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Decide. Commit. Act. Succeed. Repeat- Marcello Recommends: "Relentless" by Tim Grover

One thing is for sure, no one would be getting participation trophies if it were up to Tim Grover. 

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The man is fierce.  He's unapologetic.  He's intelligent.  I like him, a lot. 

He wrote a book called Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable.  My friend Matt from Colorado sent me a copy as a "thank you" for contributing to a recent article.  Matt, who reads and listens to over 70 books a year, said that Relentless was on his list of Top 10  books of all time and that I'd love it, too.  Well, it's easy to see why Matt is such a big fan and yeah, I thought the book was awesome.

Not only was Grover one of the reasons why some of the best NBA players like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant won championship rings, he's one of the main reasons why they were able to win championship rings multiple times.  He's one of the main reasons why many elite athletes either stayed injury free or recovered from a serious injury faster that anyone thought possible.

Don't call him a "trainer." That's an insult.  However, if you want to call him "THE" Trainer, it's all good.  Because the man produces results and deserves the title.  Semantics aside, he's a specialist when it come to kinesiology, the science of exercise, the psychology of winning, and the art of domination.  Just ask his clients. Grover is the real deal.

Pick up a copy of Relentless for yourself or buy one for someone you know who either strives to be the best at what they do, or for someone who currently is the best and wants to get better. 

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Below are a just a few parts of the book that stood out to me...

"You don't have to love the hard work; you just have to crave the end results."

"People refuse to work out or control their diets because it's not comfortable for them.  But how comfortable can it be to drag around all that extra weight and all the physical problems that go along with it? Back pain, joint issues, shortness of breath, diabetes, heart problems. I'd estimate that 85% of all physical discomfort comes from being overweight.  Explain this to me:  If you can choose between being uncomfortable because you're overweight and sick, or uncomfortable because you're sweating at the gym three times a week, why do so many people choose the discomfort that leads to complete physical failure?"

"For all the time we spend working on our careers and talents- going to school, building a business, making money, training the body- it’s ultimately your mental focus and concentration, your ability to control your environment and the heartbeats of others, that determines whether you succeed or fail.” 

"Emotions pull your focus and reveal that you've lost control, and ultimately they destroy your performance.  They make you think about how you feel, and you're not supposed to think, you're supposed to be so well prepared that you slide into the Zone and perform with grace and purpose.  Not possible if your mind is on other things."

"Most people are the lion in the cage. Safe, tame, predictable, waiting for something to happen.  But for humans, the cage isn't made of glass and steel bars; it's made of bad advice and low self-esteem and bull**** rules and tortured thinking about what you can't do or what you're supposed to do. It's molded around you by a lifetime of over-thinking, over-analyzing, and worrying about what could go wrong.  Stay in the cage long enough, you forget those basic instincts.

"A 'Cleaner' earns his alter ego, his Mr. Hyde.  It doesn't blindside him, he goes out and gets it.  At some point in his life, something challenged him and made him survive, and the result was his total confidence that whatever happened to him, his instincts would cover his a** and he'd be okay.  And somehow he always is.  The desire to control anything and everything is so powerful, and his belief in his instincts is so strong, he knows he can't lose."

Michael Jordan

Preparation + opportunity.  That's it.  If you're a true competitor, you always feel that pressure to attack and conquer, you thrive on it.  You intentionally create a situation to jack up the pressure even higher, challenging yourself to prove what you're capable of.  You're not waiting for a critical moment to dust off some mythic "gene" to showcase your greatness.  You show it in everything you do, every chance you get."

"Of course, you have to be able to recognize the difference between stress that can bring great results, and stress you create yourself that just causes chaos. Showing up unprepared, not putting in the work, blowing off commitments and obligations... that's the stuff that creates pointless stress.  You had the option to  manage those things before they turned into negative situations.  But when you're faced with the stress of great challenges set before you- making the team, working for a raise, finishing a job, winning a championship- undeniable gifts are buried under all that pressure.  Not everyone gets the opportunity to be stressed out by the potential to achieve exceptional things. 

"Not everything works the first time, sometimes it doesn't work at all.  But there's a difference between confidence and cockiness:  confidence means recognizing something that isn't working and having the flexibility to and knowledge to make adjustments; cockiness is the inability to admit when something isn't working and repeating the same mistakes over and over because you stubbornly can't admit when you're wrong."

"At some point, whether you are in the boardroom or the locker room or anywhere else you want to excel, someone is going to point to you and say, "You." It may be an opportunity that lasts a minute, maybe ten minutes, maybe a week or a month.  But what you do in that time is going to determine what you do for a long time after.  Someone is going to do something the coach or the boss doesn't like, maybe a guy isn't playing well or working hard enough, and you're going to get the chance to take his spot.  Will you be ready?  Will you have done the work that allows you to step in, fully prepared, and show you should have had the job all along?  Have you been finding ways to stay sharp and focused?  Because if you do well and impress someone, you're in the system.  Now the head guys knows he can go to you, and you've added a weapon to his arsenal going forward.  But if you don't do well, you're done.  The next guy will get the opportunity you didn't grab.  You got your chance, you won't get another."

"I know countless athletes who are blessed with incredible physical gifts: height, skill, strength, speed ... but no work ethic. or no support system,  no way to use or develop or take advantage of those skills.  Successful people compensate for what they don't have unsuccessful people make excuses, blame everyone else, and never get past the deficiencies.  A true leader can look past those deficiencies, identify the abilities, and get the most out of that individual."  

Kobe Bryant

"The only way you can light other people on fire is to be lit yourself, from the inside."  Professional, cool, focused.  If you had a bad night and you can't shop up the next day ready to go, or you can't show up at all, that doesn't affect just you, it affects everyone around you.  A professional doesn't let other people down because of personal issues.  If you need to show up, you show up.  You might detest every individual in the room, but if your presence makes them all feel better,  if it pulls the team together, if it results in better performances, then you've helped yourself to get one step closer to you own goal.  That's how you get others to come up to your level; show them where it is, and set the example that allows them to get there."

"One of the hardest decisions for an athlete is to determine how much fatigue and pain he can endure, and how far he can push himself.  Everyone plays with pain, there's always something going on physically.  The question is, how do you keep that from affecting you mentally?  If you know you're going to have constant pain, can you get comfortable being uncomfortable?"

"You cannot understand what it means to be relentless until you struggled to possess something that's just out of your reach.  Over and over, as soon as you touch it, it moves further away.  But something inside you- that killer instinct- makes you keep going, reaching, until you finally grab it and fight with all your might to keep holding on.  Anyone can take what's right in front of him.  Only when you're truly relentless can you understand the determination to keep pursuing a target that never stops moving."

"Do the work.  There is no privilege greater than the pressure to excel, and no greater reward than earning the respect and fear of others who can only stand in awe of your results."

"The loudest guy in the room is the one with most to prove, and no way to prove it.  A 'Cleaner' has no need to announce his presence; you'll know he'd there by the way he carries himself. always cool and confident.  He's never the blowhard telling you how great he is; he's the quiet guy focused on results, because results are all that matter. "

Tim Grover

"One year I was working with a player going to the Finals, and I was waiting for him in the lobby of the team hotel so we could head to the arena.  I'm watching all these players walk onto the bus, and one looked sloppier than the next.  I couldn't believe it.  Is this the NBA Finals or are we headed to rob a liquor store? If Michael had been on that team, he would have pulled every guy off the bus and told them not to come back without a suit and tie.  You don't need a $3,000 suit, go to Walmart and buy three for a $100 but come back looking like a man, not a kid who got kicked out of school."

"How can you fail when your worst day is better than most people's best?"

Tim Grover & Michael Jordan

"A 'Cleaner' never sees failure because to him it's never over.  If something doesn't go as planned, he instinctively looks for options to make things work a different way.  He doesn't feel embarrassed or ashamed, he doesn't blame anyone else, and he doesn't care what anyone else says about his situation. It's never the end, it's never over.  And he knows, without a doubt, that whatever happens, he'll find a way to come out on top.  If you ever find me and a bear wrestling in the woods, help the bear."

"It takes a special person to say enough is enough and know when it's time to start redirecting your effort into something that can succeed.  Maybe your dream isn't going to play out the way you originally envisioned it, but with some creativity and vision you can redirect your goals toward something that keeps you connected to what you always wanted."

"Today I teach the best of the best to take care of their bodies because when I hit initial road blocks, I refused to see my situation as a failure.  You take what everyone else sees as a negative and turn it to your advantage.  You don't sulk, you don't crawl up and die, you glare up at it and think, if it's not going to happen this way, it's sure as hell going to happen that way.  And you tell anyone who doubts you, "I got this.""

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"A 'Cleaner' knows when to walk away, and which direction to walk.  Never running, always walking; leaves smoothly and on his own terms.  He can lose a battle because he's still planning to win the war.  Lose a game, but win the season.  Lose a season, come back and win the next three.  Lose a job, start a new business.  No one else is getting the last word on whether he succeeded."

"Every dream you imagine, everything you see and hear in your sleep, that's not a fantasy, that's your deep instinct telling you it can all be real.  Follow those visions and dreams and desires, and believe what you know.  Only you can turn those dreams into reality.  Never stop until you do."

"Done.

Next."

Cheers,

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Marcello Pedalino, CFT, is the author of the new inspirational book on personal growth and development, Celebrate Life.  He is an award-winning entrepreneur, lifestyle expert, and fitness trainerHe delivers dynamic keynote presentations to corporations and organizations across the country who need help making Energy Management and Work-Life balance a priority.

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Ways to Come Back Refreshed and Recharged After Vacation
Simple, Fast, Fresh, & Tasty:  Egg White Omelette with Avocado, Tomatoes, &  Onions.  Add salt and pepper to taste. (5 minutes to prep. 5 minutes to cook.)

Simple, Fast, Fresh, & Tasty:  Egg White Omelette with Avocado, Tomatoes, &  Onions.  Add salt and pepper to taste. (5 minutes to prep. 5 minutes to cook.)

So maybe you just spent the last 3 months working your butt off to get back into to shape for your friend's wedding, because you're turning 30/40/50, or because you wanted to look good in your bathing suit for an upcoming vacation... then you come home and the wheels fall off again. Why? This little article might help you keep up the momentum during your transition back to home and work. 

1) No gym? No problem.  Take a look around and work with what you have.  Explore your new location and get creative.  Just the fact that you are breathing in fresh air and feeling the bright  sunshine on your face instead of being inside a dark and smelly spin class room will make for a great way to start the day! 

Click here to see how much fun riding a bike can be when you're not anchored to the floor.  :) 

Whatever you do, try to avoid the typical tourist trap of passing out by the pool without any sun screen on in the middle of the day after a night of drinking too much... especially, on the last day of your trip.  Returning to work the day after with a sunburn, headache, and a bloated belly might affect your mood and productivity level just a tad.

Try scrabble, a crossword puzzle, or a friendly game of cards with friends to break up the day and have a little fun.

Try scrabble, a crossword puzzle, or a friendly game of cards with friends to break up the day and have a little fun.

2) Eat, Drink, and Be Merry... but Be Responsible.  You’re on vacation so of course you can treat yourself to a few nice dinners and indulge in life’s deliciousness.  However, try to find a hotel/condo where you can walk or bike into town each day, buy fresh ingredients, and cook your own tasty meals.  Not only will you enjoy meeting the locals and learning about their culture, you’ll be in charge of the food portions when it’s time to eat.  (Destination restaurants, like those in the states, are infamous for piling things on and encouraging guests to overeat.) 

3) Unplug and Look Up.  Don’t spend the majority of your vacation staring down at your phone mindlessly thumbing and scrolling though your social media feeds with your headphones on.  Not only will you miss out on most of the sights and sounds of your destination, you’ll be one of the worst travel companions to your friends or family. If you want to completely ignore everyone and be obsessed with your phone, you can do that at home and save yourself a bunch of money.  Find a book (an actual book), a magazine about one of your  favorite hobbies, or go old-school and play some games that are fun and keep your brain from turning to mush ( for the times that just sitting still and relaxing aren’t good enough for you ).

Safe travels!

Cheers, 

-m

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Marcello Pedalino, CFT, is the author of the new inspirational book on personal growth and development, Celebrate Life.  He is an award-winning entrepreneur, lifestyle expert, and fitness trainerHe delivers dynamic keynote presentations to corporations and organizations across the country who need help making Energy Management and Work-Life balance a priority.

 

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Pleasure, Purpose, and Pride: Marcello Recommends- The Blue Zones of Happiness by Dan Buettner
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I always enjoy learning from people who are really good at what they do and I'm very fortunate that there is no shortage of generous folks out there who are willing to share their life experiences with me.   Guys like New York Times best-selling author, Dan Buettner, make it easy.  They do all the research, travel the world, and wrap up all of their wisdom with a nice little red bow in the form of an easy-to-follow guide book. 

Dan wrote The Blue Zones of Happiness. A Blueprint for a Better Life.  He interviewed some of the happiest people from the happiest places on Earth and wrote down what he learned.  He documented all the personal, professional, psychological, spiritual, environmental, and financial factors that play a major role in determining whether or not you're going to be content with your life.  He also collaborated with other top happiness researchers (yes, there are actually happiness researchers out there) and complied a ton of potentially life-altering data for the human race.

Buettner says happiness pretty much boils down to four things:   "A person needs 1) something to do, 2) someone to love, 3) something to give, and 4) something to look forward to."  Think about it.  If you can have each one of those things on a daily basis... that's a pretty productive and fulfilling day!  

(Speaking of "something to give", My good friend Mike, author of 10 Things You Can Do To Have  A Better Day, surprised me with a copy of Blue Zones as a gift right before I left for my annual sabbatical to Costa Rica.  -A spot that Buettner discovered to be one of the happiest places on Earth. Probably why I've been coming back here for 18 years and now bringing my family along, too.)

Pick up a copy of Blue Zones for yourself to check out the rest of Dan's immense research and findings. 

Below are a just a few parts of the book that stood out to me...

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"In other words, instead of seeing a long, healthy life as a goal that required discipline, effort, and a prescribed routine, people in the blue zones found it occurred almost naturally; it flowed from their surroundings. In these places, it seemed, the healthy choice wasn't the deliberate choice, it was the unavoidable choice. Grains, greens, and beans- which many studies have linked to healthy, long lives- were the least expensive and most accessible foods in these places.  People used time-honored recipes to make food tasty, and their kitchens were set up to allow fast and easy preparation.  When friends and neighbors got together, they often shared the same healthy meals as part of their regular social activities.   Being lonely wasn't an option.  And in all of the Blue Zones, people had a vocabulary for their purpose in life.  People knew why they woke up in the morning.  They were able to describe their responsibilities, and they pursued their passions into their 10th decade.  They lived not only long lives but also rich, happy ones."   -Dan Buettner

"We now know that happiness is an essential part of functioning well, and that it gives a boost in well-being not only to individuals, but also to those around them, their communities, and their societies.  Rather than being a luxury to be pursued only after we take care of the more important things in life, happiness is beneficial to everything else we desire: It aids our health and helps us live longer; it aids our social functioning and makes us better citizens; it helps us perform better at work; and it builds up resilience, which enables us to bounce back after setbacks and/or when bad events occur in our lives.  The happier we are, the better we are for our friends and family, our workplaces, our communities, and our society as a whole." -Edward Diener

"Reshape your surroundings vs. depending on willpower.   Stack the deck in your favor...  your social network, your work environment, your house, and the way you spend your free time-  Nudging your life towards greater health and well being."   -Arnette Travis

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"In countries like Costa Rica, social connections, family gatherings, and an ability to create happy moments and laugh at adversity seem to make up for a lack income.  People don't get into the trap of overworking, overspending, and undersocializing.  Costa Ricans are good at creating happy moments every day, with no need for special occasions."    -Mariano Rojas

"Costa Rica's health care system works so well because it aims to keep people healthy in the first place.  In the United States, incentives are aligned to drive up costs.  Here, for years, the emphasis has been on the preventative health system, because, quite frankly, the objective of a good health care policy is for people not to get sick."   -Jose Maria Figuere

"Teach life skills in school.  American Schools tend to focus on metrics and testing for academic abilities such as language arts, science, and math.  While these topics are important, the ability to think creatively and solve life's problems, get along with other people, and engage in civic life are just as important, perhaps even more so, for the happiness of the public. Schools almost completely ignore life skills, such as choosing the right job or the right mate- decisions that will determine your happiness as an adult more than anything else.  How we feel is just as important as how we do in life, and that message can be conveyed through the school experience." -Bertha Barnes...

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Hill advocates editing our space and winnowing our belongings to focus on what matters.  "In an era of abundance, happiness is having just enough," Hill says.  Not too much.  Not too little.  It's about cutting the extraneous so you can focus on the good stuff." - Not a bad mantra for the rest of our lives, too.  -Graham Hill

"When we choose not to indulge the thought, it loses energy and fades.  In other words, if we put the monkey in the cage, it will eventually go sit down....." 

"If we can slow down our minds for long enough, and fully experience the present, we have a chance to actually observe our thoughts and control them, rather than letting them control us."

Know your purpose.  As we've discovered in the happiest places, and in research from the experts, being invested in something greater than ourselves is fundamental to a richer, happier life.

"I don't believe that asking you to change your behavior does you much of a service:  Most people forget, run out of discipline, or get bored just after just a few months. ...... Reshape your environment."  -Dan Buettner

Cheers,

Marcello

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Marcello Pedalino, CFT, is the author of the new inspirational book on personal growth and development, Celebrate LifeHe is an award-winning entrepreneur, lifestyle expert, and fitness trainer. He delivers dynamic keynote presentations to corporations and organizations across the country who need help making Energy Management and Work-Life balance a priority. 

 

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Be A Finisher: 3 Ways to Follow Through On Your New Year's Resolution
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You've probably seen a lot of New Year's resolution posts litter Facebook and Instagram over the years that ultimately ended up in a social media graveyard of unfulfilled pledges.

Here are three strategies to help you finish what you start and be different than 90% of Americans who fail to follow through.

#1 Reality Check

Like many things in life, moderation is the key. If you start off by saying you want to lose 40 pounds and get a six pack, you'll soon realize that that's a pretty lofty goal and will take a considerable amount of time and dedication to accomplish if done safely. 

Try this:  Start with a more realistic and less daunting goal of losing 5 pounds and walking around the block once a day at lunchtime. Try to eliminate 1 night of drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes.   Try to get an additional 30 minutes of sleep per night and try to eliminate 30 minutes of screen time after dinner.   Instead of just throwing out a number and a "look" that you think you deserve, you'll start laying the foundation for healthier lifestyle choices.  By making the smaller goals more attainable, you'll start to gain momentum, consistency, and measurable results that can deliver a new lease on life.  And don't forget to celebrate your successes along the way.  Instead of waiting until you lose the entire 40 pounds, make a big deal about accomplishing each and every 5 pound milestone.  The positive mojo and energy will really help you continue to fuel your efforts.

#2 Accountability Partners The sooner you acknowledge the validity of the notion that "You are who you surround yourself with", the sooner you'll realize how important it is to make your solo adventure a team effort.  This doesn't mean that the chosen few you accept into your inner-circle will do the hard work for you or simply tell you the things that you want to hear vs. need to hear when times get tough, but it does mean that you'll have system in place forcing you to check in with your trusted friends/mentors/advisors/coaches on a bi-weekly, weekly, or monthly basis to report your progress (or lack thereof) and keep you honest.  Try this: Social media has made finding prospective accountability partners fairly simple.  Look for results and consistency as opposed to a bunch of drama-related posts.  If you see someone posting a few pics online 2 years after they started their journey toward better self-care and they are still fit or improving their overall wellness status, they should be on your short list of people to reach out to.   They have probably experienced the same pitfalls and inevitable bumps in the road that are headed your way. This knowledge and camaraderie of empathy will be a difference-maker in the long term after the initial excitement of trying something new wears off.   Keep in mind, the people who simply "liked" your original posts will eventually stop cheering you on because they are on to the next cause or attention-grabbing media hype of the day. #3 Forget the Calendar There was a great song by Sade back in the day where she mentioned that "Every day is Christmas and Every night is New Year's Eve".   The underlying sentiment being, you don't have to wait for a special holiday to treat yourself, to do something awesome, or to make someone else feel special.  Don't fall into the trap that you have to wait until January 1st every year to start improving your lifestyle habits. 

#2 Accountability Partners

The sooner you acknowledge the validity of the notion that "You are who you surround yourself with", the sooner you'll realize how important it is to make your solo adventure a team effort.  This doesn't mean that the chosen few you accept into your inner-circle will do the hard work for you or simply tell you the things that you want to hear vs. need to hear when times get tough, but it does mean that you'll have system in place forcing you to check in with your trusted friends/mentors/advisors/coaches on a bi-weekly, weekly, or monthly basis to report your progress (or lack thereof) and keep you honest. 

Try this:

Social media has made finding prospective accountability partners fairly simple.  Look for results and consistency as opposed to a bunch of drama-related posts.  If you see someone posting a few pics online 2 years after they started their journey toward better self-care and they are still fit or improving their overall wellness status, they should be on your short list of people to reach out to.   They have probably experienced the same pitfalls and inevitable bumps in the road that are headed your way. This knowledge and camaraderie of empathy will be a difference-maker in the long term after the initial excitement of trying something new wears off.   Keep in mind, the people who simply "liked" your original posts will eventually stop cheering you on because they are on to the next cause or attention-grabbing media hype of the day.

#3 Forget the Calendar

There was a great song by Sade back in the day where she mentioned that "Every day is Christmas and Every night is New Year's Eve".   The underlying sentiment being, you don't have to wait for a special holiday to treat yourself, to do something awesome, or to make someone else feel special.  Don't fall into the trap that you have to wait until January 1st every year to start improving your lifestyle habits. 

It's  similar to the psychological quicksand that many Americans get caught in when they say something like, I'll just wait until (insert holiday or personal milestone) comes to start getting serious about making these changes.   Try this: Realize that when it comes to your health and happiness, the best time to start any type of intervention is- today.  As in, now!   You could be reading this in the middle of summer or winter and it won't matter. Resolutions of any kind or branding can only be attained if you take the first step.   Once you begin your journey, the key to seeing your resolutions through is focusing on the process vs. the goal.   Just ask my friend, Randy Bartlett. If you want to be a "finisher," you'll soon realize that the 10% of Americans who actually accomplish their goals  AND maintain consistent positive momentum, are the ones who already came to the realization that the continued implementation of  healthy lifestyle habits have evolved into an everyday lifestyle choice.  New Year's Day is just another day on the calendar. 

It's  similar to the psychological quicksand that many Americans get caught in when they say something like, I'll just wait until (insert holiday or personal milestone) comes to start getting serious about making these changes.  

Try this:

Realize that when it comes to your health and happiness, the best time to start any type of intervention is- today.  As in, now!   You could be reading this in the middle of summer or winter and it won't matter. Resolutions of any kind or branding can only be attained if you take the first step.   Once you begin your journey, the key to seeing your resolutions through is focusing on the process vs. the goal.   Just ask my friend, Randy Bartlett.

If you want to be a "finisher," you'll soon realize that the 10% of Americans who actually accomplish their goals  AND maintain consistent positive momentum, are the ones who already came to the realization that the continued implementation of  healthy lifestyle habits have evolved into an everyday lifestyle choice.  New Year's Day is just another day on the calendar. 

Marcello Pedalino, CFT, is the author of the new inspirational book on personal growth and development, Celebrate Life. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, lifestyle expert, and fitness trainer. Pedalino delivers dynamic keynote presentations to corporations and organizations across the country who need help making Energy Management and Work-Life balance a priority. 

Marcello Pedalino, CFT, is the author of the new inspirational book on personal growth and development, Celebrate Life. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, lifestyle expert, and fitness trainer. Pedalino delivers dynamic keynote presentations to corporations and organizations across the country who need help making Energy Management and Work-Life balance a priority. 

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Start Your Day on a Happy Note: Marcello Pedalino on Good Day Chicago with Sylvia Perez

A few highlights from my appearance on Good Day Chicago with the lovely and talented @sylviaperezfox32. We riffed about sleep hygiene, gratitude, purpose, social media habits, and the importance of exercise. Take 3 minutes and watch if you want to learn how to start your day with momentum, a positive attitude, and a more productive lifestyle choices. Or, just read the 5 tips I shared below. :)


Cheers, - m

 

 #1 Good Sleep Hygiene is the Key to Positive Momentum.

 

Q- How important is "sleep hygiene?"

Very important. Starting the day on a happy note has everything to do with how you end the day before. Don't underestimate the fab 4 for your bedroom. You want it to be clean, cool, quiet, and dark which is an optimal sleeping environment.

Set yourself up for success. Get as close to 8 hours of sleep as possible so you can wake up refreshed and recharged. You'll be ready for whatever the new day brings. 



#2 -Don't Hit Snooze
Q- Is it ok to hit the snooze button?

No. Like the saying goes, "you snooze- you lose." Don't bother wasting your time by hitting snooze. You're just avoiding the inevitable. 
If you need to hit the snooze button when you wake up, you probably went to bed too late or you probably need to make some significant lifestyle adjustments.

#3 -Try a micro-gratitude session
Q- Does gratitude play a role in waking up happy?

Yes. Gratitude is one of the keys happiness. I recommend that you start your day by thinking about 3 things in your life that you are grateful for. It's pretty tough to be in a bad mood when you are feeling grateful.

Then, visualize 3 things you want to accomplish before you get back into bed tonight. See it. Believe it. Go make it happen. A sense of purpose is another key to daily happiness.

#4 -Avoid picking up your phone
Q- Is first thing in the morning a good time to check your phone?

No. Don't tempt the social media Gods in the morning. Their job is to put stuff on facebook and instagram that will make you want to sit there and mindlessly scroll for 35 minutes and lose your momentum.

This includes politics. If you are more focused on who is running the white house rather than who is running your own house, you're not going be as productive or positive as you could be in the morning.

#5 Exercise, Shower, and a Healthy Breakfast
Q- What's the best move to make when you get out of bed?

Start with a workout, shower, and a healthy breakfast. Let the endorphins work their magic. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and trigger positive feelings. When you dial in your sleep, nutrition, exercise, gratitude, and sense of purpose, happiness becomes inevitable because happiness become a lifestyle choice.

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The Secret to Keeping the Weight Off? Randy Bartlett says "Focus on the Process."
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I was already a fan of Randy Bartlett before he lost all the weight and started hiking up huge mountains.  For the past twenty years, I've known Randy as one of the best performers and keynote speakers in the mobile entertainment and event production field.  He's been a solid friend, a trusted mentor, and a valued colleague.  Bonus: he's always been really funny.

Randy was on my Celebrate Life interview series about five years ago.  I look back on this now in disbelief.  Today he has the same amount of talent (if not more),  he's just as influential to me and others in the industry (if not more), and he's just as funny now (if not more)- than ever.  But the incredible thing is that he literally transformed his body.  

No, not the "hey, I lost 20 pounds and put it all back on 3 months later" kind of transformation that litters Facebook on a daily basis.  Randy is one of the few who focused on the journey (what he calls "the process") of making self-care a lifestyle. 

His transformation has been on point for an impressive 3 years and counting.  

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Recently on Facebook, Alan Chitlik eloquently asked Randy a really important question.  I thought Randy's answer was so honest and helpful that it needed to be shared.  Take a look...

AC: Randy, your journey to health is an inspiration to a lot of people. I was hoping you could elaborate more on some of the motivation/mental aspects of the challenge. 

In particular, you've described how you ate like a spoiled teenager (or words to that effect) with pretty much no focus or discipline. 

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Then you decided to be done with that, have surgery, change your life. To an outsider, it seems like you just flipped a switch and all of a sudden, you became this committed fitness zealot. 


How do you think that happened, mentally and emotionally? Did you set up structures of accountability that helped you?


We all KNOW that we should eat better and move more, but you really do it.

RB: "Hey Alan - Not sure I can do justice to that great question on Facebook, but I'll give it a shot...

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The first part is easy. I'm a spoiled brat, the baby of the family who always lived for this moment. For the most part, I like that about myself, but there are some downsides. "If it feels good, do it" is a great meme, but not necessarily a good lifestyle.

As for the change, I've battled my weight my entire life. There are some genetics involved and some choices involved. Various doctors told me to get it under control, but most of them weren't nearly serious and direct enough with me. When my wife was diagnosed with diabetes, I went with her to the doctor to learn about it. I thought she wasn't doing enough to take care of herself and basically told her that if she let herself continue the slide, it would be without me. Sounds harsh, but since it seemed like a choice she was making, I couldn't be part of that choice.

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She got her act together and got healthy, while I continued my downhill slide. And then one day, my doctor told me I had diabetes. With all I had learned about it, and the ultimatum I had issued my wife with her diagnosis, I knew I couldn't deal with diabetes. I'm too much about this moment to deal with the myriad of issues that diabetes creates, so I made my best effort to get it under control but my best wasn't good enough. I began looking into weight loss surgery.

What I knew was that gastric bypass surgery "cures" diabetes. They don't know why yet, and the diabetes goes away long before the weight, but for me, that became my only option. I was going all in for this.

Once I had the surgery, the first part is "easy" enough, in that you simply can't out-eat the surgery, but having watched my wife, among others, go through it, I knew more about it than most. In the beginning, it's pretty exciting, as the pounds just melt off, but from the beginning, I knew that movement was key and I began walking, very slowly and very short distances, but doing it every day, further and faster.

I'm very competitive, so my Runkeeper app was awesome, because every day I could do better than the day before. Faster. Further. Goals being achieved.

Now to the flipping of the switch. This was the light bulb moment for me. Most obese people become obese because they crave instant gratification. I was definitely that way. If I deprived myself of something, or exercised more, I didn't see an instant result, but if I ate that cookie, I did. So I "ate that cookie," literally and metaphorically.

I learned to make the PROCESS my instant gratification, instead of focusing on the result. When I walked somewhere, I saw it on my Runkeeper app, and when it sent me a message saying, "You've set a new personal record," that became my "cookie." When I ate a sugar free popcicle instead of ice cream, that became my instant gratification, when I saw that I just accomplished what I wanted to. 
If you diet, you'll generally lose weight, but it can be inconsistent. So for three days, I used to eat everything I "should" and then sometimes, I'd find that I lost no weight, or very little, or sometimes even gained weight! This is bulls**t! "So what's the point?" I'd think, as I got myself some instant gratification, in the form of food, usually.

But now, I realize it's the process. If I miss out on the process, I feel deprived. If something gets in the way of my workouts or my better eating habits, it's bothersome. I feel cheated. My weight is stable, but I didn't get my instant gratification. I learned to make the process instant.

Beyond that, I saw a meme on Facebook that really, truly, changed my way of thinking. It said, "Exercise is a celebration of what the body can do, not punishment for what we ate." That was huge for me.

 

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When I don't want to work out, when I'm dying while I'm running or whining to my trainer, I flip that switch inside my head that tells me to remember what this celebration is all about. I couldn't do this stuff two years ago. Now I'm about to turn 60 and I'm doing things I couldn't dream of for the last 35 years.

I spend a small fortune on my personal trainer, hiking trips, etc., but that has become my most important investment. I save a fortune in medical costs, fast food, even clothes, because my clothes are a LOT cheaper now. I'm way ahead of the game financially, so I gladly write those fitness checks. 

For me, it was never really much about appearance. I certainly like the way I look more now than before, but that's such a secondary issue for me. 

Finally, I just understand that it's not just how long I will live, but how well I will live. I'm having more fun than ever and it's a million little things - bending over to pick things up or tie my shoes, how I feel at the end of a long work day or when running around at a wedding or leading a dance or lifting gear. The other day, working with my trainer, I was whining about how out of breath I was, telling him that I thought that by now, I would be able to do what we were doing without being so winded.

He said, "If you weren't this winded, I'd add more weight." I forget that while I'm still doing the "same" exercises I did last year, now I'm doing it with more weight, faster, longer and my recovery periods are a fraction of what they used to be. ..."

Randy's response should be required reading for anyone who is looking to lose weight and keep it off.  It's more than setting a goal of "how much weight" you want to lose, or how you want to "look" for your upcoming wedding reception, or how you want to "appear" at your next high school reunion... it's about the day after all of these goals are met.  And most importantly, it's about how you want to "feel" every other day after that for the rest of your life.

'Taking Care of Yourself' is more than just a chapter title in my book.  It's something you need to do if you want to truly transform your body, mind, and spirit.

Cheers,

Marcello

 

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If you're like me, and want to know the answers to questions that most people don't have the guts to ask, here's Randy's brutally candid answer to "Why didn't you lose the weight "on your own" and why did you take the "easy" way out?"  (Note The T-Shirt) :)

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Randy's Response:  (and why I respect him so much) "If there's any way you can do it without surgery, you absolutely should. Surgery should not be the first option because there are many reasons not to do it and it's certainly not "the easy way." But it was, FOR ME, a big mistake to keep thinking that I could/would do it "on my own." I ended up truly losing my 30s, 40s and most of my 50s. The number of things I could have done during that 30 year period is heart-breaking and I set a pretty horrible example for my children and grandchildren during that time.

I was just so used to living my life with the limitations that my weight put on me that I didn't even know that I had limitations because of my weight. It's just the way it was. It was eye-opening to see life as a fit, healthy person. I was pretty lucky that I didn't have anything happen to me during those years. So many people who live life as an obese person don't get that chance. Stroke, heart attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, back issues, somehow I dodged all those bullets until I finally ended up with diabetes, which ended up saving my life, because that was the motivation I finally needed to do something major.

That was MY decision. I don't recommend it for anyone else, but I do recommend realistically exploring all options. Look, if they told you that you had cancer, but there was an operation to get rid of it, but that there would be some side effects of that operation, you'd do it, right? So the surgery is one treatment method. For me, it was the right one, but not for everyone. The bad option is the one where time passes and nothing is done to solve this ticking time bomb."

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Take Back the Night: Rethinking "Cry-It-Out" and Your Approach to Sleep Training

Another stellar article by Dr. Jill, pediatrician and owner at Healthy Kids Pediatrics.  If you are a new parent who would like to get more sleep, you need to read this.  -m

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'Tis the season for coughs and colds and seeing our patients visit the office a little more frequently than they did just a few months ago. I am also seeing plenty of moms who are run down and battling colds and fevers as well.  I will then ask about the quality of mom's sleep since getting a restful night sleep is a key in allowing the body to recover from illness. In more instances than not, the response I get is a smirk, an eye roll, and a defeated answer of, "we normally don't get sleep in our house since my child is a poor sleeper anyway."

Scientists are gathering more and more evidence that sleep is a critical factor in our ability to function normally while we are awake, impacting everything from cognition and decision making to overall physical health and well being. Sleep helps our brain remove toxins and it helps our bodies recover from the myriad viruses and bacteria that bombard our immune systems on a daily basis. Restorative sleep improves our overall mood and outlook on life, it gives us the energy to exercise our bodies and reap all the benefits of the increase in endorphins, it allows us to be more focused at work and at home with our families, and it provides the foundation for being an awesome parent who is fully present for our children.

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If there is one aspect of life where we should be selfish it is getting a good night sleep. That is why it is so important to help our babies learn to sleep early and effectively--so we can sleep, too!  Why, then, are so many parents having trouble getting their children to sleep well? I think the answer might be that parents, and moms especially, are putting their own needs on the back burner by allowing their desire to be a "good" parent and not harm their baby by letting the baby cry-it-out overshadow their own need to take care of themselves.

I just read an article entitled, "Stop Shaming Women for Teaching Their Babies to Sleep" where the author cited a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics that found that sleep training DOES NOT cause long-term harm to babies. The study refutes a 2012 study wherein the authors concluded that allowing a baby to cry for extended periods raised stress levels.  No parent wants to cause their child discomfort or worse, raise their stress levels, but chronic sleep deprivation suffered by both parents and their poor sleeper inevitably affects the family's entire life and that I promise raises everyone's stress levels.

If there is one aspect of life where we should be selfish, it is getting a good night sleep.  
— Dr. Jill

Parents ask me about sleep training on a very regular basis--let me correct that--parents complain to me that their child is a terrible sleeper on a very regular basis and tell me they have read all the books and have gone on every website, blog, and Facebook group forum, but nothing seems to work. When I respond that the best way to help your child sleep well is to let him learn to self-soothe and, yes, cry it out, I take a deep breath and brace for the negative reaction. Unfortunately, I am often met with, "Oh no I'm not ready to let him cry like that" or "we tried it and he just cried the whole night so we didn't keep trying" or more often, "I have to get up in the morning and go to work and I am already exhausted".  In our current society, both parents are working and, yes, it is much easier to feed a baby or bring her to the parents' bed when she wakes in the night crying since everyone gets back to sleep faster...but that quick fix each night creates a habit that can last for months and years and the lack of restorative sleep definitely adds up. 

After committing to a week (or even less) of allowing the baby to cry or by redirecting that night time visitor back to his own bed without any interaction or stimulation, parents regularly report to me that they can't believe they didn't do this sooner since it actually did work!  They find that their consistent and predictable response during each night wakening created a new pattern that taught the child to figure it out without the help of an adult.  How empowering is that?! The paradigm shifts from feeling selfish (I need my sleep) to selfless (I gave my child an incredibly valuable tool that will benefit her for the rest of her life) and then the ripple effect begins...better sleep leads to happier family members, more productivity at work, more energy to be the best parent possible, and an overall improvement in the parents' physical and mental well being.

I would never pretend that there is a quick fix to sleep training since every baby is different, every parent is unique, and every family dynamic is blissfully complex in its own way.  However, once parents face the reality of their situation and tease out the excuses from the fears, they find the strength to take back the night and help their sometimes very stubborn, willful, and hard-headed child learn to figure it out and get some rest. As my very wise husband always says, "If you can't take care of yourself, then you can't take care of the people who depend on you." Children depend on their parents to be their role model and when families prioritize sleep they are fitting another piece into the right place in the puzzle of parenting. Sleep well!!

 

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How To Stay Happy, Healthy, and Safe This Holiday Season
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With Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and other big holidays right around the corner, the invitations to eat, drink, and be merry should start hitting your inbox very soon.   If you ever wondered if it were possible to avoid the annual year-end roller coaster ride of weight gain and some common buffet line pitfalls, read these three tips below.  You'll also learn how to stay alive and make it to next year's holiday season.    

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1) Keep Good Company: The worst possible time to hang around lazy and negative people and to be less active than usual is the holiday season.  If you're hanging around with people who would rather stay inside eating fast food while scrolling through their drama on Instagram and Facebook during lunchtime instead of hanging around people who eat well and enjoy going outside for a walk, you're cheating your body out of all the productive energy and positive mood boosters that exercise and fresh air have to offer.

Try This:  Go out of your way to associate with friends and co-workers who make nutrition, fitness, and celebrating life a priority.  Remember, you are who you surround yourself with.

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2) Pace Yourself: No, we're not talking about exercise here.  We're talking about food.  Chances are you'll find yourself in front of multiple buffets this holiday season.  Don't let your eyes be bigger than your stomach.  Try not to compete with the person next to you to see who can pile the most stuff onto their plate. Portion control is paramount during the holidays.

Try This:  Make an effort to start your buffet line excursion by simply making a small salad on your first run.  Eat slowly, have some of your water, then return for round two.  Try for one piece of chicken, beef, or fish, and then a large spoonful of veggies on the side.  Eat slowly.  Finish your glass of water.  Drink another glass of water slowly while enjoying the company and conversation around you.  Wait for 10 minutes.   If you are being honest with yourself, you'll realize that you're not hungry anymore and don't even want or need to eat dessert.  *Now, if you are invited to multiple parties and you happen to enjoy dessert as much as I do, it's okay to have dessert at one or two of them.   (Especially, if your wife makes a ridiculous homemade apple pie.)  If your regular daily nutrition is on point, a few desserts over the holidays won't hurt. Moderation is key.  Just keep in mind, the extra calories add up fast!

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3) Call Uber:  If you're not getting enough sleep, if you like to text while driving, or you enjoy drinking during the holidays, DON'T DRIVE.  The amount of car accidents and deaths each year during the holiday season due to impaired driving is staggering.  The worst part is that most of them could have been avoided with common sense.  

Try This:  If you're driving home later than usual after attending a party and you feel your eyes getting very heavy, pull over as soon as you can find a safe place to take a little power nap.  If you know in advance that you'll be getting home later than usual, call an Uber for your round trip transportation.  Most people don't realize that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.  Speaking of drunk driving, STOP IT.  Don't think you're the exception and you can get yourself home after a few drinks just because you've been extremely lucky all these years.  Call an Uber.  And speaking of being lucky, if you haven't crashed or killed anyone yet from texting while driving you're playing with fire.  Either pull over and type your reply or just call an Uber so you can text your heart out.  Remember, an Uber might be more expensive, but you can't put a price on your life, the lives of others, and your future.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!

Cheers,  -m

Marcello Pedalino, CFT, is the author of the new inspirational book on personal growth and development, Celebrate Life. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, lifestyle expert, and fitness trainer. He delivers dynamic keynote presentations to corporations and organizations across the country who need help making Energy Management and Work-Life balance a priority.  *In addition to being an amazing pediatrician, his wife, Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino, makes the best homemade meatballs, sauce, and apple pie in Jersey.  :)

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An Unforgettable Evening With Celine Dion
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This latest stop on the #CelebrateLife Book Tour was definitely one of the most memorable. :) Céline Dion is a powerful combination of confidence & self-deprecation, precision & playfulness, and talent & hard work. Special thanks to Talia & the AEG Live team for the photo and your hospitality and to my friends at Caesars Entertainment for a fabulous weekend at Caesars Palace.  If you ever find yourself in Las Vegas and feel like singing, dancing, and watching one of the most amazing performers of our time, head over to the Colosseum and watch Celine do her thing. :)  

Cheers, -m

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A Picture Perfect Day for The 2017 Celebrate Ride with Marcello Pedalino and Friends
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"Show me your friends and I'll show you your future." ~Pitbull


Special thanks to Dr. Jill Garripoli and Healthy Kids Pediatrics for co-sponsoring the annual #CelebrateLife Ride in New York City yesterday. It was a gorgeous outing that included 35 miles of fresh air, sunshine, and Grimaldi's Pizza with some incredible entrepreneurs. :) Shout out to Johnny V'arvolis for the awesome pic at the George Washington Bridge lighthouse! Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Cheers, -m

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Closing Keynote presenter Marcello Pedalino Wraps Up the Caesars Entertainment Client Educational Experience In Atlantic City
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It was a pleasure to serve the exceptional team at Caesars Entertainment as well as their stellar guest list of meeting professionals from across the country. Thank you for the first class experience and your incredible hospitality.

My closing keynote presentation included strategies for letting things go, politics vs. productivity, vacation tips, how to keep good company, and reevaluating priorities. I enjoyed meeting, learning from, and sharing the stage with some of the finest in the speaking world... Kelly McDonaldAndyCore-Speaker/Author, & Paul Moya.

Also, special thanks to the Encore Event Technologies production team for making everyone look, sound, and feel amazing. Onwards and upwards.

Cheers, -m #CelebrateLife

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Celebrate Life chosen as "The Book of the Month" by Mobile Beat Magazine
The best book I’ve read this summer hands down is Celebrate Life by Marcello Pedalino.
— Mike Cordeiro- Mobile Beat Magazine

Book Review of Celebrate Life:  By Mike Cordeiro

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Nothing is more relaxing to me than sitting at the beach with a great book. Listening to the waves, toes in the sand -You know the song, right? The best beach books are the ones that make you dive deep into their pages until the end leaving you feeling a whole lot better about yourself. The best book I’ve read this summer hands down is Celebrate Life by Marcello Pedalino.

I like to read a lot of self help, motivational books. The problem with many of them is that they are too “self-helpy”. Sometimes I feel like I need a degree in meta physics or astral geometry to grasp their meaning. Many times the concepts in them really can’t be applied to the life I’m trying to live. Yeah, admit it, you’ve had that experience. Thankfully, Celebrate Life conveys it’s message in a straight forward, positive, easy to apply way.

The Author (Marcello) takes the stresses of everyday life (work, family, bills) and gives simple but powerful remedies for getting past what stops you from, well – celebrating life! Each chapter of Celebrate Life is filled with those “nuggets” we all love at to get at conventions. Marcello highlights these nuggets in boldface type so they literally jump off the page at you.

One of my favorite nuggets in the book is right at the beginning of Chapter one. Marcello writes,“If you can’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of your family or your clients”. Seriously think about that statement for a minute. How healthy are you? What are you going to do right now to better your health? Do you invest in yourself as much as you do your company? Read the book.

Marcello has incorporated two key things I find that most self help or motivational books lack. Pictures and author’s notes. Each chapter in Celebrate Life has little blocks filled with “Marcello’s Messages” and pictures that really do communicate a “thousand words”. Each chapter builds on the message of the previous one. The structure of the book easily leads the reader to Marcello’s goal of having you learn to let go and celebrate the gift of life you’ve have been given.

At only 150 pages, Celebrate Life is a great afternoon read. Even though Marcello is a household name in the DJ community, this book is NOT about being a better DJ. It’s about being a better YOU. Everyone can find the concepts and message of Celebrate Life useful if they choose. To learn more about how the author can help you to celebrate life please contact Marcello at: www.celebratelifebook.com

 

Special thanks to Mike Cordeiro for choosing Celebrate Life as his pick for The 'Book of The Month' in Mobile Beat Magazine.  Glad you enjoyed it Mike!  

Cheers, -m

 

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How To Wake Up Happy- Marcello Pedalino on "Today In New York" with WNBC 4's Gus Rosendale

1) Be mindful the night before: 

a) If you want to wake up happy, the best thing you can do is go to bed happy.  Now, that's not always possible so the next best thing is to go to bed with some peace of mind.  Take a few minutes to debrief and decompress.  Acknowledge the day's challenges and write down a few foundation solutions on a piece of paper.  The next morning you can refer to the notes and start your day with a plan. 

b) Prep for the day ahead and think about what I call "The Fab 4" for your bedroom.  You want it to be clean, cool, quiet, and dark. 

c) You also want to remove all distractions.  Unless you're a doctor who needs to be on call or something of that nature, put your phone in the kitchen.   If your excuse is that you need an alarm clock, buy an alarm clock. 

2) Don't Hit Snooze: 

a) Like the saying goes, "you snooze- you lose." Don't bother wasting your time by hitting snooze.  You're just avoiding the inevitable.  

b) If you need to hit the snooze button when you wake up, you probably went to bed too late.  Either that, or you need to make some significant lifestyle adjustments. 

3) Avoid picking up your phone when you wake up: 

Don't tempt the social media Gods in the morning.  Their job is to put stuff on Facebook and Instagram that will make you want to sit there and scroll mindlessly for 35 minutes.  FYI They are really good at their job!  This includes politics, too.  If you are more focused on who is running the White House rather than who is running your own house when you open your eyes, you're not going be as productive as you could be in the morning.  

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4)  Don't watch TV: 

Unless of course you are tuning in to Today In New York or The Today Show.  Those are both legal and recommended viewing. :) Otherwise, turning on your TV is just as bad as surfing your social sites on your phone if you're still under the covers.

5) Be grateful and be present:

a) For the first few minutes of your new day, practice some gratitude and introspection.  Start by thinking about a few things in your life that you are grateful for.   Then, visualize all the things you want to accomplish before you get back into bed tonight.  See it.  Believe it.  Go make it happen.

b) If you are fortunate enough to be waking up next to your true companion, let them know how much you love and appreciate them.

6) Fuel up and go:

a) Start the day off with a workout, shower, and a healthy breakfast.  This will give you the energy you need to take on the rest of the day. 

b) Eventually, waking up happy will evolve into making sleep, nutrition, and exercise a priority and soon you'll start waking up to the realization that your future can be better than you ever thought possible.

Cheers, -m

Marcello Pedalino, CFT, is the author of the new inspirational book on personal growth and development, Celebrate Life. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, lifestyle expert, and fitness trainer. He delivers dynamic keynote presentations to corporations and organizations across the country who need help making Energy Management and Work-Life balance a priority. www.MarcelloPedalino.com

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A Slice of Humble Pie: When the Motivator Needs Motivation

I was exhausted.  I was grumpy.  I was ready to quit.  After another 14-hour marathon study session in the kitchen, I called out to my wife who was in the living room and moaned, "have you ever spent the entire day studying like this?"  Without hesitation she yelled back , "yes honey, every day for four years while I was in medical school."

Ouch.  A slice of humble pie served up hot and fresh.

Earning my CFT (Certified Fitness Trainer) credentials from ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association), was much harder than I thought it would be.  In addition to all the prerequisite quizzes that you have to pass just to unlock the rest of the course,  you have to read a 700-page book, write six essays, pass an intense final exam, and design a comprehensive 12-week health and wellness program for two unique individuals.   I'm grateful that I had an accountability partner on my side and I'm incredibly fortunate that my "study buddy" happened to be an award-winning pediatrician who actually enjoyed medical school and excels at continuing education.

There were several points along this journey where I thought to myself, "This is crazy.  I'm lying on the floor and whining like a little baby about not wanting to finish what I started.  I motivate people for a living! For the past twenty five years, I've motivated the young and old to get on the dance floor and celebrate life.  For the past five, I've motivated the young and old to be more mindful and live a happier and healthier life. Why is this so freakin' hard?"

Jill, with a healthy dose of both compassion and sarcasm, reminded me that many things we need to do for ourselves are incredibly challenging- but well worth it in the long run.  She essentially told me everything I needed to hear, not just what I wanted to hear.  Yes, the professional motivator got taken to school.  It was pretty impressive, actually.  At that moment, Jill helped reaffirm that sometimes we need to put our pride aside and seek inspiration from others when our own empowerment fuel tank is running low. 

Earning a few new letters after my name, which will help secure some future TV appearances for the book, was a bonus.  Being reminded that who you surround yourself with makes all the difference in this world... well, that was the lesson of the day.  

Stay humble and stay hungry,  -m

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From Indy to Philly, the Celebrate Life Book Tour continues. Marcello Pedalino to appear on Good Day Philadelphia this Sunday with Lauren Johnson

I look forward to meeting Lauren Johnson and the Good Day Philadelphia Weekend News team at FOX 29 on Sunday morning. We'll be discussing work/life integration topics and sharing tips on sleep, fitness, nutrition, travel, and how to enjoy more time with your family. We'll also be doing a live Q&A via social media after the commercial break. 

Cheers, -m

 

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