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Success is not a straight line

Good morning Sleeks,

This week I have been thinking a lot about the diagram above. I often use it as a way to understand being en entrepreneur and running a business.

It is no different for your health results.

I think the biggest risk to a person losing the fight for health is by throwing in the towel when they are frustrated. Maybe because they slipped up. Maybe because it is easier not to fight. Maybe because their goal is not that important to them.

They want the health journey to be a simple hassle free straight line.

I am sorry to break it to you but the pursuit of healthy is something you actively fight for everyday.

Some you win and some you lose. Simply aim to win more.ย 

Ups and downs

Then last night Etienne du Bruyn posted this progress image on the Facebook group and you will notice that despite his incredible journey and results he talks about lots of “Ups and Downs”.

Which reflects reality.

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How this topic resonates with me personally is that like everyone else I have my rough patches.

Nobody can always be on top form.

Over the last few weeks I have focused hard on my training for the 2 Oceans Half Marathon but my eating has not been as up to scratch as normal.

I can see it on my physique. Something I am not pleased about right now.

Like you I am a human being and somewhere in me still lurks the emotional eater that made me fat. Recently I have been a little too liberal in eating the things my body does not need.

However I am not stressed because I know my limits. I know that my goal is the pursuit of health and I know that despite the odd hiccup that I am committed to getting the things I want in life. I know that setbacks and challenges are a part of the journey. I know I will never give up.ย 

You attain an incredible sense of calm when you believe that you will always keep pursuing your long term goal despite any setbacks. This mindset offers comfort.

Many people are filled with angst and beat themselves up. Once you realise that is a lifetime pursuit and a winding road you will take it all ย in your stride and more likely succeed in the long run. Do it calmly.

A very useful tool for me is to know my limits which I am simply not prepared to compromise on.

It could be a specific number of kgs on the scale. It could be how you fit a certain item of clothing. A belly tape measurement. It is up to you.

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When I hit one of those limits I catch a very quick wakeup and implement a plan to keep moving forward. I am simply not allowed to pass that point. It is not an option.

The trick is over time to shift those limits as you progress. Maybe your limit used to be 95kgs, then that becomes 90kgs, then 85kgs. You get the point.

This way you make sure that you are always moving forward.

The reason why being vigilant with this kind of thing is that it is too easy to slip back and regress. It can happen slowly and gradually and you can hardly be aware of it. Before you know it you wonder how you slipped so far.

So you need to be vigilant and aware.

Your goal should be to always move forward, staying the same is ok but moving backwards should raise alarm bells.

When those alarm bells go off you simply MUST take action.

You must fight.

 

 

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