You need to go to the gym to get your workout in. The couch and Netflix sounds a lot more appealing instead. Losing weight is a goal but you’re scared that you can’t do it. You care what others will think. You’re just fearful of what could happen.

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There are two things that are holding everyone including yourself back.

They exist in weight loss and in life itself. It’s hardwired in you by your DNA and your habits. They pop up daily. We never really deal with them until we want to change.

In 2011, Angela and I decided to start a weight loss journey. The weight loss journey wasn’t planned. There was no strategy. We just went for it. One day, we just woke up and said we needed a change in our lives. We learned as we went along. No road map was needed. We just drove. 2 years later, we lost 500 pounds.

It seems like instant gratification when described like that but it wasn’t simple. It was a lot of hard work. What that journey lacked was the fear of failing and the existence of laziness.

Fear is something that exists in you.

It’s part of being human. It was designed to keep you away from danger and to flee from it. Unfortunately, fear has become something else. Fear of repeating the past. The fear of the unknown future. Fear of failure. It paralyzes you. It has paralyzed me over and over again. But it doesn’t have to hold you back.

What can you do to get “over” it?

You can’t exactly get over fear. It’s a part of you. You can tame it though. In the book, “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert, The author asks that you should imagine yourself on a road trip. You are the driver of the car. Your creativity is in the front passenger seat. Fear is in the back seat. You need fear because you can’t get rid of it. It’s a sibling of creativity. You have to take both with you on this adventure. Fear can’t hold the road map. It can’t make the decisions. Fear can’t even drive the car. Fear just rides along in the back seat with you.

You can’t let fear drive the car in your life and your weight loss journey. If you do, you will turn around and just go back home. You’re the driver. Enjoy the process. Enjoy the journey.

You’re going to have a few roadblocks along the way. Change directions. Go a different way. Keep moving forward. Don’t let fear stop your road trip in its tracks.

Laziness is a the ultimate form of procrastination.

There’s really no other way to say it. We all procrastinate. Some more than others. We just talk. We talk about how we are going to do this and that. In the end, we don’t put in the effort. Instead, we put things off. If it’s too hard, it gets put on the back burner.

There’s always tomorrow. Tomorrow isn’t really promised though. It’s perfectly fine to relax and reflect once the work has been done. Go to the gym. Meal prep for the week on Sunday. Track your food everyday. Make that your priority. Don’t procrastinate.

Life is just too short to be afraid all the time. Think about a year from now. Where do you want to be? Do you want to be somewhere different or in the same place. If you want change then change. Don’t be fearful. You can’t get lazy. You just have to do work. Because ultimately, no one else is going to do it for you.

What is the one thing that you are afraid doing? What do you procrastinate on the most?

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A Bad Case Of Being Lazy

by Willie on August 2, 2016

in Daily

I want to start off this blog post by saying that I’m sorry. Truly sorry.

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There’s really no good excuse for my large chunks of non writing. If I had to use an excuse, it would be that I was just being lazy.For awhile, I had a daily habit of writing. It didn’t matter what I would write. It would just be pen to paper. In my case, it would be fingers to phone keyboard.

That completely stopped a few weeks ago.

I’m not sure why. I just felt like I had nothing to say. That completely goes against the habit of writing for the sake of writing which I was doing.

Honestly, laziness set in. The blog started suffering. My food tracking suffered. My exercise even suffered minus my marathon training.

Life is all about doing, failing and repeating. I’ve done that plenty with many things including the blog.

I’ll get this right eventually. I just have to keep doing. I’ll fail from time to time. Then, I’ll just repeat.

That’s my message to you. We have two resistance genes in our body. They come from either fear or laziness. You can overcome both but we all eventually steer towards one or the other or even both.

It’s a new month. A fresh start to make things work in your favor. What are you going to do today to make tomorrow better? Take it one day at a time.

What do you want to improve about yourself in the month of August?

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Our Next Chapter

July 7, 2016

Originally, I was going to write about the past week of marathon training. Instead, I’m sidelining that idea to talk about something bigger. There’s been so much going on in my life as of late. If you haven’t heard the news, Angela and I are having a baby. She announced it on her blog on […]

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Chicago Marathon Training Week 3: Treadmill Running

June 27, 2016

Have you ever ran 10 or more miles on a treadmill in one session? I did…on Friday night. The things you do to get your planned run done. Let’s jump back to the beginning of the week first. This is week 3 of marathon training. Everything is going according to plan. Most of you probably […]

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Chicago Marathon Training Week 2: Beat The Heat

June 20, 2016

It’s June. It’s the first day of summer and we’re feeling the heat. There’s no denying that. Week 2 of marathon training is still going smoothly. My marathon training plan suggests that I run at least 4 times a week. The plan is no problem. I actually enjoy it. I am not enjoying the hot […]

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3 Daily Habits That Will Improve Your Life

June 15, 2016

I’m horrible with keeping habits. I can truly admit that. I start a new habit and then I will stop practicing that habit a week later. It’s a horrible flaw that I have. A few weeks ago, I started making an effort to really track my habits. I wanted to keep a record of the […]

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Weight Loss and Marathon Training Are Similar

June 13, 2016

I never thought that I would say that I’m running yet another marathon. I thought I was completely done with them. I will be running Chicago Marathon in October. But I won’t be running by myself. I’m running on behalf of charity. Action For Healthy Kids to be exact. Angela ran for them last year and […]

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Eating Is The Hardest Part of Weight Loss

June 8, 2016

You always hear this one piece of advice when someone informs you on how to lose weight: “To lose weight, you have to eat less and move more”. Seriously? Is it that simple? If everyone did that then we would all be fit and healthy. I like to eat. Plain and simple. I’m know that […]

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You Just Need A Healthy Useful Break

June 6, 2016

It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Sometimes you just need a healthy useful break from the world.  Have you ever felt like you didn’t have much to say? You didn’t have much you wanted to do? That’s how I was feeling. Instead of writing mindless and uninteresting blog posts, I took a break to clear my […]

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How To Unlock Your Why To See Weight Loss

April 13, 2016

You want to see weight loss but don’t know if you can. You want to start a new career but you’re afraid to start over. Any major decisions in your life always starts with a why. Just think about any major decision that you’ve made recently? What about any decision that you’ve made in general? […]

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