“Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job”. Adlai E Stevenson.
The ability not to whine at the slightest bit of stress that happens on this challenge is one of your biggest habits you need to master. Things won’t go right all the time, in fact, things may not go right for 7-14 days if different things happen in your life. Is that the end of the world? Are 77 or 70 days still left in the challenge enough to get your body and mind right and still create a positive results? Of course it is!
What about people whineing about not having chips anymore? How about making some lower fat and more natural versions of them, such as more natural wedges that you can cut yourself that you don’t have to put loads of additives on either. There are lots of different varieties of fast food we can do, just visit a healthy eating book and simply google search healthy recipes and ideas, without using loads of additives such as salt, butter and sugar, they really are not needed.
Some people i bump into once a week maybe have used this challenge to re-launch their fitness programmes, and have reported some very good results already. They haven’t moaned, they have got on with it and re-discovered their physical talents of their youth. They are joy’s to bump into the next time i see them, as they are usually very enthusiastic about their progress and this brings me great satisfaction of course, and that’s perhaps why some of you are referring this site, because you know it can help others improve their lives too, the time for excuses is well and truly dead and buried, its time to be and do, rather than talk a good game!
There have been others of course who have asked me advice over the years, and now i refer them to this site. This is almost too direct an answer for them in a way, because now they are forced to take action and join the challenge. This often jolts them into either doing something, or whineing and moaning about yet more “reasons” why it’s “not the right time” to get into shape. These people i suppose will always make excuses about their mediocrity in health and fitness terms. If you’re reading this and still haven’t got on to the programme, then i urge you to do so now, making the first step can and will take you a long way indeed.
It really isn’t that hard to do, what is harder to do is keeping it up consistently, the true secret to success. This is why this site is updated DAILY, so you learn all the time (we are all learning believe me!), and you don’t get a chsance to fall off and slip back. 99% of you hopefully now are feeling some momentum in your life, health and fitness in general, if you are not, you are still telling yourself the same old stories that are not strictly true.
The tools are here for you to be in great shape, the only thing that is holding you back is yourself. It’s never going to be perfect, read the users posts, but life never is. The key is to do your best and if you do that 8 times out of 10, that will ALWAYS be enough!
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it”. Chinese proverb.
“Watch your thoughts, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny”. Anonymous.
How’s your fourth week started? This is a pretty monumental week for you all and im all fired up to see it goes well for you!!
I usually measure individuals once a month, and this is an excellent guide at a really meaningful interval to see how well you are really doing. I know quite a few of you are making substantial progress, and i’m thrilled to see that happening and perhaps, its time to make you realise why you’re doing all of this in the first place.
The connection you should be making between being healthy, being fitter, feeling better should be there now.
The connection you really need to make is how all of that feels TO YOU. What are the things that really make you get out of bed in the morning and do all of this stuff?!!
Some of you may be thinking you want a better family life, to make sure your kids future is a better one because you’re there to give them more energy, more drive and ultimately more quality of life. This can be exciting and very motivating, it certainly can be for me and i know it is for many of you. Some of you are great grandparents, and you want to see the long term future in a healthy body, and you want to be able to contribute in all ways!
What about you if you were in a job where your performance was going down the tubes?!! Has it improved and do you have fresh ambition to do better, or even get a new job or even start your own business? Some pretty powerful emotions have to happen to create change, but if you’re fit and healthy and have an abundance of energy suddenly, its very much in your power to create this unbelievable change in your life.
Change doesn’t have to happen over a long period of time, change can happen in an instant if you really want it and have desire to create real change. It may sound easy for some to say that but unless you try, how do you know change isn’t really possible?
Do you create meaningful change by calling for bottle of win on the way home, or chocolate, or crisps? Is that good change in your life? Of course not!
Making good changes to your shopping list will work well for you, making bigger plans for your workouts will create big change, hitting the sack earlier will help you more than you ever thought.
The biggest change you can make though is simply leaving the crowd behind, and becoming a leader because you know you all have it in you really. We have all been frustrated with certain elements of our life either now or in the past, changing it for the better can take a lot of guts, but it is very liberating and encourage you to make life-lasting change in your life that will ultimately make you have peace in your life, and make you feel grateful for what you have achieved.
It’s always the journey that’s the most satisfying, even though many of you are on course to achieve great things. Overcoming adversity will make you stronger than you ever imagined so let’s give it a huge go this week in all areas of your life.