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I’ve enlisted the help of my very good friend Dr. Richardson for the next few blog posts. We’re partnering to help you reach your fitness goals. We’ll start with some fundamentals today.

EXPECTATIONS

The Rosenthal Effect (also known as Pygmalion Effect or teacher-expectancy effect) is named after the American psychologist Robert Rosenthal. Robert Rosenthal performed extensive research into the way in which one’s beliefs, biases, and expectations can have an influence on behavior and results. These behavioral modifications and the ending results can also have a massive impact on our health and fitness. Often, we limit ourselves with beliefs about fitness. Beliefs such as: I don’t have time for the gym, or I’m just not a good runner, etc.

So, what would you do if you had no limits? The answer just might be another question, What wouldn’t I do? Right?

Rosenthal and other researchers conducted a series of experiments that looked at this idea, using students as participants.

HYPOTHESIS: If teachers expected certain students to perform better, those students would perform better.

STUDY: An IQ test was given to students from 18 classrooms. It was disguised as a test that would predict intellectual “blooming.” Researchers randomly picked a few students and told the teachers that these particular kids would show surprising gains over the rest of the school year. At the end of the school year, all of the students were retested with the same IQ test.

RESULT: The children whom the teachers expected to show significant gains actually ended up having a significantly greater gain than the children in the control group.

[In essence, you can create expectations for yourself and/or for the people you care about. Think of the thoughts or actions that may have limited you in the past. Then, flip the script! Focus on what you want rather than what you don’t want!] Maybe the thought will transform into ‘I am becoming a better runner.”, or , “Fitness is a priority in my life.” If you’ve got a schedule and are looking to improve your results you can switch the focus to only thinking of yourself as you want to be. Better yet, think of yourself in the process of becoming who and what you want to be; waking up in the AM and taking that run, pressing the weight on that last rep, nourishing your body with healthy food and crisp clear water!

We all have goals and at our best are working to achieve them; now it’s time to use our mental focus to press ourselves forward and push our limits. Those teachers in the study may have encouraged those specific students a little more. Dr. Jason and I will be pushing you every month with challenges. Remember, Roger Bannister was the first person to break the four-minute mile record. And that record only lasted for six weeks because an old limit had been pushed. For more info on Dr. Jason, visit drjasonrichardson.com or find him on Twitter @RealDrJRich.

Food for thought for this week:

What are some of the limiting thoughts I hold concerning my fitness?
Are there any limits that I act on or base my actions around?
Who’s someone I can partner with around fitness this week?

Challenges for this week:

Tell yourself what you are doing rather than what you are “gonna do.”
Change just one routine. Walk instead of ride. Ride instead of drive. Climb instead of elevate/escalate, etc.

You are #1, expect to carry yourself as such!

Peace,

Dr. Jason & Dr. Lee

Please share some ideas on how you’ve made changes to your routine. What has worked for you?

 


About Dr. Jason

Dr. Jason Richardson, BMXBefore becoming a licensed psychologist, Dr. Jason Richardson traveled the world as a Professional BMX Cyclist and was able to maintain a Top-Ten World and/or National Ranking for the better part of his 15-year career. In 1994, he earned the distinction of World Champion in his first World title event. Thirteen years later, after recovering from a broken femur in 2006, his experience and talent was validated with a GOLD Medal performance at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Thus, becoming the first BMX Cyclist to earn a Medal in an International Olympic Committee (IOC) sanctioned event. Jason retired from racing in 2008 as the oldest competitor in the Elite class and with a Top 3 National ranking.

During his athletic tenure, Jason also pushed to achieve academic and career goals that extended beyond the field of competition. Building on his Bachelors Degree in Philosophy, Jason earned his MBA in 2000 and Doctorate in Psychology in 2010. Jason has worked with top brands in the bicycle industry, mentored youth, served on the Board of Directors of two National non-profit organizations, and developed/marketed after-school programs for at-risk youth. Dr. Richardson is now part of an expanding clinical practice and professional consulting business. His newly opened cutting edge mind studio is specifically designed to meet the needs of each and every one of his clients.

Dr. Lee is an author, speaker, physician and the CEO/Founder of CMLEEJR Co. a personal empowerment brand dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through health education and the use of positive psychology. Dr. Lee’s personal memoir “Well, My Mom Says…” is due for release in May 2014. As a USAF Flight Surgeon, Dr. Lee is responsible for the care of Air Force pilots and flyers. He has been featured in the Sacramento Business Journal, The Word Magazine, and others. For more information or to contact Dr. Lee please visit www.cmleejr.com.

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Super Charge your workout through Physical Praise & Worship

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There is a WAR RAGING right now! I’m not talking about the military battles being fought in foreign lands but rather the battle being waged right here on domestic soil. The war that is killing 1 in 5 Americans DAILY! The war that is causing a pandemic of biblical proportions! The war that is decimating the health and wealth of our nation. The adversary we as a people currently face may be more devastating than we could have ever imagined! This new enemy is OBESITY and all the array of disease and devastation that accompanies it!

Our food environment has become toxic and confusing as it has grown plentiful. The food we consume on a regular basis is full of calories but low in nutritional content causing us to over indulge. The jobs & technology we depend on allows for considerable less physical activity causing us to become sedentary and allowing the accumulation of soft, inactive fat cells to dominate our bodies. This is a recipe for disaster. For the first time in human history children are expected to LIVE SICKER & DIE YOUNGER than their parents.

All is not lost! In order to regain our health and wellness we must reframe the way we look at fitness. We must all remember that Gods greatest gift to each of us is our HEALTHY TEMPLES. God made us PERFECT in His image and has given us everything we need to be Good Stewards over our greatest gift!

It would be considered blasphemy if someone vandalized a church or temple yet we vandalize our bodies, the true Temple of God, routinely! If we are to truly please God and receive in His abundance of health, wealth, and spiritual blessings we  must edify Him in everything we do and with every opportunity we get, including our fitness!

Begin to look at working out as your PHYSICAL PRAISE & WORSHIP! Workout all your stress & frustration through the building and maintaining of your Temple. Ask God to anoint your workout and empower you to remain consistent and dedicated to your glorification of Him. Recruit other members of your natural and church family to join your “praise party” and physically praise and worship together while you fight obesity, minimize disease, build strength, reverse aging, create a stronger fellowship and extend the length & quality of your life.

Use these key biblical verses as inspiration & motivation as you embark on your new Fitness Ministry. God wants you to be healthy and strong so you can be of great service to his Kingdom. Will you give God an opportunity to Bless your life through PHYSICAL PRAISE & WORSHIP? (All verses are from the NIV84 unless indicated otherwise.)

Edify your BODY & SOUL:

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well” (3 John 1:2).

The LORD will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy, too. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring” (Isaiah 58:11, NLT).

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

“Food does not bring us near to God” (1 Corinthians 8:8a).

“When you go out to dinner with an influential person, mind your manners: Don’t gobble your food, don’t talk with your mouth full. And don’t stuff yourself; bridle your appetite” (Proverbs 23:1-3, MSG).

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life” (Matthew 6:25-27).

“The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness” (Psalm 24:1, NKJV).

“But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way… ‘Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.’ At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food” (Daniel 1:8, 12,13,15).

“Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27, NLT).

“‘Everything is permissible for me’ – but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible for me’ – but I will not be mastered by anything… Therefore, Honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:12, 20b).

“The road to life is a disciplined life; ignore correction and you’re lost for good” (Proverbs 10:17, MSG).

“He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment” (Proverbs 12:11).

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Proverbs 14:23).

“Don’t drink too much wine and get drunk; don’t eat too much food and get fat. Drunks and gluttons will end up on skid row, in a stupor and dressed in rags” (Proverbs 23:20-21, MSG).

“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat” (Matthew 5:6, MSG).

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse” (Philippians 4:8, MSG).

 

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Q & A With CEO & Founder of the CURLS Empire – Mahisha Dellinger + Hair Tips You Can Use Now!

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Mahisha Dellinger is dominating the natural hair industry and is a business and branding leader. Her memoir entitled Against All Odds: From The Projects to the Penthouse, details her difficult upbringing in Sacramento: “I’ve never settled for the norm. Even as a little girl from a broken home, I knew that my destiny was greater than my existence. After all, I’d survived abuse, and my life had been spared more times than I can count.”

Today, her company, CURLS, is now one of the leading suppliers of best quality curly hair products. We had the pleasure of getting to know a little bit about Mahisha and her journey to being a game-changer in the marketplace. And, she has some great hair care tips to achieve healthy curls – which she believes starts with healthy habits.

What inspired you to put your life on paper in your book Against All Odds: From The Projects to the Penthouse?

My journey was filled with so many issues, road blocks, and obstacles once I “made it” through it all AND succeeded, I knew I must share my story so that my testimony could inspire someone else.

The standard for beauty has long been skewed by mass media. How is CURLS reshaping the perception of beauty among people of color?

By offering organic products and solutions for women embracing their natural, God given texture  CURLS empowers women. We empower, encourage and enable women to love themselves just as they are.

What were some obstacles you faced while turning your $30,000 savings investment into the multi-million dollar empire that we see today?

My biggest challenge was getting funding to launch CURLS. Despite having exceptional personal credit. I wasn’t able to secure funding of any kind.  I wanted to launch on a larger scale, instead I started on a smaller scale, reinvested every dollar earned and grew the business over time.

 

Some of your most tried and trusted products include the Crème Brule whipped curl cream and the Lavish Curls Moisturizer 2nd curl refresher/daily leave in. Why do so many curly girls find success with these products?

Simply put…they were created for us, by us. I am the consumer so I understand the needs of today’s natural consumer.

 

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KinkyCurlyCoilyMe’s Jenell B. Stewart Talks Natural Hair & Weight Loss

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Jenell B. Stewart is the founder and editor of the award-winning site KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com. Jenell is truly growing into a household name in the natural hair community, but has also inspired so many women by sharing her health journey. We caught up with Jenell to learn more about her story, her tips on achieving healthy natural hair, and how she is inspiring other women in their health and hair journeys as well!

Hello everyone! I’m a New York City mom of two. I have a very super supportive husband who absolutely doesn’t mind that natural hair consumes most of my life as well as half of the house…I launched back in 2010 as a blog initially to track my natural hair journey. And then in 2012, I re-launched KinkyCurlyCoilyMe as an online natural hair magazine to not only feature my hair journey, but to be a reference, a resource and a place where women who were embarking on their natural hair journey could come and seek support, advice and education.

Through my work with Kinkycurlycoilyme.com, I have been very successful on social media with over 100,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel with over 500 videos as 300,000 fans on my associated Kinkycurlycoilyme.com Facebook Fan Page. And with over about 40,000 something on Instagram, I have been able to create a network of different platforms for women to come and get support.

Living a healthy lifestyle is incredibly import to Jenell. We asked her what sparked her journey to better health after taking on the journey of returning to her naturally-textured tresses.

I have always struggled with my weight from a very young girl. My mother and my father are both from Liberia, Africa. And coming up, I was allowed to eat pretty much anything I wanted. There was no restriction. My mom explained to me that when we were living in Africa, food was scarce and resources were not easily attainable. Then when she moved to the U.S. and had children, she did not ever want me to feel as though I was not able to have enough food. And with that, she allowed me to just eat.

In college, I got up to about 215 pounds and at that point, I really just wanted to get my weight under control. I had many friends who didn’t eat as much as I did when we were together and who were a lot of more active than I was. Even if they were on a sports team, they were still actively going to the gym and doing a lot of things that I wasn’t doing, and I started to notice a correlation. I am eating excessively, I am not working out and I am getting bigger. And so, because I just knew that obesity was something that ran in my family, I really wanted to get my weight under control, so it was then when I lost most of my weight. I actually took advantage of some resources online. I also started going to the gym with some friends and I started eating better. I was 216 pounds my sophomore year and I got down to the 150 by the following year.

Social media has enabled Jenell to share her gifts and her journey on a large scale.

[It] has been a big part of my life, so when I started sharing bits and pieces of what I was doing, people started inquiring and asking more questions. And the more people asked, the more I wanted to give. I have been like that with my hair, with my beauty and it just circled into my weight loss, Social media has allowed me to share everything I can and motivate people to do it and inspire.

For many women, rocking their natural hair has empowered them to take control of their hair without the fear of sweating it out. But we asked Jenell if it is it truly easier to reach health and fitness goals with natural hair or in fact more work?

Having natural hair and going to the gym [may] or [may not] be a problem. On one hand, I don’t have to worry about sweating out my perm because obviously that’s not a factor anymore but depending on how you want to wear your hair, you still do have to worry about sweating it out. Like, if I decide to wear my signature style, which is a twist-out, going the gym and having a soaking wet head does not allow for me to be great when I leave the gym. So, I still have to make a conscious effort to understand that there is going to be some consequence.

I know of a lot of women who are very unhappy with the results of working out with their nautral hair. But let’s not stay out of the gym just because you don’t want to ruin your hair style. That is something that should be less of a factor than you are making it.

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