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Staying Encouraged

Friday, April 19, 2013

My desire to exercise comes in waves: I have many days where I don’t feel like dedicating myself, and then I have days where I am just overwhelmed with excitement to get fit. This week has been a high point, where I want to get started again with my fitness goals.

The downside to that is, people who I consider to be my close “friends” have the most DISCOURAGING comments to say about my efforts:

“You’re going to burn out…I don’t think you can work out 2 hours.”
“You’re not going to be able to stick to it, because I wasn’t able to stick to it.”
“It will be a long time before you get results.”

These things can definitely be a deterrent if you allow them to be. I feel like anytime you begin a fitness journey, the number one most important step is being mentally prepared for it. When you are mentally prepared, you can overcome negative influences and remarks, remain focused and rise above.

I said all of this to say, stay mentally prepared, and be ENCOURAGED! Don’t allow outsiders to manipulate you into thinking you aren’t capable of changing your life. If I listened to my discouraging friends and family members, I would probably remain in the same mindset and body state.
Look in the mirror and tell yourself this, and BELIEVE IT!

I WILL do this!
I AM capable!
My only hindrance in life is ME!
I CAN accomplish my personal fitness goals!
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-Joselyn
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PATTYKLAVER 4/22/2013 8:35AM

    I like your attitude. I need to learn from your example.

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CRISTALITE 4/20/2013 11:44AM

    Thanks I seriously needed that, I'm trying to as they say"get my mind right" and trying not to keep feeling like a total failure....

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DALID414 4/19/2013 8:21PM

    You gotta do you.
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CLPURNELL 4/19/2013 5:46PM

    There will always be naysayers you just have to focus on YOU!! They will either come around or drift away. Either way you will be better off!

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DWSCHUYLER 4/19/2013 4:23PM

    I know the statistics say to tell people your goals because then you are more likely to stick to them, but I'm afraid my friends might say the same thing. That's why I haven't told anyone but my husband. That is also why I think Spark People is going to help me. We are all cheering each other on. Glad you are committed and not listening to the "naysayers!" Keep plugging away and know that you have all the support in the world right here!
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SUMTHINGSPECIAL 4/19/2013 12:58PM

    Great attitude! Yes, friends - especially those who share in our habits (and perhaps even encourage them) will be the first ones to pile up together against your goals. You cant because this and you can't because that. You are obviously here because you believe you can. Good for you. It can be done - and it will - just take it one step at a time. At some point - your friends will be asking you for advice because they see how all your hard work has paid off.

You go girl!

Sumay

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