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Congratulations, Awesome Ones!

Happy Sunday, Team!!! WE DID IT! We made it through our challenge and achieved INCREDIBLE things! So now that we have finished our 6-week New Year’s Revolution Challenge…Now what? Well, let’s take a minute to talk about that. With all that hard work under our belt and all the progress we’ve made, are we gonna sit on the couch eating Hot Cheetos, giving ourselves a “break” until the next challenge?

I hope you said, HELL NO!!! Because this awesomeness is a LIFESTYLE, baby!!! So whether you reached your goals or not, beat your numbers or not, made it thru the six weeks or not – the most is important thing is that WE KEEP GOING.

That being said, there are a few ways you can celebrate your win and shift your energy to be easier on yourself before our next official challenge so that you avoid BURN OUT. Learning to celebrate our accomplishments in a healthy way and taking the time to catch our breath, assimilate, and re-set before our next leap forward are key foundations of an AWESOME LIFE.

  • Take the time to recognize how far you’ve come. Look at your before photos. Make a before and after image that you can post and/or frame to celebrate your accomplishments this far (regardless if you feel you have further to go). Celebrate the NOW and think about the ways you are different today than you were 6 weeks ago/6 months ago/6 years ago. GIVE YOURSELF A BIG HUG and TAKE PRIDE IN HOW FAR YOU’VE COME!!!
  • Take a break from Fitness Pal or your food diary and practice the healthy eating skills you have gained. Use this time to build or re-build trust in yourself to eat intuitively and make awesome food choices on your own. This is a time to let go of the OBSESSIVENESS we can get hooked into and trust that we can take the training wheels off and NOT FALL.
  • Instead of setting new goals this week, spend some time writing down some PERSONAL STANDARDS for yourself. How many times a week do you want to be working out? How do you want to feel about your body? What do you want your food intake to look like? How much sleep do you want to get each night? What kind of life do you want to be living? Have fun with this and just enjoy the process of envisioning your dream life. When you are ready, say next week, THEN you can add some ACTION STEPS and CONCRETE GOALS to help you reach those standards.
  • Schedule in your workouts for the week. Keep the momentum going.
  • Make a date with your accountability buddies to talk about what’s next for you and share your PERSONAL STANDARDS and future GOALS with each other. Celebrate and chat over a healthy lunch or on a hike or long walk.

In your personal journey, you may find that you there are times that you surge forward, then need to regroup and sometimes even retract before surging forward again. When we mistake these moments of retraction for SLIPPING BACK, FAILURE, or NOT MOVING FORWARD, we can fall victim to unnecessary Post-Challenge blues and/or binges. Mastering the ebb and flow of reaching new levels of awesomeness is a beautiful thing to work on. So be easy on yourself, know that your achievements are yours to keep, and get excited for what’s ahead, because YOU are in control of your future awesomeness and it starts with today. 

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Week 5 of Our Challenge: And…ACTION!

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4 Weeks down and just 2 more to go of Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp New Year’s Revolution Challenge.  My AWESOME team members have been so focused and committed through this challenge. As I said in my last post, it is so exciting to see people gaining confidence in their ability to change their body and their life. BELIEVING that you have the power to control your life is the first step in reaching your health and fitness goals, or any goals for that matter!

But BELIEVING will only get you so far. While this is crucial to the foundation of your success, it is only one piece of the puzzle. You must add ACTION to make your beliefs come alive! Let’s put it this way, is the person who is reaching their health and fitness goals the one on the couch making the fanciest vision board full of chiseled ab photos and power statements, watching “The Secret” and thinking about how they BELIEVE that this is the year for them? Nope. It is the person who…

  • Calls a friend to schedule a workout date
  • Takes out their calendar and schedules 3 workouts for the week
  • Throws out all the junk food in the house
  • Finally does that fitness DVD that’s been on the shelf
  • Goes to the gym
  • Puts on their shoes and goes for a walk/run
  • Google-researches their health and fitness questions
  • Plans their healthy meals for the week
  • Schedules an appointment with a personal trainer
  • Schedules a nutrition consultation
  • Logs and shares their food journal (heyyy Fitness Pal)
  • Reaches out for support from trainers, friends, family
  • Calls to find out more about Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp (shameless plug)

Get the point? Nothing wrong with vision boards (believe I’ve made enough of them to build a small poster board house) but wanting, visioning, and believing will only position you in the right direction for success. ASKING, DOING, and SWEATING is what will get you there AND KEEP YOU GOING when you hit inevitable bumps along the way. So this week, commit to adding some jet fuel (ACTION) to your coffee (YOUR GOALS). Here’s a simple sample –

MY GOAL THIS WEEK:

Beat my fit test numbers from last week

ACTION STEPS:

  1. Message my Accountability Partner and let them know my goal
  2. Google-research tips for doing burpees and push-ups
  3. Foam roll, hydrate, eat clean, and go to bed early this week, especially the day before my fit test
  4. Ask someone who has higher numbers than me what their tricks are for fit test

You can use this method of adding ACTION STEPS to your goals in all areas of your life! Create a new ritual…sit down on Sundays and write out all the things you want in life, then add 3 ACTION STEPS that you can take during the week to get you closer to each one! Then DO THEM!!! Revisit the list every week and be amazed by the way the Universe supports those of us that TAKE ACTION to create the life we want! Boom!

Wishing you an inspired, empowered week full of ACTION! Go get ‘um, Team!

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