Ready, Set, Achieve!: A Guide to Taking Charge of Your Life, Creating Balance, and Achieving Your Goals

Ready, Set, Achieve!: A Guide to Taking Charge of Your Life, Creating Balance, and Achieving Your Goals


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Ready, Set, Achieve!: A Guide to Taking Charge of Your Life, Creating Balance, and Achieving Your Goals by Yuri Diogenes, Jodi Leigh Miller

When charging after a goal, most people act like a bull in an arena, focusing solely on the swinging red flag in the bullfighter’s hands and forgetting about the rest of the surrounding area and neighboring responsibilities.

Ready, Set, Achieve! presents an organized guide to turning a dream into reality without sacrificing achievements in other areas of life. Studies have shown that personal health directly affects professional well-being and vice versa. As one decreases, the other suffers. Conversely, as one increases, the other rises as well. By learning how to effectively and evenly pull the strings of both aspects of life and avoiding a collision of priorities, all goals can be reached with less stress and better health. Ready, Set, Achieve! digs into the psyche of setting a goal, creating a plan of action, carrying out those action steps, finding support systems, and cycling back around to do it all over again or a new and higher goal.

Personal anecdotes from authors Yuri Diogenes and Jodi Miller punctuate each chapter and give an inside view into overcoming their own real-life struggles and turning them into tangible success stories.

Both authors rely on real-life experience to shed light on how to transform one’s mind and body and still create balance. Diogenes shares the tale of his amazing 100-pound weight loss and subsequent appearance on a national-qualifying bodybuilding stage in one of the biggest states in the country while rising to the top ranks in his IT career. And Miller describes her feat of lifting almost three times her bodyweight at national- and world-level lifting championships while remaining well-rounded in both her athletic and career worlds.

Ready, Set, Achieve! shows the road to just that: your best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630475895
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Jodi Leigh Miller earned the title of Ms. Natural Olympia in 2011 and 2012, and set national and world records in the American Powerlifting Federation and World
Powerlifting Congress. Jodi is currently a top-five national-level National Physique
Committee (NPC) Women’s Physique Competitor and has previously competed in Figure and Bodybuilding, having won the 2007 NPC Team Universe in the lightweight bodybuilding division. She holds a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin, a lifetime secondary teaching certification in Texas, and is a certified personal trainer.

Yuri Diogenes, M.S, MBA, technical speaker and author of more than ten technical books about technology and information security published in United States and Brazil. In the past Yuri was also a University Professor and a Certified Instructor. After his journey to lose one hundred pounds, Yuri became a NPC (National Physique Committee) bodybuilder competitor.

Table of Contents

Table of Content

Acknowledgements 5
Foreword 7
Chapter 1 – It’s Time to Change! 9
Introduction 9
Setting a Winning Goal 9
Planning to Win 11
Step One 12
Step Two 14
Step Three 16
The “No Excuses” Rule 18
Finding the Winning Balance 19
Flexible Winning 22
The Winds of Change 24
Chapter 2 – Building the Best You…Brick by Brick 25
Introduction 25
The Blueprint: 25
Step on the Sturdy Parts First: Starting with Right 25
Checking for Cracks: Moving Into Wrong 26
Take Actions to Fix the Problem 28
Health 29
Work 31
Social 33
Maintaining a Balanced State 33
Transforming the Change to a Lifestyle 36
Chapter 3 – Enlightening the Mind and Activating the Body through Exercise and Nutrition 38
Introduction 38
Self-Awareness 38
Mind 40
Body 42
Food 42
Exercise 43
Nutrition and Training 44
Nutrition 44
What is Your Healthy Weight? 45
Calorie 45
Protein 46
Carbohydrates 46
Fats 47
To Cheat or Not to Cheat 48
Training 50
Cardiovascular Exercise 50
Weightlifting 51
Tools to Assist You 53
Online Community Tools 54
Tracking Tools for Nutrition 56
Tracking Tools for Exercise Programs 58
Wearable Technology 59
Keep Track of your Results 60
Chapter 4 – Performing Better: At Work and Beyond 62
Introduction 62
A Healthy Body Opens the Door for a Productive Mind 62
Beyond Self-Esteem 67
Shield Yourself at Work 69
Shielding Steps 69
Give to Get: The Act of Mentorship 71
Other Best Practices to Turn Negative Behavior from Others into Positive: 72
What’s Next? 73
Chapter 5 – Planning for the Future 75
Introduction 75
Decisions, Decisions 75
Lists 77
Common Thread 77
More Lists 77
Research 78
Moment of Truth 80
About the Authors 81

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