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4 Dangers of Lazy Living?

LazinessWant to lose weight? Are you the kind of person who would just do better if someone else would cook for you, or at least just tell you what to eat? You aren’t alone. It’s called being lazy – and we ALL have a lazy bone that wishes dieting could be easier. Are we really going to let laziness rule our life? Seriously? We KNOW the reward is great, so why would we let a few food prep and calorie-logging steps get in our way?

We are lazy creatures. We want to be spoon fed. We don’t even want to read information now – we want to hear it or watch it on TV, because reading would take too much effort. We prefer to be forced to do the right thing because making the decision to do the right thing on our own would also be too much work. Even people at church want to be given a really good word from the pulpit to last them all week because they are too lazy to open the Bible and actually get a word from God themselves. Here are 4 ways laziness gets us in trouble.

Knowledge quote1. We do not apply what we learn. We constantly seek more information, when we aren’t even applying what we have already heard. James 1:22 says “be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Of course it’s talking about the word, being the Bible. However, I believe we can learn from this and apply it to many areas of our life. How often are we searching for new recipes, new workouts and new fitness toys when we already know what to eat, know what to do and have enough fitness tools to do it? Normally, the difference between someone who is getting results and someone who isn’t is the person getting results is actually applying what they have have already learned. While the person who isn’t getting results is only applying SOME of what they’ve learned, and still in search of an easier route or a shortcut.

big-boned-exercise-cartoon2. We have selective hearing. When we choose to have selective hearing, and only apply what we like while ignoring the stuff we don’t like, we are deceiving ourselves. We live life pretending we are doing everything right, because we are doing some stuff right. This is a VERY bad habit. Why? First, you begin to believe the lie that you are doing “everything” you can. That’s not true. You are doing everything you WANT to do, but not everything you SHOULD do. Second, as we decide to pick and choose what we want to apply, we become more susceptible to false teaching and gimmicks. This applies both to our fitness and diet, as well as our spiritual journey. You don’t get to pick and choose truth. Truth is truth and if you ignore the truth long enough, you will begin to fall for any lie. You must apply all the principles to get the results you want – not just some of them. However, many people find themselves working hard in the gym (because they don’t mind that part), yet ignoring calories (because that is too much work) – and they wonder why they can’t lose the weight. If you want to succeed, you have to decide to apply EVERYTHING you learn, not just some of it.

Diet Cartoon3. You never really learn what is necessary to make fitness a lasting lifestyle. If you take short cuts, you are missing out on gaining more knowledge. Eating Lean Cuisines instead of learning out to prepare and weigh food, and count calories keeps you in bondage to boxed foods. As soon as you are left to cook or eat out, you will be lost. There is a certain amount of “homework” required to the fitness lifestyle. You must make the extra effort to measure food, weigh it, research foods, count calories, look up healthy recipes, study workouts, learn proper form, research supplements and study nutrition if you really want to KNOW how to live healthy. Sadly, people don’t want to know anything. They want to get healthy with limited knowledge. This is why people say “just tell me what to do” or “tell me what to eat”. Just telling someone what to do or eat sets them up for long-term failure. The best way to make fitness a lifestyle is to invest time in gaining the knowledge you need to KNOW how to live healthy (not pretend to live healthy). Think about how much time you waste surfing facebook or watching TV, where you gain NO knowledge. Don’t you think you are worth the investment?

too busy to exercise4. You make life harder than it has to be. ironically, we waste more and energy time trying shortcuts than if we did everything the right (and often longer) way. Proverbs 12:24 says “The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.” I think this passage is interesting because what it tells me is lazy people will be FORCED to work even harder. It’s funny how easy life is when we suck it up and just do what we are supposed to do. It’s when we try to avoid work, we often have to work much harder. I’ve personally experienced this time after time – especially with home improvement projects. I can’t count the number of times I had to either completely do something over again because I was trying to cut corners.

You can do MOREWhat this scripture also tells me is that I will be more in control if I am diligent. How many of us want to be in control of our lives? Of course our life really is in God’s hands, but there are many things we can control – and exercise and diet falls in that category. Do you really want to be FORCED to labor – possibly doing what you don’t even want to do? Or do you want to take control and choose what you are willing to do? Unfortunately, many people wait until it’s too late and the doctor tells them they need to make changes or they are going to die. You can decide now, or someone will decide for you later. Either way, we really can’t avoid work. It’s a part of life – so you might as well take control now.

Have you been guilty of trying short cuts, waiting on an easier way or only applying some of what you have learned? Save a lot of time and energy, and each your goal faster, by doing fitness the right way – applying what you have learned, and continuing to learn something new every day! You will be SO glad you did!! Your only regret will be that you wish you did it sooner!!

Motivational Quote:

You can do more

Fitness Motivation: 10 Quotes to Beat Laziness

Laziness quoteFrench author, Jules Renard, nailed this quote – and while I’m sure he wasn’t talking about working out here, laziness is a plague that truly causes death if it isn’t attended too. It can kill a career, a marriage, your health, and your dreams.

While most people would argue they are tired, even if they don’t do hard labor, often times they are only too tired to start working out because they are not healthy. Fitness revs the metabolism and GIVES us energy – it doesn’t take it away. Fitness makes us stronger, healthier, fitter. It helps us sleep better so we are able to get the rest we need to handle life’s stresses. It helps us relieve pinned up stress, frustration and anger in a productive healthy way. Fitness may be work, but it’s rewarding work.

fitness motivationIf you are too tired to workout, you are avoiding the very thing you need most. Don’t rest before you are truly tired. And if you already workout regularly, be careful not to rest DURING your workouts before you actually REALLY need it.

Push your body, and watch it change, improve and be the body you need to make it through this life STRONG, CONFIDENT, ENERGIZED, RESILIENT AND UNSTOPPABLE! Because laziness won’t get you any of those things!

10 Famous Quotes About Laziness

  • fitness motivationI’d be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I’d been given. I’d be more frightened by procrastination and laziness. Denzel Washington 
  • We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas A. Edison
  • Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction. Anne Frank 
  • Folks who never do any more than they get paid for, never get paid for any more than they do.” Elbert Hubbard
  • Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. Lord Chesterfield 
  • The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. King Solomon, (Proverbs 13:4
  • People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them. Tony Robbins 
  • The slacker does not plow during planting season; at harvest time he looks, and there is nothing. King Solomon, (Proverbs 20:4) 
  • Fanatic is often the name given to people of action by people who are lazy. Bryant H. McGill 
  • For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Paul, (Hebrews 12:11)

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30 Days of Motivation: Ready, Set, NO-GO!

Ready Set GOSo, if you’re like me, you’re ready to get the weight off from the holidays, or maybe you need to lose a few pounds you’ve collected over the years. Either way, you’ve probably set some goals and are ready to get started – at least your brain is.

My brain says, “I am sick of feeling fat. I’m tired of clothes not fitting like I want them to fit. I’m tired of feeling tired and crappy. I’m tired of looking bad and feeling bad. I really love feeling fit and looking my best” And, although all those thoughts fill my head, which SHOULD motivate me to make a change, my body says I DON’T WANNA!“.

Let’s GO!

Didn’t my body get the memo? Why is my body not fired up to get this fitness party started?! Well, I dug deep to uncover some of the reasons why I think our body is so slow to join our brain and begin to tackle our goals.

1. FAT PROBLEM

 images-1When we’re heavy, we’re sluggish and sometime even depressed. Our body is slow to respond to our brain’s desire to be fit because our body isn’t convinced it has what it takes to do what’s required. We know it will take work, and our body isn’t thrilled about it. We don’t even like the way we look in our workout clothes, which is another downer. If we don’t like what we see in the mirror, our knee-jerk reaction is to pout and hide. The more we hide and pout, the more depressed we get because our brain knows what to do, but our body isn’t ready to do it. Then we have to deal with guilt on top of fat.

SOLUTION: Our first mistake is thinking working out is an option. We can’t wait to “feel” like working out. We just have to start doing it, whether we feel like it or not. As we get in a routine, our body will begin to change and pep up. Exercise naturally improves our thoughts and fights depression. After a few days of regular exercise, our body will begin to look and feel better. The more comfortable we get in our skin, the more confident and extroverted we become. Once we start getting these results, they will keep us going after that.

2. PRIDE PROBLEM: 

weak gymWhen we’ve been in better shape before, it’s easy to think people will notice how much we’ve slipped, and that is embarrassing. We know when we grab a set of dumbbells that we’ll probably have to lift lighter and not be able to go as hard as we once did. That too gives our pride another big hit.

SOLUTION: I hate to break it to you, nobody cares. Seriously, no one cares how much we lift or how fast we run. Most people won’t even notice what we’re doing. We are the only one that’s let down, so we have to get over it. Our body bounces back fast. If we were once very fit, but now we aren’t, our body will respond quickly – as long as we just get our butt to the gym and stay consistent. But if we want to succeed, we need to leave our pride at home.

3. ENERGY PROBLEM: 

fat and depressed

When we eat poorly and gain weight, we get lazy. We lack the energy to “feel” like working out – and laziness breeds more laziness, so the more we give into those lazy feelings, the worse we get.

SOLUTION: The first step to breaking the lazy cycle is eating healthy, low-calorie small meals. Smaller meals take less energy to digest, so we will have more energy to do other things (like exercise). Healthy fuel (food) also gives improves our energy levels and will power us through our workouts. Eating often (every 3 hours) keeps our metabolism up so we are more energized throughout the day. Once we get our fuel down, we can have better workouts – and the combination of the two will provide a powerhouse of energy.

4. TIRED PROBLEM: 

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While energy often stems from poor food choices, being tired may not have less to do with food and more to do with activity. Many people struggle with being too tired to workout, especially after a long hard day at work. When we are tired, we tend to be less active. We eat more, and drink more. The more we eat and drink, the more tired and stressed we become. We gain weight, which wears our body out, and we become more stressed, which wears us out even more. The added stress causes us to lose sleep. When we lose sleep, our body gets run down and we get sick more.

SOLUTION: Workouts with intense bursts of intensity boost both our mood and energy. Consistent challenging exercise improves sleep so we are more rested and energized through out the day. Exercise also helps relieve stress and release pinned up anger and frustrations. As our energy increases, so does our productivity. We will perform better at work and we’ll discover that the discipline in the gym will overflow in other parts of our lives. All in all, the one hour in the gym will improve how we spend the other 23 hours a day and we’ll be able to handle work, stress, hard labor and many other obstacles with much more ease.

5. BUSY PROBLEM

too busy

We’re all busy, so it’s super easy to come up with a long list of responsibilities that get in the way of our workout. But, we can busy ourself right into the grave if we’re not careful.

SOLUTION: If we have a busy problem, we likely have a priority problem. We are “letting” our current life get in the way of our future life. We know what we want, but we aren’t prioritizing our schedule so that we get there. If we get better with managing our time, we can be better at managing our weight and workouts. Time management is a requirement for anyone who wants to get fit. We can’t just expect to have time left at the end of the day. We have to limit time we waste on other stuff and make time to invest in our future. We just need to make every minute count.

No matter what your problem is, the solution is the same. Just Show Up Anyway.

My Mantra Pic for DAY 4 of 30 Days of Motivation:

just show up

Tips to Fighting Procrastination & Lazies, my own personal battle

➤➤➤➤➤ MY STORY: FIGHTING THE LAZIES

Yesterday I was hard at work on our local BCx Boot Camp schedule, which started about 6:30am. I had every intension of doing my morning run – even to the point I put on my running clothes, only to sit right back down and get back on my computer, check email, work on more BCx stuff, tweet and drink coffee.

TICK TOCK
As the morning got brighter, of course it got hotter. Then I decided that I’d do BCx in the cool indoors. That was a passing thought after I decided to check my email again and saw my inbox was flooded with BCx questions and had more work to do. Suddenly (funny how time can fly) I look at the clock and it’s 12:30pm! Geeesh!  By this time I decided I need to clear my head and just have some “me time” so I decided to hit the beach for a few hours. It was beautiful and breezy – a perfect day!

GUILTY CONSCIENCE 
So, when I got back home Steve had just walked through the door from his Live Exercise shows in Boca Raton. He asked me if I had a good day and I honestly couldn’t say yes. WHY? I went to the BEACH?! You would have thought that would have turned any bad day into a good one. Well here’s why. I was disappointed in myself for not working out and I felt sloppy, fat and lazy!

It was now 5:00pm – and anyone who has gone to the beach knows how tired and lazy you are after soaking up the relaxing rays. I was completely lazy at this point. I had NO energy or drive to train. Then Steve says he’s going to the gym to do arms. Geeeesh! He just did 3 killer workout shows, drove 1 1/2 hours home and is hitting the gym. (He’s truly a fitness freak if I ever saw one). I said “have a good workout” and kissed him goodbye (thinking, I am not even interested in going to the gym right now. Good luck with that). ha!

MY TALK WITH MYSELF (Yes, I do that, don’t send me to the funny farm just yet!)
All of 5 minutes passed and then I had a talk with myself. Bonnie” I said, “You KNOW you need to workout today. You KNOW you’ll feel better if you do it and you KNOW you need it. You KNOW your body will feel firmer and you’ll feel more confident in your bikini tomorrow. You KNOW you are shooting a video in 5 days and NEED to actually look like a fitness professional. You KNOW you’ll be happy you did it…” and then I replied, “ALRIGHT ALREADY! I HEAR YOU AND YOU ARE RIGHT DAGUMMIT!”

STRUGGLING THROUGH THE WORKOUT
SO, I put on my music, cranked up the volume as I started pulling up my torture, I mean program, of choice. I needed to do lower body so I chose my Baby Got Back workout. Honestly, 20 jumping jacks in I started to wake up. My body was cracking and popping – fighting me every step of the way, but my mind was digging it. Before you know it, one “mission” was down and I was feeling better.

By my second mission (that’s what us BCx peeps call our intense circuits), I was revved and felt like I could do this thing and fight my desire to totally be lazy. 120 squats later – feeling tight, firm, pumped! 25 Burpees, oh yeah! Felt good! Then off to do the butt work. 25 more burpees then Bridges – oh my! My hamstrings were LOVING these exercises. Then I hit what I call a “content phase”. This is when I talk myself into thinking, “I’ve done good enough, I don’t have to finish it. That was more than I planned on doing” – and I ALMOST gave in!!

Then I had a little talk with myself again, “You know you won’t feel as good if you quit early. You know you’ll feel guilty and won’t have that sense of accomplishment. It’s only one more set and a few more burpees. Really Bonnie? You hate Geronimos that much? Come on you wimp! You are so better than that! Come on – just  a little more and you’ll feel like a ROCKSTAR!” I replied “Ok, Ok! I’ll do it, I know (again) you are right. I am a BUFFOON! I’ll do it!

THE LESSON
I share this with you because this stuff happens to the best of us and the ONLY way to combat it is to stop and weigh the facts. The FACT is I knew in my heart I needed the workout, I knew I would feel so much better and I knew I just needed to do it whether I felt like it or not. So once I weighed my options I also knew I would be a complete tard if I didn’t do it. Honestly, at this point – I would have been rebellious, lazy and disobedient to myself.

➤➤➤➤➤ TIPS TO HELP YOU REACH YOUR GOALS

TRUTH & INSPIRATION – RIGHT IT DOWN
God tells us to take care of ourselves, not to be lazy and not lose hope. He also reminds us to keep important things close – especially His Word and His Promises. If I had been to busy to actually “think about working out” I probably wouldn’t have. So, instead of solely relying on me to talk myself into working out, I really should have those truths and my goals IN MY FACE to remind me of my goals and keep me on track all the time.

Tony Robbins and Zig Zigglar got nuthin’ on God when it comes to being a Life Coach. Here’s a tip straight from scripture: It’s about a man named Habakkuk, who had a vision. God tells him to right it down clearly on tablets so he, and everyone else, could see it (Habakkuk 2:2-3). I believe He did this for a couple reasons. ONE, he wanted Habakkuk to keep that vision close to him so he didn’t lose sight of it and TWO, he wanted others to see it so they could support it. Sometimes we try to attempt stuff alone – like setting closet goals. I believe we are most successful when we “write our vision down on tablets” for all to see. WE need to see it daily, and so do others. Our families can be more supportive – PLUS you never know who will jump on board with you and also adopt your vision for their vision too.

DON’T LOSE HOPE
He even says, “It may seem like a long time, but be patient and wait for it, because it will surely come.” God knows we all need encouragement and no matter what our vision is. If it’s weight loss, a personal battle, success, or something God’s working out in your life – God knows we need a reminder to stay focused and know, if we are obedient, it will come.

God knows how hard it is to keep our vision close to us. And you thought some Life Coach was the first to tell people to write stuff down. ha! God knows we get easily side-tracked (He created us – duh! I think He knows us best! ha!), we get lazy and we often just plain out get lost. Whatever your vision is, it’s NOT going to be something you “want” to chase every day. You will have to force yourselves to be obedient to moving forward. Just remember, to keep your vision close and clear, and continue striving for it daily whether you feel like it or not.

If you feel like you are losing your vision, getting lazy or need a boost, try getting refocused. Draw your goals close, post them for all to see, and remember to be patient because it will surely come!


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