Tis' the season to be grateful. Have you ever sat around the Thanksgiving Dinner table as everyone took turns saying what they're thankful for? As we rush around this holiday season, it's important to remember to practice gratitude throughout the season, not just one evening. Gratitude is the state of being grateful and involves expressing appreciation and thanks for the things you have in your life. You can be thankful for anything, like a beautiful day or a delicious cup of coffee. The gratitude can also be for something less tangible, like being grateful for your health or the strength of a relationship. Why is it important to practice gratitude and how to get started?
There are quite a few physical and mental health benefits associated with practicing gratitude. In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. They adhere to the idea that gratitude is a positive emotion that has a...
At The Limitless Lifestyle Academy, we are big proponents of self-care and taking the time for yourself before taking time and taking care of other people. Many of our women are mothers, grandmothers, wives, and many also have high-demand jobs.
Over and over again, we hear and see women taking a back seat to everything else going on in their lives. We believe in women coming first for themselves and their families, and that's not selfish. We encourage engaging in self-care because we know it's a great way to take care of your body, mind, and soul. It is essential that you stay happy and healthy for everyone around you.
Self-care is simple. All it requires is participating in activities that promote well-being and reduce stress.
Thinking about taking care of yourself can be overwhelming with a busy life and many demands, but that's no reason to avoid it. We have a solution for you! In our Four Seasons program, we use Precision Nutrition. This program...
Patty joined Sphericality and The Limitless Lifestyle Academy for our inaugural virtual retreat in January 2021. A very good friend invited her, they wanted to see what it was all about.
They knew the retreat was geared towards women over 40, a unique period in women's lives. Since 40, Patty and her friend had been struggling with their weight. The things they had done when they were younger weren't working anymore.
They decided they would jump in a give it a try. After the retreat, they immediately joined The New Way to Wellness Six-week Experience, and the program hooked them. Now Patty is a member of our Four Seasons program and continues to change her health and wellness.
While Patty has made some significant changes, she's had two big ones related to mindset since joining our community. One, she no longer fixates on her weight. She knows weight is just a number and her body composition is more important for long-term health. She looks at her wellness...
Goal creating is a significant aspect of our 4 Seasons Program and our private one-on-one coaching. We always make sure goals are SMART, and we work with our clients to make sure it fits with the five elements.
SMART goals must be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and Timely. Goals are created using specific criteria that ensure your objectives are attainable within a certain time frame. Writing a SMART goal entails working through each of those five components to build a measurable goal that encompasses precisely what needs to be accomplished and when and how you'll know when you're successful.
This approach eliminates generalities and guesswork, sets a clear timeline, and makes it that much easier to track progress and identify missed milestones.
To help understand how to create a SMART goal, we will use a typical example to discuss the five elements of the SMART goal. A common challenge we hear from our clients is getting...
Lynn came to Sphericality three years ago after putting her mother in a nursing home. She was worn out from caring for her and needed a change in her life. A close friend of Lynn's invited her to meet Dorian, and she made the commitment to herself and to the program in that first meeting with Dorian. When I asked Lynn what her favorite part of the program was, she said she didn't have one. She said,
"Everything works together, and I think that is what impresses me the most about Spherically. Real-life change happens when I work on all the different aspects of life. Eating right and exercise are just a small part of healthy living. Mindset, purpose, and vision need to be aligned as well as stress and sleep, to make change lasting."
In The Four Seasons program, we are constantly working on mission statements and keeping them at the forefront of what we do. These play a huge role in mindset, purpose, and vision. These statements also help create goals...
Hello! My name is Alicia Worden, and I joined Sphericality about ten years ago.
I struggled with keeping up with many things physically due to having a severe loss of cartilage in my knees. I went to see a doctor at the Hospital For Special Surgery, and he said I have a very painful looking MRI! He also said I am not a candidate for knee surgery and should build my muscles around my knees.
My exercise program is not working out for me, so I decided to place a call to Dorian. I knew within the first minute of our conversation that this was the place for me. A caring and nurturing place with Dorian being at the center, it was going to be perfect.
My favorite part of the program is that the instructors are wonderful at meeting everyone at their comfort level and working with each individual to meet their goals. I love coming to the studio and getting the coaching I need to build my muscles and get in shape overall. After a short time, I did not have to take...
Positive thinking is the practice of focusing on the good of any given situation. This does not mean you ignore the bad things that happen in life; it's how you deal with them. One who practices positive thinking looks at everything that happens in life and expects that all will go well and work in their favor. They believe the best will happen, not the worst. Positive thinking starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the constant stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These thoughts can be both positive or negative. If your self-talk is more optimistic, you're an optimist. If it's more negative, you're a pessimist.
Positive thinking is connected to health and wellness. This accounts for both physical and mental health. Chronic and long-term stress can be a cause of many health problems.
When you have chronic stress, your body does not turn off the fight or flight mechanisms we engage in when under a stressful or...
Up to 50% of the world's population might not be getting enough sun, leaving many people deficient in vitamin D, the only nutrient your body produces when exposed to sunlight.
This is partly because people are spending more time indoors, wear sunscreen outside, and eat a diet low in quality sources of vitamin D.
With world-wide attention focused on the importance of vitamin D, here’s what you need to know.
Vitamin D is a micronutrient that is needed for optimal health throughout your whole life.
It is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning that it dissolves in fat/oil and can be stored in the body for long periods of time. There are two main forms, D2 and D3; D3 being more effective.
Vitamin D is also unique, because it is both a nutrient we eat, and a hormone that our body makes from exposure to sunlight, which is why it is often named the ‘sunshine’ vitamin.
Having a vision for your future and wellness is essential to your success and meeting your goals. We do a lot of work finding the WHY for losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle. The why goes much deeper than what people think, so we have our clients journal about this until they drill down their own powerful WHY. For some, it's important to live a long healthy, active life for their children or grandchildren. For others, they're trying to prevent or slow the progression of heart disease or Alzheimer's that runs in their family. No matter what it is, it's specific to the individual and is the most important to them.
In addition to working on the individual WHY of one's wellness journey, we do other mindset work at The Limitless Lifestyle Academy. One of the things we've enjoyed the most is working on a vision board. What is a vision board?
A Vision Board is a collage of images and words that you should display in a prominent place to remind...
How did Donna go from focusing on quick weight loss to concentrating on her wellness as a whole? It was achievable by building a solid mindset and vision. Donna has been a member of Sphericality for about ten years. At that time, she needed something different than traditional exercise and was interested in yoga. Through the years, she would come to class but stop if life got in the way but always managed to find her way back to the studio and classes.
In August of 2020, she decided she needed more. Everyone was coming out of Covid lockdown, and she was doing the same thing as everyone else: wearing sweatpants, no makeup, hair in a ponytail, drinking Pina Coladas, and eating way too much!! In addition to coming out of lockdown, she knew she didn’t want to accept what her friends were feeling and saying. “Why don’t we accept who we are and be fat and happy. Life is too short to worry about this.”
She was frustrated with failed attempts at weight...