Just Do It

snowy patio

Right now we are in the midst of a blizzard. As snow pours down and everything around me is coated in a deep blanket of snow, I am enjoying the peace and quiet of being at home. It has given me some wonderful time to reflect. Thinking back on some of the greatest accomplishments I have made, or even the small steps of progress, I realized that they all have two things in common:

  1. I stopped blaming others: I never really thought that I was blaming others for my problems but in subtle ways I was. For a long time I blamed my husband and his company for getting in the way of accomplishing my fitness and fitness career dreams. But in reality, I was afraid to take the first step and enjoyed the security/excuse of working with my hubby. If you feel stuck in a situation, take a look at what you are “blaming” see if you can work around that obstacle instead of blaming it. For me that meant making more time in my personal schedule to start taking steps toward achieving my goals. That is how I was able to write my book, and although I haven’t accomplished everything that I want to I no longer let blame get in my way. (OK at least most of the time anyway ;))
  2. I just did it: Think about it, sometimes you just have to suck it up and do it. Facing your fears is, well, scary. Working hard, whether it is physically, mentally or emotionally, is uncomfortable. But taking that first step is EMPOWERING. It proves to you that you can do it, it gives you energy to keep going. This is true both in the professional world and in physical fitness. You have to stress your muscles to create growth, you have to change your habits to change your body. If you are unwilling to take that first step, if you are still blaming others you will stay where you are.

What is holding you back from creating your dream life? Your dream body? What has been the catalyst for your change?

XOXO

Val

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