Setting Unachievable Goals
Dropping Your Calories Too Low
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Eliminating And Focusing On Food You Enjoy
Doing Too Much, Too Quickly
An Effective Way To Speed Up Your Results
These principles are applicable to any area of your life that you want to improve, not just fitness.
It's not supposed to be easy.
But, it's made easier when you focus on what you can control right now. You can't fully control how quickly you lose weight or how quickly you develop healthier habits. Or... how quickly you improve your relationship with food.
But you CAN control what you do today.
When you're feeling overwhelmed or discouraged, take a step back and remind yourself that you are only responsible for the actions you take today.
Imperfect action beats inaction.
Something beats nothing, every time.
A 15-min walk beats skipping your your workout.
One healthy meal beats eating crap all day.
One hour of study beats winging it on test day.
Doing something will always move you forward, doing nothing keeps you stuck in the same place.
Don't underestimate this principle.
Motivation starts with action.
You'll have days when the last thing you wanna do is plan your meals and work out.
I have those days too... all the time. 😅
But, I'll force myself to make something happen no matter what. I know that motivation comes from taking action, and the more action I take, the more motivated I'll feel.
Motivation is fickle, but it's also tameable.
So take action — even if it's small — and watch how your motivation changes for the better!
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Introducing The Conquer 100
100 Iron-distance triathlons, 100 consecutive days.
We're following his journey, March 1, 2021 – June 8, 2021. 140.6 miles a day, for 14 weeks, totally 14, 060 miles.
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James contacted O.U.R. and was thrilled to create a partnership to raise money for the cause. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and James is excited to get involved in freeing modern-day slaves, particularly teenagers and children.
There seems to be a great divide on social media when it comes to weight loss:
1. “Weight loss is TOXIC! Dieting is a sign that you hate yourself & you should stop that. Eat everything you want, only workout if you feel like it, and just love your body as is!”
2. “Nothing is better than FIT! Skipping a single workout means you’ve failed. Not hitting your macros on the nose means you’ve failed. Food is fuel, nothing more. No excuses. WORK. HARDER.”
We often struggle to find the middle ground between these two schools of thought.
And I get it: I used to diet HARD, feel restricted, get upset, and think “I shouldn’t have to do this. This is so unhealthy. I should just be FREE. Tracking food is SO disordered! Im done!”
Then I’d let myself go: stop tracking my nutrition, slow down on workouts, eat anything I wanted (& then some), claiming that any restraint of any kind was “restriction”… but then a few months later, I’d realized I’d gained 10 pounds, feel really unhealthy and lethargic, dislike my body, and get back on some sort of strict diet.
And for a while - hating my body DID fuel my diets. I had a terrible relationship with my body, and so I forced dieting upon it in order to lose weight.
But within the last few years, something has changed - I genuinely love my body. Bigger or smaller, I have so much love and respect for it.
Sometimes, I choose to lose a few pounds. I know this will be hard for some people to believe, but it truly is NOT out of hate for my body - just preference. Lynette at 155 pounds is awesome. Lynette at 148 pounds is also awesome. The latter just fits into my jeans a little better 😉 And I prefer that.
But by NO MEANS do I hate me a few pounds heavier.
Weight loss does not have to mean you hate your body any more than choosing NOT to lose weight must mean you love your body. Your love for your body is a separate journey - not defined by weight loss or the lack thereof.
You can love something and still want to change it or improve it.
Have you ever felt guilty for wanting to lose weight?