Video: Tony Robins at TED – Why We Do What We Do

Tony Robbins speaking for 22 minutes at TED on why we do what we do. Tony discusses the hidden forces that motivate everyone’s actions. Could easily be said that this might be the best 22 minutes you spend on yourself today.

Tony Robbins is one of the worlds leading motivational speakers. His book “Unlimited Power” was a critical part of me starting my own weight loss journey.

Fire Up Your Fat Loss Goals With A Photo Shoot

I attribute my past successes in both fat loss and muscle building to my unstoppable mindset. I set big goals and mission statements, I visualize, I adopt positive beliefs and attitudes, I incorporate support, accountability, and I find role models and mentors to help me along the way. All of these things have motivated the heck out of me in the past. Now I’ve discovered something that has ignited a flame under my butt and has taken my motivation to entirely new level. Scheduling a photo shoot.
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Strength Training at 100 Years of Age

Ida Wasserman just celebrated her 100th birthday and she’s heading to the gym. From a walker to walking by herself, Ida shows that it’s never too late to start exercising.

Ida’s favorite cardio equipment is the rowing machine which reminds her of rowing in Central Park with her late husband.

Her advice to seniors is

keep active because once you stop being active, you’re no longer much of a person

ida wasserman strength training at 100

I might ask that you use Ida as inspiration to continue your own workouts with vigor, or begin exercising. If she can do it, you can do it.

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Inspired Weight Loss

Diet and exercise will only take you so far when it comes to weight loss. For 80% of you it has only taken you as far as the first 4 weeks of 2008 after setting your New Years Resolutions to lose weight. Eating well and working out like crazy has now become more of a chore and is very difficult to maintain. So what is it that separates the people who stick with their fat loss goals from those people who continue to struggle to lose weight?
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Constant And NeverEnding Improvement

One of the most powerful lessons I learned years ago when I was starting my , was from Anthony Robbins’ book Unlimited Power. In it I learned of the principle CANI, or Constant And Neverending Improvement. I became a student of small improvements compounded upon one another and knew that I’d never stop growing.

My mentor T. Harv Eker has a phrase, “if you’re not growing, you’re dying”.

Success and Improvement are not destinations, they should be thought of as journey’s.

constant and never ending improvement

I’ve recently met a few people in my weight loss forum who have taken on a personal attitude of success and simply will not let anyone or anything stand in their way of getting the results they desire.

It’s like a switch was flipped.

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I’ll take a little bit more please.

Ya, you heard me…I’ll take a little bit extra.

Most of you may be thinking food right?
Nope, I’m talking about some extra responsibility.

I landed a job interview on Monday with a company that I am extremely excited to work for. I was hired a whole 6 minutes into the conversation. It is by far the best interview I have ever had.
I felt confident going in, I wasn’t nervous or flustered. I attribute this confidence to my weight loss. In the past I always DREADED job interviews. Sure my resume is great, but I never really felt that way about myself. Companies choose their staff based on what type of person they want to represent their business as well as their qualifications. I was always of the mindset that no one wants some fat girl working at the front with all of their customers. Having this in my mind made it almost impossible for me to succeed, and I really believe it has held me back from some wonderful opportunities.

Well no more of that shit. I’m different. I feel different because I look different. It really is amazing what losing a few pounds can do for your self esteem.

What will this mean for my weight loss journey?
I mean COME ON…I have two jobs now, add in 4 kids, a husband, a new fish, volunteer work at the school and a household commitment…I DEFINITELY don’t have time for the gym anymore right?

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The Week Ahead…

This week brings a message from my Spartan connection that you will all find interesting. I did! After I let her through and read what was channeled, it was pretty powerful stuff. Can’t wait for you to read it.

On Wednesday we will explore what is going on inside of you when anger occurs. Turning the mirror back on yourself to find the source and being able to let that go.

Look forward to the new week and many inspiring moments.

Clarity with Kandace
(352) 293-3832

So…you wanna sweat?

OH HI GUYS!!!!!!

A few days ago I offered up a , Edmonton, to someone who is ready to take action on their health and is ready to take action NOW!!

This is the gym that I play in all week and I can not express to you enough how much I LOVE IT!!!
The staff is amazing, the equipment is top of the line, and the atmosphere is incredible.
They now have two locations open in the city. Westmount and West Edmonton Mall. Both locations are 24 hour facilities and offer extras such as childcare, tanning, juice bar, and of course group classes.

Now, I have been wondering how to generate more interest with my original offer, but could not seem to close the deal.
The answer to this was delivered right to my door this morning…yep, handed right to me in a pretty envelope. There is no such thing as coincidence, something I am coming to terms with quickly…

Let’s sweeten up the deal, shall we….
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Just focus…

For the past few days I’ve been obsessed with the feeling of scolding hot water over my back. I need the shower head to become emotional as she bursts over my shoulders.
It’s when steam fucks the mirrors against the tiled walls like a breath exhaled by an unknown lover, that I can angrily scratch those sentences that have been clogging up my arteries across my reflection, like regretful handprints on foggy car windows on days when the bed wasn’t warm enough.

I can turn her off…stop her from screaming, from purging. I can be her saviour and shut off the tubes that bring forth that boiling liquid that tears away at her lungs when she decides to break down with me. But when I turn the knob and watch the room clear, the words against my mirror slowly disappear.
I wish she’d come to life and cry on my shoulders again, so that I’m not the only one.

I’ve been frantic the past four days, and every morning she calls for me, drip by drip. A soft patter that turns to sobs. She calls for me to remind me…but you’d have to cry glitter for sadness to be beautiful.

In the corner of my jewellry box huddle beads that tore away from a neckline, to find a hand that can confine gloss like a wet kiss upon bare shoulders.
I found her… inching past the outlines towards the center…knowing that there is more substance at the core. It’s where the ageless plastic dancer prances in circles…her legs pointed towards the ceiling. Sometimes instead of wearing those vintage earrings, I drape them across her arms and watch them spin into dots of deep yellow, like a light flickering over a still street at a dangerous time of night.

Most times I feel just like her…surrounded by jewels but locked up and stranded with the same tune playing day after day…..

I tore her legs off yesterday, so she’d stop twirling…
The more I watched her, the more I choked on my own air…

I like to pretend that I’m invincible, but it’s all a front…

It’s days such as these that leave me wanting to pull the covers up tight while ignoring my alarm. Days when I am questioning my decisions…my goals…my purpose…my strength…
Sometimes I just don’t know what the fuck I want, yet other days I am crystal clear. I have been lazy this week. My workouts are half assed, if at all, and my eating leaves MUCH to be desired…
I’m exhausted, and I can’t shake these thoughts long enough to welcome a temporary coma.

“I knew you wouldn’t be able to keep it up…I told you not to get your hopes up” he says with a snide tone…

Is this it? Are we done?
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You’re doing what?

I’m losing a bunch of fuckin weight….that’s what!!!

In 5 short weeks I have said goodbye to 21 pounds. TWENTY ONE POUNDS!!!!!!!!
That is the average weight of an eight month old baby!! I have gone from a size 24 to a “just a smidge too tight” 20.
I’m a little excited….can you tell?
I feel fantastic and my energy level is through the roof. I am more confident with myself, my clothes are falling off and people are actually starting to notice my weight loss. I have been on the receiving end of some interesting comments over the past few days..
“Did you do something different with your hair cause your face looks skinnier”
“Holy crap those pants are baggy”
“Are you wearing contacts, because your eyes look huge”
“Have you been working out?”
“Whats going on with your boobs? I thought they were bigger”
“Are you taking diet pills or something?”

HAHAHAHAHAHA I love my friends.

Twenty one pounds is A LOT, so I should probably stop here, hey?

I’m not even a quarter of the way to my goal weight. Watching that scale go lower and lower each week gives me motivation to keep going. And I can assure you that I will continue to see those numbers decline. I’m a woman on a mother fuckin mission, and nothing short of a sherman tank is going to stop me on this one. I know this because I know myself.

I am not going to sugar coat it for you and say that these past few weeks have been all rainbows and butterflies. It has been some seriously hard work, and it has been emotionally draining at times. I have obstacles and set backs just like everyone else but I continue to push forward, because I know the payoff will be massive.

The gym that I play in has a motto, “Change your Body, Change your Life, Change your World.” I am loving the changes, I am loving the effect they are having on my life, my body, my family, and even my relationships. I really have no idea why I didn’t start all of this sooner.

So what exactly is “all of this” ?
Oh man, I’m soooooo glad you asked….
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One of the best feelings in the world, in my opinion, is when we realize that something that we thought was a huge stressful deal at one point, really isn’t at all. You have a moment where whatever fog was looming goes away and suddenly you’re made aware that all previous notions of the situation were just wrong, overdone, or completely irrelevant.
What was once such an important thing…feeling or idea to hold onto really doesn’t matter in the least, and probably never really did.

Most of the time, a feeling like this is like a heavy weight being lifted off your life, freeing your mind to worry about the things that are actually important and hold real weight. Also, many times this ‘huge’ thing probably started out as something pretty small, if you take the time to trace it back in your mind.
We have huge worries in life all the time. I don’t believe there isn’t a person alive who can say they don’t have a single worry. So, why hold onto ‘issues’ that, when placed out in the open for us to analyze, are very tiny and unimportant in the grand scheme of things?
We go day in, day out and allow small things to get on our last nerves, or send us to our boiling points, when really, why do we bother holding onto them so tightly?

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Daily Note From The Universe – How Cool

Daily, hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second you are admired by eyes in the unseen, Rob. You are completely understood. Your actions and inactions are honored. Your thoughts and deeds are saluted. Even your fears and challenges are seen as they truly are: not as weaknesses, but opportunities you once crafted for gifts you can now hardly imagine.

And, I must say, having a connection with a soul as adventurous as yours gives us all ample reason to party like “the roof was on fire.”

Thanks, from this side of the curtains –
The Universe

This is the kind of messages I get every morning from the Universe. This is how I start my day. Not with CNN, not with Oprah or The View, but with my buddy, my favorite friend, the one that knows that everything I do is ok and loves me.

The Universe.

Want to get your own messages from the Universe? go to Totally Unique Thoughts and sign up for free for their Notes From The Universe.

Your adventure awaits!

Introducing My Life Coach Kandace Montealegre

I’m a big guy, 240 pounds.. I train 6 days a week of both cardio and weight training.. I eat steaks, chicken, eggs and lots of vegetables and good fats. I’m a Red Stripe in Taekwondo and I’m about to begin boxing. I’ve meditated for 10 years, read self help books, invest in personal development programs on a yearly basis and I’ve just taken on a life coach. Yep, the big guy has hired a life coach. I decided that for those days of confusion when the shit hits the fan or I just can’t figure out what the hell is going on, I wanted to talk to an expert who could help me through it and to figure it all out. Hence Kandace from Clarity With Kandace came into my life.
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Me? The Gym? PFFFTTTT Yeah Right!!!!

I have recently set out on a venture towards personal health and well being.
My weight has consistently been an issue for me, as I have always been “a bigger girl”. But, I have never felt as unhealthy as I do right now. It is time for some serious action!!!

A few weeks ago I began looking more closely at the foods I was consuming. I have cut out additional fats and oils, but have replaced them with important “essential fats, more specifically, . I have also increased the amount of fruits, vegetables, and whole foods. White rice has been replaced with brown and my pasta is now whole wheat. The nutritional aspect of my new lifestyle is a work in progress.
To go along with my new food choices I plunged into a DVD exercise program that could be completed in the comfort of my own home. I enjoyed the routines because they were fairly easy, quick, and I could do them in my living room, at any time of the day. I felt that I was getting a good workout, it was kicking up my heart rate and making me sweat!!! It’s true…..girls do, in fact, sweat.

Although I loved the program, I knew that I would grow tired of it. There was definatly not enough variation to keep me interested and I believed that I would quickly plateau or just quit all together. ( I know myself WAAAY too well)

I quickly wanted to get into an actual fitness center, with a trainer if possible. I had a few reasons for this:
1. The gym will provide more variety than have here at home, no question. I feel that the areas I wish to work on would be better suited for the gym.
2. Being in the gym would allow me to be surrounded by people that posess the “fitness attitude”. I like to see strength and dedication first hand, it motivates me.
3. Working out at home makes it easier to miss a workout or two…or three. No one but me will know if I skip out and I actually want to be held accountable by someone other than myself!!!
4. I lack motivation and need to be pushed. It won’t be like that forever, but for now I need someone to drive me into the ground.

So why didn’t I just start at the gym, you ask?


Hmmmmmm good question…..

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.Taking Responsibility.

I’m folding laundry before I go do the dishes. The twins are talking to each other in the kitchen as they throw their snacks at one another, falling into hapless fits of giggles at a joke only the two of them share.
A blonde blur whizzes by with one sandal and one shoe…both on the wrong feet. The door slams, only to be reopened by lighthearted laughter and running shoes down basement stairs.

I’m tired. I feel disconnected. I feel lost.
I constantly ask myself how the “everyday” gets to be every day. Going through the motions never seemed so cliche.
My husband arrives home with the usual smile, and brief moment of affection. Is it dinner time already…
He is swept up in the commotion before the screen door fully clicks.

I don’t recognize myself lately. My moods are unpredictable.
My hands seem foreign, especially when I run them through my hair and the strands fall like dust off a shelf…


I catch myself at the margains of a blank page and scribble little notes…reminding myself to breathe…
I am overweight, I know without a doubt that it is affecting every aspect of my life. My skin shows the concern I hold for details.

This isn’t who I am…is it?
A portrait of “nothing’s wrong” dressed in creased lines and imitation laughter?

…is it?…look deeper

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