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Ernestine Shepherd has been into fitness and bodybuilding since she was 56 years old.

At 73, she has no plans to quit.  She is taking this God given determination and helping other women and some men to achieve their dreams of fitness.

You’ve got to get up pretty early in the morning to keep up with Shepherd.  She is up at 3 a.m. everyday.  Before her first run of the day she has a breakfast of two boiled egg whites, a bagel and 16 ounces of water.

She goes to Druid Hill Park and runs from 5:30 until 8 – 9 a.m. After running for hours,  she drinks liquid egg whites and eats two more boiled egg whites.  From there she heads to the gym to instruct her fitness classes from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. She takes time for lunch which is usually some sort of protein and carbohydrates and of course water.  “Later on I eat roasted chicken, and that’s Subway chicken because I’m lazy, I don’t cook…a baked potato and spinach, later tuna fish and more egg whites…and vegetables,” said Shepherd.

Shepherd is very patient with the participants of her class.  “First of all you have to start off slowly, you can’t jump in gung-ho.  What you have to do is find what you like to do and when you find what you like to do make it fun…when you see the slightest change that will motivate you and make you keep going, she says.

Diet and exercise is really paying off for Shepherd.  She has beautiful, clear skin, lovely silver-grey hair and her body is toned to perfection.  Women have said they do not want to use weights and bulk up.  Shepherd shows that with moderation anything can be achieved.

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How many times have you gone to an exercise class and casually said hello to the people around you just to be polite?  Would you believe there is a place where nearly everyone speaks and encourages one another and their accomplishments?

That place is Chizel-It Fitness Center. Charles “Chizel-It” Harris runs around the fitness center during his class yelling and counting and keeping the atmosphere high as a packed room full of participants try to keep up with him.

Chizel, as everyone calls him, has a desire to see people fit and he does not want excuses.  It does not matter where you are on the fitness spectrum-beginner to advanced-he wants and expects participation from everyone as seen in this video clip.

There is something about personal trainers, they have a desire to motivate the unmotivated and move the slow and unmovable.  Every one has a reason for coming out to the classes offered at the fitness center.

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Nutrition is so very important when it comes to your health.  Holistic Nutritionist, Raquel Custage-Elliott says you have to be aware that good nutrition is a process and you should not take on too many changes at once.      

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In an interview with Custage-Elliott, she says stay on the wagon, you must make realistic choices for yourself.  Take notice of how your body feels when you eat certain foods; that sluggish feeling can be a motivator to try a little harder to change a few things.  Changing your eating habits is a process.

You may contact her if you feel the need for personal coaching during the process of change at www.energyofbreath.com or by phone 917-806-0702.  She will be glad to help you in your quest for health.

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Dwayne of Chizel-It stretching woman during off-site exercise class

Beginning a new exercise program can be an exciting venture until the soreness sets in.  When a person gets sore after the first few workouts they can be discouraged from further attempts to complete the course.

Stretching after each workout can prevent excessive soreness in your muscles.  This will keep you motivated to exercise.  The weather is getting warmer now, and that in itself is reason to get out and get moving.

Motivation as defined by the online dictionary is derived from the word motivate: to provide with a motive, to incite to impel.  Some synonyms are to provoke, move, cause, prompt and induce. What will provoke you to care for your body or cause you to do what you know you need to do?

We all have tons of excuses and that bed feels too good to get up earlier than normal, but think of a reason to incite yourself.  This could be the best thing you do for yourself.

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