Welcome to one of my new things – Wellness Wednesday. You may wonder, Levi . . . is this about getting into those smaller jeans? Well, ultimately I suppose you could take it as such. But it has more to do with my guest.
As most people are gearing up at the beginning of the year to improve their fitness in some form or other whether it is to drop a few pounds gained over the holidays or begin training for a marathon, this is often the time many jump in. There are so many diets out there, so many conflicting voices as to what you should do, or shouldn’t do I thought it might be nice to get some input from the professionals.
I have some personal trainers lined up, a nurse practitioner scheduled, a nutritionist, and a college professor that teaches in the nursing school. I hope they will bring some good information to the table to share!
Please welcome my first guest, Mr. Levi Terrell.
- Tell me a little about yourself.
-My name is Levi Terrell, I come from a very fitness minded family and my dad owned a gym so I pretty much grew up in weight room. Much of that time rubbing shoulders with professional athletes. I was blessed enough to play 4 years of collegiate football as a starter, which paved the way for me to get my bachelor of science with concentrations in health education, Physical education, and public administration.
- Name one thing that is a highlight in your life that you would consider a huge success and name one thing that you count as a failure.
-While I have many great highlights from my football career, including multiple school records a rewards. Not one of those would be possible if it wasn’t for God. Accepting Jesus into my heart is by far the greatest highlight of my life. I tend to see failures a bit differently than most, I truly believe one can not truly succeed unless they have weeded out the wrong ways to do something. Therefore I see failure as part of the process.
- Why did you choose this as a career?
-Besides inheriting my love for fitness from my parents, I became a coach because there are few greater thing in life than helping someone reach their full potential. Giving someone their health back allows them to truly live life to the fullest again. In a world full of corporations poisoning people with chemically loaded foods for profit, it is an uphill battle teaching people to think a different way.
- I think that is a very noble stance. I know personally, I am fed up with the chemical additives. I don’t know if it’s just laziness or not, but I think it’s ridiculous to have to read a label before eating bread. Bread should be bread – the only difference whether you choose a 12 grain, whole wheat or white or whatever flavor, not to see if has 12 chemical additives and preservatives that, oh yeah that was determined to cause cancer, and so was that, and that one messes with your brain. Sorry, personal pet peeves. Moving on, for someone wishing to improve their health that comes to you for help, what would be the first bit of advice that you would give them?
-I have 3 things I always address first when speaking to a new client.
1.) How much water do you drink a day? If it is less than half your body weight in ounces it’s not enough, and it’s almost certainly causing you to retain water weight and slowing your metabolism.
2.) Cut out anything “artificial” from your diet. That’s colors, flavors, sweeteners, etc. These chemicals are of zero nutritional value and do nothing but confuse your body and cause it to store excess fat.
3.) Get more sleep, if you’re like most Americans, you’re not getting enough sleep. We feel like we must squeeze the most out of every day and sleep is usually the first thing to be sacrificed. Sleep is a major part of your health and not getting enough leads to many things: increased cortisol levels being one of the main ones.
- Sound advice! What do you find to be the most rewarding part of what you do?
-Definitely helping others get their life back. Getting the middle-aged dad down to his college weight so he can run around with his son again. Giving a new mom the confidence to be comfortable in any outfit and love her body again. Rehabbing an injured athlete and getting them back to the sport they love quickly and safely. That is why I do what I do.
- I can see where that would be gratifying! What part do you feel that the mental game plays in the person’s success or failure?
-I love this question because a person’s thoughts are the most powerful thing on earth, and they are the main factor in determining a person’s success. Not just with health but with a person’s relationships, purpose, and finances as well.
This belief is what inspired me to start my life coaching business. 23Seven Coaching is based off of Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) “For as a man thinketh in his heart, so he will be…” If we can get you thinking the right way there is absolutely nothing one cannot achieve.
- I’m a firm believer in mental attitude. I’ve done many inspirational posts here on my blog. The right attitude can carry you into fulfilling your dreams while a negative attitude will propel you into a nightmarish existence of futility. Wasn’t it Job that stated ” My greatest fear has come upon me”? So, what you think about preceeds what you speak. What you speak prophecies your future. There is a lot more to it than ‘The Power of positive thinking’ but basically, you have what you say and that starts with what you think. If you think you are defeated you are. If you think you will succeed you will. In that vein, how do your services help a person who mentally is defeated?
-First, we focus on pinpointing why you do what you do. None of our behaviors are random, everything is learned. Most of them without us even knowing, so if we can pinpoint why a person thinks a certain way, we can begin to replace that thought with positive thinking. I am a strong believer in speaking affirmations and incorporating daily wins to build self belief and teaching you how to be successful.
- YOu know, I could spend the next hour discussing the above with you but I know you have other things to do today. Perhaps we’ll come back to that some other time as it’s one of my areas of personal convictions. How important do you think supplements play in a person’s diet?
-Unfortunately a big role if you live in America. Over the last 40 years the quality of our food has fallen substantially. Even to the point that fruits and vegetables have been nutritionally drained due to our land being so over -farmed. So even someone who eats a clean healthy diet is most likely still not getting all their needed nutrients. Now, the thing is, it must be the right kind of supplementation. The majority of supplements you find on store shelves are loaded with artificial ingredients and fillers, many of them known carcinogens. That’s why I coach my clients through nutritional cleansing systems loaded with all natural, organic ingredients derived from all over the world. This process works great at flushing out toxins and helping release those stubborn pounds. All while increasing energy, sleep, and even that healthy glow we all love to see on our skin.
- I need to sign up for that! I certainly need the increased energy, and the sleep, and who doesn’t want a healthy glow? Can you share 3 things that will help people to achieve their goals?
–*See question #4
Levi and his lovely wife Raediance, (She’s awesome in her own right!)
BIO-Growing up in the small town of DeSoto, MO. Levi’s passion for fitness and football took him to the University of Nebraska, Omaha on a full football scholarship where he excelled early, getting his freshman redshirt torn off in the 4th game of the season and tying the school record for carries in a single game (42) in his collegiate football debut. Levi went on to receive all American honors as well as freshman of the year and running back of the year. After seeing the football program get dropped by the University after his sophomore season, Terrell was forced to find a new home. Just an hour south of his hometown the young standout was welcomed with open arms to the Southeast Missouri State University where he finished his football career. Levi later returned to Omaha with his wife Raediance to finish out his bachelor of science degree.
The Terrell’s now live in Missouri where they pursue their entrepreneurial plans and set out to help as many people as possible realize, pursue, and achieve their dreams of health & wealth. Levi’s life coaching business “23Seven Coaching” seeks to change the way people think about the world around them, in turn realizing they can truly have everything they want out if life.
Website: Coming Soon
Thank you Levi for sharing this valuable information with us! If you are in the St. Louis area, look him up and see what he can do for you! Follow him on Instagram, twitter, and wherever else you can where you can a daily dose of inpsiration!
I hope that some of what is shared will inspired you, encourage you, and convince you to take better care of yourself – you’re the only you that you have!
Write on my friends, write on!