Morning Motivation (What is your Why?)

“Be the change you want to see in the world”

-Mahatma Gandhi

Every morning when we wake up we should have a goal in mind that we want to achieve or strive for.  This is your why!  Your goals should drive you to keep moving forward, to drive you to become the person you want to be.  Our goals are what gives our lives meaning.

My whys are to be the best version of me that i can be to help motivate and inspire people to improve their quality of life.  That is why I teach, coach, and advocate to anyone who is willing to listen, about my ideas  about fitness and nutrition. I want to be a role model for my children and my students, so they can look at me and say, “If he can do it, so can I”.

Childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic in our country, and we to have advocates pushing for a solution to the problem.  So, if I can get just one of my students to change their habits, and improve their quality of life, then I feel I have done a small part of being part of the solution.


What’s for Dinner? 

Meatloaf Balls with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Steamed Broccoli



  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper


  • Finely chop onion and peppers and mix all ingredients together in a bowl
  • Sperate into 8 individual meatballs
  • Place into greased muffin pan
  • Place meatballs into oven set at 400 degrees until internal temperature is 150 degrees

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • 30 oz sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coconut butter
  • 2 tbsp stevia


  • Peel and cut potatoes into even chunks
  • Boil until tender
  • Drain water, add almond milk, coconut butter, cinnamon, and stevia to potatoes and mix together.

Progress is progress no matter how slow!

My own personal journey:

Hello everyone, and welcome to LVEFitness. My name is Matthew Ernst, and I am currently trying to live my excuse free life.  Over the past 4 1/2 years, I have been on a fitness and nutrition journey trying to improve my overall quality of life.  In these 4 1/2 years, I have lost over 120 pounds, and kept it off, using various diets and exercise programs that I have found and modified to fit my fitness needs.  I have made this blog to hopefully inspire and help people like me that are looking for a lifestyle change and not just a quick fix.


I have a Bachelors of Science Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science, from Longwood University.   I am a Physical Education/ Health teacher, and the Strength Coach at the High School where I work.

Why the lifestyle change? 

Ever since I was a kid I was always, for a lack of better words, a fat person.  But, in the same token, I was always athletic.  I excelled in sports in my youth.  In High School, I was All-State in both Football and Baseball, winning many awards for my accomplishments on the field.  I held the schools bench press record and used my size to my advantage for sports.

But then my sports career ended….
Continue reading Progress is progress no matter how slow!

Rise and Grind (Morning Motivation)

The grind. What is the grind?  The grind is getting up everyday and putting in the work to reach your goal.

The grind is hard. The grind is constant, the grind relentless.  But, it is what you have to do to see results.

Every now and then we fall off our own personal grind,  but have to have the mental fortitude to get back up and continue.  Because nothing and I mean nothing feels as good as smashing your goals.

So, on this Saturday morning RISE AND GRIND!!!

Quick Meal for Dinner

Quick and easy meal for a hectic Friday!!!


  • Leftover shredded chicken made in the Slow Cooker
  • Black Beans
  • Baby Carrots
  • Asparagus


  • Chop asparagus and saute in  pan until tender (seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic)
  • Drain and rinse black beans, once the asparagus is done remove and cook beans in same pan.
  • I used leftover chicken breast that was made in the slow cooker (Cooked for 8 hours on low, seasoned with garlic salt, pepper and paprika)
  • Served with 5 ounces of baby carrots

*Salsa goes well with this dish

Friday Motivation 

“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable”

I had a coach in high school who would always say, “if it was easy everyone would do it”.  If getting into shape by dieting and exercising was simple, we wouldn’t have an obesity epidemic in America.

It is hard to change bad habits, it is hard to find time to exercise, it is hard to say no to friends and family when they ask to do something that goes against your goals.  We, me included, have to have the power to do what is need to stay the course.

People will constantly question why you are doing what you are doing.  You have to do what is right for you.  It is your life, your goals, and dreams.  You have one life to live, so live it your way.

Morning HIIT Cardio

Warm-up: 1 minute light jog

Workout: Sprint/Jog

  • Find a place where you have a good place to sprint 50-100 yards.
  • I have a neighborhood around me that is a big look where I can sprint the straights and jog the turns, this can easily be done on a treadmill as well.
  • I did 10 sprints and 10 jogs
  • I like to try and get 2 miles tracked by my Fitbit

*Beginners can jog the straight and walk turns and work up to sprint/jog

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