What Separates the DOS from the DO NOTS?

When it comes to the world of health and fitness, why is it that some people seem to “get it” while others are left to restart over and over again? Have you been one who has had a success story? I guess the better question is, did you remain a success story?

Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not trying to bring you down. That’s never my intention here :) . I am here to build you up and help point you to those next hand and footholds on your climb to ultimate success.

About 5 years ago I reached my 100 pound weight loss. It was in the middle of 2 boot camps and loads of stress, so it kind of just passed. I didn’t consider myself a real success story until this year. You see, studies show when you lose that kind of weight you must maintain your weight loss for 5 years in order for your body to accept it as the new normal. That truly is what we are trying to do: create a new normal.

So, how do we find this elusive motivation for sticking with it? One day at a time, one meal at a time, one workout at a time…that’s really and truly IT. This whole things about “cheat weekends” has got to leave your psyche is real weight loss and true fitness is what you seek. One meal. Take it one at a time and nix this idea of instant gratification. Your are not going to be able to run 5 miles straight if you simply will it. You have to get up and WORK for it. Those push ups only get easier as YOU get stronger. And those extra inches? They never leave on their own. Be willing to do the work. Every. Day.

You see, after about 24 days of solid work, people will start to notice a difference. Heck, after 14 days of work I have had clients losing upwards of 7 inches! That’s 2 weeks. If you can do that kind of work in 2 weeks, what could you be capable of in 2 months? Or how about 2 years?

I always get asked the same 2 questions when people hear how much weight I’ve lost:

How long did it take?

What did you have done?

A very close third is “what pills did you take?”

I’ll be totally transparent with you: it took over 6 years (that was with all my mistakes) and the only work I had done was replacing the boobs that could be origamied into and A cup.

Was it frustrating to work that hard for so long? Yes.

Were there times I wanted to quit? Um, there were times I DID quit.

Did I always know I would make it? No. I had hope and belief.

People who DO are not afraid to look their goal square in the eye.

People who DO are not victims of circumstance, but more than conquerors.

People who DO are committed to a fault and don’t base their worth on what others think or say.

People who DO are not genetically blessed or physically stronger….they simply stop quitting and resolve to keep going.

This is not an exclusive club that you have to be invited into people! This is yours for the taking.

So, are you someone who DOES or not?

Stay healthy,

Michelle