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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

If your attitude is rotten the so are you

Take your clothes off. Walk to a mirror. Check yourself out. Up and down. Front to back. Top to bottom. Side to side. OK, put your clothes back on.

What do you think?

Really. Good feeling or bad. Did you walk away feeling like a million bucks or did you want to cry? For most of you this is not a good experience. Most people aren’t happy with their bodies. Since almost 70% of Americans are overweight or obese I can see why.

Are you happier with your body today than a year ago? Again, for most of us the answer is no!

The answer really doesn’t matter. What matters is what you do about it. But what can you do?

I believe that to have the body that you want and deserve comes down to three things. Each category can be broken up BUT I really like to simplify things. Here are the three things in an order that isn’t really relevant.

1. Attitude. If your attitude sucks well then so do you. If you have a great attitude then you will also be great. Napoleon Hill says that your thoughts are the only thing in the entire world that you have true control over. I would agree with this. Do people with a good attitude usually have a lot of “stress”? Nope. Do people with a good attitude set and achieve goals faster and more efficient that those that do not? Oh yeah. Your attitude determines your altitude. I chose to have a good attitude.

2. Movement. The more that you move your body the more fit you will be. Would anyone like to argue with this one?

3. Nourishment. Nourish your body to thrive and not simply survive. Try going without sugar for a week and see how much better you feel. Try a month and you are guaranteed to lose body fat.

I have been doing this fitness thing a long, long, long time. I can tell you without hesitation that every single person who achieves any kind of long lasting results is willing to invest time, money and energy into the above three things.
Time is the vital element.

Does this mean that you have to work out 8 hours per day like on the biggest loser? No, but investing time working out is crucial.

You need to invest time in all three to be successful. Most people aren’t willing to do that. Thus the obesity rate in our country is nearing two thirds. That’s sick and wrong.

To achieve the body of your dreams and to feel like a million dollars every day when you wake up is a simple process. If you are willing to invest your time in moving an appropriate amount, eating the right foods at the right time and your attitude is good then you will succeed. There is no question about that.

How much time is needed in each area? I don’t know. You tell me. Are you where you want to be?

Don’t forget or ignore any of these three areas. Without one the others will not work. You cannot just work out more if you eat like crap. You can’t eat well and not workout. (No matter what the commercials say) If your attitude is rotten then so are you.

When people finally DECIDE that it is time and they become willing to put in the time then THAT is when they get results. Trust me. I’ve seen it happen time and time again. Look at the testimonials on my website: . You will see examples there of people that put in the time and thus find true results.

Putting in extra time working out is one way to improve. How else can you use time to your advantage?

 Plan your meals.
 Count your calories.
 Research nutrition.
 Pack your lunch.
 Read a book or two on anything inspiring, educational or motivational.
 Start a walking club.
 Do a fitness video at night.
 Train for a marathon.
 Attend a seminar.
 Become a personal trainer.
 Read fitness magazines and websites.
 Complete fitness challenges.

The list goes on and on.

I’ll leave you with one last thought. What if all you did for exercise was a fitness class twice per week? Is that enough? What if all you worked was 2 hours per week? What if you could only watch TV 2 hours per week? What if you were only allowed 2 hours per week to be with your family?

That’s crazy, right?

Invest the time to improve your attitude, eat right and move. Then you will truly be who you were meant to be.

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