How was your weekend? I hope you’re having a super fun summer so far. I made another video for you! So, I’ve been really struggling with consistency in my eating habits and fitness. I decided to breakdown how to restart your diet and fitness goals by demonstrating this process myself.
I haven’t been eating Paleo consistently recently. It started with some business trips and family events and now I’m left struggling with food temptation and I’ve been letting the Cravings Monster win more often than not. SO, I wanted to “come clean” and want to encourage you to join me.
I will be working on resetting my diet and recommitting to fitness. Daniel and I are even having a little competition to see who can get “hotter” in a month’s time. I’ll share some of the workouts I’m doing for that shortly …
Take a minute to check out this video and then let me know either in the comments or on my Facebook page, if you’re committing to restart your diet and fitness too.
Yesterday I was reminded that my mind can be my biggest asset or worst enemy depending on how I use it or where I let my thoughts lead me … When it comes to accomplishing goals, I can either harness my mind into discipline or let it wonder into laziness. It is possible to overcome temptation and choose self-discipline … it just takes determination and practice.
It’s All in Your Mind
The true and lasting change you can experience through a disciplined mind is amazing. It seriously fills me with awe when I think about how far I’ve come in such a short amount of time simply by committing my mind to discipline.
There will always be excuses and reason not to pursue your goals. That’s just life. We’re always looking for an easier way to do things and that’s why we buy gadgets from infomercials and why we’re constantly on the look for 10 quick steps to skinny. The fact is that there really isn’t a super shortcut to being healthy.
Change Can Happen Quickly … You Just Have to Try.
The good news is that it actually doesn’t take that long once you commit to it and habits will form that make it easier to be healthy. For example, I completed my first half marathon in May and unfortunately, I strained my hip flexor. That meant that I couldn’t run for 3-4 weeks.
What’s funny is that before accomplishing the goal of a half marathon, I probably would have welcomed the break from running. Instead, I felt sad that I couldn’t run and discouraged because I didn’t want to lose the momentum I had worked so hard to gain. Fast forward a month later and I’m now just starting to run again. Physically, I feel like I’m pretty much starting from square one but mentally I still have the discipline to run a great distance.
It’s the same with eating Paleo. I might take a break for a special occasion but I always go back to that way of eating because I’ve experienced the benefits first hand and have the discipline to get back to my routine. Sure it’s hard sometimes. It’s especially hard if you wait a long time before getting back into your routine but it’s still much easier once you’ve created a habit.
Perspective is Everything
It doesn’t matter how far you have to go before accomplishing your goals or what others around you are doing. It’s all in your mind. You can choose to move forward to success or you can prolong your journey and make things harder on yourself. It takes sacrifice but you are stronger than you think. You’re strong enough to surprise yourself. Go ahead, give it a try and see what you can really do.
Success stories don’t happen overnight. That’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. Success is a combination of the little victories you’re achieving everyday and it’s also the build of those achievements into one big, tangible, awe-inspiring victory. Success is possible. It takes time. It takes commitment. I’m a testament that not only is it possible to succeed, it’s also really, really fun too.
One Day at a Time
Everyday I see people at different stages of writing their success story. You’re writing your story right now. I was talking to Daniel last night about how much I love sharing my journey and learning about yours. We can inspire each other to greatness. We can encourage each other on to success. It’s about celebrating each victory, no matter how small, and moving forward to our end goal.
I’ve shared several successes with you recently, like completing my first half marathon, starting my own business and completing round 2 of the Whole30. It’s really, really FUN. I’m telling you the truth. It’s also really, really hard some days. The journey I went on to become a runner was really hard. I even told you that it sucked.
Create Your Own Path to Success
Despite the difficulty, I got there. I achieved success and now get to check a big booty goal off of my 2013 list. What’s the secret? Hard work and determination? Sure, that’s part of it. BUT an even bigger part of achieveing success for me was that I created my own path to success. Did I learn from those around me who had achieved similar goals? Of course! BUT I had the best results and most success when I took the principles I learned from others and customized them to my own style.
For running, this meant:
Slowing down my pace dramatically
Not caring about how fast others were running
Focusing on my breathing.
Previously, I had tried other methods like focusing music, sprinting, etc. and I’m sure to some degree those helped. Ultimately, I had to be creative and listen to what my body was telling me. I also did some research in proper breathing and running form because I figured there must be plenty of people in the same boat who have learned how to get past the initial pains of running.
Free Yourself to Succeed
Running is just one example … You know I could talk for days about how and why I eat the way I do. What I’m trying to say is that your success story probably looks quite a bit different from the success stories of others and that’s OK. Actually, it’s great! Don’t get bogged down with trying to fit your story and your success into someone else’s mold. Sure you can make it work but it’s not going to feel right and you just may end up looking silly.
Be yourself. Pursue success. Celebrate the little victories.
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