Some Inspiration For You #MotivationMonday

It’s #MotivationMonday! A brand new day in a brand new week. I have been crazy busy lately, slogging through my workouts without a very good attitude.  Maybe you are too? Or maybe you’ve gotten off track as life has presented challenges.

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Or maybe you’ve gotten caught back up in the comparison game. Again. It’s easy to do (just speaking from experience here…).

You think you’ll never be as thin as so and so. You’ll never be as svelte as your cousin because you have strong, thick calves. You worry you’ll never be as pretty as your neighbor because of your gray hair or dark circles, or birthmark…

or…

or…

or…

I want to give you a kick in the pants today to stop.  Just stop.  There’s always (ALWAYS!) going to be another “or”. Banish that line of thinking.  When you hear yourself thinking those thoughts, replace them with these.

There is no such thing as perfection.

I am already beautiful.

God made me this way to be appealing to the one that loves me.

I am beloved, fearfully and wonderfully made.

I am only competing with myself.

My job is to be the best version of me I can be.

I’m an original. No one can take my place.

Don’t waste another moment, another second, not loving yourself. Appreciate the body you’re in even if it needs some work.  Why? Because God loves you! He doesn’t make junk! And, He has a purpose for you.

Rejecting the body He gave you is rejecting His gift!

It took me a long, long time to get the message in the image above. That I don’t want someone else’s body. That I just want the best version of mine. But, once I did, health and fitness got SO much easier. And I know it will for you, too.

So stop. Just stop! Banish those negative thoughts. You can do it! I believe it YOU!

 

True Confession: I Could Not Do A Sit-Up

So, I’ve been wanting to confess this for a while but I was too embarrassed.

True Confession

When I embarked on my #60DaysNoExcuses health and fitness challenge, I could not do a sit up. Not a single one, nope. The crazy thing was, I didn’t know I couldn’t do a sit up anymore until I tried. It had been so long so long since I’d tried to do one.

That’s when I realized – really realized – I had become so unfit. Years of being inactive. Years of sedentary blogging. Seven almost consecutive years of sitting and nursing. It had all taken its toll.

I wanted to cry.

I was embarrassed.

I was ashamed.

But, I knew I wasn’t alone. Just like I know that some of you are now where I was, struggling with the same issue, or similar issues. The overwhelming feeling of knowing you need to get healthy but not knowing where to start.

And all I can say is – just make a change.  It’s not easy, but it is simple!

Do you know how I lost over 40lbs? Do you know how I banished my arm flabber? Do you know how I am beginning to tame the jiggle in my rump? BABY STEPS. One step at a time, one choice at a time, one day at a time. Truly.

I didn’t go to bed overweight and jiggly, then wake up thin and toned. This has been a long, sometimes hard, but oh so rewarding journey.

So, today I encourage you to make one change for 60 days. Don’t go crazy – it can be something simple! Something attainable! Just commit to make one small change and see what a difference it can make. Then, with that success, add another small change, then another, and before you know it you’ll reach your goals!

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Starter 60 Day Challenge Ideas

  • Exercise – it can be a simple walk, 5 push-ups/day, a cardio video, or any combo. Just commit to be active for 60 days.
  • Healthy Breakfast – commit to start your day with protein and no sugar, then eat normally the rest of the day.
  • Prayer & Meditation – before I tried to lose an ounce I had to get right with God and love myself as I was, His creation.
  • No Weigh-Ins – can you stay off the scale for 60 days? Stop focusing on the number and concentrate on healthy choices.
  • Swap Fruit for Veggies – many people trying to lose weight make the mistake of eating too much fruit. Too much fruit equals too much sugar. Can you substitute a vegetable for one of your fruit servings?

60 Days No Excuses Update

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It’s been a week since I kicked off my 60 Days No Excuses commitment. It’s been an interesting ride already. By day 3 I was realizing just how big a commitment I made…and was regretting it.  And now, on day 8, I’m back to feeling pumped and excited to get fit!

What have I learned so far? To not listen to my inner negativity!

There will be some days when I’m excited to work out. Great!  And there will be days when I’ll have to bootstrap it. Those days won’t be fun, but they will be worth it.

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” Earl Nightingale

Sometimes my biggest critic is myself. Sometimes I’m the one saying it’s not possible. I might as well not try. I can’t do it. But that’s not true!  God’s word tells me I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me – ALL things. So getting fit shouldn’t be that big of a deal.

Where do I want to be in a year?  Where I am today?  No. I want to be better, further, faster.  And the only way to get there is to quiet that negative voice and make the most of my time each day. I don’t want to get to next year, and regret that I didn’t do something today.

So, what have I done so far? (Follow me on Instagram for encouragement and updates.)

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Day 1: Denise Austin: Burn Fat Fast – Cardio Blast

Day 2: 30 minutes of Hooping with Hoopnotica

Day 3: Denise Austin: Hit the Spot – Core Complete

Day 4: 20 minutes of Hooping with Hoopnotica

Day 5: 10 minutes running up and down the stairs (harder than it sounds)

Day 6: 10 minutes running up and down the stairs

Day 7: 3 Week Body Bootcamp with Denise Austin

And there you have it! I’ve had days where I worked really hard, and days where I just worked. But I know, if I keep going, I will see results. And that’s what keeps me going!

Remember, you’re welcome to join in the challenge. Use the hashtag #60DaysNoExcuses!