Feeling good feels better than feeling bad. You don’t need a rocket scientist to tell you that. For many of us, when we are getting our regular sleep, healthy eating and exercise in we feel better. We have more zest and energy. We are more positive, productive and fun to be around. We love feeling our best!
On the other hand, when donuts, chips, and big portions of food and drink combine with lack of sleep and too many skipped workouts we can get tired and cranky. We complain more, make excuses and just want to watch TV. Blah. Not our finest moments.
So how about you? Do you need a big drink of encouragement today or maybe even a kick in the pants to snap yourself out of your funk and get back on track?
Good! Because listed below are “success interview” quotes. I teach a 12-week group coaching goal setting class. One exercise that participants love to do is to find someone in their life who they think is an Ace. In other words, they interview someone who has transitioned from out of shape to living fit and they find out how they did it. Here is what they discovered:
- Ann makes sure she exercises after she gets home from work no matter how tired she is feeling.
- Deb went from two sodas per day to one soda a week.
- Tom gained 32 lbs of muscle. He packs his lunch versus eating out, surrounds himself with positive people and regularly forces himself to get out of his comfort zone.
Ahhh, let’s drink in some more….
- Jennifer went from 289 to 185. She wanted to spend more time with her children versus eating herself to death. She went from not being able to walk to running a 10K race without stopping.
- Derek lost 70 pounds. He was sick of being out of shape and wanted to feel better about himself. He measured his portions, counted calories on www.myfitnesspal.com and started running.
- Kayla writes out a monthly schedule and says “suck it up and do whatever it takes” to overcome obstacles.
Are you noticing common themes here? Let’s take in some more:
- Jason got hit by a drunk driver and broke 43 bones, was bedridden for 6 months and was unable to walk. He made monthly goals and persevered through tons of pain to be able to walk again and then to walk pain free. He is hoping to soon play basketball again. He says be patient and be persistent. You just have to endure. Plenty of days he would tell himself he couldn’t workout, but then he ended up doing it and would feel so much better physically and mentally.
- Joe noticed all his friends were unfit and living an unhealthy lifestyle. Joe wanted to be there for his two sons. Now he plans what he eats, gets consistent sleep and never gives up on his workouts no matter what.
Hey, we can do this!
- Jade’s dad didn’t want to be stressed all the time or die at 50 from heart disease or diabetes. So he changed his diet, added 10 minute workouts and gradually moved up from there. He went from sitting and eating and watching TV to losing 40 lbs and running a marathon. He says even if he doesn’t feel like it he does his workouts. It took him a year or two to get comfortable working out but he took his time and kept at it rain or shine. Jade is very proud of her father.
- Greg says your body is a temple and you need to treat is like one. Hard work and determination are what you need if a healthy lifestyle is what you want.
- Mike says have a plan and stick to the plan. You will always have obstacles. Remind yourself you are not a quitter and get your head up and back to work!
Amen to that!
So, do you really want to get in shape? It’s hard! Few people stick with it. It takes planning and setting aside valuable time, seeking help and plain old hard work.
But doesn’t it pump you up that Jason fought his way back from the hit by the drunk driver? Or that Jade’s dad toughed it out through 2 years of feeling uncomfortable working out… but now he has a daughter who is so proud of him? Or how Joe broke free from unfit like the rest of his friends and never gives up his workouts so he can feel great and play with his sons?
You know the story: Have a goal. Schedule time for the goal. Do the work to earn the goal. Again, it is not rocket science. Obstacles will attack and will attack hard. You know that. But won’t that make the victory oh so sweet?
Get after it, Champ. You can do this. Other people do, why not you? Why not now? Hey, maybe a year or two from now someone will write a success interview about you!
Do success stories like this fire you up? Check out Jane’s book, “Hall of Fame Habits-Staying Fit Through the Generations” at www.janebirr.com