Six Weeks To Fitness (general)

In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by Rekishia L. McMillan, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Award-Winning Author, retired Air Force veteran and owner of “Rock Your World Naturally”.  During our interview, Rekishia will discuss nutrition, weight loss, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, military veterans and women's health. Her coaching philosophy provides an integrative approach that provides a warm, helpful, and confidential environment in which individuals feel free to express their feelings and communicate their concerns.   Rekishia believes (as is stated in the Bible), that the life of the body is in the blood and your blood type has a lot to do with your overall health. Rekishia will also list the foods she recommends to her clients to build up the blood and strengthen the immune system. 

Did you know that the #3 cause of patients death is following doctor’s orders?  I didn’t know this fact until Rekishia mentioned it in the interview.  This interview will enlighten you as to the importance of nutrition and why over 2000 years ago, the Greek Physician Hippocrates said “Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Thy Food”.  At the end of the interview Rekishia offers a “free gift”, a “5-Day Clean Eating Challenge”, to my listeners, so be sure to listen to this very informative interview and receive your free gift.

 

Direct download: Episode_119_RiKishia_McMillan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:29pm EDT

In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I provide a compilation of motivational speakers to inspire you to live your life’s purpose.  Mark Twain said it best when he stated that “the two most important days in our lives is (i) when we are born and (ii) the day we find out why”.  In other words, when you find your life’s purpose.  I believe we were all born to fulfill a purpose and some of us know right away what that purpose is, and there are those of us who will go through life never knowing.  Wouldn’t it be nice to know now, today what your purpose is in this life?

I believe this episode will inspire and motivate you to find your purpose.  If you like these types of podcasts and would prefer that I incorporate them with my interviews, then please share with your friends, subscribe and leave a comment.

Direct download: Episode_118_-_Living_Your_Life_With_Purpose.mp3
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In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by Mrs. Idera Abdullah (“Sister Bisi”), Founder and Executive Director of IMANI HOUSE, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serving marginalized youth, families, and immigrants in Brooklyn, NY, and Liberia, West Africa.  

During the interview, Sister Bisi will share her motivation for creating Imani House. With programs ranging from literacy and job readiness classes for adults, to after-school programs and camps for children, Imani House continues to accomplish great things with the vision and hard work of Sister Bisi as its driving force.  Also in the interview, Sister Bisi will discuss the work Imani House is doing to address the epidemic of childhood obesity, through their upcoming 6th Annual “Walk to Live Walk-A-Thon and Festival,” which will take place on June 2nd from 9:30am to 3pm, at the Grecian Shelter in Prospect Park, entrance at Parkside Ave and Parade Place.  One of Imani House’s missions is to “help people do for themselves,” and walking, Sister Bisi believes, is one of the best exercises you can do for yourself.  It doesn’t’ cost you anything but it can improve your health significantly and that’s how it started for Sister Bisi.  She was once very overweight and when a friend initially invited her to participate in a walk, she tried and failed but that didn’t stop her from continuing to try.  On her third attempt at walking around the park, she succeeded and became an avid walker ever since.  Sister Bisi knows what walking can do to improve your health.  Sister Bisi noted that too many kids today are suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure due to lack of inactivity and poor eating habits.  This is more prevalent among black and Latino kids.  The 6th Annual Walk to Live Walk-A-Thon and Festival was created to bring communities together and bring awareness to this very serious issue before it gets worse.  

Following the 3.5-mile walk, there will be various types of fun activities, including music, dancing, games and prizes.  There will also be healthy snacks and visits from local politicians.  All are welcome to attend.

For more information about participating, volunteering, or supporting Walk-to-Live, please visit www.ihiwalktolive.com, email imani@imanihouse.org, or call (718) 638-2059.  This was a very inspiring interview.  I hope to see you at the Walk!

Direct download: Episode_117_Sis_Bisi.mp3
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In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by Kimi Walker, a school psychologist, philanthropist, coach, and wellness enthusiast from Indianapolis, Indiana.  During the interview, Kimi will share her personal journey into health and wellness.  As a teenager, Kimi was obese, suffered from asthma and had to deal with various social and emotional challenges associated with obesity.  At one point, Kimi’s weight was close to 300 pounds.  While attending Florida A&M University, Kimi decided to undergo a lifestyle change and took certain action steps to lose the weight, all of which she will share during the interview.  Kimi believes that you must take a holistic approach to weight loss.  It’s not just about the body, but the mind and spirit as well.

In addition to running her private practice as a school psychologist, working with children age 2 to 20 and their families, Kimi also has an accountability coaching business where she holds clients accountable in achieving their goals, whether it’s weight loss or business.  Kimi’s personal experience in wellness more than qualifies her to understand what so many people are going through when it comes to health challenges, whether they are mental or physical.  Kimi will share how she holds her clients accountable and what we can do to hold ourselves accountable when it comes to achieving our goals.

If you think your life is busy, just listen to Kimi Walker.  This young woman has 4 personal brands, which includes being the host of the “Early Accountability Podcast” and running her own not-for-profit organization (Nubian Wellness). She shows no signs of slowing down.  If you need some inspiration and motivation to go after your goals, Kimi Walker has it!

Direct download: Episode_116_-_Kimi_Walker.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:26pm EDT

In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, Vince discusses the connection between obesity and stress.  Federal health officials are surprised at the continued rise in obesity rates among American adults given the fact that there is so much information available on how to prevent obesity. Vince believes that the Federal health officials are missing out on one of the major contributors to obesity, which is stress. Vince believes that obesity rates will continue to increase as long as stress combined with poor eating habits and inactivity exist.

Direct download: Episode_115_Vince-Obesity_and_Stress.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45am EDT

In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by Jermaine Rivers, actor, author, and U.S. Army veteran from Atlanta, Georgia. Jermaine was recently cast in a recurring Guest Starring role as Shatter on Fox/Marvel’s ‘The Gifted’ opposite Steven Moyer (True Blood), Amy Acker (Person of Interest). Some of Rivers other notable roles were as the notorious Officer Carter on season 3 of “Devious Maids” and Officer Holmes on Season 5 of Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and Have Nots”. Look for him in the upcoming Feature Films “HANGMAN” starring Al Pacino and Karl Urban also “DEN OF THIEVES” starring Gerard Butler and 50 Cent.  During the interview, Jermaine will take us on his journey which began growing up in Georgia to a military family, serving in the U.S. Army for over 10 years and pursuing a very successful acting career.  Jermaine will also share how his military background helped him to land various roles and how important gratitude and a positive mental attitude is to achieving your goals.  He will also discuss what it’s like playing a Marvel comic book character and how he prepares for the role.  His exercise and nutrition regimen is also discussed and much more. This was a very informative and inspiring interview. Jermaine is definitely on his way to a long- lasting and successful acting career. 

Direct download: Episode_114_Jermaine_Rivers.mp3
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In this episode of our Six Weeks To Fitness podcast, I am joined by Carla Christine, founder and creator of the  Yoga Greenbook, the first online streaming service providing yoga and meditation videos created by and for people of color. During the interview, Carla will share her journey from her childhood growing up in Charleston, South Carolina in a military family, pursuing an Electrical Engineering degree and working for the Federal Government.  After suffering from work-related anxiety, long commutes, and unfulfilling tasks for over 10 years, Carla decided to quit her lucrative job as an Electrical Engineer.  She didn’t know what she was going to do, but she knew it was time to make a change and pursue a more purposeful and fulfilling career.

Carla first tried Yoga back in 2011 after the recommendation from a friend who was worried when a doctor prescribed her with an anti-depressant for anxiety without an evaluation. At the time Carla couldn’t see how twisting and bending could cause such healing in her body and mind but since her friend knew her struggles she agreed to try it. She believes it is probably the best advice she has taken because since then yoga has aided her in self-healing and self-study.  Carla wakes up every day with undying passion to share yoga’s transformational powers through the Yoga Greenbook.

Yoga Green Book leads people of color to a safe online space with culturally-affirming teachers using the ancient healing art of yoga to promote wellness. You can try Yoga Greenbook with a 30 Day Free Trial Membership at yogagreenbook.com.

Direct download: Episode_113_Carla_Christine-Yoga_Green_Book.mp3
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In this Episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by Dr. Jason McKeown, CEO of MODIUS Health and Tom Bilyeu, co-founder of the 2014 Inc. 500 company Quest Nutrition and the co-founder and host of Impact Theory.

Dr. McKeown and Tom will discuss how MODIUS, a revolutionary new wearable technology, works to help you reduce body weight and gain a lean muscular body.  MODIUS, which has been approved by the FDA as a “wellness device”, was developed by Dr. McKeown and other neuroscientists, based in San Diego, California.  During the interview, Dr. McKeown explains how MODIUS works by “stimulating the vestibular nerve, which connects to the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is the area of the brain that controls body weight and appetite. Vestibular stimulation has been shown to influence body weight.”  In August of 2017, a 2-month fundraising campaign on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo was created to raise $50,000.  According to Dr. McKeown, MODIUS is fully funded and did not need the $50,000 but as a way to further promote the product and do a proof of concept by having people purchase and try the product, the crowdfunding campaign was created. The campaign is nearly over and as of this writing; MODIUS has raised approximately 1.5 million dollars, 2995% of its $50,000 fundraising goal.  MODIUS is not meant to take the place of proper nutrition and exercise, but to be a catalyst that would encourage people to eat better and exercise.

The creators of MODIUS are so confident as to the device’s effectiveness, that they are offering a 100% money back guarantee.  If for some reason you lose too much weight or not enough, or if it just doesn’t work for you, you can still get your money back no questions asked.  This device has the potential to being one of the greatest breakthroughs in modern history as it relates to weight loss.  Tom Bilyeu stated that since he’s been using MODIUS, he has better quality sleep and sleeps about one hour longer, which is another health benefit from using MODIUS. 

This has been a truly fascinating interview about an amazing product, which can potentially benefit millions and perhaps billions worldwide.

Direct download: Episode_112_Jason_McKeown_Tom_Bilyeu.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:15pm EDT

In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by Kershel Anthony, founder and creator of KerboomKidz Inc., an energetic and challenging group exercise program that is especially designed for kidz (ages 4-17). The goal of KerboomKIDZ is to increase student’s health by creating a non-judgmental environment while improving children’s memory and physical coordination. KerboomKIDZ raises students' confidence and stimulates their physical and mental states. Kershel started dancing at the age of five and attributes his love of dance to being surrounded by music while growing up in Long Island, New York.  He studied Dance at Hofstra University, where he perfected his style, becoming an expert in hip-hop, ballet and modern dance, as well as perfecting his break-dancing sills. From The King Michael Tour, to SHAPE America Conferences and to the IDEA World Fitness Conference, Kershel has been stomping his feet and making imprints into today’s hottest trends. He has appeared on Sweat, Inc., with Jillian Michaels, Obi Obadike, Randy Hetrick and former NFL Star, Terrell Owens.  If you attended our 14th annual Children’s Sports & Fitness Expo on Saturday, June 24th, you would have had the pleasure of witnessing Kershel’s high-energy workout class first hand.

Direct download: Episode_111_Kelshel_Anthony.mp3
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In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I am joined by ShLanda Burton, a Food, Nutrition, Health and Wellness Specialist out of Clemmons, North Carolina. Shlanda holds two University Degrees in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a Registration Eligible - Dietician, Certified Diabetes Peer Educator and Certified Birth Doula. During the interview, Shlanda will share the lifestyle changes she made which enabled her to lose 140 pounds in 3 short years and how she is able to keep it off.  Shlanda will share that although she has a gym membership, she does not go to a gym.  In her own words, “nature is my gym” and Shlanda will discuss how she utilizes nature to help her lose weight along with her healthy eating style and methods.  After her career working for government agencies she created her business Balanced By Burton, where she leads and teaches others in their journey to use the right tools and support for healthy and successful weight loss. Shlanda believes that true health is about balancing your body, mind and spirit with the food you put into your body.  She assists her clients with their transitional journey, by taking them step by step through her nutrition education techniques.  This interview with Shlanda is full of “food for thought” when it comes to designing your own personal nutrition program for weight loss.

Direct download: Episode_110_Shlander_Burton.mp3
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