It’s already day 15 into the healthMC challenge. I hope looking back you have a sense of accomplishment, you feel that you are on the right track and you are gearing up to do even better the remaining days. This weekend, take some time to review the information from starting Day 0 and if you were not on board, this is your time to catch up and get on board.
2 Weeks In Review
- Day 0: Preparation. A day to prepare yourself, ask yourself WHY you wanted to live a healthy lifestyle, what you hoped to accomplish during the challenge. You also had to decide who you have to become to put your goals into action.
- Day 1: The challenge, The cycle, The Plan. We’ve looked into the challenge of food preparation. The bad habits that cause us to add on weight and the changes we needed to implement to start the journey to a healthy lifestyle ready.
- Day 2: I dream of My Ideal Physique.Starting in a place of gratitude where you praise your accomplishments to open your sense of creativity and your burning desire to aim higher.
- Day 3: Age is Just a Number. Paula J. Hannah shared her incredible journey and she looks amazing at 48 years old.
- Day 4: Spring Cleaning.Time to clean your pantry and sabotage proof your environment by keeping only healthy options around you and your family.
- Day 5: A Busy Mom’s Success Story. If Paula wasn’t convincing enough, Ty’s story proves again that you are the only one who can limit yourself.
- Day 6: How to Build a Strong Fitness Support Team .No man is an island and you need support to help you reach your destination.
- Day 7: 8 Snacks Under 100 Calories. Snacks don’t have to be sugary, loaded with empty calories or costing you a lot of money.
- Day 8: Cutting Calories from your Meals. Living a healthy lifestyle does not mean you are not eating what you love. Choose to adapt your favorite recipes by substituting some ingredients with their light version.
- Day 9: Beating Sugar Addiction Part 1 Part 1 of a 3 part series addressing an issue that we all deal with and call it something else. Our sugar consumption is ridiculous.
- Day 10: Beating Sugar Addiction Part 2 The series continues about sugar and stress.
- Day 11: Beating Sugar Addiction Part 3 The last part of the series addressing Sugar and PMS
- Day 12: 25 Quotes From Athletes That Will Inspire You. Nothing like the words of a favorite athlete to inspire you to press forward.
- Day 13: Useful Workout Journal Tips. Using a workout and meal journal can be a very useful asset. You get to see your progress and create your own recipe book.
- Day 14, 15, 16: 2 Weeks Review Weekend.
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Do you have a favorite sports team? A favorite Athlete? One of my favorite athletes is Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan was my inspiration to join the basket ball team in high school. Every year during playoff season, when the Chicago Bulls were playing, I couldn’t wait to see how Michael Jordan was going to save the day. He had this incredible talent to score perfectly when you thought all hope was gone, that the team was losing. I admire Michael Jordan because it takes incredible focus and discipline to be so consistent.
Year after year there is an athlete that emerges with incredible performance to prove to us that we only set limits for ourselves. Sometimes we take these athletes and put them in a separate category, thinking they must have had every opportunity lined up to make it so far. But when we watch movies or read biographies on how they became so good at what they do, we realize that they are people like us who faced challenges, difficulties and some even had less opportunities than us today. Those movies and books leave us inspired and always propel us to give or best. At times when I don’t feel like I am making any progress or just feel like not giving my best I read about an amazing athlete or watch a documentary to listen to motivating quotes from those icons. I always come out humbled because most of the times I realize that I have more resources and can accomplish more. I also regain strength to continue in the pursuit of my goals.
In today’s post I gathered amazing quotes from great athletes that will motivate you, and encourage you to continue to push yourself in your journey.
- “I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” ~ Muhammad Ali
- “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” ~ Muhammad Ali
- “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” ~ Michael Jordan
- “If you are going to be a champion, you must be willing to pay a greater price.” ~ Bud Wilkinson
- Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” ~ Lance Armstrong
- “Winning is about heart, not just legs. It’s got to be in the right place.” ~Lance Armstrong
- “If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.” ~ Herschell Walker
- “It’s all about the journey, not the outcome.” ~ Carl Lewis
- “I Can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” ~Michael Jordan
- “A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”~Vince Lombardi
- “If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” ~ Carl Lewis
- “I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.” ~ Muhammad Ali
- “If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.” ~ Muhammad Ali
- “The pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret” ~ Sarah Bombell
- “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.”~ Jerry West
- “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” ~ Muhammad Ali
- “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.” ~John Wooden
- “Hard work is the only way to go. Strive to be the best you can be and remember that when you try your best, you can’t ask any more from yourself, and people can’t ask any more from you.”~Michael Chang
- “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” ~ Vince Lombardi
- “The something inside me that always fought to win, that never gave into the pain and that accepted no less than 110 percent has never been gone … because that something was simply me.” ~ Julie Krone
- “Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like muscles of the body.”~ Lynn Jennings
- “Natural talent only determines the limits of your athletic potential. It’s dedication and a willingness to discipline your life that makes you great.”~Billie Jean King
- “It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”~ Muhammad Ali
- “Some people say I have attitude – maybe I do… but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.” ~ Venus Williams
- “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”~ John Wooden
You’ve made up your mind this time to stick to your plan for good. You have everything lined up, your food is planned ahead of time, your workout is scheduled for the week, and you are really excited about the progress you’ve made so far.
In the middle of all your excitements you get the occasional naysayer (hopefully you don’t live with one), the constant doubter, the friend who complains about her weight yet to do nothing about it, and of course the jealous one who belittles every success no matter how big or small throughout your journey.
To deal with this toxic group you need a strong mindset paired with a strong support team. Having a great support system makes a big difference because you are whom you hang out with. The people you surround yourself with everyday, your life is more likely to look like there’s meaning: low-income, low self-esteem, complainer, losers, winners, or achievers. If you want to succeed in your healthy lifestyle, these are the people you should surround yourself with:
- A personal trainer (if you can afford one) who has YOUR best interest at heart. Not a personal agenda to push their business and/or services. Your personal trainer should also be a product of their product, how else would you know that what they are selling you works?
- An accountability partner. This person is the your go-to person when you feel like giving up, like you are not making any progress. The person you talk to sincerely about your failures. It is ideal if this person has already accomplished what you are trying to carry out. My accountability partner now is Ruby Carter Pikes, this 63-year-old fit mom keeps tabs on me worst than a GPS. But I know it is all out of love plus I get to learn from her ability. Ruby calls me to chat about my day, and urge me to be patient and stay focused.
- A workout partner. This person can be the one that gets you ready to exercise only because you already gave him/her your word. So by tagging along just to keep your word sometimes you end up having the best workout ever.
- Your family. Make it a family affair by involving your kids in your home workouts. My 3 year-old got so used to me doing cardio in the afternoon that when it’s nighttime he tells me “mommy it’s time to go to the gym” . Get your husband on board, and if he doesn’t want to eat clean YET, ask him to support you by not bringing tempting food around the house.
Your team can be bigger, the most important thing is that they know your goals, tell it to you like it is when you are whining, and continue to love you no matter what.
Your assignment on day 6 is to check your association and decide which one will be part of your fitness support team. You may have to dissociate from some people all together, have limited association with others and expand on your relationship with the rest. The group your expand on will definitely help you shine at the top.
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You changed your perspective to start your journey right, embraced where you are on the way to where you want to be. Then you established your vision (skinny me in 6 months, healthy lifestyle for life), and practiced visualizing the lion in the mirror instead of the tiny kitten. Finally, you are being kinder to yourself by using your word as your magic wand, now what? Zap! Abracadabra! up you go. It takes more than that to get you there.
You didn’t go to bed to wake up and magically find yourself where you are today, you’ve been there for some time now. Every day you take actions towards an end, you either make it or you don’t. Your habits will decide where you will end. Habits usually starts like something insignificant, eating a handful of chips, one extra slice of cake, a small ice scream scoop every time you make a trip to that health food store and pass the sorbet stand, nothing too damaging, flimsy cobwebs. With practice those flimsy cobwebs grow into a tight rope that controls your life everyday.
That’s where discipline comes in, discipline in visualizing your success even when you don’t have all the tools yet. Visualizing yourself healthier with more energy, happy with the girl in the mirror. Discipline comes in also by practicing the good habits every day. Whatever your course of action is on a daily basis, whether it is indulging in junk food, not sticking to your plan, on and off dieting, or staying put with the plan that you wrote down or that your personal trainer mapped out for you, you are practicing a habit every day. We spend so much time practicing the bad habits or looking for a better alternatives. We are relentless at becoming an expert in barely making it or starting over.
Losing, just like winning, is a habit. Discipline will make you either a winner or a loser. Choose to have within you the vision, practice the habits that will help you succeed everyday. That kind of discipline will make you a winner.
Remember to join my #HealthMC challenge and let’s build some great habits and discipline to get us to the healthy finish line.
Until next time, spread the love…..