Almost a month has passed since the clock struck midnight and New Year’s 2016 resolutions went into effect. As is customary, many of those New Year’s resolutions have probably already become a thing of the past and people have gone back to their regular routines and habits.
One health expert and fitness trainer has a New Year’s message for anyone who has already fallen off the wagon, but wanting to get back on. That message is:
“There are a few ways to do things…The Right Way, The Wrong Way and Doing It All Over Again. It’s time to make fitness ‘your’ business! – TheTruthRocks”
And sharing that truth is something that Jade Gold, CEO of JadeGoldFitness, wants to communicate with every person that will listen.
Around the world, men and women alike understand the numerous socioeconomic challenges of working to stay fit and healthy, while nurturing a happy home and developing a successful livelihood. Jade has literally raised the gold standard of excellence as an entrepreneur, mother, mentor, fitness guru, health coach and inspirational speaker.
Jade is not your run-of-the-mill health expert and fitness guru, however. She is a living witness and extremely unique example of someone who can make the tough decision to begin placing a dedicated emphasis on their health and proper fitness.
Growing up, Jade had always been athletic and always enjoyed exercise. She was a U.S. gymnast at an early age and ran track, but admits that, for many years, her eating was horrible.
“You know when you’re younger, you don’t have to think about what you eat and your metabolism kicks in and I truthfully never thought about it until I had health complications,” says Jade. “I had some serious health challenges with both of my pregnancies, battled severe depression and even had high blood pressure at one point. That’s when things began to change with me and my focus on doing something about my health.”
Jade started her career in the pharmaceutical industry, and left after having worked for almost 12 years. She decided to leave the industry for moral reasons.
“If people really knew some of the truth behind what drug companies produce, and who is responsible for funding it, they would probably put them into a state of shock,” says Jade. “I have always believed that God gave us everything we need to heal inside of our bodies. That’s not to say I don’t believe in modern medicine, but many of the diseases we suffer from are induced by our own lack of wisdom and discipline concerning our bodies.”
After leaving the pharmaceutical industry, Jade started a successful furniture and event planning company, which specialized in special occasions and major events. In 2008, her company was awarded the contract to design the Latin Grammy Awards in Houston, and in 2009 she was honored by the International Entertainment Society for Best Event Decor and Best Team Effort. In 2010 Jade was named Who’s Who in Black Houston, and in 2012 she received the “Still Standing Award” from the Texas Business Alliance. Her business was booming and she was well on her way to growth, until she hit a major roadblock that sent her spiraling downward.
“One of the most trying times in my life came after I lost my first business trying to grow too fast, after making some mistakes with an investor,” says Jade. “After the loss of my business, I fell into severe depression. Things were so bad, until I had a real moment with God, where He presented me with a very simple question: ‘Are you going to die in it or do you want to live through it?’ The gym became my safe haven.”
During her severe bout with depression, Jade experienced her own personal health challenges. Before she got serious about her health and fitness, she carried almost 38 percent body fat. Although she knew how to dress in order to make herself look decent, Jade knew she was overweight according to every medical standard.
“I have a major sweet tooth and I would do a lot of emotional eating while I was battling severe depression,” says Jade. “To a degree, I still deal with mild depression; but the difference between then and now is my mindset. My mind has been transformed by God, and once I arrived at a place of peace, nothing could stop me from making the complete transformation.”
Even with a renewed focus, tied with bad eating habits, Jade states that struggling with depression was one of the main causes of her weight gain and lack of conditioning; and even after starting a bodybuilding career, Jade continued to struggle with her health.
“Over my life, I’ve fought with several skin conditions and insecurities, which led to my poor conditioning and weight gain, but I thought I had arrived,” says Jade. “Even after my first bodybuilding competition, however, I went back to a lot of my old eating habits and before I knew it, 6-7 months later, I was almost back to the same place I was before. I was so disappointed in myself, because I felt like such a hypocrite as a certified trainer, doing the very things I was challenging and teaching my clients not to do.”
Since her encounter with God, Jade started JadeGoldFitness, and has set out to be the number one health expert and fitness guru in Houston. Her goal has been to create a brand that highlights the many areas of fitness discipline and be able to feature other trainers that have made fitness their life passion.
Through JadeGoldFitness, Jade offers a meal prep service and food delivery option called CoachingInTheKitchen, which targets anyone focused on improving their health and fitness through healthy eating.
In today’s world, time is at a premium. 66 percent of Americans are overweight and 33 percent are obese. Between the stresses of work, raising a family, cleaning, paying the bills and simply the rigors of everyday life, it is no wonder that people have any time for anything else. It is simply easier to hit a drive-thru or fast food place, and end up eating whatever they have to offer on the menu, as opposed to taking the time to shop, prep, cook and clean up – especially when considering healthier options.
CoachingInTheKitchen is a solution that Jade states can take that stress off of any individual.
CoachingInTheKitchen is a food delivery program that incorporates fresh product, caloric controls and healthier cooking techniques. Originating from the strict diets of bodybuilders and figure competitors, CoachingInTheKitchen has evolved into a lifestyle service ever changing method of controlling what and how much food clients consume. These professional trainers and health coaches are not nutritionists or dietitians, but are certified health coaches who are trained in whole food diets and consumption and have found a way to share their knowledge of healthier lifestyles and diets with those who desire to take charge of their own lives by doing the same.
At CoachingInTheKitchen, they use the same basic formulas bodybuilders use, and then determine the specific goals for every person’s gender and body style. Each of the prepared meals fall into a specific caloric range and is prepared fresh daily and delivered.
Operating in her full purpose, Jade is set to expand her business, with her latest clothing line called JadeGoldFitness ProSports Wear – sports attire for men and women, and an all-natural essentials Hair, Body & Bath line called TheHealthMatrix. In addition to those services, Jade is also a certified health coach, which she truly enjoys the most.
Jade enjoys coaching people, because she believes without the proper mindset, people will fail every fitness discipline or weight-loss program they try until they truly make up their mind to be committed and follow-thru with it.
“I want to bring the voice of truth; not just a brand that sells products as a quick fix,” says Jade. “I want people to be educated and knowledgeable. I share the truth and I cause people to unlearn what they’ve always believed to be true.”
Jade is passionately helping individuals and corporations address the need of creating greater awareness by educating them on how to create and achieve healthier balanced living.
For 2016, Jade says that the top three things people should focus on should be:
- Focus less on “just losing weight” and focus more on a mindset to create lifestyle changes
- Be realistic about your time allotment by choosing 30 minutes a day that will be kept as a solid commitment of 3-5 days a week until it can be increased it to at least an hour a day
- Become educated about the entire journey; the food, meal prepping, reading labels and involving your family, so you can be the master of your destiny and are destined to win
Be sure to read Jade’s column, TheTruthRocks, every week in the Forward Times, where she delivers health tips and information from her perspective, the only way she knows how.