Back To School…Back To You

Was it just me or did I see a few ladies hangin’ out of the sunroof on New Broad St. yelling “CAN I GET AN AMEN!” lol

Well, the end of August is here, and you know what that means, kids are back to school.  How thankful are you that the kids are out for your hair during the day?  I mean I’m sure you love your kids but enough kids already 😜 LOL.

But seriously, before you know it the kids are going to be half way through this NEW school year and you catch yourself saying I can’t believe it’s already 2018.

I put together a video on TRUFiT TV, CLICK HERE to check it out. Whether you are a parent or not, this video may apply to you.

It may be your second chance to finish the year strong.

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What Is Mental Fitness?

Mental Fitness To Change Your Life?

 Change Your Mind!
This is really amazing when you truly grasp and understand how powerful it is and if you don’t it can have such a negative impact on your life. Why do you think a lot of people go through life year after year getting the same results.

Your brain does not know the difference between what you actually experience and what you vividly imagine. The use of Positive Affirmations helps the Subconscious mind to reprogram through repeated personal, positive, present tense statements that can override the negative belief or negative thoughts already registered. The repetition of these affirmations brings about new attitude while creating new pathways in the Subconscious mind.

You can sit down and listen to or read any of these self help books and say I can do that, that make sense and is logical or I’m willing to do all of it to make the change.  You can read all you want, you can listen to all you want, you can study all you want but if you don’t gain an understanding to alter the program, the current program is going to continue to give you the same results. So for you to increase your likelihood of success, you have to install some new programs. To do this, you have to literally create your future and you do this by planning. Below is a list of important questions you need to ask yourself.

Future Planning
* WHERE are you now.
* WHERE do you see yourself
* Steps NEEDED To Get There

Setting Your Goals
* Why do you really WANT to do this?
* WHY does it mean so much to you to accomplish?
* What PAIN are you going to finally get rid of?
* How PASSIONATE are you about making it happen?

Finding Your Vision
The more we see and focus on what we want the faster we attract it. Get excited about your vision and goals and imagine what it will be like when you accomplish them. The more you do this, the more you harness the power of your subconscious mind to help make them come true. This process will help you develop the compelling reasons why you want to achieve your goals It will help create an emotional drive within to ensure you don’t give up.

Mindfulness
Meditation generally has something of a ‘bad’ reputation. That is to say that a lot of people associate it with religion or esoteric ideas and they think that they can’t meditate unless they’re ‘spiritual’. This can be off-putting for someone who doesn’t hold any religious beliefs or who doesn’t like esoteric ideas in general. But in fact you can practice meditation whether you are religious or an atheist.

All meditation really is, is a directed attempt to control your thoughts and the content of your mind and thereby to gain some peace and quiet or at least to be able to better understand the contents of your own brain. Often this means completely silencing all thoughts.

Many types of meditation, such as transcendental meditation, instruct you to think of ‘absolutely nothing’ and often this is achieved by focusing on your breathing, a mantra or a physical object like a candle flame. This can be difficult for beginners though, as they constantly find their mind wandering.

The idea behind mindfulness meditation then is not to try and empty your thoughts but instead to simply step back from them and ‘observe’ them like a detached third party. This way, you aren’t letting your thoughts affect you and make you stressed but you also aren’t going to struggle with not being ‘allowed’ to think anything. Meanwhile, using this technique will also allow you to become more aware of your own thoughts and thereby able to edit any thoughts that are leading you into trouble.

I strongly suggest getting more in tune with meditation. I have attached a great 5 StepProcess to help you get the most out of meditation, even if you are a complete beginner.

Staying Healthy On Vacation

How Did I Stay TRUFiT On A Cruise Vacation?

So I can’t stress the importance of managing your emotions when traveling. It is so important to adapt to the inconveniences traveling is going to throw at you such as lost baggage, delayed flights, missed connections, annoying passengers etc etc.

Keep in mind  just because plans don’t always go according to plans it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan. What is more important is learning how to adapt and not let negative events compound to the point where you have become irritable, annoyed, frustrated or angry.

So the original plan was to fly out of Orlando early Friday afternoon and connect flights in Newark, New Jersey en route to Barcelona, Spain. Well, when travelling in 2017 don’t ever expect everything to go according to plan. Unfortunately, our flight was delayed 4 hours in Orlando and resulted in a missed connection.

TRUFiT TRAVEL TIP #1
When travelling internationally it is important to give yourself enough time to make connecting flights even if that means going a day earlier. It is inevitable that one of your flights is going to be delayed so make sure to plan accordingly.

Adapting is the key to enjoying your vacation. Always have a Plan B and be willing to really go with the flow. 

 

TRAVEL TIP #2

Day #1
Missed Connecting Flight…
24 Hours In To Spend New York City

After arriving in Newark 4 hours passed the scheduled arrival time, option #1 was to stay in Newark, New Jersey for the night and catch the connecting flight to Barcelona the next day. No offence Newark but Option #2 was to hail a cab and head to New York City for the night and spend the following day sightseeing.

With technology at our finger tips 24/7, it is very easy to make last minute decisions like booking a hotels and rescheduling lights. With the help of google the plan was to find a hotel to check into in midtown Manhattan close to all the action, get a good night sleep so I would be well rested for an action packed day in NYC before heading back to Newark to catch the flight to Barcelona the following day.


Woke up early and grabbed a rent-a-bike


Cruisin through Time Square at 7:00am on a Saturday morning


Refueling with some all natural fruits and vegetables


Lots of walking and ride on the subway


Staying TRUFiT with a healthy breakfast


Checking out the sights on a Double Decker Bus

Day #2
Welcome To Spain Spain
Port of Call: Barcelona

A top European center for art, architecture, design and cuisine, this stylish city has its own language and culture. The soul of old Barcelona is its Gothic Quarter; outside the medieval district, discover iconic landmarks and more.

 


Walking the streets of Barcelona checking out the local shops and restaurants.


As beautiful as the sunset was as we started to set sail, my health started to decline as I began to feel very sicked and began having cold sweats.  No more than 10 minutes into the cruise I got hit with a 24 hour flu bug which sent me to the ships infirmary. I spent a few hours there until I was released and quarantined to my cabin for 24 hours. It was a rough 24 hours by but I didn’t lose hope that I could still enjoy my vacation.

Day #3
Welcome To France France
Port of Call: Provence (Marseilles)

Vieux PortFrance’s oldest city is one of its most dynamic, with a melting pot culture and vibrant arts scene. The soul of the city is its Vieux Port, the working waterfront. Marseille is also a gateway port to the scenic villages and coastal areas of Provence. This picturesque port was once known as the gateway to the Mediterranean.

WTF! 24 Hour Flu – Quarantined To Ship Cabin


Unfortunately, I missed the first shore excursion to Marseilles, France but was grateful to have a balcony room with an amazing view. Although not feeling 100% I was so happy to be out of bed with the major effects of the flu starting to wear off.


By evening time I was off the restricted menu and able to eat what I wanted so I made sure to stick to healthy options and drink lots of water.

Day #4
Welcome To France France
Port of Call: Nice (Villefranche)


As you can imagined I was thrilled Nice is a cosmopolitan city where you’ll find a colorful Old Town, elegant Belle Epoque architecture, French Riviera chic and much more. The ship anchors just outside city limits, in the deep blue bay of picturesque Villefranche-sur-Mer. Eager to get off of the ship and I was also very grateful that I was only sick for 1 day and had 6 more action packed days to still enjoy myself.


Travelling through Europe can be very enjoyable when you are healthy and fit. So many hilly streets to explore.


Checking out a local vendor selling some locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Day #5
Welcome To 
Italy La Spezia
Port of Call: Florence/Pisa (La Spezia)


A former fishing village at the border of two enchanting regions, La Spezia offers easy access to Tuscany and its great cities like Florence and Pisa and the Liguria’s rugged coast and terraced villages known as Cinque Terre.


One of the great things about cruising is taking advantage of the outdoor running track early in the morning when the ship is approaching the port.


No Strollers allowed. At age 46, it is important for me to stay fit and healthy so I can still be physically active with my kids.

Eating fresh grilled octopus seaside in Santa Margaritta Island, Italy.



Grilled shrimp and prawns fresh fro the Mediterranean Sea


Climbing some more hills

Day #6
Welcome To Italy La Spezia
Port of Call: Civitavecchia


From the monuments of the ancient empire to the pursuit of la dolce vita, the Eternal City is an unrivaled open-air museum and a lively modern metropolis. The tiny enclave of Vatican City is home to sacred sites and priceless art.


So much easier to get your workout in before your day really starts.


Rome was full of walking checking out the many historical sites.


The flavors of Italy are absolutely amazing. Ate a lot of fresh seafood.


Hangin’ out in the streets of Italy as the day was coming to an end.

Day #7
Welcome To Italy 
Italy
Port of Call: Naples (Capri)

One of Europe’s oldest cities, Naples is vibrant and filled with rich artistic and architectural heritage. Nearby sights include the ruins of ancient Pompeii uncovers, the idyllic resort isle of Capri, and the jewel-like towns that dot the Amalfi Coast.

The Lost City


A very surreal experience running up the stadiums built in 79 AD



Very important to stay hydrated by drinkings lots of water.


The views were absolutely amazing atop of Sorrento.


Sitting atop Sorrento eating some fresh local food


Situated high above sea level the streets are long and hilly


Sampling some locally made mozzarella  cheese


Found this enormous lemon and the local lemon farm

 Day #8
A Day Cruising On The Mediterranean


Decided to do a nice 5K on the Mediterranean while cruising back to Barcelona


Cruising has many advantages and great entertainment for the kids.


Did not Deviate from my meditation. Added a new element doing it in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.


You Got To Move It Move It! So Awesome to see King Julia on the ship.

Day #9
On The Way Home From Barcelona 


Innovative ways of travel and keeping the kids entertained.


Speeding through Barcelona Airport. Always important to be prepared to be on the go.


Always an added benefit getting to see the cockpit of an airplane and smiles.

All in all it was a very enjoyable trip that could have gone bad multiple times.


TRUFit Travel Tip #3

When traveling with kids it is so important to help them manage their emorio