One of my goals for 2015 was to be more active on my social media pages to help motivate and inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle. I started off with posting motivation quotes every morning, and motivational videos that I found on youtube. Youtube videos have been a huge impact on my fitness journey and will continue to be. Everyone should have some source of external motivation when they can't find any internal motivation to get them to workout.
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For some odd reason people will believe total strangers on answers for their health questions without any questions to their own backgrounds. Why is this? And what have they learned?Pills are the miracle way to make you look and feel better...FalseBe smaller then you were in Highschool by surgery or lasik....FalseGluten is bad....FalseCarbs are bad....FalseFat is bad.....FalseEat carrots, apples and bananas.... Umm ever heard of any other vegetables or fruits?
I write this blog after coming back from a long bike ride, half of which happened to be in the pouring afternoon monsoon rain. I set out for a nice afternoon of biking without a cloud in the sight. OK, perhaps it was scorching hot and quite windy (you know, the kind of wind that does bring the rain…), but if you want it, you can do it, right? So, being really eager to go for my ride, I just made sure to have two bottles with water and electrolytes with me and went off!
Motivation comes from all types of different places and is extremely important when beginning your fitness journey. Some people are searching to improve their health while others could be exercising to look better. You truly need to find something that will help motivate you each day to get out of bed and get a solid training session in.
We are all so busy. It is hard to find time for exercise, even if all what we need is some 30 minutes a day, five times a week. If you can fit in more exercise, go for it, but, oftentimes, I hear how hard it is to get even this minimum of half an hour a day.What is a gal or guy to do in order to train despite the lack of time?
Each of us only has this moment, right here and now to do anything. If we are fortunate and all goes in our favor, we'll have more to enjoy. But none of us ever gets more than 1440 minutes in each day, 168 hours in any week, or more than 52 weeks in any year. Yet it is my humble observation that some of us commit to health reserving behaviors while others do not. Do you? What is the difference in the choices made by these two different groups of people? Two things....
In life and in competition, we do not win at the finish line. We win as we proceed towards the finish line: by persistently taking steps towards our goals, by making daily decisions to do something healthy for ourselves rather than sleep in one hour longer, by sticking to our resolutions of eating healthy and “clean”. We win over the weeks, months and years, as we steadily progress towards our goals. We win if we are at it 24/24 and 365/365.
It is challenging to stay on track with eating and exercising on a day to day basis, but when life throws you curve balls with work demands, health issues, and family needs, it can be almost impossible. Almost. With some planning and care, you can create a menu with healthy meals that are quick to prepare and take time to schedule "me" time to get your exercise. So, why do I find myself and so many others lost and unmotivated when we do lose our way and stray from being "on track". I call it the "unforgiveable factor".
This blog post has been rolling around in my head since January. Every time I decided it was time to sit down and finally put it on paper, something else would come up and I would put it on the back burner. It's not like that "something else" was always important, unless one considers finishing the fifth season of Dexter really important. It was just that, in that moment, I lost the motivation to write.The Hard Truth