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Having Obese Parents

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I had no idea that my parents were obese…

A few years ago, I found a folder on my kitchen table containing information about Dean & Leigh Brandt and their gym, Body by Brandt. In that moment it seemed like a silly idea for my parents to pay money to have trainers come to our house for our home gym. Now, my mom had worked out with a friend years before, but that was just an off and on thing…I knew something was different about this folder.

My parents came downstairs and told me their idea of hiring this married couple to come to our house and train them. We had all the equipment…but it had been collecting dust from time to time so it did make sense to do it in the comfort of our own home. Every morning they had planned for them to come over, either a hot ‘supermodel’ or her buff husband would be in my basement training my parents as I got ready for school. A year went by and it was just routine. Soon enough, my parents were starting to look different and we were eating different as a family. My mom taught my brother, sister and I to eat proper and balanced growing up but things such as lean turkey, chicken, and God forbid…fish were becoming more frequent in our meals.

Year after year I could see my parents physically changing, but it didn’t stop there. I could see how much happier they were! With themselves and each other. They are the dynamic duo ­ supporting, pushing, and believing in each other. They started getting me involved and teaching me a trick or two about kettlebells and squats. Now we are all on ‘MyFitnessPal’ and ‘MapmyFitness’ tracking and living healthy lifestyles together.

mr. and mrs. morneauNext thing you know, my dad has dropped 50+ lbs, my mom dropped 30+ lbs, and now I have even officially dropped 20 lbs thanks to them and my Metaboliq shakes.

I am so happy to see my parents so passionate about something so incredibly meaningful that only they could change for themselves in their lives. It inspires me everyday. We are stronger now as a family than we ever were.

A huge thank you to Dean & Leigh Brandt for believing in my parents and sticking with them over these 4 years. Because of you, you saved the life of my dad on his deathbed and made my mom happy and hotter than me!

14 Fad Diets You Should Absolutely Never Try

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Fad diets have been around for a long time. We, as a species, will generally eat more than we need then, proceed to do the ridiculous to get rid of the excess.

OMG, we are so dumb sometimes.

Fortunately, most of us know better, but others don’t. The really sad part of this terrible tragedy is that somebody will make money from other people’s desperation and some people will get really sick or die.

Please read the following article with amusement and entertainment and please, please, please don’t do any of these crazy plans.

14 Worst Fad Diets

Comment below the craziest diet you have tried or a friend has tried.

Let’s Go Shopping

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I am so happy to let you all know that we have a store on our site. I don’t know if you are aware of it, but we do.

When we launched Q4fit.com, our purpose was to share what we have learned and are continuing to learn about all sorts of things in our growth of knowledge in health and wellness. One of the things we want to share with you are products that we love and have used.

As a kid we used to play store all the time. We had a mostly unfinished basement and I had three sisters. It was the perfect combination for creating a society of shoppers. We would each pick a room in the basement, decide what we would sell, make money and by the time we were ready to actually visit each others stores, it was time for dinner. We spent the whole time setting things up and we rarely went shopping. In the summer, we made our stores outside in the trees. Using sheets, blankets, and clothespins. Stores were built, money was rocks, leaves and pine cones. But again, we rarely went to each other businesses, unless of course Mom brought out snacks to somebody’s store.

I have worked in retail, in several aspects of it, from part time sales right out of high school, management of a retail store, merchandising, pulling and picking orders in a warehouse for retail, and even worked a little fast food. My kids have all had their time in retail too. It seems like a part of growing up. You need to give it a try at least once, but this is now a new way to have your store. I get to tell you about it, show you what we like and then you get to shop, without going anywhere.

We have broken our store into sections; Beauty, Health, Weightloss, Fashion, and Tools, to hopefully make things easier to find. We have tried a wide variety of brands to show you; Qivana, Columbia Wear, Withings, and Wahoo. We have spent a lot of time, just like as a kid, setting things up, so that you can find things and shop with ease. We have chosen items that you will like as much as we do.

We are working to add more items as we have access to more brands and that we get to try out. If an item doesn’t fit our way of thinking or the company does not have a good reputation, we won’t be excited about sharing it with you. As with stores in the mall, there are some where I simply won’t shop because either I don’t like their staff, morals, or service is poor. Hopefully we can surpass your expectations and you will enjoy shopping with us.

Also, please let us know if there is something you would like to see us add to our store. We would love to hear from you.

Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping. Bo Derek

The Root of Failure is Comparison

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As personal growth is difficult, sometimes painful, affects people around us, and hopefully makes us better people, why do we compare ourselves to people who we are not trying to emulate?

Human nature seems to make us compare ourselves with others. Not necessarily a bad thing unless it is destructive. With social media no longer a new thing, we are now in a state of ‘how do we use it for our good and not a destructive thing’. We are, more than ever, bombarded with images of how we should dress, how we should look, what we should drive, how should we spend our time. Then we are also hit with other people’s unwanted opinions.

Whether you are a person of faith or not, a well delivered message is meant to resonate with you. If you attend business functions and have sat trying to stay awake after a lousy lunch, you know what I am talking about. A great message gets you so excited. It will make you think, a lot. It will make you dwell on how to make changes in your own world to make sure you are not making more mistakes and to make sure you are being the best you can be.

So now that I am writing every day, I am always thinking about what my next post is and whether this situation, or that thought would make a good post. Sunday, as I was sitting in church listening to one of our young pastors, his message, which was delivered beautifully, became a powerful thought process for me. Not only did his message hit me between the eyes as it pertained to me, but the more I thought about it, I knew that I needed to write about it.

The message this weekend was about, a person who should have been confident, powerful, had everything going his way, but then he became a wreck because he spent too much time comparing himself to others. Destructive. It’s crazy that a story so old is completely relevant today. We are a culture of comparison.

We should be happy our friend got a new car, not jealous. We should be proud that someone else just got a promotion and we are still waiting for ours. We should cheer on somebody who is losing weight even though we aren’t losing any. We should embrace the person that just booked the vacation of a lifetime and we can’t afford any time off.

Let’s become a culture of HOORAYS, GOOD FOR YOU’S, and I’M SO PROUD OF YOU’S!!

We should stop comparing ourselves to anybody that is not doing or being what we want. We need to stop worrying about other people's’ opinion and focus on what is important to ourselves. If you want to compare yourself to others, then do it with the mindset that you are looking to them as somebody to aspire to be like. But keep in mind the negative self talk is harmful.

So let’s be the change;

Wow, she looks great, good for her!
I am so happy they got a new car, good for them!
I will work hard for my promotion, too!
Success breeds success!
Be proud to have successful friends!

This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. Dwight D. Eisenhower