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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I'd like to introduce you to Eli Sapharti, author, columnist and motivational speaker. Six years ago, Eli’s life changed in a dramatic way when he lost over 100 pounds. His weight loss, though significant, is only a small part of his story.

Since publishing his popular memoir, From Fat Boy to Fit Man: A One Step at a Time Success Story, Eli has appeared on the Emmy award winning, The Doctors, as well as ABC’s Good Morning America, and a host of other local morning shows. His story has also appeared in national publications including PEOPLE and the Huffington Post.

Eli has personally written for the popular health and lifestyle website, Diets In Review.

With his natural charm and charisma, coupled with a first-hand knowledge of weight loss, Eli has become a popular TV guest. His greatest joy, however, is the work he does as a personal coach and motivational speaker. 

Having founded the principles of "One Step at a Time" for sustainable weight loss, Eli’s philosophy has proven effective for many of his clients and the 30,000 + very active followers on his Fat Boy Fit Man Facebook page.

As an entertaining and authoritative guest speaker, Eli has had the privilege of sharing his expertise at health and wellness events, corporate receptions, organizational retreats, and motivating kids at both the middle and high school levels.

Today, Eli continues to motivate and inspire audiences across the United States, while providing, “One Step at a Time” principles they can utilize in their own lives.

Here is also a link to a short video about ELi's Inspiring Book:

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Jessica Alexander
Hmmm ... I usually tell people that I'm 26 but I'm actually 33, lol!
I've lost 85 pounds

When and why did you decide to start your transformation journey?
My journey started when I went to try on bridesmaid dresses for my sister's wedding and I had to look at myself over and over again in the mirror ( probably like 30 times, lol ) and I didn't like what I saw...I couldn't believe it was me anymore. I had two beautiful little girls but I had never lost all of the "baby weight" and I thought I never would.

What keeps you motivated along your journey?
Being there for my daughters and setting a good example for them and just helping others on their own journey keeps me motivated every day!

What are your fitness goals?
For my fitness goals, I just want to steadily push myself harder and harder. I've had two kids, so I know I probably won't have six-pack abs or anything like that ( although it would be nice! ) but I would love to improve my overall tone, work on strength training, and improve my cardio to maintain a nice, healthy heart!

What does your weekly exercise schedule look like?
I work out for 30 min a day, 5 days a week. I prefer Beachbody programs because they have a calendar to go off and each program has a bunch of DVD's with it so that you don't get bored at all and that's really important to me! Right now, I'm doing Shaun T's Insanity Max:30 and then after that I'm going to start Autumn Calabrese's program the 21 Day Fix Extreme...time to get shredded baby!

What nutritional goals do you strive for?
for nutrition, I'm a fan of tracking, so I stay within the healthy limits for my height and weight but I'm always trying to integrate more "power" foods!

What “tips and / or tricks” do you have for others?
for tips and tricks, I just say that it's so important for you to educate yourself...I'm an area supervisor for McDonald's and I eat there for free while I work so I get 10 free meals a week there and ain't no way I was gonna pass that up! So I use all of the tools and resources available to me so that I can still eat McDonald's 10 times a week and still lose weight and it has obviously worked for me!

How has your life changed since the start of your transformation journey?
oh wow, my life is soooo much better now! I have more energy, I don't feel as stressed, and I just enjoy life more! I never thought this would be possible again!

What are some of your favorite motivational thoughts and / or quotes that inspire you?
My favorite quote is actually something that I use as my "anchor" every day to snap me right back on track if I'm struggling...
"Without struggle, there is no progress." - Frederick Douglass

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Monday, February 9, 2015

So for a while, I would run the same route, do the same stretch, same same same!!!  

And one day before my run, I thought to myself … let’s go the other direction.  I never thought that such a simple switch would make such a huge difference!  That 3 mile loop that I ran countless times, was tougher in reverse, or was my body just used to running it the “easy way”?  Yep, my body had gotten so used to the hill and the downhill and the zigs and zags that turning things around made me work harder, even added time to my pace. 

WHAT??? Such a simple thing such as changing direction will help with my workout routine.  Absolutely, your body gets conditioned to the same ol same ol, so SWITCH it up every now and then. 

Confuse your BODY!!! You will be glad you did!!!


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