I've hesitated to post this until at least a few weeks into the new year. I want to say Happy New Year. For those of us that work and damn near live at the gym, health club etc. this is our busy time of year. The new year's resolutions of getting fit, losing weight, eating better and the like is all over the place. We welcome you newcomers and the ones who fell off before the spring of last year.
First off, everybody is different. Whether it's gender, body type or mind set, everybody is built different, that is what makes us so unique. I just don't get why people want to look like a certain celebrity or athlete, unless you have the time to put into it, the resources to fund it and even the same DNA set up, chances are not everybody is going to look like a certain someone. I have dealt with this on more than one occassion. I remember when I was training, one of my clients/ acquintances wanted to have abs like "Jersey Shore" and only work on biceps as well.
2012 goal to become more flexible. You betcha. Definitely. Check. Beware the common misperception that resolutions don't work. They often do.Other: Better nutrition habits for me and my family. Check. I am a student, not just a teacher. Fitness is more than exercise. Education and application helps me to help others.Lastly, more action and less fear to leave something good for something better. Yep. What will you risk leaving and gaining this year?
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"Excuses are nails used to build the house of failure"-Don Wilder and Bill Rechin
Something really hit home today and I really feel the need to share it. It seems like we as a society we are continuously looking for motivation in order accomplish a task or attempt someting new. Today I realized that getting motivated is turning more and more into an excuse not to do something. If we aren't motivated enough to do something we come up with anything to distract us form "getting motivated" in order to accomplish a task.
Let's say you just arrived home from a long day of stressful work and there is a gooey plate of chocolate chip cookies sitting on the counter. You are in a weakened state from the stress of the day and the time of day and those cookies are begging to be eaten. A stratedgy that has worked well for my clients is the following.1. Acknowledge that you really WANT the cookies. Acknowledge that you do not NEED the cookies to fuel your body.2. Tell yourself that you are going to have 1 cookie, but not right now, later.
Several things to address. First off, all quiet on the western front? Yes, I live in the western suburbs of Chicago and we are in a time of battle because life is short and love abounds. Secondly, Day 5 number two? Yes, since the original 10-day challenge start, I have done a restart in order to accompany a few clients in our 3D December challenge. Basically, four 7-day challenges. For challenge number one, I decided to write down everything I eat and drink and at what time. Many lessons have been learned already.
My 4 year old daughter loves to point out that "the sun is setting in the western sky," just like in the book Goodnight Cowgirl. A few of my blog times have been interrupted as I have had an opportunity to teach, "no Zoe, the sun is rising, in the eastern sky." Day 5 went well and ended the challenge. But fear not. This is only because, as is common for most people, SUCCESS BREEDS SUCCESS. When we experience (feel, believe, witness) success, it motivates us to want more. Yes, I had embarked on a 10-day challenge, I have now turned it in to a 28 plus 5 day challenge.
How we frame our thoughts is of great importance. For example, I just noticed that this touch screen iPad has virtual bumps on the F and J keys even though we can't feel them. The keys are also displayed in 3D. Apple claims these features were added to convince the buyer that typing on the iPad is very similar to an actual keyboard. Apple is very smart and I say it helps. Last night I was very tired and actually laid down in bed realizing I hadn't done my 10 minutes yet.