What if you hadn’t said yes?

There’s a thought plaguing me a bit today. Here we are at the end of the year and it’s going to be a busy couple of months for our little Herbalife family. Next month there’s the annual Herbalife extravaganza in Johannesburg, and of course that’s a huge deal and a whole bunch of our local team will be making their way there to learn from and be inspired by the best that this company has to offer. In November, my family (mom, dad, brother) will be jetting off to  Lisbon for the President’s Summit where they will learn and be inspired even further.

That’s quite a bit of adventure ahead, isn’t it? I mean, come on: Lisbon! If my thousands of online travel friends are to be believed, Lisbon is one of the most underrated cities in the world. In fact, in the wanderlusters community it is regarded as one of the best cities to visit.

And my family is going there just by the way. No big deal. It’s just par-for-the-course around here these days.

Which leads me to my plaguing thought: What if my dad had said no…

Imagine it! Imagine my dad had left his meeting with Rob Green and never given Herbalife a second thought. Imagine if he had handed the products over to my mom, and not taken her seriously when she told him that they had made her feel quite incredible and that her energy levels were up for the first time in years. Imagine if they had just shrugged it all off and moved on.

Just imagine.

There’d be no fantastic travel tales to share around family braais. There would be no fulfilling days of helping people improve their lives in uncountable ways. There would be no exceptional health benefits. There would be no financial freedom.

So I do imagine sometimes that he had said no. And it makes me ever so grateful that he said yes. Because every day I am reminded that we have a really good life and a whole lot of the credit for that life goes to this incredible company that makes exceptional lives a reality for so many people.

So thank goodness he said yes.

Quick Tip: Always Make a Great Shake

When it comes to talking about shakes, I always make it very clear to folks that they should put a little effort into making their shakes taste good, to ensure that they continue to find their shakes enjoyable. This is incredibly important when making long-term lifestyle changes because if you aren’t enjoying your shake, it is going to be very easy to stop taking it even after you have started experiencing positive results.

I think that something psychologically positive happens when you really enjoy what you are feeding your body. I’m not talking about satisfying that crazy and unexplainable need to devour a KFC family meal all by yourself, I’m talking about that feeling you get when you fuel your body with something positive.

Have you ever eaten something healthy and sort of felt like your body might be sighing with relief? I love that feeling! That feeling motivates me. And because of this feeling, it is so important to make a bit of an effort with your shakes.

Do you have a favourite shake recipe? I’d love for you to share it!

Otherwise if you need some ideas why don’t you pop in at the Lifestyle Wellness Hub at The Crusaders in St. George’s Cricket Grounds and speak to the professionals? We’ve gotten really good at this shake lifestyle!

For more information on how to use Herbalife protein shakes as a healthy meal replacement call/whatsapp Anthony on 083 651 3980 or pop us an email and we’ll get back to you.

How about we love ourselves?

Can I get very real with you for a moment?

If you’re here, reading this, then it’s because you’re either involved in Herbalife or somehow directly or indirectly linked to someone who is. You might be here because you got here by accident, or maybe you were searching for answers to your lifestyle management issues. You might be here because it’s Springtime now and you’re freaking about about your summer body.

It doesn’t really matter why you are here, I’m just glad that you are.

I hope that you’ll indulge me for a moment. I would like to strip myself down a bit and allow my vulnerability to show – possibly a little too much. I just have something important to say, and it cannot be said from behind walls.

If you, yes you, are here because you are ready to make a change to your wellbeing, your health your lifestyle, I want you to do something very important for me first.

I want you to give yourself a break. Stop beating yourself up about your thighs. Stop staring at your double chin in disgusted judgement. Stop lambasting yourself for each and every perceived imperfection on your person.

You are beautiful. You truly are. The lumps and bumps are just lumps and bumps. The inability to run around the block? That’s just a weakness. So what? Your freckles. Your pale skin. Your chicken arms. Your stringy hair. Your knobbly toes. These are just things. They have no real value.

You have real value.

So just stop. Love yourself. Embrace yourself. Dare to call yourself beautiful. Give yourself a moment to really look at yourself through the eyes of an artist. You are beautiful.

Because you know what? You can keep beating yourself up about everything that’s wrong, or you can love yourself enough to start making the right choices.

Let’s start our morning with yoga because we love ourselves.  Let’s go and sweat it out at Fit Club because we love ourselves. Let’s change some of the dangerously bad habits because we love ourselves. 

We are indirectly taught at a young age how to submerse ourselves in self-loathing. We go from innocent children, unaware of our  (mostly non-existent!) imperfections, to suddenly having to deal with the pressure of peer acceptance. For many of us this does not work out very well. Sometimes the people around us teach us very quickly how to hate ourselves, and then we spend years perfecting that art. We spend our time comparing ourselves to others, and we hardly ever allow ourselves the luxury of giving ourselves a break. We deny ourselves the joy of going to the beach because we do not approve of how we look in our bathing suits. We deny ourselves the body & soul happiness that comes from doing all sorts of things (dancing, running, going to the gym, playing sports we love) because we have learned to be afraid of making fools of ourselves. How much do we miss out on simply because we are too hard on ourselves? Because we refuse to forgive ourselves for not being perfect?

So right now…how about you and me give ourselves a break? How about we embrace our not-so-perfect thighs and baby-stretched bellies and love ourselves anyway? Because you know what? That love can play a huge role in helping us get to where we want to be.

Herbalife (and life in general) is not about turning you into a stick-thin model with zero imperfections. Herbalife is about helping you reach your Level 10. And your Level 10 has nothing to do with anybody else. You’re not going to get there while you’re throwing hate at yourself. It may not necessarily be scientific, but I do sometimes believe that self-hate is more damaging to our healthy lifestyle efforts than chocolate is. It is detrimental to your health in the way disease can be detrimental to your health.

So today, you and I are going to stop that, ok? And when we forget, we  are going to remind each other. Can we show ourselves the same kindness that we so freely give to others? Because I’d kind of like my kids to be kind to themselves. And I’d really like my family members to be kind to themselves. And my friends. And all of my Herbalife my team members. Some of us just need a little help sometimes.

Let’s focus on our Level 10 for one reason and one reason only: because we love our bodies.

There’s no place for hate within these bright green walls anyway!

 

 

Health Comes First

September first marks the beginning of spring around our part of the world and with that I find that there comes a shift-change, not unlike the “new year” inspired shift changes that happen every year. Yeah yeah, I know, technically spring only starts around the 21st of September, but we’re attached to the 1st of the month, aren’t we?

The thing is, spring marks new life and new beginnings. With it comes the hope of warmer days and the willingness to bring ourselves out of hibernation, slowly moving forward into healthier lifestyles. It sort of happens quite organically for the most part, but of course a bit of conscious intent ekes its way in too. Part of it is instinctual, no doubt. The desire to regain strength makes sense in the face of personal progression. But part of it can also be societal pressure based.

Summer is coming. If we look bad in our bathing suits the apocalypse will happen.

Yes? Yes.

But actually no.

It’s strange sometimes being in an industry where the most obvious results tend to all be about weight loss. These are the results that you see so they sort of take up all the space and they tend to be the reason people enquire about our business and what we do here at the Lifestyle Wellness Hub. But on the spectrum of wellness, skinniness isn’t synonymous with health, even though losing weight can be a bi-product of living a healthier lifestyle.

So I think my encouragement for you today is this:

Forget about your bum that is a bit bigger than you’d like it to be. Forget about your tummy that is making you feel bad about yourself. Forget about all the things that jiggle and wiggle.

Let’s rather look at your health.

Let’s look at whether or not your body is being fed what it needs to actually cope with your lifestyle.

Let’s look at your sleeping patterns.

Let’s look at your hydration levels.

Let’s look at your strength.

Let’s look at your energy levels.

Let’s look at your heart health, and the health of your other vital organs.

How are those things looking?

Because a big bum is kind of inconsequential in the face of those things. Your big bum doesn’t matter. You health does though. And that’s what we care about around here. Your strength. Your energy. Your fitness.

We don’t mind about your bum.