Want to know how to lose weight? Want to know how to decrease fat? Want to know how to get more lean muscle? Want to improve your sleep? Want to increase your strength? Want to be able to run a marathon? Want to know the specific training method or diet that will get you there?
HERE IS THE TRUTH, THE SECRET SAUCE: There is none. BAM.
There is no ONE BEST DIET. There is no ONE WAY TO TRAIN. There is no superior workout-- they all have ups and downs, as do all diet approaches. I'm friends with some of the best athletes and trainers and just plain crazy fit people OF ALL AGES that you can imagine and - I know some that have gotten there with a vegan diet, some with paleo, some with a mish-mash, some with fasting, some with flexible dieting-- I know some bodybuilders and figure competitors and I know crossfitters, I know yogis, I know runners and any combo of the above.
You know the ONE THING they all have in common?
THEY LOVE WHAT THEY DO.
They do what they do, because they chose to- not because it's hip or in style or trending- it's because it works for them and their lifestyle.
They MADE A DECISION ONE DAY to leave their old crappy lifestyle behind and move forward and become better, and they never looked back.
They started by......taking baby steps. Doing a little at a time and doing more and more and more. Some became coaches and trainers- but none started off that way.
They all trust their gut now and ignore the criticism/skepticism of others.
This is me this morning after doing my cardio (HIIT session) that included 100 burpees. I loathe burpees. I mean, I really cannot stand them. And yet, because I am totally committed to my new approach of DOING WHAT I HATE, I pushed through the burpees. And I worked through a new DVD that I had not ever done before. And I did a full body weight session that included tricep work which I hate- but I did it. Why do I share this with you for this post?
Because- I am SEEING RESULTS NOW IN MY FITNESS JOURNEY -- AFTER YEARS AND YEARS of let-downs, frustrations and sheer anxiety (granted, as you all know I have MASSIVE hormonal imbalance that is now getting treated, but still - during all the tumultuous time periods, I quite often gave up and gave in vs. now- I press on regardless. I am changed.)- and I am seeing MASSIVE CHANGE because-- I TRUST MY GUT, I do my own thing based on the knowledge that I have, I love what I am doing (these challenges are fun and keep the mind interested and it's like you compete with yourself!), I have CHANGED WHO I AM and no longer look back or have any desire to become anything but BETTER, and I am no longer swayed by folks telling me what I am doing is wrong or not cool or not their way and thus it's wrong.
I run my own race. I am CHANGED and as such, my body and my mind are transforming DAILY.
Do YOU want to get healthier? Do YOU want to lose weight, gain muscle or both? Then- stop making excuses and getting stuck (where I used to get stuck) analyzing the "perfect solutions" for getting there. You know what the PERFECT SOLUTION IS? ACTION. JUST DO IT is what Nike says and guess what-- that fits. JUST DO SOMETHING today- yes, I'm saying today if you have done nothing. GO FOR A 15 MINUTE WALK- and then tomorrow, go for another walk. I GUARANTEE YOU-- if you are just starting -- you do something ANYTHING 2 days in a row, you are 50% of the way to it being a CHANGE IN WHO YOU ARE. I started flossing again (as I shared here in this post about the top 20 new habits that are changing my life) and after 2 days, it's like, there was no question "I can do this, this is EASY"- and there was no doubt that I would do this every day.
GIVE YOURSELF A GIFT. Start TAKING ACTION TODAY TOWARD YOUR FITNESS GOALS. And when you do-- get that ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER -- it can be online or in real life, and heck, I'll be your partner- you can join my FACEBOOK GROUP that is free and very informal but full of doctors and trainers and many FitFluential Ambassadors-- you can get great workouts and recipes of course at FitFluential.com (remember to subscribe so you get all the goods when they go live- lots of giveaways and discounts for our members! #win). If you really want to take things up a notch or when you are- you can look into a trainer, and I am now offering coaching as a service, but at this moment I have just 5 spots left. If this interests you, please email me email@example.com for options. Regardless- I am here for you and want to see you move UP in your life. I know you can. I hope this post maybe shook you up a bit- if you are one of those people continually putting things off because in your mind, you think FITNESS and HEALTH are for other people with more time or money or resources-- NOPE. You have all you need, and I promise- I am dedicated to showing you all how that's true.
NO EXCUSES! LET'S DO THIS!
So- how many of you are in this "I want to start but don't know how" phase, or "I want to start but I'm intimidated/scared I won't succeed, worried because I've tried before and gotten nowhere" etc. phase? WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE. You have to believe me that YOU CAN change your future. But it won't happen if you don't take that first step to do something different-- so - my "intermediate" readers-- would love if you'd leave in the comments any wisdom that YOU have for others here. And newbies, come ON! Step out- start taking a new path. Spread the word, tell everyone that it is ON for you.
Also, this might interest a whole LOT of you- check out this post from earlier this week on FitFluential, sponsored by our client American Well. (Um, hello, you can see a doctor or dietitian/nutritionist from your COMPUTER vs. going in to an office and waiting the entire day. I love everything about this approach)-- and guess what, FitFluential hooked you all up with a FIRST VISIT FREE coupon code-- you can meet with a registered DIETITIAN- how is THAT FOR KICKING OFF YOUR ACTION--- HAVING AN EXPERIENCED DIETITIAN GIVE YOU PERSONALIZED GUIDANCE JUST FOR YOU. BAMMMMERRRRRRRRR.
I'll see you all tomorrow friends-- hope this post fired you up and got you looking at things fresh - maybe YOU didn't need this post but if you know someone that DOES I'd always appreciate the shares online. It makes me truly so happy to know that I can help others in this journey in any way. THANK YOU for supporting me in reaching more folks! Lastly be sure to subscribe-- to my upcoming newsletter, finally (upper right hand side of the blog presently, we are working on a more slick button soon!) because y'all have been asking when my ebooks and other products will be out- you gotta be a subscriber baby to get first dibs! ;-) Have a bombtastic night y'all!! See you tomorrow!
Disclosure: American Well is a client of my company, FitFluential. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Accountability is - in my opinion- the #1 FACTOR for success. That means success in business, success in fitness, success in relationships- just about anything.
Do you know why I started blogging in 2007? ACCOUNTABILITY!! And for me, I knew if I put myself out there, my goals, my fears, everything and even 2 people online saw it, I was accountable. I had to "answer to them"- you might laugh at this but really- IT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING FOR YOU IF YOU START SHARING YOUR GOALS AND VISIONS -- with anyone and in any format.
Of course, social media provides the most exceptional and accessible way to get MASSIVE accountability- (serious plug for my FitFluential community- use that hashtag #fitfluential and you'll find thousands of people that will be your buddy, will cheer you on, answer questions, high five you across the social platforms and more- for real, plus ME!!)
You think all the SELFIE stuff online is excessive? I can see that but let me tell you - EVEN IF YOU TAKE SELFIES AT HOME AND KEEP THEM IN YOUR OWN PRIVATE DROPBOX FOLDER- that will be a bit of an invisible accountability partner for you-- cuz you'll want that next selfie to show changes for you-- it's incentive!!
If you do not have a friend, a co-worker or some online buddy that you can share your goals and visions with, or you think you don't have that OR you didn't think anyone would care or be interested YOU ARE WRONG. The thing about folks that have been there done that- THEY USUALLY WANT TO SHARE THEIR PASSION AND HELP OTHERS.
IF I CAN TELL YOU ONE KEY THING- TO CHANGE EVERYTHING IN YOUR LIFE-- PUT YOUR GOALS OUT THERE. TELL SOME FRIENDS ONLINE-- ASK FOR A WORKOUT BUDDY OR A BUDGET BUDDY OR A MASTERMIND GROUP YOU CAN JOIN FOR ENTREPRENEURS- YOU NAME IT-- STEP OUT- PUT IT OUT THERE, CONNECT WITH OTHERS-- I PROMISE YOU, EVERYTHING WILL CHANGE, IMMEDIATELY.
Guys and Gals- I kid you not- the more I am bold and the more I share my PLANS AND GOALS here- and on Periscope every day- on my vlogs-- that like, LURKS IN MY HEAD and it keeps me on track. I seriously feel like I have an audience to ANSWER TO. It keeps me on point- it keeps me from giving up, in addition to the work I do on myself of course.
TRUST ME. This is all this post is about. I DARE YOU. START A BLOG. PUT UP A FACEBOOK POST-- ASK A FRIEND TO JOIN YOU ON A WORKOUT PLAN OR A SUPPORT GROUP OR A MASTERMIND GROUP OR A CHURCH GROUP- WHATEVER IT IS THAT YOU WANT TO PURSUE TO CHANGE YOUR FUTURE--- PUT IT OUT THERE, GET AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER OR THOUSANDS OF THEM ONLINE. THEN WATCH YOUR WORLD EXPLODE.
;-) Thank me later.