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Hey Everybody!

 Hope you're enjoying life.

I'm J'Que, a #HealthyLivingSpecialist and #PersonalTrainer.

 If you have a health, fitness, or wellness goal, I can help get you there. I believe in hard work and that we all have the ability to do anything. Whether you want to loose weight, build muscle, transform your body, prepare for an, or you just live a healthier lifestyle,  I'm the trainer for you. 

My passion for fitness comes from overcoming my own personal struggles, educational growth, and a decade of experience as an athlete, fitness professional, and a business owner.

 I stress the importance of overall health, which includes a balance of fitness, wellness, and good nutrition.

For more fitness and nutrition advice and to connect with me, drop your contact info, questions or concerns in the chat room.

I'm looking forward to meeting you!

~~~ #JQueNow 💟💟 

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The Business of Being Happy!

“The business of being happy requires making a conscious choice. People think being happy will just happen to them someday, if only they do this or that right. But it doesn’t – you have to choose it. You choose happiness, you don’t wait for it to choose you.” ~Bethenny Frankel

IF I can only get finished, I’ll be happy…

IF I get this job promotion, I’ll be happy…

IF the person I like asks me out…I’ll be happy…

We can literally “If” ourselves right out of happiness! The truth of the matter is, there is no tomorrow. There is no someday. There is no faraway, distant, magical future that’s going to suddenly flip the switch on our happy. There is only HERE & NOW. This moment. This day. This hour. Your beautiful, wonderful, fantastical life is staring you in the face… waiting for you to stop wishing it away and start LIVING it.

Sometimes I feel like we treat happiness like that kid in gym class who we always picked last for the kickball team (and I know, because I was always that kid.) We choose fear first, we choose hate first, we choose misery first, we choose unforgiveness first… but the only way we’re ever going to kick “BUT’s” is if we ardently, passionately, exuberantly choose HAPPINESS!

Today: You’re up.

It’s your turn to pick teams. Will you go on debating and waiting and hesitating, or will you choose this moment to make HAPPINESS your #1 draft pick?  Remember: It’s a lot more fun to win, when you’re doing it with a grin.

~~~ J'Que 💟💟

You Are Truly Beautiful

This post doesn't have much to do with fitness or nutrition, but I have realized one thing about both of these topics: our society always seems to try to motivate people to 'eat right' and 'get fit' in order to look better.  I admit, I do feel better about how I look when I eat right and exercise, but when it really comes down to it, those two things have nothing to do with being beautiful!

Regardless of your weight, height, age, or overall appearance, has anyone ever told you that you were WONDERFULLY made? Well...You were! The Bible says in Psalm 139:14, that you were both "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made!" Now I understand that the Bible is not exactly the 'common' or even 'popular' standard used to measure beauty, but I have found through my own personal experience that it is the ONLY way.  Why do I say this? Because I have looked to people in the past to define and affirm my beauty, and it it didn't matter what kind of validation I received, I was always disappointed. In fact, when I looked to others or the mirror to tell me I was beautiful, it was then that I found myself reaping feelings of doubt, loss of self esteem, and seeds of insecurity.

However, when I chose to look to God for my validation, He provided me with constant fulfilling and lasting affirmation. If you open the Bible, you will see verse after verse telling us how He CHOSE US, how He LOVES US, and He tells us that He has GOOD PLANS for us!  It isn't until we understand how valuable we are to God, that our life begins to radiate true BEAUTY because we will start to reflect Him!  

Don't believe me?

Take a moment to think about a woman who shines and radiates love... A woman who is full of joy and peace... That woman may never appear on the cover of a magazine, but one thing is sure, even without seeing her picture, she us undeniably and stunningly beautiful.

I heard a song on the radio by Johnny Diaz recently, titled "A More Beautiful You". It really spoke to my heart. I find that the Lord often brings the words of this song back to my mind when I start to have moments of doubt or insecurity...And it always reminds me, that I need to remember what HE says about me in His Word.. that He created me wonderful and unique, and the same goes for YOU!

Devotions for Healthier You: Exodus 33:17

He Calls Me Friend

by: Rev. Dr. Brenda Furlow

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Knowing about God and knowing God are not the same. Knowing God is a wonderful thing because having known God is a way to remember how and where we met God in a prior circumstance in our life; it's our history with God. When we know God, His character shows up in us because we have formed a relationship with Him. 

 

 

 

 

I have come to understand that it is a blessing to know God, but the greater blessing is that God Knows Us. He knows our name, He knows our struggles, He knows our ups, our downs, our secret sins, our acquaintances, and everything about us; and still He calls us friend. What a friend we have in Jesus!!!

Scripture Reference : Exodus 33:17 Article adapted from Knowing God by J.I. Packer

 

Rev. Dr. Brenda J. Furlow is President of Sisters Connecting to Sisters Women's Ministry at Progressive Union Missionary Baptist Church (PUMBC). She received her undergraduate degree from Athens State University, Athens, Alabama, her Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School, Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and her Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Furlow preaches, teaches and facilitates workshops at numerous Women's conferences and churches all over Europe and theUnited States.  She has established Women’s Ministries, retreats, and conferences to empower women and has a special interest in the spiritual growth of women of all ages.  Under her leadership, many women have come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and have made the commitment to serve God.

Since retiring from the Federal Government, Dr. Furlow worked as a professor at Huntsville Bible College, and served as president of the Ministerial Staff at PUMBC, a  mentor for Christian Women’s Job Corp, served as a member of the Racial Reconciliation Group of Huntsville and the Alabama Partnership for Progress initiative. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Huntsville Alumnae Chapter, a member of the Silver Edition of Who’s Who Among American Women and a member of Pi Tau Chi National Honor Society for Religion. She currently teaches several Bible studies and Sunday school classes, serves as the Director of Adult Bible Studies at PUMBC and serves on the Board of Christian Education for the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC).

Dr. Furlow is grateful for the opportunity to till new ground, tread in new territory and wade in new waters as she journeys in Ministry for God.  For it is her continuous prayer that "God would Stand in her body, Think with her mind, Speak with her mouth, Design and Fashion her will as His, that the world would look upon her and see Jesus, the Christ".  In all that has been said and done, she continuously gives God all the Praise, Honor and Glory for the opportunity to be a vessel for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to be a humble servant to his chosen people. 

 

Connect with Dr. Furlow through her Facebook page

 

Permanent Fitness

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A beautiful body doesn’t begin with a diet and/or a gym membership. It begins in your head.  It begins with self-respect, love and understanding that your mind and your body are interconnected. The path to a better physique is born from the union of the body and the mind. How we look is just a projection of how we feel… so start feeling fit, empowered, beautiful and deserving right now. The choices you make must be made out of love and respect for yourself, and then you will start getting real, permanent results.

It’s our attitude that has to change the way we feel about ourselves. Instead of following a list you become curious about what you put in your body because that will be the building material for the new beautiful you. Pick your own sport, your own way of staying active, whether it’s running, cycling or swimming or a team sport. You find your own “it” that will make you happy while keeping you moving, you just need to try it all to see which activity is the right one for you. Motion is life and life is for you to enjoy. 

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In order to shape your body you must shape your mind first, treat your body with respect and provide it with everything it needs, choosing your activities and what you eat mindfully. To change on the outside you need to start with the person you are inside, give it your full attention, care and love and see it transform.

Recipe For Success

Are you looking for an incredible recipe to succeed in life? Is Oprah, Bill Gates, Obama, Mark Zuckerberg or J. K. Rowling one of your role models? Well, well, you have landed at exactly the right spot! Today, we are to unveil a secret sauce of daily habits that are known to turn a normal person into a successful individual. This recipe, if followed in its entirety, can take many of you a lot closer to your dreams, no matter how huge they are!

First things first: Don't let the sun catch you in bed! None of us can forget our adults singing to us: "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise!" Well, this childhood simile in fact forms the core of leading a successful life. Trust these words to be the best of wisdom. All successful people wake up absolutely early. The earlier they begin their day, the more time they have to get things done.

Read, read & read! But not just for pleasure. Reading is an absolutely important element in the daily lives of highly successful people because it lets them learn from the mistakes of others. Even if it's just half an hour a day, read something.

Don't sit idle! Planning is everything! Successful individuals pre-plan their day-to-day lives. This allows them to make the best use of the day and get much more work done than those who go about without planning. It is very important to note here that planning isn't just about setting objectives but you must work hard towards achieving those goals.

Exercise self-control .People who do well in life are those who have exceptional abilities of self-control. Disappointments don't let them down and success doesn't make them over-excited. Keep impulsive decisions at bay if you really want to achieve something in life. Push yourself to exercise. No one is going to do it for you. Because food is the most abused anxiety drug and exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant is why the world of 7 billion has seen only a handful of successful people. Regular exercise makes you feel good about yourself, keeps the body strong, and allows the mind stay alert. Successful people absolutely don't argue about time constraints because as a matter of fact, 70 percent of successful individuals say that they are able to find a way to exercise daily. Encircle yourself with people smarter than yourself. *Wink* It is kind of ludicrous but success comes a bit more easily when you surround yourself with people who are intellectually smarter than your own self. Being in such company, you are exposed to the knowledge and charisma of more experienced individuals, which directly can influence your own knowledge and shape your personality. And Take Risks! A famous saying goes that "if something doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you." Successful individuals are very open to risks and challenges because it's not always possible to play safe. However, taking well-calculated risks can open many doors of opportunities for advancement in not just career but in personal life as well. 

Life's To-Do List

If I don't write things down, there's a good chance I'll forget half of what I need to do. Maybe you're the same? I use "to-do" lists all the time to keep me organized and on track in my daily life. Then it occurred to me that a few good lists could also help me stay on track in my emotional/spiritual life. It's so easy to focus on what's wrong that we sometimes forget how easy it can be to focus on what's right. Especially when we're feeling down. When your mind won't release you from the gloom, wouldn't it be nice to have some lists at hand to remind you just how wonderful your life really is? Instead of "to-do" lists, think of these as "To Be Happy" lists, perfect for that much-needed jolt of perspective or positivity. I look at my lists every day, and they make a big difference.

Take a little time, in a quiet space if possible, and make the following four lists. Write freely! It's not possible to have too many items on these lists, and you can always add more at any point in the future.

1. The Gratitude List:  Gratitude is one of the quickest paths to happiness, a sure-fire way to feel good about your life.  Gratitude rocks! What are you grateful for? Write down everything that contributes to your life in a way that makes your soul full with gratitude. You'll soon see there's a lot of good going on in your world.

2. The Proud Accomplishments List:  What are you proud of? What hardships have you overcome? When did you move forward beyond some fear that tried to hold you back? Write these moments down. We forget how strong we are, and how resilient we can be. When we're going through hard times, we're often not able to see ourselves as worthy or productive. Read this list when you're determined to put yourself down; it will lift you back up.

3. The People You Love and Who Love You List: Nothing makes me happier than connecting with the people I love. What about you? Who are the people you care most about? Who accepts you just as you are? Make a list of all the people you love deeply, as well as, those who love you deeply. Most likely these are the same people, the ones you turn to over and over, the ones you call "family." Just reading the names of those most important to you will carry their energy into the moment, and will warm your heart immediately.

4. The Inspirational Mantras List:  My friend once said to me, "There's no justification for lack of love." I think of these words all the time; they inspire me. We all come across certain mantras, lyrics or passages that deeply resonate with us. What are yours? Write down your favorites. Create a list with those words that have inspired you the most, that have helped you find perspective or have simply made you smile. A glance at this list could lead you to your next "a-ha" moment and inspire a real change in the way you're approaching your life.

Simply making these four lists is a wonderful exercise that will have you feeling more grounded in the good. But don't stop there. When you're done, scatter them around your life — one in your purse or wallet, one in your nightstand, one at work — so that you're always surrounded by easy reminders of what's working in your life.

If you can, put all four lists on one document and allow yourself to be blissfully overwhelmed by the fulfilling life you've created. And by all means, if you can think of other lists you want to create that inspire positivity, write those down too. You can never have too many reminders of all that's beautiful in your life.

Happy listing! 

#ModelLife

#ModelLife: Stop putting judgements, labels and limits on yourself. You can do, be and have anything you set your mind to.  #LiveYourDreamsNow #LoveYourSelf  #Maximizeyourlife

~~~ #JQueNow 💟💟

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What's Your Strategy?

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