Cold Meds 2

I have no video for you today ’cause I have a nasty cold — I don’t feel good, I look bad, and I sound even worse!

It pisses me off when I get colds because I eat my fruits and vegetables, I’m healthy, I work out every day, and I take my vitamins! So I’m like, “What the hell?”

Then I remember what my own life coach taught me many years ago and what I know to be true:

When you get minor bugs or short bouts of depression, it’s the Universe stopping you in your tracks and demanding that you take a break.

When you think back to the times that you’ve been slayed by a bug, isn’t it usually when “you can least afford to be sick?” In other words, at those times when life is particularly stressful or frenetic, and you think you really need to be on your game?

My NAKED face.

Or, in other words, my face with no makeup.

Yup, that’s me coming at you today: hot and sweaty on my treadmill, naked face and all, having just finished my morning workout.

And I gotta say: I love today’s Jacquie Straight Up episode. Here’s why:

Last week, I talked about how getting sweaty — exercising regularly — is crucial to living up to your full potential. It’s really that important!

So, in light of this, I wanted to share with you my amazing, quick cardio workout, one that I KNOW you can pull off, regardless of your fitness level. I do this very workout many mornings of the week, when I’m not out running or hiking the trails.

Welcome to week two of my special “6 S’s to FABULOUS” series on Jacquie Straight Up! This week, it’s all about the “S-W-E-A-T!” (If you missed last week’s episode on ‘”Surroundings,” catch it here.)

Let me jump right in with a bold statement, one that I know is true: your full potential will ALWAYS remain untapped until you exercise regularly, every day of the week. (Well, aim for at least five days, but I recommend six.)

Regular exercise impacts your body, your soul, and your mind, and is critical for your success.

Not convinced? Let me explain in today’s episode. Click above to watch.

I should also point out that being fabulous has nothing to do with feeling “better” than anyone else or portraying an egotistical sense of superiority.

I’m excited! There is something extra awesome happening on today’s Jacquie Straight Up: I’m sharing my “6 S’s to FABULOUS!” (Who doesn’t want to be the very best version of themselves that they can be?)

And the best part? This is going to be really FUN! Who ever said bettering yourself can’t be enjoyable? Especially when one of the “S’s” is “Sex,” and another is “Sleep!”

I have no doubt my 6 “S’s” will transform your life with totally do-able basics.

You see, to change your life, either something new comes into it from the outside…or something comes from within you. My “6 S’s to Fabulous” are not about waiting for the elusive thing to come to you.

Have you ever wondered:

“What is the #1 key to living an extraordinary life, and getting what I want?”

It’s a really great question, and the first one my coaching clients want me to answer. Here’s my straight-up, without-a-doubt response:

“How you feel about YOURSELF determines your ENTIRE life.”

This basic statement is the premise behind everything I teach and everything I stand for. I believe it is, by far, the single most important philosophy for manifesting the life you want and deserve.

But don’t get me wrong. It’s not about blind self-acceptance or loving yourself, no matter what.

It’s about doing the work necessary to really like and respect yourself — it’s about living up to your own potential. Because when we do that, we trust ourselves, we believe in ourselves, and we attract opportunities.

As mentioned last week, my recent fitness boot camp adventure was a tough challenge. Really tough. Like five microscopic meals a day, six hours of daily exercise, NO BOOZE, and NO COFFEE.

And this is where a confession comes in: although it was strictly forbidden, I did indulge in one cup of coffee every morning. But just one, honest! (No one has ever convinced my to give it up entirely.)

Despite my daily caffeine “cheat,” I really did give it my all, and I am thrilled to report that I managed to achieve my goals. This included losing 4% body fat, packing on some muscle, and taking my fitness up to a level that far exceeds the norm for my age group.

And…I’m back! After two weeks sequestered away at a fitness boot camp, I’m finally back in the “Jacquie Straight Up” saddle!

I must say, I was so touched by the notes sent by some of you, asking where the videos were and if I was OK! Thank you for that! My time away was as challenging as it was rewarding, and I’ll be sharing more on that next week. But right now, it’s almost Valentine’s Day…so let’s have some fun and talk about love and sex!

This time last year, I shared about the fact that adding some variety to your life — including your sex life — causes the release of dopamine, a feel good brain chemical that gives us the sensation of pleasure and euphoria.

Ever notice how much joy you can get from the simple things in life?

For me, one of those things is bouncing on my trampoline! I love it even more as an adult than I did as a kid…weird but true.

Some of those simple things are so much fun, but we tend to forget to either notice them, or to include them in our daily lives as we get caught up in the big stuff and in our constant “pursuit” of the things that we think will make us happy.

In today’s somewhat “weird” episode of Jacquie Straight Up, you’ll catch me on my trampoline. And then I weigh in on our society’s never-ending pursuit of happiness, something that we’ve got to STOP.

Happy New Year again! We are only one week into 2015, so there’s still plenty of time to set goals, resolutions and plans.

It’s a short and quick video from me this week because I am knee deep all month in coaching the awesome women who took me up on my free gift of a coaching session! It’s crazy busy but I am LOVING it! Everyone has an interesting story, and I love people who take advantage of an opportunity to grow.

And speaking of opportunities, here’s a cool one for YOU:

This week, I am challenging you to a simple but transformational activity for the balance of this month: pick a book — any book that is educational or transformational — and commit to read one chapter EVERY DAY for the balance of January 2015.

It’s January, one of my favorite times of the year.

This is a time for change, for transformation, and for reinventing yourself. It’s resolution time…and I love it!

But in recent weeks, I’ve been dealing with an issue that made me feel quite stuck.

The challenge had me worried, anxious, and was keeping me up a night — you get the idea.

After a few weeks of dealing with it, this is how I turned it around: I got into my closet, and I ruthlessly de-cluttered.

I got rid of the old, and started the flow of energy in the right direction. Within 24 hours, a miracle occurred…and I was instantly un-stuck.

It was incredible how fast it happened. These are the principles that I live by, but I had forgotten that temporarily and let worry creep in.