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Patience with your goals

823e2428ba365c814f19ec05ae558c5aLet’s be completely honest with ourselves for a moment.

We’d all like to reach our goals overnight. Am I right? Yep.

Well, deep down I hope you all know that it’s just not going to happen.

You’re not going to drop 10%body fat in a week.

You’re not going to lose 25lbs in a month (research shows ~2lbs a week is a safe amount to lose).

Sometimes you’re going to sleep in and miss a workout. I do that! Gasp! Even as a trainer I sleep in because you know what?–I am tired sometimes. Life catches up and I may have stayed up too late watching Veronica Mars. It’s okay. I don’t beat myself up over it. 

Sometimes you’re going to eat food that isn’t conducive to reaching your goals (I had banana ice cream the other night that was made with heavy cream and half and half!!!).

Sometimes life happens and we have some minor setbacks. Maybe you got sick and it kept you from eating well or working out for an entire week. I hate when that happens, but just start fresh when you’re feeling better and keep going.
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Please, don’t be yourself up over it. Don’t give up.

Tomorrow is a new day. 

And please, be patient with yourself. Setbacks will happen, but you MUST keep going. Reaching for your goals should be hard… maybe even complicated sometimes.

Getting healthy takes time. Getting healthy is worth it. Getting healthy will be the best thing you do for yourself.
Don’t stop working towards your goals.

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Constant Critiquing and Constant Comparison

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I was watching a commercial the other day with Ricky Gervais. He was sitting in the car with his niece and she was reading to him all the terrible critiques that people have said about him. I am not here to be the judge about whether or not Ricky Gervais is or isn’t a great actor. My concern is why we have to critique people so frequently and say such harsh words about one another. It has obviously become easier to do so with the anonymity of the internet.  

This post isn’t about actors- the commercial just got me thinking about how we think as a society. When we think about healthy bodies, we are quick to critique or quick to compare. I am including myself in this type of thinking—I‘ll be the first to admit that I fall into this trap time and time again. I see a fit male or female, and think about how great it would be to have their toned body or fit abs.

On the other hand, I think about the times when I am quick to critique someone’s body when they are overweight, or they have blemishes on their face or their hair is a mess. Who am I to be their judge? We get so caught up in comparing and criticizing photo (11)others that we neglect to actually see their beauty. The best part about being human is the reality of life that we all face together. Lately, I have come to really love to hear about people’s fetishes, their quirky habits, their weird physical defects…the best part is knowing that I am not alone with my flaws. We are all battling something that we don’t like about ourselves, but that doesn’t mean that everyone needs to point it out or be harsh. 

One of my favorite quotes, which I tend to say to myself all the time, states, “Comparison is the death of contentment.” Think about that for a minute.  The times that you start comparing you to others brings doubt, confusion, sadness, or even pride. In my experience, nothing good has ever come from comparing me to my sisters, to my friends, to models, or to complete strangers; yet, sadly I still do it.

I work so hard at being healthy, and I have come a long way. However, it’s easy to forget my hard work. I go to the gym and see a woman with an immaculate body and the green monster of envy taints my workout. I get discouraged and start thinking the “why” questions…why doesn’t my body look like that? Why does she have tones arms and I don’t? Why am I even at the gym? Why, why, why?         

When we start to compare ourselves with others, we neglect the good things in our lives. I take for granted the fact that my body is working and healthy. I might not have arms that are completely toned, but I have arms that allow me to hug others, to do pushups, to write this blog post, to make dinner, etc. Have you ever stopped to think about what it would be like to live without arms? Check out Bethany Hamilton’s story if you need some help with perspective.

Comparison will always be an inner conflict of mine that I take on daily. Some days are easier than others. When I complete my goals and strive to improve myself, then I can usually overcome the negative thoughts. One more quote to end with: “The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.” Remember your unique beauty. Live it up and cherish it. Let’s be wise in seeing the good in ourselves and appreciating what we have. Don’t let yourself or others destroy your happiness through critiquing or comparing… let gratitude turn what you have into enough.

Inspiration Monday

If I’m ever in need of some inspiration and motivation, this is the video I watch:

Today was a new start for me because I ate like crap last week and took too many days off from the gym. Even trainers have bad days.

Today I didn’t want to work out when I got to the gym. I felt tired and sluggish (probably because of the way I ate over the weekend). Luckily, I trained my clients first thing in the morning so I got motivated by working them out. After I completed my workout, which was BOMB Diggity, I felt rejuvenated and ready to tackle my goals this  week/month. 

Listen, if you have a bad day or even a a bad week, no biggy!!! Just start fresh the next day, or even in that moment you realize that you just need a fresh start.   Of course, our goal is to remain as consistent as possible (that’s how we reach our goals), but things happen from time to time, and we’ll eat a little more than we should, not workout has hard as we should or often, but again, that doesn’t mean you’ve failed or you can’t continue reaching for your goals.  

 We slip up from time to time and there is no sense in beating yourself up over it. I sure don’t. 

 

Reasons why working out is totally worth it

 1. You’ll get stronger and won’t have to ask your husband to open the jar of almond butter.

2. You’ll be able to keep up with you kids when they’re running away from you.

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4. There will be a positive impact on your mental health.

5. You’ll feel more energetic.

6. You’ll feel more confident when you look at your reflection in the mirror.

7. You’ll feel better about life and will in turn treat others better. 

8. You’ll live a fuller and longer life.

9. You’ll feel better in your clothes.

10. It’ll encourage you to eat healthier.

 

What has working out done for you? How has it impacted your life?

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