When was the last time you looked at yourself in the mirror? Did you feel inadequate, ashamed, or even discouraged? Too often, social and traditional media outlets are using “fat shaming” — a bad, but effective tactic used to make overweight and obese people feel guilty about their physical appearance as a motivational tool to steer people towards a healthier lifestyle. Although meant to motivate, this tactic does more damage than good. It teaches people to feel less than, leading to negative body image and lack of self-esteem.
The influencing power of social outlets such as Instagram and Facebook have caused a ripple effect in the way being fit is defined. It is no longer viewed as the state of one’s overall health and well-being, but instead is increasingly being defined by mere aesthetics. Men and women posting pictures in bathing suits or shirtless with chiseled abs, bionic booties and toned arms, has become the stamp of approval for being healthy – as if many individuals don’t already struggle with comparing themselves to models, actresses, and singers seen on television, magazines, and social media.
The fitness journey is about defining yourself physically and mentally with the understanding that no one is the same! If you find themselves constantly looking at pictures longing for a replica body or have been victimized by fat shaming, keep in mind that there is no such thing as a “perfect” body. Quit comparing yourself to people who have a ridiculous amount of time and resources invested in their bodies. Stay consistent with your workouts, eat properly, trust the process and above all…Love Yours.
Coach D: As A Man Thinketh
Join motivational speaker and trainer, Coach D as he encourages individuals to transform their thinking, stay inspired and create direction to make their goals a reality.
Coach D is not your average coach in Dallas. In fact, when he was 12 years old, he built his own weight set exemplifying his passion and love for fitness. From a young age through college, he saw sports as a way to create change within his life. Early on, Coach D not only had an outstanding work ethic, but he used his circumstances to develop his “make an excuse or make a way mentality.” Today, he uses this mindset of athletic distinction and excellence overall to inspire others. Despite facing many challenges and growing up in poverty, Coach D is now an accredited trainer and motivational speaker, where is has been able to motivate, produce, and train many people which includes, multiple NFL players, professional boxers and lacrosse players. Inspired to help create positive change in the world, Coach D brings his latest book, As A Man Thinketh: 30 Days To Jumpstarting Your Success.
“Jumpstarting your success in 30 days is possible, if you believe and push to make it happen. Your life is in your hands.” – Coach D
In this ever-changing world full of triumphs and tribulations, advancements and distractions people are often searching within for their true purpose. Each person has a unique gift and divine calling on their life. However, it is difficult for individuals to delve deeper into what can be fully accomplished if the mind, body, and soul are not fully aligned. It is time to move pass just realizing your goals; it is time to surpass those goals.
“It is my main goal to be a mentor in everything I do,” says Coach D. “You have to be an example first. The key is to be purpose driven, because at the end of the day you have to have fulfillment which comes from your purpose.”
Coach D is a Dallas based author, mentor and motivational speaker. Inspired by his life’s journey, Coach D aims to motivate both men and women of all ages to embrace the challenges of life and take the leap into the next phase to jumpstart their success.
With his latest book, As A Man Thinketh: 30 days To Jumpstarting Your Success, he provides readers with a practical 30-day guide designed to help each individual reach their personal goals and aspirations. Through Coach D’s unique exhilarating style, his book depicts an inspirational journey for optimal self-analysis through the means of commitment and intrinsic motivation. Each day tackles different tasks and topics from surpassing obstacles and establishing a winning mindset to showing readers how to actively plan out their goals to achieve success in all circumstances.
“I love adversity. I don’t run from it. It makes you who are at the end of the day.” – Coach D
Coach D grew up in Fort Worth, Texas where is grandmother raised him. His mother gave birth to him at age 16, and later gave him up to his grandmother at two years old. With his mother out of the picture and his father in and out of prison, he sought guidance from his grandmother and found direction and father figures in his coaches. Regardless of the many challenges he faced growing up in the projects, he credits his mindset of “make an excuse or make a way” and his success to the lessons his grandmother taught him.
Coach D now uses his platform to further impact the lives around him as he travels speaking at events and mentoring anyone in need. He strives to change the environment around him by teaching the next generation core values and through divine principles. “My overall mission in life is to make an impact on society beyond the gym,” said Coach D.
Within the last few months, Coach D launched his 90 for 90 video series via social media. The series provides individuals with the unique opportunity to be motivated and inspired each day regardless of location or time constraints. For Coach D, the 90 for 90 series is a way of extending himself and his core values to those who are in need of guidance and motivation.
Every day, Coach D strives to use his gifts to create opportunities for others. Most recently, he founded two nonprofit organizations, Jacob and Sons and The P.A.K. Institute. Specifically, Jacob and Sons is a program designed to bridge the gap between fathers and sons to help build the bond of fatherhood in communities through various activities.
In the future, he plans to continue to publish inspirational books under the As a Man Thinketh series to help provide readers with daily guidance. Coach D is also set to release his autobiography and a series of children’s books in fall 2018.
“In this world of instant gratification, I will not promise instant change, but I will promise that if they follow the instructions that I’ve been given to give to them they will be different in some way,” says Coach D. “There is never a conclusion to our growth since life is always ever changing.”
Hard Work Pays Off – Simeon Panda Buys Dream Car
About Simeon Panda
Simeon Panda is one of the most influential fitness professionals in the world. Owner of SP Aesthetics® Sportswear and Just Lift.®, he is a fitness entrepreneur who is featured on Forbes as one of the worlds top ten influencers for fitness. Simeon has immense popularity not just because of his amazing physique, but for his character and high standards in representing the sports fitness industry.
Simeon has hosted seminars and workshops around the world including the Mr Olympia Weekend. He has graced the front covers, written for and been featured in major fitness publications worldwide such as Muscle & Fitness, MuscleMag, Muscle-Insider, Train Mag, Muscle & Performance, Fitness RX to name a few. He has appeared live on Australia’s Number one national breakfast tv show ‘The Today Show,’ New Yorks most popular urban radio station ‘Hot 97,’ he has also hosted seminars in countries all over the world.
Credit: Simeon Panda
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