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Wassup y’all,

How are all my wonderful people doing today?

We’re soon hitting the 1st of February already. It amazes me how fast time flies. It feels like just the other night I was boogying the night away on new years eve lol.

Apologies for not sticking to my word and posting up this weeks quote on Monday as I promised. I am truly a man of my word and hate letting people down. Truth be told, life happened…

My insomnia has been playing up real bad recently and I’m trying to juggle a lot of things at the moment. I set so much goals for myself that I think I need to slow down a little and practice the art of balance in ALL areas of my life. So once again, please do forgive me 🙂

As of January the 23rd I have officially hit the big 25 (woop woop)

I still look like 17 though so it’s all good lol.

Ribs, chips, fried calamari, onion rings, coleslaw…It really went down lol – Check my Instagram picture to see what took place 😉

Anyhoo,

Today I wanted to talk about Patience as it’s a word that we have all faced before and will continue to face throughout the duration of our lives.

And that my people brings me to this week QOTW:

“Patience is self control over a long period of time”

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Me and impatience use to hang  out together as if we were best friends lol. No kidding right, I use to be so impatient that I wanted things instantly. I mean, don’t get me wrong – I was willing to put the work in to get what I wanted, it’s just that I always wanted it NOW NOW NOW!

Being a personal trainer I come across many people who want their dream physique instantaneously. It’s understandable though – The world we live in now, 90% (if not more) of the population want things done yesterday.

Out of that 90%:

45% are willing to put in the work

45% just want it by any means necesarry

I am going through a stage in my life now where I am consciously practising “The art of Patience” and boy it’s not a easy game…

I’m currently working on a product for the fitness industry and have been working on it since June 2013.

You can’t believe the patience I have had to learn over the last 7 months. My heart just wants to release the product to everyone but there has been so much legal work, paper work and ups and downs to go through that I have had no choice but to be patient. It’s been a critical life lesson for me not only for future business ventures but also other areas of my life.

~Everyone has the ability to be patient~

However, some are better at exercising patience over others. In order to work on being patient you have to first be conscious about your level and ability to be patient in the first place.

I kid you not, my life has improved SIGNIFICANTLY since I decided to work on my patience and my level of intolerance.

I used to get aggravated just by sitting in the traffic. Some might say that’s normal but I don’t want to follow the norm. It makes no sense being aggravated over something which you have no control over. Think about that…

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I find that when you become more patient life seems to just flow. I talk a lot about the flow of life because I have found that the flow is accessible to EVERYONE.

Sadly, some choose not to go with the flow  or simply aren’t aware of it’s presence.

I have made it my job to help others find this flow as I want everyone to be happy…

Simples!

From my own experience I can understand why being patient “appears” to be hard. When we are practicing patience we have to also learn to let go a little.

So within practising patience also comes “The art of letting go”.

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There’s a difference between letting go and giving up, allow me to explain…

Letting go is knowing that you are still working on your goal but not obsessing with it so to speak.

Giving up is simply that…Giving up!

Knowing and establishing the difference is vital before you can see improvement.

When I first stated learning to let go I felt as if I was going crazy as I had conditioned myself to “obsess” where a goal was concerned.

Let me give you an example – If you are doing a 90 day challenge to drop 14lbs but you get to day 90 and have only lost 9lbs, the average person would get angry with themselves and start with the negative self talk…You start telling yourself:

“I knew you couldn’t do it, just give up” OR

“Don’t worry that you didn’t make it, your a failure anyway” OR

“At least we tried, might as well go back to eating crap”

But you know better right…

Instead, exercise patience, loving yourself and say:

“Well, I done everything I could to loose the 14lbs and it didn’t happen in 90 days…

O well, at least I’m on track to losing another 5lbs to get to a total weight loss 14lbs…

Hmm, I’m a lot closer than I was before aren’t I…

Plus, I look better, feel better and half of the hard work is done…”

Hug yourself at this point, feel good about yourself for all your hard work and keep on pushing!

You see, humans don’t think like that – We beat ourselves up and for what???

~ENOUGH IS ENOUGH~

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Are you still beating yourself up in 2014?

A balance of monitoring your thoughts & being patient will improve your life drastically – Use me as an example if you don’t anyone around you that has tried.

If you’ve been following my blog over the last 18 months you will know that everything I share with you is from my own personal experience and straight from the heart.

The sooner we start loving ourselves and stop with the negative self talk the sooner we will all be happy and living the lives that we all deserve AND want to live.

HAPPINESS, JOY, SMILES AND LOVE – Why else would you want to live?

Have a great week and keep your head up people.

~Love as always~

David Richards

DEE’S FITNESS

Quotes by: Dr Malachi Z York & David Richards – Time for a change

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Hello My Good People,

How are we all doing today?

20 days into the New Year already…

Before you know it, we will all be talking about summer, beaches, 6 packs, leg’s, bums & tums… just you watch 🙂

Speaking of summer, I wouldn’t mind some hot sun on my skin now…The UK is FREEZING!

I’m not sure what the weather is like where you are right now but if it’s anything like the UK, let’s just say I feel your pain lol

Anywhoo…

For this weeks “Quote of the Week” I decided to look at my currentt situation in life and everyone else’s around me and I came to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter who you are, how wealthy you are, how much money you have in the bank or who you know…

WE ALL FEEL PAIN

This got me thinking….

You see, pain comes in different shapes, colours and sizes. No “one” pain is the same as another.

Pain may be different for you compared to someone else – The fact of the matter is we all feel it…

We can experience pain in a number of forms.

Pain can be felt from falling over and scraping our knee to feeling pain of loosing a loved one.

We may feel pain from loosing a job or from splitting up with a partner.

After viewing and thinking about pain with a new pair of eye’s and some updated 2014 thoughts, I’ve now adopted a new approach to the topic which I’d like to share with you all.

And that my friends leads me to today’s QOTW:

“Pain is merely another sign that you are alive. Therefore, give thanks when in pain”

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Before I continue, let’s quickly look over the definition of the word “Pain”

1) Highly unpleasant physical sensation caused by illness or injury.

2) Mental suffering or distress.

So for me to turn around and say “Give Thanks” to the little bugger may seem crazy right?

Allow me to continue…

People view death as a taboo subject when in actuality it is a natural part of life. In fact, it is within the cycle of life and will happen to ALL of us eventually whether we like it or not. Yep, that’s right, we ain’t gonna be here forever….

(Which is why you need to enjoy life to the MAX)

Plant’s, Insect’s, Animals – We all go through the cycle…

If we weren’t alive in this physical body we’ve been blessed with, how would we experience anything…including pain?

Allow me ask you something on a personal level to help validate my point…

Are you grateful for life? 

If yes:

What are you grateful for?

If you answered no, ask yourself:

Where does the lack of gratefulness stem from?

Deep reflection and pondering upon this question can do 1 of 2 things:

1) Help you to clearly see how blessed your life truly is

2) Bring up a lot of hidden emotions, demons, beliefs and thought patterns that you didn’t even know you had hiding in your sub conscious mind

If you answered no, I have an exercise for you below which WILL help you move from a state of UN-gratefulness to Gratefulness  if followed everyday (notice the capital G)

(NOTE) This exercise is wonderful to perform even if you are in a state of Gratefulness. It’s a simple exercise you don’t have to head down to the gym for either…

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(Things I am Grateful for in my Life AKA My Way to Gratefulness Exercise)

1) Reflect upon your life and others around you who are worst of than you are – Just watch the news if you’re struggling…

2) Buy a small note book and pen

3) Label the note book “Things I am Grateful for in my Life” – It has to be this title!

4) Write down 5 things that your grateful for EVERYDAY

5) Read over ALL of your notes everyday, 5 times a day (At least once upon waking & once before going to sleep – This will help to re-wire your sub conscious mind)

NOW, I can’t tell you when to stop this exercise but your Heart can…

Tune into your body and listen to your own guidance system..We all have one. We just haven’t been made aware of it or have learned how to tune into it properly.

I find writing down what we are grateful for put’s us in a place of “Feeling Good” and helps us to to go with the natural flow of life.

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I don’t believe that our experience in life was meant to be “hard” or “painful” so to speak. I believe we are to feel & experience these emotions to not only master them but to also be able to identify them upon being faced with them again in our lives.

Seeing how we react to the same emotions after our previous lessons with them is like a test, a Life test so to speak…

So…What does pain have to do with being grateful then?

Well, I find that once we are truly happy and grateful in life and have found our purpose and direction….

THEN and only then can we start to look to pain as an indicator for being alive and grateful…Make sense?

It really is a new way of thinking. A new way for that works for me and hopefully works for you.

I use my pain as motivation and so can you….

I turn negative into positive and so can you….

Before I leave, allow me to share a poem with you I wrote (well sort of a poem) ENJOY!

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~The 3 Gifts of Life~

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G = Greatness

= Gift

G = Gold

You are a Gold star, Giving Gifts of Greatness.

Acknowledge you are the Gift. Acknowledge you are Greatness

Every time you share your natural skill or talent with someone you are sharing a Gift.

Every time you share a piece of yourself, you are sharing Greatness.

You are a Gift sharing Greatness

You are Greatness sharing a Gift

You are a Gold star sharing Gifts of Greatness

Share your Greatness and you will receive more Gifts

More Gifts will be received by sharing your Greatness

Share your Gifts and you will receive more Greatness

More Greatness will be received by sharing your Gifts

~I love you all~

NAMASTE

David Richards

DEE’S FITNESS

Quotes by: Dr Malachi Z York & David Richards

Hey Guys,

Following on from yesterday, I’m here to bring you some Fitness apps which I have come across as of late and feel they may benefit you as they have done for me.

We live in an era where “Smart Phones” have become the latest technology/fashion trend and with apps being created left, right and centre, I have taken some of the best Fitness/Nutrition apps to not only save you some homework but to also hopefully help you with your new goals for 2014 – I hope you have your goals written down and stuck on your wall already 🙂

In no particular order, let’s get cracking baby.

Dee’s Top 5 Fitness Apps

1) JEFIT – www.jefit.com

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This app is superb! JEFIT is described as the “Worlds Most Dedicated Bodybuilding Software”. They claim that the software/app helps keep you on track, live better, and stay motivated with your fitness goals – Some claim right…Let’s explore.

I love the app as it allows you to track your workouts by creating session logs of how many sets/reps per exercise you have performed. It has a data base with hundreds of exercises to choose from. Say for example you wanted to train Legs and was stuck for exercises – There is a picture of an anatomical figure labelling all the parts on the body and all you simply have to do is click on the muscle group you want to work on, (in this case Legs)  and KABOOM – You have access to a whole list of exercises. It gets better though…

The app actually show’s you how to perform the exercise with a person demonstrating the correct technique and written instructions for clarity.  You can put together a workout from the app itself by selecting a number of exercises and creating a customized program.

If you are a newbie to the fitness game but you know the goal you are trying to achieve, there is an option to select a sample program which will set you out a list of exercises, reps and sets to perform – Pretty neat right.

There is an on line community that allows you to integrate Facebook/Google+ but I haven’t had time to explore that side of the app as of yet. However, I do believe that by integrating your FB/G+ account, you join a network with everyone else who has the app and can share your goals and continue being motivated by others around the world.

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There is a PRO version which cost £3.21 for those of you in the UK (still cheap Internationally) but I haven’t had a need for the PRO version and can’t remember what added features you get to be honest.  The user interface could be laid out a bit better by making it easier to navigate around, but all in all I feel it’s the best app of it’s kind for working out and getting creative.

Dee’s Verdict – 9/10

2) Stretch HD 

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Shouts out to my “brother from another mother” and training partner Scott for showing me about this app. The name say’s it all really lol. Stretch HD has changed the game by not only making an app with superb stretches but has recorded them all in clear HD – Thanks guys 🙂

Once Stretch HD has been loaded the screen will pop up with  two sections at the top. There is a feature on the app  which cost 69p but the rest of the app is free.

Under the sub heading “Stretches” you will see a further 3 categories:

Lower Limbs, Upper Limbs, Back & Kneck

Select a stretch to view a video of how it’s performed. The written instructions below the video will inform you what muscle group the stretches are useful for, key points for the stretches and if any equipment is needed…For example:

1) Sit upright

2) Cross ankle over joint

3) Pull knee towards opposite shoulder

4) Hold 15 to 30 seconds, repeat 3-5 times

It will then go on to explain what that particular stretch is useful for…For example:

Piriformis Syndrome

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Low back pain

It really is an excellent app and one that I use at present.

The female doing the stretches is also some nice eye candy and for that…

Dee’s Verdict – 9/10 (What can I say, women are my Kryptonite lol)

3) My Fitness Pal

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This app has over 10 million views and for a very good reason…Where do I start?

I was first introduced to this app over 2 years ago now and it still holds a place in my life 🙂

This app not only allows you to track your calories but also allows you to scan the barcode on the food packaging and bring up it’s information to track the calories. They claim to have over 3 million food items within it’s database including junk food .

WOW, Technology Technology.

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Say for example you wanted to loose weight at 2 lbs a week – All you need to do is enter your information. For example, you’d enter your age, weight, target weight, height, how active you are at present and it will create a plan for you.

It will inform you of how much calories you need to consume on a day to day basis to stay on track and what date you can expect to reach your target weight.

Based on your daily calorific intake that it generates for you, your new role now is to input all of the food you’ve eaten throughout the day and it will let you know if you’ve hit your daily macros, gone over your daily amount or eat too little.

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You can track your progress by viewing graphs that are generated based of your results over a period of time.

As with many apps being launched in today’s market, My Fitness Pal also comes with an option that allows you to integrate your account with Facebook, check on a friends progress (who also has the app) and send messages back and fourth – Pretty cool right.

I really can’t fault this app and for that…

Dee’s Verdict – 10/10 – SMASH!

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4) BarStarzz

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This app here is not for the light hearted!

Does the name “Hannbal King” ring any bells?

Have you seen those guys on Youtube working outdoors doing the most craziest of things with their body whilst working out? If not, check the end of this post for a little surprise.

Well, I gave you that little intro as an app has been created around Callisthenics (a method of training) showing & teaching you how to do the moves they perform and the diets they eat. So it’s still a fitness app but with a slight twist.

I love the app, it’s layout, the concept and as a bonus, Callisthenics has always been an interest of mine.

I love the layout as it’s simple and so easy to use. The home page has a range of videos showing you some of the crazy exercises these guys get up to. A simple scroll to the right brings up a menu with the following sub titles:

Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Blog, Food, Vegan, Drinks, Routines, Quotes and some other cool stuff you can check out.

A click on each heading will bring you to a new page within the app.

Check out the drinks section as they have some pretty cool concoctions that may seem bizarre but actually look pretty tasty hmm hmm hmm 🙂

The app has some work to do before it can get a 10 in my eyes. I would give it a 9 but due to a few bugs it get’s…

Dee’s Verdict – 8/10

5) ??? – I thought I would try something new on this one. Rather than giving you a number 5, I thought I’d get some of you fine readers out there to send in some ideas.

This year I want to get more interactive with everyone and thought I’d start today.

Plus, one of you might send me an app that I’ve never heard of before that I can share with everyone else.

Send in your ideas and I will put it as number 5 giving you some recognition:(Website, FB Page, Youtube channel – If you have one)

If it goes well and we get loads of ideas, I’ll extend the list to 10 if necessary or more.

For those of you still living in the Dinosaur age that haven’t purchased yourselves a smart phone as of yet, no worries, books & video tapes are still available lol…

I’m only joking guys 😉

So, with technology on the rise we really have no excuse not to be keeping fit, eating well and looking after our bodies.

You literally have a personal trainer in your pocket with you on the go…

What does this mean for future Personal Trainers?

Well, if technology is always changing and advancing it only makes sense we do the same right…

That is why I am continuously learning, studying and getting new certificates when I can (Trainers, I recommend you do the same both for yourselves and your clients)

Come June 3oth I should be a certified Holistic Masseuse & then plan on studying Herbal Medicine/Nutrition – One of my 2014 goals (Damn I cut my work cut out lol)

Anyhoo, that wraps it up for today…

Quote of the week will now be moved Monday’s so you will have both me and Eric Thomas #TGIM to look forward to with a boost of “Monday Morning Motivation”

(Because the world hates Monday mornings lol)

MMM BABY 🙂

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David Richards

DEE’S FITNESS

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Hey Guys,

I’ve been meaning to review some apps as of late but I felt I needed some more time to play around with them before I gave my review. I’ve come across some amazing apps which have actually helped me with my Fitness goals and I feel it’s only right I share them with you 🙂

Technology changes everyday, so we might as well keep up with it (especially if we can make use of the products at hand)

Catch y’all tomorrow with the review.

Until then…

Stay Blessed 😀

Dee

OK, so it’s quite clear that without motivation we aren’t likely to get anything done – Would we all accept that as a reality?

Moving on, it’s easy to watch a 10 minute motivational video filled with explosive energy and get pumped up for a while feeling like it’s your time.

You know how it is, you watch the video and think:

“Yep, I’m gonna make it happen and no ones gonna stop me”

Only to find yourself next Monday morning lacking motivation again…

You find that the energy you were once holding onto after watching the video is slowly fading away – It happens!

This is why staying in the zone takes practice. It’s like anything in life really.

You don’t go to the gym once and get in shape. It takes a conscious decision on your part everyday to eat well, train smart and get adequate rest.

The same goes for working on your mind and improving your day to day life.

You have to try to remain conscious on improving yourself and all aspects of yourself!

Did you know that the the majority of the world use 95% of their sub conscious minds in their day to day everyday life?

Do you know what this really means when we’re discussing motivation and personal excellence?

Do you know what happens if you decide to flip it around and consciously use 95% of you conscious mind vs the 95% of your sub conscious mind that you’ve been using your WHOLE life?

Without deviating too much, I invite you all to watch a video by Bruce Lipton called:

Conscious vs the Subconscious

Youtube it for now but I will post it up on my videos page at some point this week.

I will leave it here as today is a short one and I have ALOT of stuff to sort out (The days when my weekends use to be free LOL)

Thank you guys so much for reading my material – I love writing anyway, but your kind words keep me aligned and focused on my life’s mission – Serving You 😀

Much Love & Stay Motivated

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Posted: January 9, 2014 in Motivation

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Hey guys – My website will be back up in 24 hours. 123 reg are trying to mess with a guys domain lol

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 WOOP WOOP

We made it guys, the New Year is here and already we are 9 days in. Time really waits for no man.

The New Year is always a time for a fresh new start. The energy is powerful in January as the majority of the world are focused on making a new start. However, once February approaches that energy dies down as people easily loose focus on their goals or New Year resolutions. You may know someone this has happened to or even experienced it yourself.

When people set goals they tend to see the bigger picture which is what motivates them to get started in the first place and this is a good thing. For example, if you are 2 stones over weight, the bigger picture for you would be the lost of the 2 stones and a new you. However, the bigger picture can also work against you. Why you may ask?

Well, when you see the bigger picture originally you can’t wait to get stuck in right? A new you sounds great. But I find that once people get started, the bigger picture becomes too big for them and they loose vision as they can’t possibly see a way they will get there. This is why breaking down your goals is so important and I will discuss that in another post.

Today though, I want to talk about a subject most of us have faced in life or will face in life. I think it’s only right I share my story so you can see that we all go through the same things. That leads me to today’s quote of the week:

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”

The reason why I chose this quote today is because I have come across PLENTY of people recently who are starting out at something new and are already being hard on themselves from the get go.

My Story

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Pizza Eating, Ice-Cream drinking – LOL – Never again

An example is when I first started going to the gymnasium. I was out of shape, unhealthy and wanted to look like one of those dudes on the front cover of Mens Health and Fitness. I love my food and was still eating unhealthily when I first signed up. Back then I knew nothing about staying fit and healthy. I had no knowledge on Nutrition and would order a Chinese, Indian or Pizza at my disposal. What makes it even worst is I worked part time at Domino’s pizza back then and was “very” cool with the manager. Very cool as in free pizza after every shift LOL (with sides)

It’s funny because it’s true hehehe…

Anyway, I had a good 8 years bad eating under my belt and wanted to go from Mr tub to Mr Stud over night.

“You don’t get from A-Z in one go – You have to go through the rest of the alphabet”

It’s the same with anything really. If you want to get good at something or you are trying to achieve something from life, you have to grind, graft, hustle and put that work in… PERIOD!

Work has to be put in, in order to see a result…

I’m sure you’ve all heard it before: 

Cause and effect & You reap what you sow – It’s all Universal Law folks…

Yet, you see so many people who want the results for free so to speak. It either cost them too much time or effort…

If only it was that easy. If it was, we would all be success in this life time. The difference between a successful person and a person who isn’t successful is the cost they pay – Not necessarily money either…

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I kept Going…

The journey to success has to start from somewhere. Don’t beat yourselves up. I use to beat myself up when I first started going to the gym. My previous self dialogue went a little something like this:

“David, why are you so fat”? 

“Why are you going to the gym, you’re wasting your time – Go eat a pizza”

“Damn you’re weak, you can’t even lift this weight”

It’s quite clear I didn’t love myself back then and I had to go through that stage in order to know and love myself. 

To all my guys out there now going to the gym and they’re new to this game – Please drop your ego and know that you don’t have to try and lift heavy weight because the guy next to you is. Ego lifting will get you hurt. You, like everyone else has to start from somewhere in order to build up your strength. 

Women who are new mothers – Don’t ever judge yourself and think your a bad Mum because you don’t get some things right…

~YOUR A NEW MUM – You’re a special Mother with a special little creation to look after. Enjoy the new journey and path you have embarked on~

I am able to approach people like this because I have gone through similar things myself (not the baby part of course LOL)

The more the days go pass and the more I look and reflect on my past, I can see the magical path I have been travelling on (I was blind at the time though)

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What self image have you created for yourself?
Are you the cat looking at the lion or are you sadly looking at it the other way round…

 

Me not loving myself was the magic on the path that has now allowed me to learn to love myself and help others in hand to love themselves – Can you identify the magic?

Me living a life with a poisonous self image of myself has allowed me to identify that image, re-create it into something beautiful and to help others identify their image and to re-create it also if necessary – Can you identify the magic?

I’ve now seen how Life and the Universe really works…

At the time of going through these situations (I used to call them heart breaking at the time) no way did I know the reason for them. This is why I say, when something happens, DO NOT look for the reason – You will just drive yourself crazy (again, talking from experience)

~Let life flow and the reason will be revealed when the time is right~

That’s why when I’m now faced with a sticky situation, I

1) Take a deep slow breath

2) Face whatever it is

3) Make peace with it there and then (Move through anger and negative emotions, never let them consume you)

4) Know that not only will it make me stronger person, but a person that will be able to share the story one day

Just like I’m doing now 🙂

I could keep typing but I feel I have put across today’s message (I hope LOL)

I will be covering a lot more fitness and nutrition related issues this year but I’ve felt recently that “life” issues in regards to the state of mind and humanity as a whole have became more of a priority for me. 

What good is living if you don’t love yourself LOL – I make a joke out of it now only to lighten the energy but it is a serious matter not to be played with.

Anywhoo…

HAPPY NEW YEAR ONCE AGAIN 😀

Really focus your attention on making 2014 the year of the change (whatever the change may be)

It’s your life, your thoughts, your reality and your time to shine…

My Love, Energy and Blessings goes out to you all.

NAMASTE

David Richards

DEE’S FITNESS

Quotes by: Lao Tzu & David Richards