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Women In Wellness: Dina Lobo on the Five Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Help Support People’s Journey Towards Better Wellbeing

An Interview With Candice Georgiadis

Separate yourself from your thoughts. You can detach yourself from your ideas once you become aware of them. Your thoughts are temporary. Either through journaling, visualization, or positive self-talk we can escape from that black or white thinking, which often leads to either a reaction of panic to a situation, or irrational choices.

As a part of our series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dina Lobo.

Dina Lobo is a love and authenticity practitioner and mindset coach, certified trauma support expert, financial services manager, mother, and travel enthusiast, who assists clients in overcoming mental and emotional barriers that hinder them from living the life they truly desire.

She is the creator of Transformational Spark coaching, a company that assists clients in deciphering and resolving the core source of their ailments at the subconscious level, as well as creating breakthrough experiences that raise conscious awareness. This enables her customers to discover inner peace and freely follow their life’s ambitions.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you share with us the story about how you first got involved in fitness and wellness?

My expertise is mental wellness. Last year when I became a mom it was challenging due to the pandemic. I had scary emergency situations and had to undergo a diagnosis as well, prior to becoming pregnant. All of this caused tremendous trauma and as a result, my stress levels were through the roof.

I began to learn about the connection, or integration, between my mind and body. As a financial manager, I was helping people with financial breakthroughs, but I knew deep within I was meant to help people on a much deeper level.

I started Transformational Spark Coaching, and the world turned upside down for me. I began to attract beautiful things because I became the embodiment of change.

I told myself “I am in the process of having a transformation. I can be a mom and a successful entrepreneur.” This is when everything changed for me.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?

Before, I would put everything else before myself. My self-care routine was not that great and as a result, I saw that there were these strong needs that were starving within me. The most interesting thing that happened was the timing and how starting on this journey worked perfectly for me.

I was able to be on parental leave and have this ‘transformation,’ while spending time with my baby, being there for my family, and learning to slow down.

Can you share with our readers a bit about why you are an authority in the fitness and wellness field? In your opinion, what is your unique contribution to the world of wellness?

My teachings are about mental wellness and integrating mind and body. We use an approach where we’re not defying the spiritual, emotional, and mental relational aspect from the physical body. Everything is connected.

So, I teach the physiology and psychology signs that help understand the body such as the threat response system, the tolerance system, and how to tune into your body’s messages.

I teach students to become the embodiment of love and vibrate at the love frequency. When you learn to do this and encompass that positive self-talk, everything changes.

None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

My biggest backbone is my husband, he is such a very caring, loving person. He’s always been incredibly supportive, even while I was having my breakthrough and transformation and becoming connected with my purpose work.

I’m thankful to have him as a partner; he’s someone I’ll be grateful for the rest of my life.

Ok thank you for that. Now let’s move to the focus of our interview. We all know it’s important to eat more vegetables, eat less sugar, exercise more, and get better sleep etc. But while we know it intellectually, it’s often difficult to put it into practice and make it a part of our daily habits. In your opinion, what are the 3 main blockages that prevent us from taking the information that we all know, and integrating it into our lives?

The three main blockages are 1.) We self-sabotage, 2.) We don’t keep our goals in our subconscious mind, and 3.) We don’t set ourselves up for success.

Your goals need to be in your subconscious mind — that is where you act, that is where you see the results. So, for that to happen your goals need to be attached to an emotion, and that becomes your desired goal. We need to know our big ‘why.’ What is important to you, what are the health goals that you have?

We must figure out our big why and focus on it every day being deliberate and intentional.

Preparing yourself for success means changing at your core identity level, continuing to inform your subconscious mind of those goals, attaching emotion, and feeling and visualizing that goal.

Can you please share your “5 Non-Intuitive Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Dramatically Improve One’s Wellbeing”?

  1. The first step is especially important is recognizing your negative talking. Ask yourself, “What am I telling myself today?” It’s important to recognize this early on so we can stop and recognize those fears and anxiety and face them head on.
  2. Secondly is to separate yourself from your thoughts. You can detach yourself from your ideas once you become aware of them. Your thoughts are temporary. Either through journaling, visualization, or positive self-talk we can escape from that black or white thinking, which often leads to either a reaction of panic to a situation, or irrational choices.
  3. The third thing that will really help you with your success is practicing gratitude, I cannot focus on this enough. For every dip you have, every challenge, and every negative thing, you must focus on two positives. This is how you will train your mind and your inner critic to set new neural pathways to success.
  4. The fourth point is to disconnect from technology. We all need to disconnect and make a commitment to ourselves to do so. A suitable time to do this is setting 30 minutes to an hour before bed and turning off our cellphones and devices. During this time, we can do something that honors ourselves, like expressing gratitude for the day, listing a few of the day’s accomplishments (even if they’re minor), and thinking of some goals for the following day. Write these things down or express them aloud. Also commit yourself during the first hour of the day to not check social media or browse on your phone and instead, do something you love. This has helped me immensely to take time for myself and connect with who I am. For me, it is dancing with my baby, listening to a meditation, or doing breathing exercises.
  5. The fifth step is journaling, and this is also a huge part. When we record what happens to us and it goes from us, to pen and paper, it helps release emotion and trapped energy. It is a healthy alternative to bottling up your emotions and not dealing with it, which only causes trauma for your body.

As an expert this might be obvious to you, but it would be instructive to articulate this for the public. Aside from weight loss, what are 3 benefits of daily exercise? Can you explain?

When I became a mom, I easily gained 40 pounds. In the beginning I was hard on myself. As I began to start loving my body and love myself for who I am, it helped me take that first step to becoming healthier.

It is important to act and have movement in your body. Do what you liked to do as a child. Did you like dancing? How about painting or reading a novel? And then do that.

Other aspects that will help motivate you to incorporate daily exercise is to be sure to have positive self-talk with yourself and keep it simple and focus. Whether it’s going out in nature for a walk it doesn’t have to be complex.

Movement in body, self-regulation and positive self-talk. These are the things on which I would focus.

Is there a particular book that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story?

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, by Joseph Murphy.

To achieve our goals, we need to get to our subconscious mind. Create a goal, attach an emotion and make it a desired goal. There is a lot of mindset work that needs to be done, in order to succeed.

The subconscious mind is susceptible to suggestion, which you can use to your benefit. Do you recall the first time you learned to ride a bike? It most certainly demanded your conscious mind’s undivided attention and focus. However, after a period, your subconscious is likely to have gotten the hang of things, and riding a bike became a natural, instinctive job.

This is an excellent example of conscious to unconscious learning, which is a fantastic tool to have at your disposal. It is simply a matter of harnessing the power of your subconscious mind via the repetition of positive ideas to use it.

Your subconscious mind is continuously working, and you may use its power to your advantage. This latent energy may assist you in dealing with any difficulty in your life, enhancing your mental and physical well-being.

Finally, the entire process is dependent on envisioning success and removing negative ideas.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Do you have a story about how that was relevant in your life?

“If you want to change the fruits, you will first have to change the roots. If you want to change the visible, you must first change the invisible.” — T. Harv Eker

We hold on to certain beliefs, it could be from childhood, or it could be from past painful experiences where we incurred some sort of trauma. If we can tweak our beliefs, we can rewire ourselves and create the life we want.

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why?

I would love to meet up with Tony Robbins someday and just chatter about life. Maybe collaborate with him on a session, I would absolutely love that.

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Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your magnificent work!

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