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June 2008 Fit Tip

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As human beings we are responsible for our own lives; the decisions we make, not circumstances or conditions will make things happen in our lives–good or bad.  We are what we are today because of the choices we made yesterday.  Look at the word responsibility –“response-ability” –the ability to choose your response.  It’s not what happens to us, but our response to what happens to us that hurts or helps us.

As far as the relationship to health and fitness we have the capacity for control as in other areas of our lives.  We can blame circumstances and conditions for being out of shape, not exercising and making poor nutritional choices such as of lack of time, family/work obligations and other stressful situations or we can look inside, take response-ability for our actions and make things happen. 

Bad day at the office?  We can react by letting it affect our attitude and performance or we can be proactive and produce good quality work.  Sh-t’s gonna happen; but no one can stress you out unless you let them.  It’s your response to that stress that will determine the outcome.  You wonder why you can’t look good in your bathing suit or lose that last 10 pounds?  Reactive people would blame genetics or circumstances while a proactive person would be response-able by making clean food choices and sticking to exercise commitments.  We all have the same 24 hours in a day, it’s what you do with it that counts.  Long day and it’s time for dinner?  Pick up fast food for you and the family or stop at the grocery and get a prepared salad and grilled chicken?  It’s your choice–you have complete control; both take about the same amount of time.  Which will get you closer to your goals?  That is the question to ask yourself.  You are so tired at the end of the day all you want to do is curl up on the couch and watch reruns.  Will that move you closer to your health and fitness goals?  Or do you go to the gym or for a nice, long energizing walk that gets your heart pumping, clears your head and helps to balance your hormones not to mention burn clalories?  Once again the choice is yours and your decision will affect your results.

I don’t know about you but I have certainly made some bad decisions over the couse of my life that pushed me so far away from my goals that I felt like it would take marathon efforts to get back on track, and it did.  But the mistakes and experiences can all be productive if we correct them, learn from them and move forward.  With that in mind, what can you do today to move closer to your health and fitness goals?

Paula Jager
Jaguar Total Fitness
11730 N Dale Mabry
Tampa, FL  33618

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