role models are wonderful and a great resource, but I believe that true, long lasting motivation is not something someone else can give you or you can “find”(now, where did I put that motivation again?). 

You have to make it happen, for yourself, on purpose. 

Don’t passively wait for it to come along. 

Take control.

You create your own motivation when you stop yourself from eating garbage when everyone else is or no one else is looking.

You create it when you take no excuses and hit the gym no matter what because champions don’t sleep through their workout.

You create it when you truly believe that you are an athlete and a winner, despite what everyone else says, thinks or does.

I think the biggest problems people have in getting started are in realizing that someone else isn’t going to do it for them and actually believing that they are worth the effort.”

START DATE: Dec 10, 2009 163 lbs. END DATE: June 6, 2010 122 lbs.

 

WOW. Powerful stuff. I saw this woman (who is a single-mother of a teen) gain control of her life, her health, ended up setting goals for herself (competing and running FULL marathons) and was truly inspired.
I always say, my clients truly inspire me and this is why.

If you’d like to read the rest of the article, you can find it here:

http://promotingwomen.blogspot.com/2011/05/korie-maxfield-interview.html