Why Failing Your New Year’s Resolution is Good for You



It’s that time of year again. The time when you set New Year’s Resolutions that you are determined to stick to this year.  I’m here to tell you that failing your New Year’s Resolutions is one of the best things that can happen to you. Let me explain…

What is a New Year’s Resolution?

A New Year’s Resolution is when you make a promise that you are going to improve some aspect of your life from January 1st, forward, and that it will become a permanent aspect of your life. The hope is that this one day decision will be something that alters your habits and tendencies and you never have to look back again. Pretty accurate so far? Now it’s time to fail.

How Failing Helps You Achieve Success

The best way to achieve this goal, as quickly as possible is to fail and fail often.  The reason is simple, failing is inevitable. If you look at any aspect of your life that others would consider you successful, you would probably tell them you are successful because you persevered through the many failures that life handed you.  Some of the best moms learned through trial and error. They persevered, never gave up, and learned as time went on, and they became better moms for that. No matter how far along you are, when you fail and get back up again, you will end up further ahead than when you started. Learning those valuable lessons are what makes us stronger at what we do.

The Misconception

We often look at successful people and assume they had an easy road to follow. They think that it was always easy for them, that they never had struggles, or they never wanted to give up. Odds are, they faced all of those situations…multiple times. Your trials are going to strengthen you. When you learn to persevere through a trial, you will be stronger. You will learn how to overcome that obstacle in the future, and you will figure out a way to not let it trip you up again. You have a choice every time you face a failure, but if you decide that you won’t let it beat you, you will be so much more successful in the end.

Fail and Fail Often

Fail often, but never give up. When you fail, remember that it is all a part of becoming successful. No matter how hard it seems, you can overcome the tests. In the fitness industry, I see it every February and March. People just give up, and often it is right at the point where they could be successful if they would just push a little harder. Fail, but don’t let it beat you from achieving your long term goals.

“Life’s greatest tragedy is not to fall down, its’ to stay down. The greatest disaster in life is not to fail, it’s to park there, and say ‘What’s the use?'”, Pastor Francois Louw

Breakfast, Body-Fat, and Bad News…

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If you are not doing this one thing when you wake up, then everyday you are adding on body-fat…

If you are not doing this one thing when you wake up, then your results are causing you frustration…

If you are doing this one thing when you wake up, then you are already achieving the results of having this bit of information

That one thing is…‘Eating Within 1-Hour of Waking’.


So why do you want to Eating Within 1-Hour of Waking..?

Mainly it should be because clinical studies show that by Eating Within 1-Hour of Waking…

You will develop power and control over your nutritional decisions

You will avoid the disappointment and embarrassment you feel when trying on clothes

You will achieve your results weeks faster than you’ve imagined


What is Eating Within 1-Hour of Waking all about..?

Well simply put, in the old days they would say ‘don’t skip breakfast’ which is good advice, but for the most part they never said why. Well luckily now-a-days we have access to research that gives us that answer.

The late Dr. Roger J. Williams in his thought provoking book, Nutrition Against Disease talks about a part of the brain called the appestat mechanism (it is said to be in the region of the hypothalamus), the idea of the appestat mechanism is similar to a fire alarm in your home.

In most cases, a fire alarm doesn’t go off until it detects smoke, which is good and bad because as the old saying goes; ‘Where there’s smoke there’s fire”.  Which means it’s good that the alarm notifies you that something bad is happening but its bad because something not good has taken place.

Well similar to the fire alarm, when the appestat mechanism is activated something horrible has already happened and that’s bad news.  And what is that something horrible, it’s body-fat getting added.

[Geek Note:  When the appestat mechanism is activated the system goes into starvation mode and tells the body to start storing body-fat.]


So how do you use Eating Within 1-Hour of Waking to keep you from adding on body-fat..?

I don’t know if you know this but studies show that while you’re sleeping your body burns fat as its primary fuel source. It uses fat as its fuel source to keep things flowing, repair organ tissue, repair muscle tissue, etc…

But when you wake up (meaning standing on your feet and starting your day), your body needs food as its fuel source.  And research reveals that you have within 1-hour of waking to consume a meal (in this case a meal meaning 220 calories or more) before the appestat mechanism is activated.

What successful people have done with this information is:

1 – Set a reminder (note, alarm, screen pop-up, etc…) for when you are going to eat

2 – Decide the night before what you will eat for your first meal (aka. Meal – 1)

3 – Repeat steps 1 and 2 until they become a habit then let the habit take over

…by committing to these steps your results will come quicker than you can imagine


Now picture this, you’ve decided that you want to avoid the mistakes most people make, which causes them to keep adding on body-fat everyday…

You feel good about making that decision and right now, like anything of importance (your relationships, finances, and in this case your health), you want to take action…

Well a good action step for you would be to find out what foods you should and should not eat within 1-hour of waking…

To receive your list of foods that you should and should not eat within 1-hour of waking, please request it by email at info@fitness-ed.com

Apple Immune Booster


apple immunity drink

It seems like everyone around me has a cough. Perhaps it’s spring and the pollen is causing all the respiratory issues? I found an immune boosting drink that taste really good, is super easy to make and seems to be keeping me feeling great despite the coughs and sneezes all around me.

Mix in a shaker:

1/2 cup bottled water

1/4 cup organic apple juice

1 Tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar

1/4 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon

pinch of sea salt

dash of cayenne pepper

It kind of smells like apple pie.

Shake it up real good and enjoy. The ingredients tend to quickly settle at the bottom of the glass so drink it down fast!

I don’t need any Neck Cream!

wrinkled neck

The other day I went into one of my favorite places to shop for cosmetics and got stalked by a lady hawking neck cream. No kidding! At least I hope you are laughing about this with me! As I walked into the store, she was standing next to a display with this new miracle product that promises to get your neck wrinkles under control. She greeted me and then declared that this miracle cream was on sale for $20 off! She seemed very excited about this fabulous sale. I kind of remember thinking if it’s $20 off, how much does this stuff cost? But I smiled at her and told her thank you and went on about my business looking for the shampoo that I came in for. Not even 3 aisles down, she rounds the corner on the opposite side of me and begins her spiel once again about this miracle neck cream. I’m talking not even 3 minutes later! At this point I’m hoping that her memory is really bad and she just doesn’t remember talking to me 3 minutes earlier. Because it’s either that, or she desperately wanted to talk me into buying this cream because she thought I had hideous neck wrinkles!


I decided to give her the benefit of the doubt and go with the assumption that she was tired and forgot that she had just talked to me about this wrinkle stuff. I spoke to her in my very best, trying to be patient, pleasant voice, and told her thank you again and reminded her that we had just spoken. At least she had the decency to act embarrassed and move on. If she had continued with the sales pitch I think I may have gone home and had a serious look in my 8X magnifying mirror at my neck wondering if it was that bad. In truth, I did give it a little look – see when I got home and decided it wasn’t quite time to call on the plastic surgeon. Whew! Maybe the lady was just an over-zealous sales person? AND I know Cindy would have told me if I have neck issues!


On a side note, what do you think about this hairstyle?


Mirror Mirror on the Wall


Anti Aging Food

It’s funny how when we are young we don’t appreciate our youthful skin and health.  We take it for granted until one day we look in the mirror and realize that we are not young as we used to be.  Panic mode sets in and it leaves us scrambling for quick fixes. There are a lot of products that will temporarily help such as lotions, serums and fillers, but if you are not yet on board with these solutions then there are some other more natural approaches you can take that will have a lasting effect. You can also do both, which is a little more our style!

For years we have heard “You are what you eat” and it really is true. Fruits and vegetables are good for you but some are especially good for your skin, and other areas that concern us as we get older. There are so many to choose from, so here is a list of just some of the foods you can incorporate into your everyday diet that will help you to start looking and feeling younger.


While no food can turn back the clock, some can perk up your looks and slow the aging process.

Eating a handful of dried figs increases the amount of antioxidants in your blood for four hours, much longer than many other foods.

Red bell peppers

The unique combination of large amounts of vitamins A, C, and E make red bell peppers a skin super food.


This lycopene-rich fruit provides 33 percent more protection against sunburn than other fruits. (You still have to wear sunscreen though!)


Certain antioxidants have been shown to fight cancer, boost immunity, and keep bones strong.

Beans are loaded with phytochemicals (including saponins, protease inhibitors, and phytic acid), which may protect cells from damage that potentially causes cancer, reports the American Institute for Cancer Research.


These wrinkly little dried fruits are rich in vitamin K and a top source of the mineral boron, and we need both for strong bones. A three-prune serving gives you


Young women tend to be oblivious to heart disease, but that attitude itself is a big risk. How you eat today helps predict how healthy your heart will be 30 years from now.

Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that the anthocyanins in dark cherries reduce belly fat and lower cholesterol and blood sugar.

Dark chocolate

Rich in flavonoids, chocolate is believed to promote heart health by reducing platelet activation, affecting the relaxation capabilities of blood vessels.


The neural pathways in our brains are growing and improving all the time. Eat the right foods and you’ll be able to concentrate better, remember more, and feel calmer.

Blueberries may improve memory, cognition, and balance. Researchers believe that blueberries (9,700 ORAC points per one-cup serving) reduce inflammation and can help us overcome the normal effects of brain aging.


Researchers believe that cinnamon may inhibit certain Alzheimer’s disease cells. One teaspoon of cinnamon adds 7,000 ORAC points.

These are just a few suggestions.  If you are not a fan of some of these, then there are plenty of other fruits and vegetables that will make you feel and look better when you look in that mirror!