Overcoming the “But” – 5 Simple Steps

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I find atleast one person, almost everyday, discuss their challenges around weight loss, strict diet, regular workouts and their busy life, with me. And almost every sentence of theirs’ ends with a “but”.
“I want to lose weight, but…”
“I want to have ripped abs, but…”
“I want to give up on sugar, but…”
“I want to workout regularly, but…”

And sadly, the list goes on.

And I have an awesome advice for you. Muster up some confidence and emove the “but”, and replace “want” with “will. So you sound like this –
“I will lose weight”
“I will get ripped abs”
“I will give up on sugar”
“I will workout regularly”.

Did you see how simple that was? Implementing it is just that simple.

Here are 5 ways very simple beginner steps for implementing it –

Step 1: Face the “Naked” Truth – Most people who are wallowing in the comfort of their being, and continue to complain, it is time to face the truth. Look at yourself in the mirror, and look for rooms for improvement. There are plenty of articles out there telling you about how you need to accept yourself the way you are. Sure, but that does not mean that you cannot improve! Close your eyes and create a mental picture of a better version of you. Now hold that image. Take a look at yourself again. If you do not match that picture, that means there’s work to be done! And if you do, you are an Alien! Hunger for better is what keeps you advancing!

Step 2: Define your Goal – Now write down what your goal is. Can be weight loss, can be muscle strength, can be ab definition, what have you. Write it down in bold letters on a piece of paper. Go on the internet (Google, Youtube) and look for 5 to 6 exercises (in the range of do-able to not at all do-able).

Step 3: Just Do It! – There was a reason why Nike chose that as their slogan 🙂 Now take those exercises and commit to them for the next 30 days. Do them EVERYDAY, without fail. You can make them interesting – create variety, throw in some cardio, or whatever helps you break a sweat and not get bored. And do them wherever – basement, living room, bathroom, hotel room, wherever you can find space. (You do not need a lot of space to get in the best shape of your life – you need determination!)

Step 4: Track, Track, Track – If you want to know if your hardwork is bearing fruits, make it a point to take notes of your progress. You can either take progress pictures, check and write down your weights every few days, or check to see how proficient are you getting at your workouts (compare the # of push-ups on day 1 to day 15). Do not forget about writing in your food journal!

Step 5: Patience – Rome was not built in a day my friends! So be patient. If you are doing all of the above, that means that you are better than what you were yesterday. Simply taking that step towards changing your life is an achievement in itself. So do not forget to give yourself credit from time to time.

Now get going! 🙂

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About pallavisharma

Welcome to my blog! Apart from being a health and fitness freak, I love writing, and this blog is a perfect outlet for it. I am not a professional writer by any means, but would like to be someday, so I can inspire people far and wide. I am a project manager by day, and go to business school at night. I am happily married to the love of my life, and thoroughly enjoy being a stepmom to two of the most wonderful kids I know. The goal of my blog is just one word – INSPIRE. If I was able to help even one person enough to get them to change their life around for the better, I would consider myself extremely fortunate. I am super thankful to all my readers who have given me so much love and encouragement through the years. You guys rock! I will leave you with one quote – “Monotony is the awful reward of the careful. If you want to change and grow, you need to take risk” – John C. Maxwell

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