Welcome back! Last week, I shared my Top Five fitness tips. This week, it's all about sharing more tips, tricks and techniques. And so we begin........
Slow progress is STILL progress!! The time will pass anyway, and so why give up when you're seemingly not seeing any "major" results?? I'm currently reading The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, publisher of Success Magazine. Basically, the everyday decisions you and I make shape our lives, down to the minutest of details. The more small positive decisions you make, the more consistent you are with them, the bigger the "payoff" -- you may not notice your body changing, but it IS, with every small positive step you take. Soon enough, the compound effect takes hold and the difference you see in front of you will be BIG. Stick with it, even when you don't see a big result right away. In our world of immediacy -- needing results NOW -- it can be tough. But I can tell you from personal experience consistency is so so important!! (BTW, that workout streak stands at day 76 today!!) I highly recommend reading The Compound Effect.
Comparison often leads to jealousy. Jealousy is poison. Don't compare YOUR fitness journey with anyone else. We each have our own path, our own unique individual bodies and our own preferences, goals, aims and pace. Of course we can bounce ideas back and forth, reach out for support, share tips, ideas and such. However, at the end of the day, we MUST listen to our own bodies and do what's best for the individual YOU, not what's popular or what all the cool kids are doing.
So often we're taught comparison, competition and assimilation from a very early age, to listen to 'authority' over our own selves and intuition, that we forget, or don't even learn in the first place, to TRUST ourselves, to listen to our own bodies and to follow what is best for ourselves as individuals.
In my own four-year journey, I've fallen prey to comparison, to jealousy...... and then realized we're not all meant to look the same. I realized I have my own goals that are not exactly like anyone else's. I realized how important it is to follow my OWN path. Let me know if I can help you realize YOURS! :) Find me at Motivation., Fitness with Friends, and Running is my Zen.
This last bit is not so much a tip as it is an open invitation. My friend Angela of FitPersonified, and I are starting P90X3 on March 2, 2014. We're hosting a Challenge Group and have just a few spots left for those wanting to get in on the action! The workouts are only 30 minutes long, so we're looking VERY forward to shorter workout times coming up. Click the photo to the left or contact me for more information on this awesome workout program -- perfect for ANY fitness level!
P.S. I'm excited to receive my first shipment of Shakeology any day now -- chocolate and vanilla. I've heard great things and I'm anxious to give it a try firsthand. I'll post a review afterward and will have samples available on request for a very small fee. Let me know if you'd like to give it a go!
Leave a comment, let me know one or two of YOUR best health, wellness or fitness tips! :)
2/14/2014 12:06:18 am
Great tips! Yes I agree we should not compare ourselves with others. Thanks for the reminder! Enjoy your weekend.
Wow your workout streak is impressive! Also, I'm super interested in hearing more about P90X3. The workouts in the original P90X were way too long for me! I want to try out Shakeology too, for sure!
Hi Megan! Thanks so much for the invite to link up my fitness posts with your link-up. I submitted the link to this post already. :) My friend and I are currently on our last couple of weeks of P90X and oh-my-gaaash those workouts are long! I'm very much looking forward to 30 minute workouts beginning March 2. I would LOVE to send you some more info about P90X3. I have a great video to share with you and I'll do my best to answer any questions you have. I just tried my own very first chocolate Shakeology this morning and love it so far. We just had my son's 2nd birthday party today and I think it helped with my energy level. Please shoot me an email at info [at] sparkyourmotivation.com and I'll get that video link and more info to you. Thanks so much for stopping by!!
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