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Building Sweat Equity

road-to-successThe blog I wrote last week, “Does Everybody Have An Inner-Athlete?” really got me started thinking. What is it about becoming an athlete that has not just changed my body, but changed how I think about food, changed how I spend my time, and changed how I view my future?

Exercise has so many lessons to teach about finding passion, discipline, and drive. Turns out, each of those things is essential in transformational change. Which is exactly what weight loss really is.

So here’s a list of the top 10 lessons that becoming an athlete have taught me about weight loss. A mouthful, but illuminating and worthy of further discussion. This is just a list of each principle. I’ll explain each one more in depth in upcoming blogs. For now, let’s hit it:

  1. Figure out a plan that is uniquely yours.
  2. You don’t start with the marathon.
  3. You don’t get fit once and then expect to be fit for the rest of your life; you must do it over and over, every day.
  4. You must intrinsically enjoy what you’re doing or it won’t last.
  5. You can persevere through discomfort, but not pain.
  6. Progress comes in spurts; stay the course.
  7. When an obstacle pops up keep the overall goal in mind and find a way to climb over it, go through it, or work around it.
  8. It’s not selfish to prioritize your own well-being.
  9. If you’re intimidated to try something new, ask for help.
  10. Believe that you are the person you’re working to become.

You’ve heard me say it a hundred times, “You can’t exercise yourself thin!” and that’s true. But exercising regularly – over time – will change how you view yourself. You’ll find an inner-strength that you may never have plugged into before. This inner-strength gives you confidence to do other things that are difficult, like consistently make good food choices.

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When I dug in I found my inner-athlete.

I didn’t find her right away. I searched. I stumbled. I pulled over and asked for directions. But in my searching I found her. Once I did, it steeled my resolve to make countless other healthy living choices.

I’m betting you’ll discover the same thing.

Losing weight is hard, but it gets easier. And you’re so damn worth it!

Let’s go get it!

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