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  • Dana V. Hayes

Good Health & Fitness = Freedom

Hey ya'll! It is the last day of 2018, and I am so ready for 2019. 2018, honestly, kicked my butt. I was down, way down plenty of times, but my ups have been the highlight of this year. The biggest thing that has come from this year, has been my commitment to make my health and fitness a priority for a lifetime.

This is not the first time I've made this statement, but it's definitely the first time I finally had the ah ha! moment and realized that quick fixes weren't going to create the body I wanted to keep. You can get something for a moment, but sustaining it is key. I have been inspired by so many to keep going, and in turn have hopefully inspired others as well. 

What's also been inspiring is my husband! He has been 100% committed since we jump started our journey on January 8, 2018. Why has he been so inspiring you might ask? Because, I don't know about you, but it's hard to stay on track, when your spouse/partner is over there eating Popeye's and donuts right next to you. For us it was a commitment that was important to both of us. We were accountable to each other, we motivated each other, we tried new foods and workouts together. For us it was a decision that had to be made together. We have had family and friends die from diabetes complications, heart attacks, and other illnesses that could have been prevented from incorporating healthier eating and fitness. 

So often I see people taking these strides when their backs are against the wall. People treat "healthy living" like it's a punishment. They wait until they are sick to buckle down and live better. So at 34 years old I guess, my moms voice Finaly clicked in. She would always say that Inshoild take care of my body while I’m young, especially since arthritis runs in my family too.

So my prayer is that I can motivate people to look at taking care of themselves as a part of life that's normal. To see it as a way of life that doesn't restrict them, but actually frees them from an early death sentence or ailments that affect their quality of life. 

This Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday has really opened my eyes to how far I have come. While I was menu planning for the holiday, I would think about the fact that I didn't want to eat heavy, and all day like I would in years past. Therefore, buying and cooking a lot of foods that weren't apart of my normal lifestyle was a waste. So, yeah I ate the traditional foods and treats, but I didn't over do it. Okay, I felt like I was in a food coma for Christmas lol, but it only reminded me of why I stopped eating like that. I guess when you are on such a journey you learn to respect your body. Remember your body is a temple, and you only have one. This is when the phrase, "Fitness is Freedom" came to mind. Healthy habits and fitness = freedom.

So with that being said, I would like to invite you all to start this year with an attitude of gratitude and treat your body to a fresh start, and a commitment to being free from aches, pains, and ailments all stemming from food. Who's with me? Starting January 7th, this is what I'm doing: 

 This is the basics! Yes, I am an Advocare distributor so I do add in some nutritional supplements, as a matter of fact I’ll be starting a 28 day slim and trim program on January 14th that includes the above, but also nutritional supplements. However, if you just want to start somewhere this is it. This is something that can't be purchased. The other thing that can't be purchased is  your dedication and your why. Why are you doing this, what will motivate you when you don't feel like it. Your why has to be stronger than your best excuse. If you would like more information on how to do this, E-mail me at or DM me on Instagram @trixityler. 

Have a Happy New Year! 

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