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Exercising Values

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Discipline, Weight Loss, and Reaching for the Stars

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I'm sitting in the lobby of a St. Louis hotel waiting for my son's gymnastic's meet to start. On the  drive in from Kansas City,  I asked him how old he was when he first thought he'd like to twirl around a  bar. He had no idea. I then asked how old he was when he first thought it would be a good idea to let go of that bar. Again, he had no clue. His sister, who is now a gymnastics coach, chimed in that she couldn't imagine not being able to do those things.

It, of course, takes a lot of practice hours to perfect those skills. Last night, I was at another daughter's basketball game and they executed plays with the fluid motion that comes from hours of team work. Finding a sport that your child loves will give them many hours, and possibly, a life time of happiness. Learning discipline whether applied to sports, academics, music, or any other worthwhile area will multiply that happiness. Excellence in anything, while aided by raw talent, will only be fully developed through discipline.

January is the season of discipline. Next week, I fly to Tampa to attend a conference hosted by fifteen of the most successful transformation specialists in personal training. While there and when I return I'll share with you how you can transform and improve any area of your life. We'll particularly focus on the areas of weight loss and health that capture our attention each new year. I suspect it will take discipline. Rarely do we ever just fall into an improved lifestyle. We take well-thought out steps and keep at it until we achieve our goals.

The state motto in Kansas, where I'm from, is ad aspera per aspera which translated means "to the stars through hard work". There is an element of hard work in adding  fifteen minutes of exercise and character quality education to your already busy day. But I promise you that if you are disciplined enough to show up each day to spend this time with your children that you will reap many times over your investment in both improved family relationships and fitness. Please let Exercising Values show you how to add fun to your disciplined pursuit of well-behaved, healthy and fit children. You'll emerge with a fitter body yourself and develop a closer bond with your children as they know they can depend on your undivided attention each day.

My children can't remember when they didn't want to do double backs off a bar. It's second nature to them now. Daily exercise and good eating habits can be second nature to you and your children, too. They'll be better positioned to pursue a sport of their choice or to just be healthy and fit and pursue other dreams. Help them develop the character, the discipline and the skills to reach for the stars of their choosing. Stay tuned for tips from Tampa and meanwhile decide what star you want to reach for. I'll do all I can to help you.

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About the Author

Pamela Davenport


For decades I have helped countless parents and their children overcome significant obstacles. My unique accomplishments in the fields of child development, health, and fitness have given me an unparalleled perspective and expertise that I would love to share with you.

  • Award-Winning Author and Parenting Coach
  • Mother of six and grandmother of five
  • Studied Juvenile Justice at Stanford University
  • Master’s degree in Social Work
  • Experienced family counselor
  • Support group leader for struggling parents
  • Taught health at the university level
  • Program manager for the personal training programs at two colleges
  • Personal Trainer helping people lose 5lb-100lb+
  • Two-time Ironman Triathlete and competing member of team USA
  •  UMB Lifetime Sportswoman Award 2017