Are You Diving In or Drowning?


Hi, My name is Yolanda and I don’t like doing things “a little bit”.  I prefer to do them A LOT.  I know I’m not alone with my intense desire to dive into something head first.  While this attribute has served me well in some instances, it can often have the opposite affect you want it to.  When it comes to attainable and sustainable fitness; balance and consistency is far more important than intensity.  There is a place for all of these elements in your fitness plan, but let me tell you where many of us go wrong:

1) We are Elmiras:



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We often dive into a new program with such intensity that we wear ourselves out.  While Elmira never seems to tire, think of Elmira and her surrounding furry friends as one unit.  The exhaustion that her pets experience represents the systems in your body and how they will burn out within days when you go beyond the guidelines of a balanced program with the gusto of this cartoon character.

I have advised many on what to eat and how often to workout.  I’ve seen the wheels turn in their minds as they proclaim excitedly that they are going to eat half as much as I recommend and exercise twice as much as advised (sigh).  Seeming like a recipe for success on day one, expect your adrenaline to run out quickly as you crash and revert back old habits or worse.

2) We Predict Self-Sabotage:



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Tommy Boy assumed defeat before his journey to save the family business even began.  While he predicted that history would continue to repeat itself, he continued to have doors slammed in his face.

People have sat with me and admitted defeat before they’ve even started their plan.  They want to succeed.  They want to be healthy.  But, they assume because they’ve quit programs they’ve started in the past that they are destined to bail on their healthy lifestyle for the rest of their lives.

Tommy Boy decided to turn it around.  He figured out what special qualities he possessed that brought value to the table.  You can do that do.  You can turn it around.  You don’t have to repeat old habits.  If you consistently practice your commitment to your program, it will become more natural each day.  You may experience setbacks, but creating healthy habits over the long term will allow you to cushion your falls so that they are a little less devastating each time.

3) We Make Excuses:



Kristen Wiig’s character (Annie Walker) in Bridesmaids was down in the dumps.  She was feeling defeated and letting life’s obstacles get the best of her.  She finally realized the friend she had in  Megan (Melissa McCarthy’s character), when she gave her a wake up call and told her to suck it up and be her own solution.

I’m not unsympathetic to life’s troubles.  I’ve been a victim of my own excuses, that’s for sure.  However, I can assure one thing:  There is always going to be a reason “not to”.  If you are waiting for the stars to align just right, you’ll never take control of your health.  I’ve had people tell me they’ll start eating right and exercising after the following:

I start my new job.

I go to my friends baby shower.

I get back from vacation.

I finish school.

I move into my new house.

I pay off my debt.

The list goes on and on.  Start today.  Start right now.  Make your next choice a healthy one.  Take the stairs.  Skip the cocktail.  Finish a bottle of water.  Workout instead of watching T.V.  Pick up enough groceries to prepare the next 3 days worth of food…then prepare it…then eat it.  But don’t find a reason not to.

Where to Start


If you don’t know where to begin, no worries.  When you sign up for’s online fitness program, you’ll receive complete instructions on what to eat and how to workout. You can customize the program by arranging the workouts to best compliment your goals.  You can personalize the meal plan by choosing the options in The Perfect Diet that are most appealing to you.  The program is specific enough to take the guessing and stressing off of your plate, but flexible enough to offer you variety and fresh options regularly.

Are You Already a Member?

Congratulations and thank you for embarking on this journey with me as we strive to find balance, good health and happiness.  Don’t forget to invite your friends to find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest.




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