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Searching for Fitness Tips? Beware!

diet tipsAre you constantly looking for all the best tips, information and advice. If so, beware of falling into the trap of reading tips and advice, and your knowledge stopping there. To truly transform your life, you need to become a student of fitness – study, learn and apply. Here’s what I mean…

In today’s world, we want quick fixes, fast answers, a short word of advice or small tip to help us get through the day. We want our trainer to motivate us to workout, we want our preacher to give us an inspiring word to make us want to live better and we want someone to just tell us what to eat so we can lose weight. Basically, we want everyone else to do the hard work – the studying, the thinking, the troubleshooting…and pass along the results of their labor to us.

However, even the best advice is worthless if it isn’t fully understood or being applied. Being told what to do in the gym isn’t going to make you any more fit than going to church once a week isn’t going to make you spiritual. These tidbits of information are to SPARK an interest in you to dig more, to study more, to learn more and to put what you have learned into practice. When you only get the tip, you are only getting part of the story. The tip should be the START of a journey, not the end-all be-all.

I try really hard to put short bits of information out there for everyone to enjoy, BUT there are some exceptions and more information than I can squeeze in a short blog or motivational mantra. The goal is to spark something in you to want to learn more.

“I have been in an academic setting my entire life, I have been obsessed with weight loss reality TV shows since they existed, and I have read magazine article after article on diet and nutrition for weight loss because I knew I deserved more than to be fat and unhealthy my entire life. But when your sister shared your book with me, I read it cover to cover in one sitting and my life was changed forever.” Jenny

Why was her life changed? It wasn’t because she bought my ebook. Because she UNDERSTOOD the text and APPLIED IT. It’s really that simple. AND, she didn’t apply PARTS of it, she applied it ALL – and she lost 70lbs!

JenVenn_unhealthy_2000 JenVenn_healthybike_May2012We need to become more knowledgeable if we want to make better choices. We can’t rely on rules, a list of approved foods or tips to get us by in life. We need to understand they WHY behind it all. It’s in understanding WHY that we are much more motivated to DO.

Let me encourage you! Today, Joyce Meyer said we aren’t supposed to just read the Word, that we are supposed to STUDY the Word. Look at what the word “READ” actually means:

  • to look at and comprehend the meaning of…
  • inspect and record…
  • to have such knowledge of (a language) as to be able to understand things written in it

studyingI believe this is how we are to treat ANYthing that is important to us and has the potential to improve our life. We can’t rely on tips or CliffsNotes to help us make the best decisions in life. We must read (study), take notes, practice what we have learned, troubleshoot, experiment, learn from our mistakes and re-test yourself (try and try again).

Isn’t it time you make a commitment to STUDYING the important things in life? Parenting, Health & Fitness, God, Marriage & Career Skills – THESE are worth studying and will pay off big-time!

Stop looking for people to spoon-feed you fitness tips or religious inspiration. Let’s go deeper!

Are You Sick of Feeling Fat ENOUGH?

Before you begin reading this, I want to tell you I’ve BEEN THAT GIRL!! The girl who was SICK of her pants being too tight, who was tired of looking sloppy and crappy no matter what she wore, and who was not QUITE fat enough to actually start doing something about it despite her pathetic misery. Yep! That was me. Fat, lazy, unhappy and STILL not willing to do anything – YET! BUT NO MORE! I finally got tired of complaining. SO, I’m in recovery mode now! Now, you can read and get your own little “Fitness Check Up”. – Bonnie 🙂

If you were sick, you’d go to the doctor, but a doctor can only help you so much. They can diagnosis you, they can give you a shot, and they can give you medication – but they can’t force you to take the medication when you go home. This is the same dilemma trainers have.

Trainers can work you out and they can tell you what you need to do when they aren’t there, but you have to actually do it for it to work. If I’m sick and not taking my medications, then obviously I’m not sick enough. Because, if I was that sick, there’s no way I’d forget to take my medication. Sometimes I just have to wonder, “are you sick of feeling fat enough?”

Maybe you just aren’t there yet.
Maybe you aren’t quite miserable enough yet. Maybe you don’t believe you can “get well”. Maybe you think you can kick this on your own. I don’t know about you, but I have to be pretty darn sick to finally go to the doctor. Often times I’ll wait for days, and sometimes weeks, before I finally go to the doctor. Then I beat myself up realizing I could have been well by now – and THAT’s EXACTLY the same thing with fitness.

Whether you are really struggling with your weight and pretty miserable about it or just struggling a little and a little upset about it – don’t waste one more day feeling less than your best! For some people their fat is like a serious illness, for others it’s like a fungus – just something that makes us a little uncomfortable every day. There is no reason to live with either issue if it can be fixed – and TRUST ME, it CAN! There are people dedicated to helping people like you. Whether it’s a personal trainer, an online trainer, a person like me who blogs their heart out to help people online, an online program like our BCx Boot Camp, workout videos, weight loss programs, fitness books – you name it! There are pros that are dedicated to helping you GET WELL, FEEL GOOD and GET STRONG!

Where are your priorities?
You spend money to see a doctor and get medication when you need it, but you don’t spend money on a gym membership, equipment or a trainer when you need it. Aren’t they both health related? If you don’t get healthy, don’t you know it will actually cost you more money to maintain your unhealthy body than it would cost to get, and stay, healthy.

Maybe it’s time to invest time and money into a healthy lifestyle and a fit body. If you don’t have money, then invest the time. The resources are out there, you just have to make the time to use them. There is really no excuse not to get fit anymore. And if you decide to not to do anything right now, remember NOT deciding is deciding NOT to do anything. Just know you will beat yourself up later for wasting this precious time you COULD be feeling good.

Quit your complaining
Lastly, we aren’t allowed to complain about something we aren’t doing anything about in our house. If I’m sick and I decide to not go to the doctor, I will not get any sympathy from Steve. If I’m eating crappy and skipping workouts then, again, I am not allowed to complain. So, if you aren’t doing anything about your current condition, ZIP IT! It doesn’t matter how healthy you think you eat or why you think you are prone to weight gain or anything else. Unless you are proactive with AGGRESSIVELY trying to find the answers and get fit, like you would if you were trying to beat cancer, then you need to be quiet and accept that you have basically decided to let this thing take it’s course.

Body fat and feeling fat IS like cancer and it can eat up your personality, your energy and your health if you let take over your body. The biggest mistake you can make is to ignore it. Starting beating this today!

It’s TIME to FIGHT!!  Don’t go down without SWINGING! 

1.) Choose a pro – Trainer, class or program.

2.) Read up on your “condition” – subscribe to my blog and other educational and motivational tools.

3.) Join a support group – find a friend (in person or online) to do this with you

4.) Clean your house – if you had something in your home that caused the cancer, you’d remove it. Maybe it’s time to start getting rid of foods and things in your life that promote overeating and unhealthy living

5.) Follow the prescription – do what your expert says, stick to your regimen and follow the specific prescribed steps.

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