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Embrace the Suck

Updated: Jul 23, 2019

In March of 2016 the Mayo clinic reported that 2.7% of Americans live a healthy lifestyle.

But what is the definition of a "healthy lifestyle"? Someone who does not smoke, has a daily intake of balanced nutrition, exercises regularly, and keeps a BMI below 20 for men and 30 for women.

And yet...

12% of Americans only eat recommended fruits.

90% of Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.

75% think they eat healthily.

68% gym members don’t use their facility.

80% of us will lose faith in our resolutions by mid February. Hard work has been replaced by fads.


My advice: 

Do your thing each day, one day at a time, not making decisions based off of feelings, but from your authentic self.

It works... if you work it!

You will not change without the challenge, so start getting excited about the challenge daily.

Choose your version of “hard.”

Is the disciplined daily work really hard? Or is it harder to wake up fat, miserable, with low self esteem, avoiding so many situations, and a head full of regret and negative self-talk?

Be the minority in a majority world. That means, when you don’t feel like it YOU DO IT. Reprogram your thinking.

The day you think you’ve arrived, and you say to yourself “I made it,” as that number shines back at you on the scale—is the day you’re headed for disaster.

The truth is that the work never ends. However, it becomes addicting and you’ve learned how to embrace YOUR HARD.

After all, if you are no longer reinforced by the number going down or extrinsic motivation, you’ll fall back into old habits. When the scale does not move anymore, people begin fading with the compliments.

That is when you need to reach for deep intrinsic motivation. This is a process and a fight. And it’s a fight worth winning daily.

Here is some inspiration 

Kelly Killen, BCBA, LBA Advanced Certified Nutrition  Certified Wellness Coach, Spencer InstituteTM KK Wellness Consulting, LLC

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