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Wow! Here it is fall of '09! Did I enter all that stuff below in '08? Really?!

Well, I have made some strides in '09 - completely changing how I workout and it shows! More weights, with as many compound movements as I can think of in order to get my heart rate up, and much less cardio. My entire body composition has changes accordingly...far more muscle and less flab at this weight than I ever could have imagined. I am wearing 2 (!) sizes smaller than I did the last time I weighed this amount. Lift those weights everybody!

From Tom Venuto's Website:

"Your Fitness Future Foretold: 20 Predictions for 2008"

Happy new year! This is the first issue in 2008 for
the "fat burning tips" newsletter.

There are two things you can always count on:
(1) Nature's laws of cause and effect and
(2) human nature.

On that basis, here are my 20 fitness predictions for 2008:

I PREDICT that if you can reach into your pocket on any
day in 2008 and pull out a card or piece of paper with all
your body and fitness goals written on it in vivid detail,
the odds are 95 to 1 in favor of you achieving every
one of those goals before the year is out.

I PREDICT that if you focus your thoughts on your goals
and how you are going to achieve them, all day long, you
will reach your goals so fast this year, it will make your
head spin.

I PREDICT that if you focus your thoughts on health woes and body fat problems and if you think about what you don't want, all day long, your problems will get worse than ever this year.

I PREDICT that if you made a new year's resolution, but you didn't turn it into a specific, written goal with a deadline and a strong reason why you must achieve it, you will freely abandon it the moment the going gets tough.

I PREDICT that if you can tell me all the reasons why achieving your health and fitness goals are important to you, you will be motivated from within to stick with it when the going gets tough

I PREDICT that at times, the going is going to get tough.

I PREDICT that if you can tell me today what is your life's purpose and what is your lifelong vision for your body and your health, you will still be as motivated and driven at the end of the year as you were at the beginning.

I PREDICT that if you don't have long term goals and a
"big picture" vision for your life that you will lose your
New Year's enthusiasm and motivation in a matter of months or even weeks.

I PREDICT that the way you see yourself in your mind's eye today will be an exact reflection of what you see in the mirror at the end of the year.

I PREDICT that if you have a setback that seems to get
in the way of you reaching your health and fitness goals and you tell yourself "this just is temporary; this too shall pass," then it won't set you back and it will pass.

I PREDICT that if you believe the way your body looks today is out of your control and you feel helpless or powerless to change, you won't even make much of an effort this year.

I PREDICT that if you accept complete responsibility for the way your body looks today and you believe that you have the power to change, that you will take action and keep taking action, even through the tough times.

I PREDICT that if you're unhappy with your physical condition and you say,"it's not my fault" or you blame it on genetics, hormones or age, then your body will look pretty much the same at the end of 2008 as it did on New Year's day.

I PREDICT that the more you have patience, a long term
perspective and the ability to postpone immediate gratification, the more likely you are to be a success one year from now.

I PREDICT that the more you seek "miracle pills" or "quick fixes," the more likely you are to be a failure one year from now.

I PREDICT that you will be tempted by many quick fixes in 2008.

I PREDICT that if you hang out with losers and negative people this year, you will become just like them.

I PREDICT that if you hang out with winners and positive people this year, you will become just like them.

I PREDICT that you will run into more negative people and losers this year than positive people and winners.

I PREDICT that if you recruit just one friend or support partner that stands behind you and the lifestyle changes you want to make in 2008, you will double your chances for success. If you surround yourself with numerous support partners, you will become virtually unstoppable.

So how does your future look for 2008?

Based on my "predictions", if it doesn't look as bright as
you'd like it to be, then don't worry, because a prediction
is not predestination.

You can't do anything to change the past, but by changing your thoughts, attitudes and actions in the present moment, the future is yours to create.

Your friend and coach,

Tom Venuto

Member Since: 12/30/2006

Fitness Minutes: 2,137

My Goals:
SW: 213
GW: 160

My Program:
Burn 500 calories a day, minimum. Can double this by doing split cardio sessions or adding it to weight training.

Weight training a minimum of 3 xs weekly, cardio at least 2x.

Lots of water!

Personal Information:
From the Chicago area originally. Moved away for 30 years, and will probably not stay. Love the city and the people, but it's too noisy and hectic for me to maintain.

Other Information:
Love reading, good conversation, gardening and being outdoors in all types of weather. Hiking and biking are particular favorites.

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    Thank you my dear! Yes indeed, got to psych myself out for this, lol. Plus I sooo can imagine how good I'll sleep after a good workout. Good reminder. :)
    2500 days ago
    thanks again for the cheers on my feed! you're so sweet... How are the 170's coming? emoticon
    2536 days ago
    Thank you for the sweet comments on my blog and page! Everyone here is an inspiration to me - so thank you for being mine as well!
    2648 days ago
    Thanks for the comment on my feed... about the cake. What a great message! If you find that article, can you hook me up?!? I just love that... so so simple, you know? Practice your willpower. Of course!
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    How's everything going with you? You're almost in the 170's!! Brava.... :P
    2735 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/28/2010 11:42:56 AM
    Thank you so much for the kind message on my page. I'm thrilled my "first 5K blog" hub bub helped you a little. I know about that yo-yo'ing that always happens, but you CAN bust through it. And you CAN run too. You can! Well wishes for your journey... We're friends now, and I'll be checking in on you... Bless!
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    Comment edited on: 9/6/2010 9:07:19 AM
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