Sticker or quitter?

Not being repetitive here, but noting from some of your comments/emails etc, many of you are falling for this old chestnut time after time!

Here’s a big tip that works, every time!

STICK WITH YOUR PLAN LONG ENOUGH TO ALLOW THE CHANGES YOU’RE BRINGING INTO YOUR LIFE TO COME INTO EFFECT. Simply throwing the towel in is not acceptable, and then blaming other people for it is really not acceptable! If making excuses is a way of life for you, then you need to stop right now or things will happen in your life that you’re not comfortable with, and change will not happen, that’s for sure!

Stop hammering/tearing yourself down for what you didn’t do and start praising yourself on what YOU DID DO!

If you remember one thing out of this post tonight, this is the one.

If you have just come off your good eating habits, what good is feeling sorry and crying about it going to do, you know you should be developing to tools, mental and physical to come from there by now. This site is about building yourself up and giving yourself credit. Appreciate that you’re doing something, or a lot of things to improve yourself, and if you start the challenge on the 17th January, then you be testing your mental and physical strength for a longer period than maybe you have ever done before, see it as exciting and not daunting!

This is the time to get it right and really look after yourself, to develop habits that can and will last a lifetime, it’s always best to make things simple, so not tearing into yourself for eating badly for one day is going to help. Praising yourself for making good progress is very helpful, nobody’s perfect all the time or even most of the time. It’s about doing your best and that should always be good enough. If you can honestly look in the mirror and say most day’s you’ve done your best, then how can you beat that? Nothing wrong with treats either, as long as they are in moderation of course and not every day. Learn to love food, and don’t see it as “i’m either dieting”, or “i’m flat out bingeing”!

The in between state of moderation is your key to long term success, so if you go off the rails, who cares, just get back to normal the next day and really appreciate the fact that healthy food makes you feel good, perform well and as long as you give it some time, will make you proud of your achievements!

To train with asthma or not? Turning back the clock!

Simon, a new member now living in Chicago, has joined because he wants to get back into shape again, after many years of focusing on his career, and his family, having three children now, he wishes to return to the fitness of his youth. At 41 years young, he feels out of it, and in his own words, more than a little scared about taking the plunge into the commitment of being fit and healthy again.

Through his years of inactivity, he has increased his issues with asthma, and was wondering whether it was possible again to get into shape with this seemingly threatening condition (it is for many people). I suffered with this condition myself and have offered him some words of reassurance. If it wasn’t for exercise, my asthma would be still holding me back, and stop me doing a lot of things. When you cannot do things most people consider normal, your self-confidence is shot to bits, your self-esteem is crushed and a “limited” life of activity is no fun and very bad for morale. I now train many people with asthma, and they feel the same as me, if they DON’T exercise, they get the wheezing back and feel terrible, their workouts and good food are now the best medicine they can take, and there are no limitations left in their lives any more, even on the cold days like now!!

Simon is also wondering whether he can really do it again, he is 41 now and how will his body react? I have reasured him again and i have had individuals start training at 70 years of age, so he has a major headstart! He will be doing the 12 week challenge, and i will advise him to begin slowly, let his tendons and ligaments get used to exercise again, and give it time to adjust again. Then he can propel himself the former heights with a sound diet too. The lack of confidence he has now will disappear through the things he will accomplish, the self-esteem will come back and his children will have a great role model to look up to. He has two choices, either get into great shape or face the slow decline into old age, with the so called “limitations” that many people face in life.

 He wants an active life for himself and his kids, see how he gets on and watch for his posts, i know he needs encouragement and hopefully, he will help everyone else out too!

Keri

See your future

I like some of the comments being posted behind my posts by users of this site. They are positive, they are helpful, and full of real life experience. In a way, you are all practicing a very important habit, you are trying to see where you are going before you even get there, this is not nonsense or jumping the gun, it does really help to visualise your future, and the way you want to look.

Some of the ways you can do this is remember the way you used to be at your very best, dig out the old photo’s of when you looked great, or even in you don’t have them to hand, you can get inspired by someone else’s transformation and cut that photo out, on how you want to look. All you women do it all the time, you pick out a photo of a woman with the hair you want and take it to the hairdresser don’t you?

Using this site and being constantly reminded of what is possible will be proof to you every day that transformations are really possible. The new energetic healthy you is not that far away as long as you fully adopt a healthy lifestyle, and hit your workouts with purpose, and simply do not “go through the motions”! The more you imagine and visualise your future body, the stronger your mind will become, as well as the drive and determination you’re going to need to get there. Apart from good eating and good training, this will fuel your ultimate success more than anything.

Keri

New Year resolutions

New year’s eve is a great night to make promises and resolutions to yourself, if you are one of the 97%, those promises will fail according to statistics in the paper today. That’s why a lot of people don’t make any resolutions anymore. It seems that people are defeated even before they start.

Personally, I still make resolutions but they have changed over the years into more meaningful ones. Every year now and I want to help more and more people, and that’s what the idea of this blog is. More and more people are reading, and I’m getting more and more feedback thanks to people sharing their experiences.

This site is not about me, far from it, it’s about the people who ask for help, and I will do my best to help. Instead of responding to people I see out by lengthy text messages, or lengthy chats in a supermarket, that information is right here, and users feedback is vital. More people are registering, but most are afraid to post yet, it can be scary posting for the first time, but once you do it, you will enjoy it and learn a lot, AND benefit from the encouragement of others which is number one in my book.

My advice to you all is make those resolutions about being in your best ever shape, because this year you ARE going to do it, register, take part and I’m thinking of starting our challenge on the 17th January. Contrary to popular belief, I find this a good starting point because by the time everyone gets back to work, schools are back etc, this is the true time of year when people really feel like “getting back into it”!!

Happy new year and promise to make it your best!

Keri

Getting the message (if a little extreme)!

There is the old story about the famous preacher who joined one of america’s most select community’s, and how his unconventional ways converted a church full of people, who always turned up to church but never listened.

The first day the preacher showed up, he gave a rousing one hour lecture, and for the first time in that church’s history, got a standing ovation. The elder’s were thrilled and confirmed that they had made the right choice in their new preacher.

The second Sunday came and the preacher made exactly the same speech, more or less word for word for one hour again, and still got applause, although many had questioned its content, as it was the same as the week before.

The third week came, and the same thing happened, word for word and exactly for 60 minutes, the same message was broadcast and this time the elders were questioning the preacher’s one message theme, was this a joke or did he just one speech or was he just forgetful and forgot to change the lecture?

The next week comes and guess what? The same speech again, and this time as unrest starts amongst the congregation, the elders pull him to one side and ask him what the heck is going on? He then goes back out to the congregation and tells them, and the elders, that as long as the community acts the way it is, he will keep giving the same message until they actually “get it”, and apply his all encompassing message into their lives, and take the double standards out of their lives, no point showing up for church if they were committing sins all week long! We all know of such places don’t we? His methods may have been extreme, but hopefully you get the point!

Anyway, the point is that if you keep getting the message of doing 2-3 resistance workouts per week, 2-3 cardiovascular workouts per week, eating plenty of fresh fruit and veg, lean proteins, good carbs, sleep well, drink enough water and do things in moderation, you are bound to do well short and long term. How many of you know what to do, but never get around to doing it, actions speak louder than words so let’s forget all the excuses and compromises, let’s do it!

Keri