Category Archives: Mental Fitness

I almost did it…


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So, this past weekend was just about the end of me.

It started on Wednesday that things just were not in sync. For all of my efforts of meeting with an executive within the Victory Nutrition organization, to some things happening with my kids at their school, nothing seemed to be going right.

During this stretch, my business was going through a bit of a lull and processes just seemed off. I was quite frustrated with…well everything! It is the first time in a very long time that I just felt like I wasn’t in control. The negative thoughts started to roll in – they saw an opening. My primal underman first asked: “What are you doing this for? Why fight and struggle to educated people? If they don’t get it, it’s their fault. You’ve paid your dues, understand and can go further without dead weight and a heavy burden…forget them!”

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Speaking frankly – this depressed the shit out of me! Yes me….depressed. Think I’m lying? How many tweets did you see from me Thursday thru Sunday? Facebook posts? My Webcast had to be cancelled on Thursday. I was in the toilet as far as my motive and conviction to continue on this road that I have been on for the better part of 6 years. So I did what some with less insight to these bigger questions do….I crawled up into my bed and watched tv. Yep…..me and the bed and blu ray high definition!

There I stayed with the exception of picking my kids up from school and those chores that are required. Short of that, I wasn’t much use to anyone let alone myself.

Saturday, my mood was actually slightly better but not much. I spent the bulk of the day trying to figure out what I was going to do with the rest of my life. Yes, you read that right, I had subconsciously already decided to move on. My paradigm had completely switched just like that!

Then I began to think about how I got started in fitness. Ordering my grappling mats and dummies from Combat sports International for my home gym. Training endless hours and believing in myself when nobody else did. Reading up on foods and exercises that provided the best results. Requesting a personal trainers certification manual from the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT) and International Fitness Association (IFA) – I ended up getting certified through both associations. Understanding that my purpose wasn’t so much about mixed martial arts, but more about helping others understand their potential. My jiu jitsu training suffered many years because my focus was on my personal training and nutrition certification and starting a fitness business. Then I had the notion to open my own gym…

1827957379562 I didn’t have a babysitter when I started my first fitness studio, so my daughter would sleep on my grappling dummy “Renzo.” My son would be asleep in a hammock chair.

1827959899625my jiu jitsu mats for when I didn’t have any clients so I could train. Introduced my kids to the thing I love just as much as them!

By Saturday evening I understood how badly I allowed myself to get, but also how freakin strong I was mentally! I started out on a quest to help others with their fitness, nutrition and the conditioning of their minds to withstand anything that wasn’t in alignment with their dreams and goals. Now the question was: “What’s my next move?”

So enter Sunday, a day devoted to the LaRochester men, my son and I. What do you know, he wants to watch Transformers – wow big surprise! I get him off Power Rangers and now addicted to Transformers! – Talk about can’t catch a break! Well, in one of the movies, there is a point where the character “Sam” has to revive Optimus Prime with the matrix of leadership. It is his will and belief in the “ideal” that somehow all will be done because he won’t quit until Optimus is revived! That was the spark or thing to snap me all the way back. See, when I write posts to you, it’s not that I am superhuman…I have my days and moments as well. It is always how you recover and gain clarity on the things that will truly define you by pushing you further to accomplish and persevere or bury you where you stand.

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I want you to know that if I can look within myself and understand that my “feelings” almost caused me to make a huge mistake, you could be doing the same in your life as well. Take your time and get clear on why you would continue to do – or not do something. Be sure that it is rational and not emotional…there is a huge difference. Keep your feelings on the surface and make an informed decision about your life’s work. These are the times to know what you are made of and what your contribution to society is. If you have a quality let it define you…whatever it is. I almost quit on my quality of devotion to helping others because of my feelings. Be thankful for a strong mind to keep you in the game even when you have one foot out. I am deeply thankful today.

Thank you for reading. Have a great week!

Jeremy

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Can I Have Your Opinion


Hi, how’s it going?

I wanted to keep this brief because I know it’s late and I’m telling on myself! My sleep patterns get kind of weird when I lock on to an idea or concept that I have to see through to completion. Enough about me and my ridiculous motivation to G.S.D. (thank you Chris McCombs and Bedros Keuilian)!

There will be a pretty big announcement that is coming soon regarding LaRochester Fitness and future business (I can’t wait!) In order to make this seamless process complete, I would really appreciate if you could please complete this survey for me. It should only take a couple of minutes of your time, but will be invaluable for me in terms of feedback on me and my products and services. This will also allow me to improve in areas to make the most of my interactions with my clients and patrons.

Here’s the link once more: Customer Service Survey

Thank you very much and we’ll talk soon,

Jeremy

Are You Slowly Sinking?


Hey, I wanted to send this to you because…

…well, maybe someone needs to hear it.

I know that some of you are in a position
where you have to do something.

You need good news and good fortune.  You just can’t afford to keep sticking your foot in the door again and again and not advancing your situtation.

You feel like you’re slowly sinking.  You research plan and try everything you know to do for hours trying to find
that one special program that will work for you.

You can’t afford to lose again.

I know what that’s like.

I was so frustrated with my fitness business when I decided to serve the diabetes community. I previously failed in my business and felt to take the failure as a semester of fitness education and try again.  I honestly wondered if focusing my efforts on type 2 diabetes was even smart for me and my business.

I even thought about giving up a few times.

Boy, am I glad I didn’t.

So, here’s my reason for emailing you today.

It’s not to sell you anything.
It’s not to tell you that you need to join me on my quest to eradicate the world of diabetes…this is about you…
For You.

It’s to say this:

Don’t give up.
Hang in there.
You can do this.

No matter what anyone says, as long as you believe in you and you take action in that direction it can happen.

I’ll help you.

Let me know if I can answer any questions for you about how this can be a different experience for you.

And most of all…don’t give up.

You’re more powerful than you think you are.

To Your Success,

Jeremy LaRochester

Jeremy.larochester@gmail.com

How To Win In Life


Hi there,

I just wanted to rap with you for a few minutes on this saturday afternoon about what is holding you back. I consider you a close friend and would like to think that you will still respect me after I tell you some things that might upset you and/or piss you off.

You will never succeed in life by being a yes man, going with the flow, not causing problems, making others happy before yourself, being the ultimate respectful one, kind and overly generous. None of these life traits will lead to success in your life. There are moments and times when you should exhibt all that are mentioned, however the reason why doing these things now are futile in your current state is because of you primary issue: Your Circle Of Influence.

We are the sum total of the 5 individuals that are in our immediate circle of influence. These individuals most likely operate from a mindset of fear, scarcity, self sabotage, ignorance, false sense of security…you get my point. They will have almost no use for you other than what you may be able to do for them. More times than not, your progress will be brought to a halt or even push you back further to fulfill an agenda of theirs that is not in alignment with yours. This is self defeating. Les Brown states that there are “More Dreams and Ideas that people have taken to the grave with them.” Mostly due to fear, albeit self imposed or that “suggestive fear” from the Circle of Influence. There is a way that this destructive process can be corrected and it is done in the most direct and blatent way. Ready for the solution? – GET RID OF THEM….ALL OF THEM!

Motivational Speaker Eric Thomas says it best: “You can’t ask ordinary people to be phenominal, you can’t ask average people to be phenominal, you just are phenominal and you will attract phenominal.”

When you have a goal or dream that you desire more than anything in the world, when your “why” can not be denied, you can either wade amongst those that are scared to pursue their dreams, or you can tell them to piss off while you pursue yours. One of two things is going to occur: 1. Either you will be stuck in the mediocre life that someone else is projecting on you or 2. You will focus on the things that will make you happy, give you the life that you seek and accomplish and tell those that live in fear to leave you alone. They are crabs that mean you more harm than good.

Here is the hard part for you to accept and complete if you really want to win. Those crabs that you should get far from are usually: husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, father, brother, sister, best friend, co-workers. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. See, there are some people in the world that when asked what they would do for success, their answer is, “I’ll do anything.” Then there are others that get asked that question, reply with the same answer, learn that the crabs keeping them from success are within that group I mentioned and you know what they do? Nothing. They remain in mediocrity. Why? Fear of losing those that would otherwise keep you from accomplishing, succeeding in life.

I don’t want this to be you. I feel like you’ve come too far to be controlled and provided a detour to obscurity. I love the movie Talladega Nights with Will Ferrill. The most notable saying in that movie: “If You’re Not First, You’re Last.” Everybody remembers a winner…nobody remembers last place. Don’t you want to be remembered?

I know that at this point you’re probably a bit bothered with me so I will just say a few more words and just anger you. Yes, make you angry. There are few things in life that can not be replaced and with that concept you should never feel like you can’t pick up and start over. Do not play games you can’t win… The only no win situation in life is the one you decide to stay in. With the exception of your parents and children everybody else…EVERYBODY ELSE can either be eliminated or replaced..PERIOD.

You hold the key to your ultimate success…are you going to decide to drive your dream or will you be a passenger in your life allowing others to navigate you on a path to nowhere?

Thanks For Reading
Jeremy

Wanna Lose The Gut? Do Yoga!


Whenever anyone says or gestures that they want to lose weight, most of the time, they point to their guts saying “I wanna lose all this!” Obviously, abdominal weight loss is a goal for many people. However, what most people might not be aware of is that-of all exercises-Yoga actually can help immensely for weight loss in the abdominal region.

There are specific poses, that target excess weight in the abdomen and coupled with a customized diet, those seeking abdominal weight loss would find success in using these yoga exercises. Let’s go over them, shall we?

Abdominal Weight Loss: Yoga Poses to Use.

1. The Sun Salutations: These are a combination of poses that serve as a warm up-routine for a Yoga session or class. They are very similar to the popular calisthenics exercise known as burpees. However, they differ in that they have a spiritual significance included as a result of executing them. Due to the forward and backward bending motions involved, after performing a few to several rounds on a daily basis, you are bound to notice a marked loss of weight in you abdominal area and the added bonus of muscular tone.

2. The Bow Pose: This simple pose involves laying flat on your belly and grabbing your ankles with both arms while simultaneously lifting your head up high. When performed correctly, you should be resting on your abdomen. Needless to say, it is a pose commonly recommended for weight loss and the prevention and correction of chronic constipation.

3. The Peacock Pose: This is slightly more challenging. The objective is to balance your abdomen on your conjoined elbows while simultaneously raising your legs and head of the floor. Naturally, merely attempting it speeds up abdominal weight loss and detoxification of the visceral organs and the preparatory stage could suffice as the actual execution of the pose till the mastery of it is achieved.

4. The Abdominal Lift: This is not a pose, per-se but is a specific exercise that involves you exhaling your breath and pulling the diaphragm in while holding the breath out. This is a specific abdominal exercise for weight loss, spiritual rejuvenation and detoxification. Now friends, there are other poses such as the shoulder-stand, the forward-bending pose, the spinal twist and the wheel pose that also target increase in muscular tone and weight loss in the abdominal regions, however from practice the 4 above will perhaps be the most effective.

Do note though that if you are female and pregnant or in your menstrual period, some of these poses might not be the best to execute. Moreover, since these poses-besides helping with abdominal weight loss-aid tremendously with detoxifying, it is advised that one eats a proper and healthy diet to augment the actions of these poses.

Other fantastic exercises for abdominal weight loss include your intense Aerobics, the use of the ab-wheel, basic sit-ups, windmills etc. So empower yourself with these tips and information to achieve your goal for weight loss. Lose that gut starting today.

Thanks for reading,

Jeremy LaRochester

Discovering Your Passion And Purpose


“I can’t seem to discover why I’m on the planet.”

“What is my purpose here? I know there’s something I’m supposed to be doing, but I don’t know how to find out what it is.”

“I don’t seem to be passionate about anything.”

I’ve heard these complaints over and over from my clients.

Discovering our passion and purpose is vital to our joy and well-being. The problem is that many people have lost touch with any sense of their passion and purpose and have no idea how to access this information.

The blueprint for this information lies within our core Self, our essence, the true Self that is often buried during our early years. If our true Self was not seen and validated by our parents, teachers, or other caregivers, it is likely to have gone underground. The self many of know as our “self” is generally our wounded self, our ego, the self we created to get love and avoid pain. Our wounded self has within it all of our fears and false beliefs, and does not have access to what is true for us.

How, then, do we discover our passion and purpose if the blueprint for this information is long buried? The good news is that while it is buried, it is not lost. Anyone can reclaim this information if you are willing to do the inner work of healing your wounded self.

I’ve worked with many of my clients who, as they practice the Mental Fitness process that I teach (email me for my FREE coaching course at Jeremy.larochester@gmail.com), gradually heal their fears and false, limiting beliefs to the point where their true Self comes peeking out. This is the vital, alive aspect of ourselves, the aspect of us that just wants to joyfully express ourselves in the world. As you allow this aspect to emerge, you will gradually discover what truly brings you joy.

In our society, we tend to ignore our special talents and choose our careers according to what will give us a sense of security. Too often, however, what makes us feel safe does not fulfill us spiritually. For example, a client of mine, Roger Klinger who worked for many years as an attorney, but he never enjoyed it. He made lots of money, yet when he consulted with me he was suffering from anxiety and depression. He had become an attorney because his father had been an attorney and wanted Roger to follow in his footsteps. Roger had gone along with what his father wanted for him because he didn’t know what else he wanted and now, in midlife, he was miserable. He yearned to discover his passion.

A few months after starting Mental Fitness, Roger remembered that he had really wanted to be a teacher. He had never seriously considered teaching because he felt he couldn’t make enough money, but now he was willing to make far less money because he was so unhappy with his present work. Roger went back to school and got his teaching credential and is now a high school social studies teacher in Escondido, CA. The last time I spoke with him he was radiant! He loved working with adolescents, and he felt he was making a real contribution to their lives. For the first time ever, he felt alive and passionate about his life. His wife decided to take up some of the financial slack by doing something she had always wanted to do: design children’s clothing. She started her own mail-order business and is thrilled with it. Their marriage and family life is flourishing because both of them are happy and fulfilled within themselves.

While it may not always be possible to change your work immediately to something you love, if you follow your passion, it will often lead you there. And even when you have to earn money in ways that do not express your soul, you can seek volunteer opportunities and hobbies to express who you are. Often these can lead to the work that you will eventually do.

Your soul has a deep desire for you to express yourself in ways that brings you joy. It is your job to discover what that is and to bring it about.

Yours In Success,
Jeremy LaRochester

Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself


Negativity and self-criticism destroy thousands of people’s New Year weight loss goals every year. As soon as they experience a setback, make a poor dietary choice or skip a workout, they focus all their attention on it and criticize themselves heavily. This negativity often derails their weight loss progress and leads to them quitting.

However, setbacks are something that almost everyone experiences when trying to do anything in life, including losing weight. They’re an inevitable part of the journey and something that you need to accept. Focusing on setbacks in a negative way is not helpful and will only harm your efforts.

Therefore, when you do experience setbacks, accept them for what they are, strive to improve going forward and then move on. Don’t dwell on them and don’t give them any negative energy. Simply move forward with a positive attitude and focus firmly on your weight loss goals.

Besides, it’s humpday! Enjoy and finish the week strong!

Yours In Success,

Jeremy

Food For Diabetic Thought


How’s it going!

So something a little different today. I wanted to give you some food and snack ideas if you have diabetes. The following is a list that I have compiled that may help select healthy alternatives rather than negative feel goods!

Guava– Diabetics who received guava juice for four weeks experienced a reduction in glucose of nearly 25 per cent.

Figs– Figs are higher in fiber than any other fresh or dried fruit per serving, containing about five to six grams per portion of three figs. The type of fiber found in figs may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by slowing down the digestion and absorption of sugars in foods.

Asparagus– Just one serving of asparagus supplies almost 60 per cent of the daily recommended intake of folate, one of the B vitamins. Folate helps reduce levels of homocysteine, a substance in the blood, which at high levels can increase the risk of heart disease.

Additionally, one serving of asparagus significantly increased the action of insulin, which helps mop up excess blood sugar.

Potatoes – I know you’re saying “Come on Jeremy….potatoes?” Yes Potatoes!
A piece of “tater” peel can reduce blood sugar levels. While about 50 percent of the nutrients is actually in the potato itself there is also a little known secret. Want to know? Well alright, washing your face with cool potato juice clears up blemishes. Potato contains a high concentration of sulphur, potassium, chlorine and phosphorus which cleanses the skin. I bet you Madeline won’t tell you that!
Strawberries– Strawberries help control type 2 diabetes by reducing blood glucose levels after a starchy meal as well as block the enzymes responsible for promoting inflammation in the body.

Walnuts– Walnuts contain a powerful antioxidant melatonin, which promotes restful sleep. A U.S. study found eating walnuts increased blood levels of melatonin three-fold. Also, it is widely believed that Walnuts might improve insulin resistance in those with type 2 diabetes.

I hope that you find this useful and can incorporate some if not all into your daily routine. As always, make sure that you maintain an active lifestyle if just walking for at least 30 minutes a day, playing with your kids! If you would like to learn more to eradicate diabetes and beat type 2, email me at jeremy.larochester@gmail.com
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

 

Are You The Kwisatz Haderach?


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Do you and Paul-Muad’Dib share something in common? Are you the “super-being” you’re intended to be?
You have greatness within, greatness to overcome poverty, greatness to overcome mediocrity, greatness to achieve heights never imagined!

To unlock the “Dune” philosophy, you don’t have to drink the spice melange
but you do have to allow something to happen…

The Sleeper Must Awaken…

That part of you that remains dormant, because you keep it locked away, afraid of what it will do, scared you can’t control it. Funny thing is…what you are hiding from is YOU!

I love the original Dune movie because within the movie, the dialogue tells you all of the self doubt that sets in on the path to greatness.

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Do not ever allow the unknown to stop you. Fear evaluated properly does not exist! Push through the mental barriers of self sabotage and even those that would rather play it safe in life. You want to live and not just be…don’t you?

Enjoy your inner Overman and embrace your greatness. I heard Eric Thomas say “Your greatness can take you to places your character can’t keep you.”

Live each day like it’s you last. If you do, you will have the benefit of long lasting satisfaction that you have accomplished everything you possibly could. Steve Jobs said it best:

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Be not afraid of your true self… be the Kwisatz Haderach!

Have an awesome day!

Jeremy LaRochester

Jedi Code To Better Mental Health


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While entirely fictional, the enigmatic concept knowns as “The Force” is based on some very real principles. In the movie, Star Wars, the “Force” is often spoken of by members of a religious order called the Jedi. The warrior-priests of the Jedi Order served as the main proponents of what they believed to be the core concepts of The Force. 

The concept and the order are fictional, but the principles by which the Jedi lived their lives are excellent guides to living one’s life, especially amidst all the chaos of the modern world. For as long as the “Dark Side” of The Force is equated not to evil but to negative influences in one’s life, the principles of the Jedi Code can easily be used to form a personal philosophy for living a good life, complete with a healthy mental attitude. Below you’ll find the core principles of the Jedi philosophy, and some ideas on how they can be adapted to the trials and tribulations of modern life.

There is no emotion; there is peace.

Being able to control one’s emotions was critical to a Jedi, as their tasks often required that they remain as objective as possible. Fear and anxiety can have negative effects on one’s decision-making, which in turn can wreak havoc on one’s life. By taking control of one’s stress and anxiety, separating it from the tasks that need to be done, you can effectively find better solutions to your problems than you would have if you let your anxiety affect your analysis of the situation. This concept does not advise denying one’s emotions, since doing so can result in more anxiety disorders and psychological issues than it solves. It merely says that people should let logic and analysis guide their decisions, not their feelings.

There is no ignorance; there is knowledge.

The Jedi Order espoused the determined pursuit of knowledge. To support the quest for enlightenment, they built a grand library that contained volumes of information on various topics and disciplines that were necessary to educate and train a Jedi. They also shared that knowledge, to better enlighten the same people they were attempting to protect. Many problems with anxiety and phobias can be alleviated if people just took the time to understand things. A little knowledge can help someone overcome the fear and anxiety that one encounters when exposed to a totally alien culture. In some cases, anxiety disorders can also be overcome simply by equipping one’s mind with sufficient knowledge about the source of the anxiety, thus allowing a person to better understand and face the problem.

There is no passion; there is serenity.

Similar to the first principle, the Jedi believed that being too passionate about something was dangerous, as it could cloud one’s judgment and objectivity. For people in their position, objectivity was critical in nearly all situations. The same can be said of pretty much anyone in the modern world. Emotions and passion can cloud our ability to make good decisions, as well as have an adverse effect on our ability to recognize our mistakes and correct them to avert further damage. Being calm amidst the face of an impossible bureaucracy can go a long way to keeping one’s state of mental health stable and far away from “going postal.” As long as you don’t let your stress and anxiety build up by dwelling on the negative,then your mind is serene and you can then make better decisions and take a clearer look at what is going on in one’s life.

There is no death, there is only The Force.

The Jedi believed that when someone dies, they become one with The Force. This allowed them to see death not as a negative event, but merely a transition that one was inevitably going to get past. Adapting this to modern life, negative events can be portrayed as the “death” the philosophy mentions, with “The Force” acting as a metaphor for life itself. In other words, it is basically stating that, regardless of all the negative events in one’s life, regardless of all the fear and anxiety, the nausea induced by corporate and familial duties, there is still life itself. To use one metaphor to explain another, if something bad comes your way, take some time out to stop and smell the roses. Your entire life will not be dictated by one car crash or an unfair termination. Life goes on and moves on, and so should you.

Taking all of the above principles into account, it is difficult to see how they could fail to lead to a better state of mind, even amidst the chaos of modern life. That is, if they are followed like a personal philosophy and not taken as mere guidelines. Besides, if one espouses the opposite of the above principles, one is liable to burn out to quickly.

Thank you for allowing me to get my Star Wars philosophy out!

May The Force Be With You – Always

Yours in Success,
Jeremy LaRochester