Sherry A. Phillips

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Can you think your way to fitness?

We’ve all heard that what you think, you become. But can you think your way to being fit and thin?

Everyone knows that losing weight takes more than just thinking the pounds away. However, the truth is that every great accomplishment or success starts with a thought and a plan.

We all must make decisions on a daily basis. Some of these decisions are easy and some require concerted effort on our parts. For instance, starting a new exercise program requires a lot of thought. Sticking with it requires willpower. Desire, dedication and commitment are all factors in our eventual outcome. That is why the brain has so much power over the success of your fitness program.

I used to think I was the only runner who used Jedi mind tricks to get me started and through my runs. Then I read an article in Runner’s World which outlined how other runners get themselves through a run or a marathon and I realized I was not alone!

Some of the things I tell myself:

– In 30 minutes, this will be over and you’ll feel great!

– Just get through song number 4 and you’ll be half-way there!

– Once you’re on the bridge, you’re 2/3 of the way done!

– You did this yesterday, you can do it today!

One of my favorite quotes from the article was a runner who tells herself, “One day I won’t be able to run, today is not that day!” I’ve added that one to my list.

It helps knowing other people struggle with themselves and their commitment to fitness. The key is to not give up, even if you have to “coach” yourself all the way through your workout.

Starting any fitness program takes courage, especially if you’re like I was and let yourself go, both weight-wise and fitness wise. Most people have tried to lose weight and get in shape in the past and failed. They give up. It can be very tough getting past the inside voice telling you you’re a failure. But you must.

Your mind can be your biggest hero or your biggest villain in your quest to be fit and thin. To paraphrase a quote from Mary Kay Ashe, “Those who believe they can and those who believe they can’t, are both right.”

What you believe, you achieve.

If you believe you will be successful and you make a commitment to see it through no matter what and don’t quit, you will accomplish your goal.

However, if you start a fitness program and focus on your past mistakes and in the process convince yourself this time it will again end in failure, you will get what you expect.

Don’t even think about defeat. You should approach your fitness goals, and life, with a positive attitude. The same kind of positive thinking and commitment people like Michael Phelps and Dana Torres possess.

Think about your fitness goals, get motivated and make a commitment. You can have the body you desire. You can achieve the success you want.

Always remember, if you believe it, you can achieve it.

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