Tuesday Transformation: There is No Quick Fix

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

In a world dominated by technology and instant access to practically everything, it is no wonder my country has an obesity problem.  Self-improvement is a shared desire among people around the world. For the most part, no one WANTS to be obese, no one WANTS to be unhealthy, or face numerous death-threatening illnesses. Nope, it's not the want that's lacking. We all WANT to be different, to be better, to be healthier, fitter, more nutritious. But there is a great divide between want and achievement. That great divide is called time.

Time appears to be the enemy for most people. We don't want to wait in line to check out, we don't want to wait on the phone to speak with an operator, we don't want to wait until we stop the car to text, we don't want to wait to learn Algebra in High School, we don't want to wait until we're married for intimacy, we don't want to wait for God's plans, we don't want to wait to know if we got into college, we don't want to wait if we're having a boy or girl or if he/she is health, we don't want to sit in traffic commuting to work, we don't want to wait for our food to cook.

We don't want to wait. "Now!" is our mode of preference. This is to our detriment. We have lost the art of patiently waiting for something worth our time.

Let me ask you something, is your health one of the most important things in your life? Like you want to live for as long as you can with your loved ones, right? Do you want to live that life fully mobile, and not fragile and bed-ridden? Do you want to be able to tolerate the heat at your grandchild's first soccer game? Do you want to watch your grandkids graduate high school, and get married? Do you want to work hard and be able to save money for your kids to attend college one day?

I hope you do. I truly hope you see life as worth living; and living well. Because the reality is that ALL the things you love most in this world... family, friends, jobs, vacations, sports etc. All these things NEED your health. You have to be healthy to do them, be with them and enjoy them.

And to live healthy, you need time. There is NO quick fix!

You cannot wrap yourself healthy, you can not take a pill or a detox tea and get healthy either. You need daily exercise, proper nutrition, and consistency.  This is health.

My journey has taken me time... years to accomplish my goals, and years to clean up my diet (which I'm still working on- I will share about this in the coming week as well). It also took: sweat, some times tears, a lot of sulking, every now and then a tantrum, a fist to the ground, a head hung low, some bruises, and a whole of soreness.. but every step of the way I've failed forward in my efforts. I'm nowhere near perfect and these descriptions still characterize my journey. But I'm on MY journey. I'm seeing to my own health so I can be a present wife, a present daughter, a present friend, and prayerfully one day, a present mother. It's not an instant access, instant download, instant quick fix. It took me time to get unhealthy, it will take me time to get and remain healthy.

My friends, please don't be discouraged in your journey. Keep walking, and "failing forward" as my team calls it. Where if you fall, you fall down forward and use it to teach/propel you forward on your journey. Give. it. Time.

Here are a few tips to keep you going on your journey:

1. Don't start your journey with an "extremist" attitude (aka going to the gym 2x a day, eating 500 calories, etc). This will burn you out quick and in a hurry. Take small steps that you can be consistent with that yields positive reinforcement because you are accomplishing that 1 small thing everyday.

2. Quality over Quantity. I used to think the more time I worked out, the better workout I had. WRONG! Aim for quality workouts like a 30 min 21 Day Fix HIIT workout over a 1 hour "cardio" session. Also, if you want results, weights need to be a part of your life! Email me for help or questions I would love to help you find what works for you! [sownwithstrength@gmail.com]

3. Buy a Heart Rate Monitor! Don't go to the gym, jump on the elliptical or any other cardio machine just to spend 20 minutes working out and believe that you actually burned 500 calories in those 20 minutes. Every single cardio machine I've workout on has been wayyyyy too generous with the amount of calories I burned. How do I know this? Because I always wear my heart rate monitor which takes my actual heart rate giving me an accurate account of calories burned. Trust me, accuracy is key to knowing the effectiveness of your workout. Because if it's not effective enough, you want to change your routine before you quit from not seeing results.

4. Underestimating your diet.... I am the biggest offender of this! Eek! Growing up a competitive runner, I believed that I could always outrun/outwork a bad diet. WRONG again. If you want to be healthy (which should be everyone's goal over physical looks), you need to be eating clean. Eating clean is not just to lose weight- it's actually to be healthy!! To feed your body the nutrients it NEEDS and runs off of. One of the best solutions I've found is using my portion containers to track my intake and stay balanced. (Email me for details). Also My Fitness Pal is a great free app to use!

5. Track your progress. Most of us get frustrated in our journeys because the number on the scale is not going the right direction fast enough or at all. Clarification, I promote health, not weight loss. Health often times means weight loss will/needs to occur, but here's the truth: the number on the scale does NOT determine your health! Track your progress outside of the scale. I like to track by before/after photos, or what I call "nonscale victories" such as being able to add leg weights or increasing my dumbbell weights. These are HUGE victories and have always fostered new energy and motivation in my journey.

Bottom line... anything worth doing will take time, effort, consistency and hard work. You don't stumble across success. And any success to be proud of comes from a long road of stumbling and getting back up. Choosing your health is not for the weak or faint-hearted. It's for the passionate ones who love this life too much to lose it prematurely.

I'm beginning a 30 Days to a Stronger You [Mind, Body, Spirit] Challenge starting Sept. 21.... would you say yes to investing in yourself and join me?? Email me for details/cost [sownwithstrength@gmail.com]. I also run this group once a month, so if now is not your time to invest 30 days or more, perhaps consider signing up for my free 7 day clean eating challenge to take your first small step. (Link to sign up at the top of this page on the tool bar). The best investment you can make is in your own health!

What is your favorite takeaway from this post??

Make it a healthy day or not, the choice is always yours,

xx Coach Court

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