STOP! In The Name of Love…!

Judi GelmanDoes the phrase: “STOP! In The Name Of Love,” sound familiar? Well, if you are of my generation (I am 51 and going strong) it conjures up the song by the Supremes. Great song, but that is not what I am referring to. By this phrase I mean - stop treating your body unhealthy by eating the wrong foods. I mean - stop being sedentary and start moving. I mean - stop being negative and get positive. Love your Body! Treat it with the kindness and respect it deserves.
Yes, so let’s all Stop! In The Name Of Love!

We as a nation have increasingly become unhealthy, unfit and unwise. But, we can turn this around! Byone step and one person at a time! All it takes is to start! It doesn’t matter what age you are, what physical health you are in, or what struggles you are going through, it just takes small changes that can lead to big changes. We all have our own struggles to overcome but we can at least make one small change to get on the path to a healthier life. Treat your body as a prized possession. Pretend your body is that new car, new house, new shoes, whatever is
meaningful to you. Your body should be the most meaningful possession you have. Being complacent and eating unhealthy has almost become normal for our nation. Break that mold! Be a rebel and be Healthy, Fit and Happy! My motto is: "Just because we get older, doesn't mean we have to get old!"

A little about me:
I have worked as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for over 23 years. I am
currently assigned to recruiting. I have the same sense of duty and passion to serve my country with my work as I have the passion for wanting to share the knowledge I have learned through the years about adopting a healthy lifestyle! I am a real life example that it can be done. At 51, I am in better health and shape now than when I was in my 20’s. I am also happier and more grounded. There are no excuses! I had many excuses I could have used (bad back, low thyroid, work, divorce, busy life, mother passed away from ALS, death of father in his sleep, etc.) but didn’t. I eat clean, workout, work, and run a household. I have had my fair share of struggles but I persevered and so can everyone else! It is sad to me to see people my age, or any age for that matter, not being the best they can be!

Follow the steps that I took and you too can start nourishing your most prized possession - YOUR BODY!!!!!!!!

1. EAT CLEAN- I try to eat as close to nature as possible and limit refined/processed foods. When I do eat refined/processed foods, I try to make the healthiest choices that I can. It is not a diet, it is a lifestyle! I have lost 20 pounds in the last couple of years by eating clean. I didn't always eat clean but made those small changes that led to a lifestyle change! Trade in that white rice for brown rice, trade in those potato chips for carrots, trade in that artificial sweetener for a natural sweetener like Steviva. I could go on and on just on nutrition itself. I am not a licensed nutritionist but I know from real life experience what eating clean can do for your health and your looks as well. My hair has gotten thicker and my skin has gotten clearer.

At age 51, I am just improving and you can do it too! Just make small changes here and there and eventually they will add up to big changes. Just start. Do it for yourself, your family and yes, even do it for a stranger. People I don't know are always commenting on my physique
and want to know what I eat. I tell them I eat as close to nature as I can. You never know who you will influence to make a healthy change in their life! Just like you from reading this!

2. MOVE YOUR BODY- Most of us lead a very sedentary lifestyle. We sit in the car, we sit at work, we sit at home, we sit, we sit, we sit. Even if we have a job where we stand a lot, we aren't moving the rest of our body. Move all your parts! It doesn't matter what your passion is, just move. My passion happens to be weight training which as we get older, having more muscle keeps us strong and actually burns more calories while at rest. I feel like my body is a canvas
and I am the artist. My paint brushes are weights. I love to see the formation of my muscles. We all have different passions. Just move whether it is dancing, yoga, walking your dog, walking, hiking, rock climbing, biking, running, etc., etc., etc. There are so many options! Just spend some time each day moving your body. Get outside if you can and enjoy nature. We all have different levels of fitness so do what if good for you. If walking to your mailbox is an accomplishment then do it! My mom passed away from ALS. When she started losing the strength of her legs, she would drive the car to the end of the driveway, which wasn't a long driveway, just to get the mail. She used to walk a mile around the mall everyday. Appreciate the fact that you have the ability to move at whatever level you are. She eventually lost the use of her arms. If all you can do is stretch your arms, then appreciate this fact and stretch! Appreciate the body we have been given and move. All it takes is a start!

3. BE POSITIVE- We all have our own struggles! Especially as we get older we are dealing with grief, injuries, disease, etc. There are two things that I truly believe in: Being positive and being kind to not only yourself but to others. Speak and act with kindness in your heart. Another passion of mine is not judging others as we never know what someone else is going
through. But, that is a topic for another time as I could write a novel on that! Being positive and kind will not only make you a happier individual but it will bring happiness to others as well. Give a random compliment to someone and you could make their whole day. Words are very powerful! And, I am not just talking about how you speak and act to others, I am talking also about how you act and speak to yourself. Be complimentary to yourself not critical. We all slip up at times, don't beat yourself up! Be kind to yourself and move on! Be proud of who you are.
You will be amazed at how your life will change if you lead a life of being positive and kind. And, being kind to yourself isn't just in words, it is in actions such as how you feed and move your body. Show yourself some respect!

4. NO EXCUSES- There is no excuse that warrants treating yourself poorly! Where there is a will there is a way as they say. My husband and I get up every morning at 4 a.m. to get our workout in. I spend at least 30 minutes each morning preparing food for the day as I want to eat healthy. I even get teased by coworkers about my huge lunch bag that carries my food, but I do this because I want to be prepared for healthy eating during the day. I make the time and I
make the effort because I am worth it! Am I perfect? No! I have times when I eat less than healthy because I don't live in extremes. But, 90% of the time, I eat clean. I believe in a balance of all things.

We all know in today’s world everyone is looking for that “quick fix”. Anything worthwhile and lasting takes time and consistency. Of course, we can't always prevent all the health issues that happen to us in life but why not prevent those health issue that we can! Just stating is the first big step and sticking with it. I would just love to see people taking steps to a healthier lifestyle. One person at a time will lead to a healthier and happier nation and what could be better than that! I created a Facebook page with the hopes of inspiring others that it is never too late to get
Healthy, Fit and Happy! Check it out and get on that healthy lifestyle path!

Check out Judi's inspirational Facebook Page!

So, to wrap it up, I will rephrase the Supremes’ song and say, "START! In The Name Of Love!"

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