Three Numbers to Focus on When You're Getting Back Into Shape
If you're trying to get in better shape...trying to get BACK into shape after months or years of relative inactivity...or thinking about getting back into shape, here's a quick tip to help you get focused.
Before I begin, let me share a couple of things I've learned over the years. Nothing earth-shaking. Just a few solid, simple ways of approaching any sort of health-improvement or self-improvement project you elect to undertake.
These ideas come from my own experiences.
On the positive side, from successfully getting into kick-butt shape for sports, for martial arts and kick boxing competitions, and so forth.
On the negative side, from having to battle weight issues at several points in my life...as well as the mental and emotional humiliation and anguish that come along for the ride when you are overweight.
Potentially Helpful Learning #1: There are no rewards for quitting. And there are no rules or laws that say you can't "try, try again".
In other words, most people who have tried to lose weight have given up or quit at one time or another. This includes those who have successfully lost weight and gotten into great shape.
It's just a part of the process.
For example, you make some progress and you decide to "relax" a little. Before you know it, you are eating like a fool, not working out according to your plan, and you have regained the weight.
Or the other common example: you start out all enthusiastic, but don't see the results you expected as quickly as you expected. You get discouraged and give up.
This happens to everyone. You're not a loser if you give up, or if you relapse! It's part of the process.
Give yourself permission, right up front, to relapse. Recognize it as part of the process you have to go through to reach your goals.
And, if and when you relapse or quit, make sure you climb back on and continue to ride. Learn from the setback. Move forward.Continued on the next page