Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Money Talks and People Kill for Less


Are you one of those people, like me, who battles with being committed to a fitness program? The hardest part about starting a program and sticking to it is overcoming all of the external factors of life that do their best to keep us from reaching our goals. For years I have been an off-and-on person always gaining and then losing what I gained and gaining it back again. Then for a couple years I had the taste of what it feels like to live fitness as a lifestyle where I didn’t even have to think about it. I just did it. 

Then after a few life altering events happened, I just stopped. 40 pounds up. There was no yo-yo happening anymore. I got past that point. I was just going to keep gaining if I didn’t make a drastic change. I used to be able to push myself until I made it routine, but I have changed so much mentally in the negative direction this past year that I just couldn’t commit to anything! I had no follow through bone in my body!

Finances became the ocean that drowned me and it is going to be a long time before I can recover. However, God has blessed me with a great job and I am at the point of being able to invest in myself more. My mentality with money is still cheap as they come and I’m not one to put myself above having to pay the phone bill or the electric.

However, when I analyzed what I was spending money on out of feeling down or lazy? . . . Well. . . a burger here, a bottle of wine there, pizza, cups of coffee. . . Those were adding up and showing up on my body. The money was being spent anyway!

We all have a breaking point where enough is enough. I am at mine and of course God has great timing and so I was able to join a Weight Loss Challenge. I just jumped in, dropped the money and committed (the feared auto pay! eek!). I am a penny pincher and the thought of so much money being taken away makes me cringe. Especially when I remember how I felt on times when it was either food or light or gas until next payday. But this time it is for something that is worth it. Someone is going to win the $10,000 for the National Challenge, why not me?! 

Are the odds against me? Yes. 
Does my mind and my heart care about that? No. 
Aiming high never hurt anyone!

I know I am on the path to truly change my life and to help others get out of that pit of despair and self-loathing that I was (am still) in. Truthfully, I’m still clawing my way out of that pit but I am convinced that I will get out!

Money talks y’all! I am putting a lot of money for this membership and I am using it to the max that I can! I am fighting to win the prize money! And when I feel down and want to give up, I tell myself over and over, “People kill for less!”

The shot of $10,000 without having to go to prison? Yep, that 5am class is much more worth it. ;-p

(Do you journal? Take these questions to paper!)
What are the factors that hold you back from reaching or maybe even starting your goals?
What are things you have started and not completed? What stopped you?
What things come first in your life right now that you put above yourself?
What can you give up to be closer to being able to put yourself first and loving yourself better?

What activity can you do today to bring you closer to your goal?
List all of the steps you believe you need to do to start your journey to your goal. 
Rank them from easiest to hardest and start with the easy!

Be sure to LIKE The STRONG Life on Facebook and share your journey to reach your goals and what you are doing for a stronger life. 


Monday, January 5, 2015

Be a Display of Splendor: A Mission Statement

I spent my holiday season a bit on a break just to get my mind right and get ready for this new year. I spent my whole New Year's day reading and getting inspired and I made a few plans that I am excited about which of course I will be blogging about.

I had looked back at my 2014 year and thought initially that it was a quiet year in that I didn't progress anywhere in my life. But that just isn't true at all because wherever I felt I had remained stagnant, God has been using to help shape me! I truly believe that I had made no progress in my journey last year because it was my choice to live in negative thoughts and maintain negative habits. Now, this year I have the chance to make a new choice to let the lessons I learned last year shape me and propel me into a positive year. 

On New Year's day, someone posted this scripture on Facebook and then it was the quote of the day on my phone's Bible app widget:

“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” ~ Isaiah 43:19
I was moved by the appropriateness of that passage for a new year that I didn't stop there . . . 

I then opened my devotional Bible to the book of Isaiah, read the intro, read that passage, read that chapter, then moved to the next day's devotional after that passage which then brought me to Isaiah 61 appropriately titled "The Year of the Lord’s Favor" which pretty much is like a mission statement for 2015. I decided to rewrite it as a mission statement by changing a few words . . . 

“ The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news . . . He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom . . . and release from darkness . . . to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve . . . to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of despair. [I] will be called [an oak] of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” ~Isaiah 61:1-3

I have lived for years wanting to use my platform to inspire and help others. I want to use this statement to remind myself always that God has a plan for me but he can't use me until I make my lessons into productive actions. 

I have been planted so that I could use my life as a display of splendor. That is pretty powerful. So, I probably should be doing right things to be a better display. I am not meant to be a display of negativity. I am meant to display HIS splendor.

Okay, 2015, The Year of the Lord's Favor. . . I am ready. 

I feel a series comin' that will break down that passage. Get inspired with me and LIKE The STRONG Life on Facebook. 

What are your goals for this year? What will you do to live in God's favor?


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Advocate for Caring: Why I choose AdvoCare

I have been making a lot of changes in my life regarding what I am doing and who I am associating with in order to keep positivity in my life. There are things I have always wanted to do and with my Bucket List for my 29th year of life before turning 30, I want to do these things I've wanted to do unapologetically and without care of what others think. I am looking to make myself a better person and to love myself again and to make my mark in the world. This blog is my platform and I am so excited to start my journey and document it in the hopes to inspire even one person!

Recently I joined AdvoCare as a Distributor because I want a challenge. Direct sales companies are about relationships and when I look at what I am passionate about, it is in making new relationships. I love people!


I have been wanting to be passionate about something. I know writing is where my heart lies, but in fitness I have always wanted to be like the fitness models who have a brand they love and believe in when it comes to fitness. It is no secret that to be healthy, or to do something the healthy way, and for help to reach goals, that supplements need to be embraced as a part of any workout/fitness regiment. I am passionate about Apple, about Mercedes, about Nike, about Publix. . . but when it comes to supplements, I may buy from this store or from that direct business distributor and never stick to a certain line of products. But I have always wanted to. Something about those direct businesses always fascinated me…

So why now? 

We’ve all heard of the many different companies out there; I loved them all really! Like I said, they are about relationships. But AdvoCare stuck out to me because of a great lady I met and because of the stage of my life I am in right now.


Yes, you can go to GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Complete Nutrition, etc. Buy what you need and leave the store. You never really have a connection with the guy behind the counter and after you leave there, you can’t just call that guy up with random questions and have him around to support you through the way as you work towards your goals. 
Accountability is one of the keys to success by selling or using a certain product, I know that I would care for and support my customers because they would be my clients as well. You also get a team mentality when like-minded people are in and doing the same thing together. 

Advocate for Caring

After getting off the phone with one of the fellow AdvoCare people, I realized that she said something that took her a while to get and wanted to share with me. The name of the company. We become advocates for caring. Another thing that pulled at me was the company’s mission statement. I have always wanted to be those crazy people that wear the shirts, use the product, and are excited about it. With this year being my Bucket List year before turning 30, why not just finally do what I’ve always wished to do. I know I can rock it!

Leadership and Support

Just from the initial people I have been talking to I have felt the passion and the drive of people in this business. To have the opportunity to be around people who can be mentors for me, to influence me to be more powerful with my life, to have those people available to help me plan for my goals and help achieve them and cheer me along the way. . . 
I am excited to be apart of something where the people are positive. If anything, I am ready to be in the business of positive leaders who are in the business of creating more positive leaders who are advocates for caring.

To get started I will be doing a 24-Day Challenge in January to begin my own journey and my testimonial to healthier choices. I am so excited to start something new and be connected to new and positive people!

If you would like to do the 24-Day Challenge with me comment below or head over to The STRONG Life Facebook Page and message me. It would be fun to have a group doing it together starting in January!

See you in a few days with a Pep Talk!
~ Melina

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