Not long ago, I placed my heart in God’s hands. I followed my faith and found inspiration from my family, friends and fans. I believe that people can have anything, no matter what the situation is at hand. Remember that we always have the strength, patience and passion within, to reach for the stars. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to all who have helped me grow into an inspirational role model.
I have many Foundations and Charities that I work with on an ongoing basis. But one that is near and dear to my heart is Save The Horses (www.savethehorses.org), a foundation that is dedicated to the rescue and relief of abused and neglected horses. I’m not only the national spokesperson for Save The Horses, I also volunteer at the farm which is just north of Atlanta in Cumming, Georgia, 2 – 3 days per week. I also adopted a baby fowl back in October 2010. The mother came in abused and was only given a few days to live. We didn’t even know that she was pregnant. Now after nine months, mother (Indigo) and baby (Patience) are doing great.
Research from the National Bullying Campaign shows that up to 25% of US students are bullied each year and as many as 160,000 may stay home from school on any given day because they are afraid of being bullied.
In 2010 Cindy Rodeo started an anti-bullying campaign called Cindy Rodeo’s No Bullying Now!, where she speaks to schools across America on the affects of bullying. A major part of this campaign is to let children know it’s okay to speak up and speak out against bullying. During school assembles, Cindy Rodeo offers her personal story of school bullying and her incredible journey of triumph. Cindy Rodeo’s inspirational message has helped parents, teachers and schools across the country take steps toward no more bullying.
Bullying is not just a big city issue. It also affects small towns across America. Recently, Cindy Rodeo traveled to Winnfield, LA., population 5800 to speak out against Bullying with a dear friend of mine, Steve Carrier with Megaforce (www.stevecarrier.com). Steve is one of the top speakers in the World that is making a stand against Bullying.
If you or someone you know is being bullied, please opening up and talk to your parents, teachers or anyone you feel close to. Let your voice be heard both in the hallways of your school and online. Please speak out and make a change.
I’m a former National Fitness Competitor and Fitness Model, competing in events like the Arnold Classic and NPC National Fitness Championship. Working with my personal trainer, I went from a size 16 to a size 6. Now, armed with in-depth knowledge on exercise, fitness and nutrition, I can help you train the Hardbody360 way, plus and INSPIRE you to live a healthier life. I want people to know that they do not have to be perfectly thin to be healthy. If you eat healthy with high protein and include a fast pace cardio walk on a daily basis, you can still have a lean body. Personally, most of my workouts are outside in what I call an “Urban Workout”, meaning you do not have to join a gym to get healthy and fit.
It was an honor to be asked to visit the Walter Reed Medical Center in 2007 and 2009. Since recovering from paralysis myself, I’ve learned not to take anything, not even an ordinary walk, for granted. These men and women give so much for our country and freedom. To see them there (Walter Reed Medical Center) feels me with such emotion. I will continue to give back and help the United States Troops whenever I can.
Please take a moment and visit the Wounded Warrior Project.
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