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December 19, 2018
Sarah Curlee | Crosswalk.com | Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Mattel, the well-known manufacturer of Barbie, is considering accepting a proposal to create a toy line which would depict same-sex “wedding” dolls.
Nick Caprio and Matt Jacobi are a gay couple residing in Arizona, who have big plans to get “married” next May. In comments on Instagram and to ABC 15, the pair say that they wanted to get a special gift for Jacobi’s 8-year-old niece, who will also be acting as a flower girl in the spring “wedding”. Some may know Jacobi as a reality TV personality on E! And as a contributor to Instinct Magazine.
“We thought it would be special to give her something with a little meaning behind it,” Jacobi said in a post addressed to Mattel. “What a bummer you don’t make one with two grooms.” The pair’s solution to this dilemma was to purchase a Barbie wedding set in addition to an extra Ken doll, creating a package with a total of two grooms and two flower girls.
An article from Lifesite News reportsthat the post quickly grabbed the attention of Mattel, with a spokesperson confirming to Good Morning America that the company has extended an invitation to the men for a meeting which will give them an opportunity to discuss their pitch.
“Mattel has been wonderful and we are meeting with the head of Barbie design, their design team and marketing – either next Friday or the first week of January,” Jacobi mentioned to GMA. “Just sorting out travel details and schedules.”
There are various ongoing controversies surrounding pro-LGBT representation and messages that are being introduced to kids without the knowledge or consent of their parents. These can include cartoons, elementary schools, and even public libraries. Jacobi and Caprio, however, contended that homosexuality is something that is so prevalent today that the toymakers should not have doubts when it comes to exposing young kids to it.
“It’s going to come up in your family no matter what,” Caprio asserted. “As more same-sex couples are having kids, your kids are going to have kids in a class that have gay parents.” Jacobi stated that “love is love and it’s that simple.”
“Lefty types seem to have an obsession with molding the kiddos to do their bidding. It’s kind of disturbing, really,” Corey Stallings bemoaned at Louder with Crowder, while additionally taking aim at the couple’s notion of making a birthday gift for Jacobi’s niece that is centered around them.
“Way to make the gift all about yourself, chief. Maybe for Christmas I’ll follow suit and give everyone a stocking full of guitar strings, handgun ammo, and beef jerky,” Stallings wrote. “You know, things I like. I’ll top them all off with a picture of myself.”
If Mattel eventually makes the decision to create same-sex “wedding” Barbies, it wouldn’t be the famous doll line’s first step into pro-LGBT messaging. In 2017, one of Mattel’s official Barbie Instagram account posted a picture of a Barbie doll that was “proud to wear” a “Love Wins” t-shirt, displaying the slogan used since 2015 to celebrate the Supreme Court forcing all 50 states to recognize same-sex “marriages.”
Article source: Crosswalk.com
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December 12, 2018
December 12, 2018
If you’re reading this know it isn’t by accident. You were meant to read this and begin the process of letting go of your limiting beliefs.
You see, far too many of us are walking around with a ‘poverty mindset’ and then wonder why we lack those things we truly desire.
Whatever you are FOCUSING on the most will manifest itself in your life. Do any of these limiting beliefs sound familiar?
🔹️I’ll never be able to afford it.
🔹️I don’t believe I can do it.
🔹️I’ll never lose this weight!
🔹️They just have it easier than I do.
🔹️I’ll always be alone.
🔹️This is my lot in life.
🔹️I’m just not motivated.
🔹️I have no energy!
🔹️I’m just unlucky.
🔹️I’ll start tomorrow. [procrastinate & avoid]
🔹️I’m such a failure.
🔹️I failed before so why try again?
All of these are self-fulfilling prophecies, and the MORE you repeat them to yourself the MORE you will struggle with them. Think of your thought life as a big magnet. Whatever dominates your thinking the most is what you will attract into your life.
There is abundance EVERYWHERE and you don’t have to struggle for the rest of your life.
You can either CHOOSE to believe that you will always struggle or you can CHOOSE to believe that you will OVERCOME.
Let go of those negative, unproductive, patterns of thinking and being. They aren’t helping you and are only keeping you stuck.
Begin today to FOCUS on the life you want. Follow that up with affirmations that reflect the life you want, and then take ACTION.
Yes, it will be hard to do at first. You will want to reject what you’re doing, but in time you will start to accept this new information.
Remember that in order to RECEIVE you must first BELIEVE. ☝️
Do you need to take out some mental ‘trash’ and renew your mind? Are you confused as to where to start and feel overwhelmed?
If so, I want to help you on this journey. I too struggled unnecessarily for a long time. Then one day I got tired of how my life looked and how I was living. I was tired of not being happy, using food to cope, and missing out on really living life. I had allowed myself to become a prisoner in my own body because of the weight.
I had hit my ‘bottom’ and to be honest that’s the best place one can be at times. You’re left with no other choice but to fight or die. I chose to fight and here I am today. I want you to choose to fight as well.
There will be no perfect time to start, so just do it now. You’ll try to talk yourself out of it like you’ve done a million times before. I want you to stop doing that. That is just a tactic used by the enemy to keep you stuck and miserable. Take a leap of faith and trust that God will help see you through this.
Reach out to me today for a phone consultation. I can work with you no matter where you call home. I have clients all over the globe who are finding freedom from those things that used to hold them back. You can be one of them too.
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Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
December 2, 2018
I have received a lot of messages from folks regarding depression and this time of year. I know that for many it is a joyous time, but for some of you it is very hard. Maybe you’re dealing with the recent loss of a loved one, a relationship has ended, etc.
No matter the case, I want you to know that I get it. You are not alone and you don’t need to feel guilty or ashamed for FEELING depressed.
If you have followed me for any amount of time you know that I will not say, “I AM” depressed, but I will say that I feel depressed. When we say, “I am” we are owning that thing or feeling, and I don’t want to own depression, but I will allow myself to feel it and process it in a healthy way.
It has been my experience working with clients that far too many Christians suffer in silence when it comes to depression. They feel as if they aren’t ‘spiritual’ enough, so that’s why they feel depressed. You’ll even hear other Christians tell them to just “pray it away!”, as if it was that easy. Now, I do know, and believe in the power of prayer, but comments like that are incredibly insensitive to the person suffering before you.
I’m going to share my testimony of sorts and how I handle dealing with depression. This isn’t advice for you to take, but what I choose to do.
Many people are shocked when I tell them that I have dealt with depression, and anxiety for the better part of my existence on this big ball of mud.
There is no shame in ‘FEELING’ depressed or anxious. I say “feel” because I am very careful in how I choose my words surrounding anything. I won’t own depression or anxiety. I won’t say “I am depressed” but I will say “I feel depressed.” By doing this I have not personalized it or made it about me, it is just a feeling I’m experiencing at that moment.
I think the important thing to keep in mind is that everyone has dealt with this at some point and time, it’s just to what severity. I have found that those who deal with, myself included, often felt like they are the only one or that they are somehow defective.
There are a myriad of reasons as to why someone may deal with depression or anxiety. If you have a history of emotional, sexual, or physical abuse and didn’t have some level of depression or anxiety I would be shocked.
These types of childhood trauma, at a young age, literally change the brain. As a child you were constantly on guard, waiting for the next thing to happen. Being in this constant state of ‘fight or flight’ keeps cortisol [stress] levels high, even when the danger is gone. This usually will carry on into adulthood. This is just a snippet of the research I’ve come across, and it helped me as a survivor, to understand what I was dealing with.
I will share how I have managed this in my own life. I am not against antidepressants, but no longer use them. I chose to come off of them as they just made me ‘flat’ emotionally. I never had any really good days or bad days, I just felt ‘meh’ most of the time.
This has worked for me and it has been proven in studies to work for many who deal with depression and anxiety.
- I pay very close attention to my diet. I ensure that I get all the necessary vitamins and minerals my body needs to function. Many people who eat a diet high in processed foods, sugar, fat; tend to be more depressed than others.
- I strength train, and move my body however I can. This release of endorphins helps tremendously with depression and anxiety. It also give me an outlet for all those feelings I’ve stored up.
- When I feel my mood shift I gently remind myself that I have been here before and that it will be okay. I just make myself do those things that help me maintain, such as being mindful of diet, and continuing to exercise. Most who become depressed just say “f**k it” and crawl into a hole. I have found that I have to act against those impulses. I know that if I let myself go there that it will only get worse. I have to force myself to act in spite of how I feel.
- I have a support system. It’s very easy to feel like you’re the only one who feels this way, and that can lead to isolation. This is where the ‘enemy’ can really beat you up. You need to surround yourself with people you can safely share with.
- I don’t self medicate with food, alcohol, etc. I allow myself to feel EVERYTHING. If you run from this you’ll only compound your problems.
- I watch my intake of caffeine. If you have issues with anxiety this can exacerbate the problem.
- I don’t allow others to minimize my experience. There are many who say “just get over it.” If it were that easy I believe many would. No one who has truly suffered from deep depression wants to feel that way.
- I give myself permission to be human. No one is ‘depression’ or ‘anxiety’ it is just something you’re dealing with at the moment. Remember that no one has it all together, and this doesn’t define me, it’s just a part of my story that I can use to help others know that they are not alone.
I hope this helps someone out there to know they aren’t alone. If this message resonates with you hit reply and let me know about.
If you would like to discuss how my COACHING PROGRAM can help you process and work through issues such as depression, emotional eating [binge eating], self-sabotage, shame, or any other thing getting in the way of your true happiness, please fill this FORM out. We can schedule a phone consultation and see if we are a good fit for one another.
Have a blessed day my friends. Just know that God loves you and so do I.
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November 26, 2018
July 4, 2018
If you’re tired of trying to guess which exercises to do to give you the best results and what foods to eat to lose weight, I have you covered. Many of my clients struggled with this as well before coming to me. They went to the gym and did those exercises they thought would help, but ended up back on the treadmill after feeling frustrated from trying to guess all the time. Some even hurt themselves because they were doing too much. Keep in mind that less is more when it comes to training. They would even eat the foods they thought would get them leaner, but ended up quitting in frustration after continuing to gain weight!
I’m sure many of you can relate to these frustrating situations. You desperately want to lose weight so that you can feel better, but end up frustrated because of lack luster results that come from not really knowing what to do.
With my 4 week Jump Start program you will get what you need to be successful long term. I want this to be a life long change for you and not something that you’ll do for a few weeks and quit.
I will be with you every step of the way to ensure that you succeed this time. You won’t be alone and you won’t have to guess anymore. This alone takes away the stress of this journey. All you need to do is show up and reap the rewards of better health, mobility, looking amazing in your clothes, and feeling sexy again.
My 4 week Jump Start program has everything that you need to incinerate body fat with my metabolic workouts that can be done in under 30 minutes. I will calculate your macros [carbs,protein,fat] so you know exactly how much to eat to reach your specific fitness goals. You can say goodbye to guessing and deprivation diets. With macro tracking you truly can enjoy the foods you like and still lose weight. My program takes away the guilt and shame you experience when you eat foods you have deemed ‘bad’ as there are no bad foods! You will begin to look at food differently and change your relationship with it. Lastly you will have massive accountability in my exclusive online group. You’ll be able to receive support from others who are on the same journey as you.
Below are some testimonials from some group members:
“I couldn’t figure out why I was struggling to lose the 15 pounds I had gained 3 years ago. I mean, I had lost 100 pounds, so why is 15 so difficult? During the first few weeks, he helped me realize that there had only been about a 3 week period in the past 4 years that I had NOT been in dieting mode. It’s time to fuel my body, maintain, rest, and recover for a few months. Thanks, Brandon!”
“So stoked!! I noticed one other thing. We have a tiny kitchen and normally if I’m in it ppl are banging into me to get around. Sandra walked past me yesterday and didn’t even brush me let alone bang into me!! and her friend, Pat, said to her that she’s noticed that I’ve gotten smaller!! ””
The mental game will continue. I have talked the talk….walked the walk…and fallen down so many times. That said…I ALWAYS get back up!! My prayer is this…God give me the strength to be more like you! This group…the way I embraced it as guided my steps on the road to healthier habits! I will continue on this path. God bless.
“ I noticed I felt better and slept better on the days I exercised. On the days I didn’t, I seemed less energetic or enthusiastic. Shooting for 3-4 exercise days this week!”
You can have the same results as these ladies and more. I have made this so simple that their is really no way you can not succeed. No more guessing, no wondering if what you’re doing is the ‘right thing’ to do, no more feeling alone and isolated. With my 4 week Jump Start program you’ll be on your way to living a life that you are proud of.
So once again here is what you will receive:
*Customized metabolic workouts that will incinerate stubborn body-fat and can be done in under 30 short minutes
*Nutrition guidance so you know how much, and what to eat, to reach your goals
*My 30 day devotional to help with the emotional aspect of this journey
*Access to my online private support group for added accountability
*Unlimited email support for answers to any questions you might have
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June 30, 2018
Over the years of working with many clients I have noticed a trend with those who are ‘normal’ eaters and those who are not [emotional].
Those who don’t have issues surrounding food are able to listen to their bodies and overall make healthy choices. They are able to stop when full, trust themselves to make good decisions, have healthy internal dialogue and really enjoy food.
For those of us who use food as a way to escape, or restrict food as a way to punish ourselves, it is the polar opposite. We have this deprivation mindset, we are full of fear, have a childish need for instant gratification, poor self-talk, and deny what is really going on in our lives.
For those of you who can relate to what I’m saying you also will realize that the funny, yet scary thing is it isn’t even about the food. This is the message that I hammer home with my clients all the time.
Your issues with food are all about what is going on inside of you. The food is just a symptom of a much larger problem. That is why you can go from diet to diet, experience some success, but it never lasts. If it was all about a diet and training program you would have beat this long ago, but it isn’t. You’ve go to do some hard work, face some of your fears, and allow yourself to begin to feel again.
This all starts with changing the beliefs you hold about yourself to be true and this in turn will pave the way for you to change your relationship with food and the outer world.
So, don’t lose hope if you struggle in this area. You can be free from the bondage of emotional eating, feelings of low self-worth and self sabotaging behavior.
The freedom will begin once you step out of denial about how bad it really is and move forward into healing.
If you’d like to explore this further you can reach out to me here.
Online fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle coach.
April 1, 2018
Okay, this is gonna be deep so take a deep breath. I was sitting here just thinking about all the stuff we go through in order to avoid facing the TRUTH.
Look at your own life and really think about it. Get RADICALLY honest with yourself and you’ll see what I am talking about.
Somewhere along the way it was modeled for us by our primary caregivers (no blame, just facts) that is was not SAFE to be honest. We watched our parents disown their self/feelings and in turn sent the message to us that it wasn’t safe to feel/share certain things. That we need to just, ‘go with the flow’ and not rock the boat. You may now find yourself sending these messages to your kids. This is how the cycle of abuse and dysfunction is passed down from generation to generation.
I believe that we all deserve the TRUTH and that by owing our “truth” we can, and will be set free from the demons who torment us.
Let me give you some examples of things I have heard from clients, witnessed, or was my truth for sometime. Some of these may or may not resonate with you.
“I can’t share with my wife/husband that I am unhappy or my needs aren’t being met. I don’t want to hurt them.”
So instead of being honest you go outside the marriage and have an affair or numb with drugs, alcohol, work, etc.
“I was sexually molested as a child but it wasn’t that bad!”
Yes, it truly was that bad and sexual abuse changes a person on so many levels. Instead of dealing with the truth of what happened to you then you may become promiscuous, abuse drugs, alcohol, have failed relationship after relationship. These can all be traced back to the abuse in your childhood.
“I was abandoned by one or both of my parents either emotionally, physically, or both.”
The result here may be that you abandon yourself. Accepting treatment that you don’t deserve OR you don’t allow anyone to get close to you. You may push them away if they get too close so you don’t have to experience being abandoned all over again. You may also choose partners today that are emotionally unavailable or who ultimately abandon you.
These are just a few and you can plug your own experiences in here as well. I learned a long time ago that in order to heal from my own issues I had to face the truth of what happened to me or what I was doing.
The truth will set us free. Stop running from it and allow yourself the freedom to begin speaking your truth.
You know that you can’t run from it, drink enough, have enough sex, snort enough, smoke enough, eat enough, etc. You can’t do any of that enough to make the pain go away.
Do what you must to be set free. I’m taking on new clients and can help you with this.
Anyway, these are just some of my thoughts. Let me know what you think and feel free to shoot me a message if any of this hit home with you.
If you’re ready to face this head on click the link below.
God bless you today.
March 15, 2018
This topic has been on my mind a lot lately, so I decided to share it with all of you.
I want you to take a minute to think about the most valuable thing that we own, but many of us don’t realize the true value of it until it is gone.
We waste it every day on things that really don’t matter, only to look back, and wonder where it has gone.
The thing we take for granted, until it is gone.
We waste countless hours of our time on things that don’t matter.
We tell ourselves that we will, “do it tomorrow.”
We play on Facebook, watch T.V., surf the internet, pour all our energy into a job, continue to do things we know don’t work, etc.
I can look back on my own life and see where this held true. I had allowed myself to become consumed with work and school. I felt like I was doing the right thing at the time, but looking back I can see how I allowed that to get in the way of personal relationships.
What I was doing wasn’t inherently wrong, but the time I was spending on these things was out of balance.
I had to pull back, reduce the hours I was working, and intentionally make spending time with loved ones a priority. Fast forward to today and one way I am doing this by coaching my daughter in soccer. This is my third year with her, and I plan on coaching girls’ soccer in high school, God willing. My daughter and I get to spend a lot more time together and are making memories that will last long after I am gone.
So, my question to you is, “where are you spending your time?”
Are you neglecting your health or family because you’re spending your time doing other trivial things?
What can you do today to begin to spend your time more wisely?
I think we all can benefit from asking ourselves this question every now and then.
Where we spend our time will reflect what we prioritize in life.
One day you and I are going to ‘run out of time’ so be sure you spent it well.
If you recognize that you need to make some changes in your life, comment and tell me how you will do this.
February 7, 2018
Watch this is you have any kind of low back issues. ☝️
You must strengthen your core, booty, and possibly other weak muscle groups. There may be some you need to stretch and others you need to leave alone.
This isn’t a ‘quick fix’ issue by any means, but if you’re consistent you’ll notice a considerable difference.
Far too many people will opt for surgery and going on pain meds first, before utilizing corrective exercise methods. 👌
If you’ve been on my page for a while you’ll know that I dealt with a chronic SI issue. I was also in APT, which many people unknowingly are. My situation only began to get better when I took an active role in my recovery.
I was told I’d never be able to deadlift or squat again by a PT. She may have meant well, but lit a 🔥 under my butt. I have always loved to prove people wrong, and I did. I refused to accept what she was telling me.
Remember, when you see folks like this you’re only getting their opinion. You are not your diagnosis.
I began to research extensively regarding a hypermobile SI joint and all it entails. I then began experimenting with different training protocols and have created one that works.
I can now squat and deadlift MORE now than in the past. The pain I was in is nothing like it was before.
My message is simple.
Take an active role in your recovery. Exhaust all efforts before opting for surgery or taking pain medication.
A lot of the issues we see today can effectively be managed with diet and exercise.