A Slice of Humble Pie: When the Motivator Needs Motivation

I was exhausted.  I was grumpy.  I was ready to quit.  After another 14-hour marathon study session in the kitchen, I called out to my wife who was in the living room and moaned, “have you ever spent the entire day studying like this?”  Without hesitation she yelled back , “yes honey, every day for four years while I was in medical school.”

Ouch.  A slice of humble pie served up hot and fresh.

Earning my CFT (Certified Fitness Trainer) credentials from ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association), was much harder than I thought it would be.  In addition to all the prerequisite quizzes that you have to pass just to unlock the rest of the course,  you have to read a 700-page book, write six essays, pass an intense final exam, and design a comprehensive 12-week health and wellness program for two unique individuals.   I’m grateful that I had an accountability partner on my side and I’m incredibly fortunate that my “study buddy” happened to be an award-winning pediatrician who actually enjoyed medical school and excels at continuing education.

There were several points along this journey where I thought to myself, “This is crazy.  I’m lying on the floor and whining like a little baby about not wanting to finish what I started.  I motivate people for a living! For the past twenty five years, I’ve motivated the young and old to get on the dance floor and celebrate life. For the past five, I’ve motivated the young and old to be more mindful and live a happier and healthier life. Why is this so freakin’ hard?”

Jill, with a healthy dose of both compassion and sarcasm, reminded me that many things we need to do for ourselves are incredibly challenging- but well worth it in the long run.  She essentially told me everything I needed to hear, not just what I wanted to hear.  Yes, the professional motivator got taken to school.  It was pretty impressive, actually.  At that moment, Jill helped reaffirm that sometimes we need to put our pride aside and seek inspiration from others when our own empowerment fuel tank is running low. 

Earning a few new letters after my name, which will help secure some future TV appearances for the book, was a bonus.  Being reminded that who you surround yourself with makes all the difference in this world… well, that was the lesson of the day.

Stay humble and stay hungry,

From Indy to Philly, The Celebrate Life Book Tour Continues…

Marcello Pedalino, Author of Celebrate Life on Good Day Philadelphia with Lauren Johnson FOX 29

The only thing better than getting asked to stick around after the commercial break was having my daughter invited to join us on the couch for the segment. It reminded me of when Johnny Carson would ask a comedian to join him next to Ed if Johnny liked his set. 🙂 Pretty cool.

It was a pleasure appearing on Good Day Philadelphia and chatting with Lauren about wellness, flexibility, success, & generosity. We riffed about the benefits of being your own boss, how things like sleep are non-negotiable, why you should travel, the true measure of success, and the benefits of being generous. Both Isabella and my wife, Jill, made cameos. They even asked Isabella what she liked most about Daddy. 🙂 It was a lovely way to start off a great week in Philly.

Onwards and upwards!

Marcello Pedalino on Virginia This Morning. The Celebrate Life Book Tour continues…

Thank you Virginia This Morning on CBS 6 for your hospitality. It was a pleasure meeting Cheryl Miller and Bill Barksdale and chatting about the book. Here are a few minutes from the segment. Onwards and upwards!


Heaven on Earth: Villa Calettas in Costa Rica

Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino & Marcello Pedalino at Villa Calettas, Costa Rica

Villa Calettas.   A place “heaven on earth” is more than words.
For a boutique hotel experience or just a pretty nice view while you enjoy a sunset smoothie, consider Hotel Villa Caletas Costa Rica to celebrate your next milestone event. 🙂


Celebrate Life author, Marcello Pedalino, in Mobile Beat Magazine – Why Managing your Energy Levels is Vital for Healthy Living

Kudos to Mr. Pedalino for having his latest health and wellness article published in the December 2016 edition of Mobile Beat Magazine! Read the full article below. – D.H


Why Managing your Energy Levels is Vital for Healthy Living

If your body were a car, energy would be the fuel.   We all know how well a car performs when it has a full tank and is properly maintained.  Your body is the same.

Hopefully by now, you’ve come to appreciate that sleep, diet, and exercise are key sources of energy and should be non-negotiable priorities for daily living.  The more energy you have, the more you can enjoy the best that life has to offer.   That said, the best way to maintain optimum energy levels for your body is to focus on removing unproductive influences and inefficient lifestyle habits from your day-to-day routine.

“You are who you surround yourself with. Go out of your way to spend time with people who will inspire and empower you.” (from left) Jason Jani, Mike Walter, Matt Radicelli, Jim Cerone, Jeffrey Gitomer, Marcello Pedalino, Beau Kramer, & Adrian Cavlan

Keep Good Company:   If you’ve never heard the expression, “You are who you surround yourself with,” then this one point alone can have a major impact on your life if you choose to heed the advice.   If you’ve been hanging around with people who go to bed late but need to get up early and wonder why you’re always feeling tired, you have your answer.   If you’ve been hanging around people who would rather stay inside on a nice day and watch tv instead of going outside for a hike and you’re wondering why you’re out of breath when you walk up a flight of stairs, you have your answer.   Go out of your way to spend time with people who will inspire and empower you. It will feel like you are topping off your tank every time you see them. Then, make the conscious decision to spend less time with those who are siphoning gas right before your eyes.

Look Up:  Don’t be one of those people you see on youtube who walk right into a lamp post (or worse) because you are staring down at your facebook feed or checking your friend’s mindless snapchat videos.  Don’t be one of those people who are wasting precious time and energy trying to debate someone they barely know who is online just to see if anyone will take the bait and engage them.  Thumbing through various social feeds is like a vicious hamster wheel  of trying to keep up with what everyone else is doing or saying (which is impossible) and it’s usually a complete waste of time to debate someone when logic and respectful opinion exchanges are removed from the discussion.   There’s nothing wrong with staying in touch with family and friends, enjoying a silly cat video if you need a laugh, or following a cause you support, but like most everything in life, moderation is key.  The same rule applies for watching tv.  There’s nothing wrong with catching the big game or checking out a cool documentary once in a while, but don’t complain about not having enough time in the day to get stuff done if you are binge watching your favorite shows on Netflix for hours on end.    Put all that wasted energy into more proactive campaigns that will deliver measurable results-  like your family, your health, and your career.

“If you have kids, remember that dependability, reliability, and predictability are essential for proper developmental growth. If you set the example of being organized and on top of your game, their extremely impressionable little eyes will soon follow suit.” (The Pedalino Family on their annual retreat to Costa Rica. Marcello with his wife, Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino & daughter, Isabella.

Plan Ahead:  Being prepared saves time.  When you save time you don’t have to rush around as much and therefore you reduce stress.  Lower stress levels mean more energy and a greater ability to focus on and  deal with all of the inevitable curve balls life will throw you at any given moment.  Start at night by prepping tomorrow’s lunch so all you have to do is grab it from the fridge and go when you leave the house.  Reconfirm all next day appointments to avoid driving out of your way and being the only person to show up.

If you have kids, remember that dependability, reliability, and predictability are essential for proper developmental growth.  If you set the example of being organized and on top of your game, their extremely impressionable little eyes will soon follow suit.  Obviously, the alternative example is not the one you want to set.

If you are in a relationship, your partner deserves the best companion possible.  If you are a sloppy planner and don’t conserve your energy when the opportunity presents itself, your tank will be empty by the time you get home from work.  If you only have enough energy to keep your eyes open long enough to check out a little Jimmy Fallon before going to sleep, the risk of your partner eventually disengaging from the lack of intimacy rises exponentially.  By the way, The Tonight Show always posts the best clip from their show the following morning on Youtube.  In under five minutes, you can smile and enjoy a healthy endorphin release without having to sit through an entire show and sacrificing a good night’s sleep.  This is a great way to effectively utilize social media and better manage your energy levels.

Ralph Waldo Emerson was right on point when he said, “The World Belongs to the Energetic.”  But as you can see,  it goes much deeper than that.  So reevaluate your circle of influence, reprioritize the amount of screen time, and get organized. Just because you are using energy, it doesn’t mean you are using it wisely.  With a few small life tweaks and a little more discipline, you can enjoy a healthier existence and all the benefits that come with it.

3-time Dj of the Year Marcello Pedalino is a lifestyle consultant, fitness coach.

He is also the author of Celebrate Life: How to Live it Up, Discover Fulfillment, and Experience the Joy You Deserve.”

To buy the book, check out his t.v appearances, and listen to his podcast interviews, check out (www.CelebrateLifeBook.com)

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