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May 2017


Inspire, Inform & Educate


70th Edition

Earnest Rhone

Owner of Houston Fitness Guru

Earnest Rhone Is the Houston Fitness Guru




In the Health Community…


The Numbers Are In!

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Publisher’s Message


Due to unhealthy eating habits and a lack of exercise, our community is dealing with health issues. What can you do if you do not have your health? I want to encourage you to be your best self when it comes to health. The healthy habits that you implement in your life will be an example for your family and your community. This month’s issue highlights Earnest Rhone, one of the most sought after fitness gurus in Houston and the surrounding areas. His motto is simple,

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“What seems impossible today will soon become your warmup.” Earnest is a certified fitness trainer and owner of Houston Fitness Guru. His niche in women’s fitness has transfigured women physically and mentally. As always, thank you for your continued support of d-mars. com. When you support us, you are supporting more than just our company; you are supporting the communities in which we live and work. Working together, we can succeed in making positive things happen. info


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May Is Lupus Awareness Month By News Provider

What is lupus? upus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs). "Chronic" means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. In lupus, something goes wrong with the immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs ("foreign invaders," like the flu). Normally our immune systems produce proteins called "antibodies" which protect the body from these invaders.


"Autoimmunity" means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues ("auto" means "self"). As a result, it creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.

Additional facts about lupus that you should know: • Lupus is not contagious, not even through sexual contact. You cannot "catch" lupus from someone or "give" lupus to someone. • Lupus is not like or related to cancer. Cancer is a condition of malignant, abnormal tissues that grow rapidly and spread into surrounding tissues. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, as described above. However, some treatments for lupus may include immunosuppressant drugs that are also used in chemotherapy.

•  Lupus is not like or related to HIV (Human Immune Deficiency Virus) or AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). In HIV or AIDS the immune system is underactive; in lupus, the immune system is overactive. • Lupus can range from mild to life-threatening and should always be treated by a doctor. With good medical care, most people with lupus can lead a full life. • More than 16,000 new cases of lupus are reported annually across the country. •  Our research estimates that at least 1.5 million Americans have lupus. The actual number may be higher; however, there have been no large-scale studies to show the actual number of people in the

U.S. living with lupus. •  It is believed that 5 million people throughout the world have a form of lupus. • Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age. However, men, children, and teenagers develop lupus, too. Most people with lupus develop the disease between the ages of 15-44. • Women of color are two to three times more likely to develop lupus than Caucasians. •  People of all races and ethnic groups can develop lupus. 16,000 Number of new cases of lupus reported each year. 15-44 Most people who develop lupus are in this age range. For more information on lupus, please visit the National Resource Center on Lupus by Lupus Foundation of America at www. Source:

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Let’s Get Moving! By Dawn Paul

Associate Editor


arnest Rhone is one of the most sought after fitness gurus in Houston and the surrounding areas. His motto is simple, “What seems impossible today will soon become your warm-up.” Countless people have unsatisfactory habits that are hard to break, finding it almost impossible to shed those unwanted pounds. These habits cause obesity and other related health problems due to unhealthy eating and a lack of physical activity. Earnest is a certified fitness trainer, co-owner of Signature Physiques Studio, and owner of Houston Fitness Guru. His niche in women’s fitness has transfigured women physically and mentally. His impressive approach to fitness gets to the root of obesity, training in a way that is effective and long-lasting. There was always a fire in Earnest to see people be at their healthiest. In college is where it all started, as he was able help fellow athletes with their workouts, and they would see results. When he would see his fitness guidance take these athletes to the next level, he knew this was the purpose destined for him. Earnest enjoys helping people understand what it means to truly be fit and help them reach their goals. After working with different types of clients, he truly found his gift specializing in women’s fitness. Earnest shares, “I specialize in women’s fitness, because even though they struggle the most with understanding their body, they tend to trust the process. Women not only listen, but they continue to find new goals and often motivate me through their stories. Being able to shape, mold, and

construct their mindset to believe in themselves is what I am able to provide these women.” How many times have you lost weight and after a few months, you are right back to where you started? Earnest has heard this story too many times from women, understanding that you have to get to the root and not just the surface of why you are obese or not at your healthiest. As your fitness coach, he can help you lose the weight, but until you address the center of the bad habits, there will be no change longterm. “In my experience, I have found that most things are mental, and that includes weight gain and obesity. For many people, food is used as comfort. However, with my training, I help clients see that instead of food as an outlet, use exercise as the outlet. Working out is a great stress reliever,” Earnest says. Part of Earnest’s process is teaching the client to truly know their body and how it responds to food. He always encourages individuals to see a physician to perform a thorough assessment to help with a better understanding of the body and what else could be contributing to any weight gain.

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Earnest believes that a successful transformation goes beyond the physical and includes a transformed mindset. One of his methods is the Houston Fitness Guru 90 Day Fitness Challenge. Through this challenge, he is able to educate his clients on the importance of nutrition and exercise. Earnest says, “Failure is a part of life, and those who push through the challenge are able to shift their mindset into healthy habits. After the 90 days, many of them do not revert back to those bad habits that they had before committing to the fitness challenge.” His clients trust the process, making fitness now a part of their regular schedule. Some of his clients have even done the challenge multiple times, and even back-to-back. Not only does this challenge help them hold themselves accountable, but the women encourage each other through this process. Earnest’s method for tackling client fitness goals produces real results, keeping his clients motivated, aware, and conscious. Earnest says, “In order to make a lifestyle change, you have to change your thought process about food. It is about eating to live and not living to eat. Also, you have to invest your time in not only working out, but taking the time necessary to meal prep. This habit will help you achieve the best success.” Earnest not only supports and guides clients to break bad habits, but helps them to replace them with new ones that are beneficial to the body. “Food is not the problem; the problem is discipline and control. Many people overindulge in food instead of using it to fuel the body. But, we are what we eat. There is nothing wrong with occasionally indulging, but it should not be abused,” Earnest expresses. “There is absolutely no quick fix for a healthy lifestyle. Diets do not work. Many of these programs are not healthy, because you may lose weight, but in the process you are also losing muscle. Many people do not understand that in fitness, losing body fat is more important than just losing weight on the scale,” says Earnest. Earnest has had his own personal journey with weight gain. In 2015 his life changed when he tore his Achilles. Always

“Every day you either get better or worse, but you never stay the same. You should strive for progress and not perfection. You should wake up every day with a goal to be better than you were the previous day. You cannot be content because you will never get better.” —Earnest Rhone, Owner of Houston Fitness Guru

being physically fit, this injury really sidelined him. Not being able to continue his regular workout regimen, he gained some excess weight. Regaining his fit physique was not easy, and he is still on the journey. Wanting to motivate others by sharing his personal story, he looks forward to releasing his book that documents his path to being his best physical self again. Earnest not only motivates clients, but those closest to him. He has had many family members who have suffered from heart attacks and strokes. Unfortunately, like many, he and his family didn’t have to deal with those issues until it hit close to home with the loss of loved ones. Earnest provides tools to live a healthy lifestyle, but he also leads by example, encouraging each of his family members to take control of their destiny and lives through healthy eating and exercise. Women are truly busy, with juggling career, family, and other obligations. With the stress of taking care of everyone else, it is easy for women to neglect themselves. Earnest explains to today’s busy woman that they have to carve out just a little time for themselves, as it is an investment. Investing in their health now will keep them around longer for their family. His message is clear explaining, “I share with my clients that it is alright to be selfish at times in order to make sure that you are taken care of. If they are not healthy, they will be more of a detriment to their family.” There are accolades that come with achievements in this industry, but Earnest’s greatest honor is seeing the transformation and lifestyle changes of the awesome women

he trains. Seeing the confidence in the women at the end of the 90 Day Challenge is greater than any award. As a trainer, it is Earnest’s job to inspire and motivate, but it is up to the client to trust the process to get the results. For more information on Earnest Rhone and Houston Fitness Guru, please visit www.houstonfitnessguru. com, call (903) 293-4931, or email

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Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy Lifestyle

The Numbers Are In! Dr. LaTronica Fisher Contributing Writer


he personal finance website, WalletHub decided to analyze where exactly all that excess weight resides and which U.S. metro areas appear to be doing little in the way of helping stem the tide of obesity. Analysts for the site examined population data from the top 100 U.S. metropolitan areas, comparing them across a total of 17 different metrics, ultimately rating each in three major categories: obese and overweight population, health problems based on weight, and healthy environments. Information sources included the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Agriculture, The Trust for America’s Health, and other WalletHub proprietary research.

Decide to Make Your Health a Priority By Reggie Collier Contributing Writer

am very passionate about encouraging women to exercise as part of their daily lives. It’s mainly because I’ve learned that there is power in regular physical activity, and I want others to know that as well. This type of power leads you to feel better, look better, reach and maintain a healthy weight, build selfesteem, and manage stress more easily — the things a lot of busy women desperately need in their lives. The main problem I notice with a lot of my clients is time. Most women have so many responsibilities that they put themselves on the backburner. I have clients that work full time and are wives, mothers, and the list goes on and on. However, exercise is not on their schedule as a priority. Some of my clients have decided to make themselves a top priority, taking that first initial step to invest in themselves and their health. I stress on a regular basis that if you don’t take time for yourself, then unfortunately you may not be in a position to take care of the ones that you love. Dianah decided to take that initial step. She has been raising her 2 brothers since the age of 20 after the death of her mom, and she has 1 daughter. Being able to provide for her family and cook them a big dinner every day gave her fulfillment. However, she was overweight and at risk for pre-



ventable illnesses related to unhealthy habits. Really reflecting, she had to look at the big picture and decided it was time for “Team Dianah.” With her committing to Reggie C Fitness and the support of her family, she has been successful on her health and wellness journey. In 8 months Dianah has lost 75 pounds and is setting more fitness goals. Despite your schedule, you do have time to exercise. It all starts with deciding to make yourself a priority for a change. Not only do you owe it to your body, but you owe it to those who love you. It is a challenging process, but you’re worth it!

Hereare aresome somesteps stepsto tohelp helpyou Here you include exercise into your include exercise into your busy busy schedule. schedule. 1. Park farther away from the building, so you are forced to take extra steps. 2.  While you are waiting on your children to get out of practice or an activity, take that time to walk versus just sitting in the bleachers. 3.  Get your children involved, and go for bike rides or walks around the neighborhood. 4.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator. 5. Commit to giving your body 30 minutes per day of some form of exercise. For more fitness tips from me or to experience Reggie C Fitness and be a healthier you, please visit me on the web at

10. Knoxville, TN 9. Winston-Salem, NC 8. Lafayette, LA 7. Mobile, AL 6. Chattanooga, TN-GA 5. Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 4. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX One of the glaring results of the study points to the South — 19 of the top 20 overweight metro areas are below the Mason-Dixon Line. Several southern metro areas have some of the highest obesity and overweight rates in the country, which snowball into some alarming health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and shorter life expectancy overall. Major contributors to this trend are food deserts and a lack of resources (community centers, gyms, and active lifestyle groups) that prevent people in these areas from having an active lifestyle. The top three cities are a little surprising this year, with some new cities making the list: 3. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 2. Memphis, TN-MS-AR …and the number one fattest city is (*drumroll please*): 1. Jackson, Mississippi Jackson also ranks high in heart attacks. Here is the rest of the list from skinniest to fattest. Take a look

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and see if your city is on here as well. 11. Columbia, SC 12. Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 13. Birmingham-Hoover, AL 14. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 15. Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 16. Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 17. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 18. Oklahoma City, OK 19. Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 20. Baton Rouge, LA 21. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 22. El Paso, TX 23. Nashville-Davidson– Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 24. Tulsa, OK 25. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 26. Toledo, OH 27. Huntsville, AL 28. Greensboro-High Point, NC 29. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 30. Columbus, OH 31. Canton-Massillon, OH 32. Wichita, KS 33. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 34. Lexington-Fayette, KY 35. Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 36. Fort Wayne, IN 37. Charleston-North Charleston, SC 38. New Orleans-Metairie, LA 39. Jacksonville, FL For more information on health and wellness, please visit us, and mention this article to receive a $25 weight loss scan. Get on the Road2Welllness!

Dr. Fisher has a proven system that has already helped thousands to remove the restrictions to healing. Dr. Fisher assists in helping prepare the body to heal. In addition, she helps re-educate the body to heal, produce its own hormones, and restore optimal wellness. For more information on how to get tested, please contact Dr. Fisher at (713) 520-8188 or drfisherroad2wellness@ Sources: WalletHub

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