How BIG is Your BUT?

How Big is Your But?

January as a month is long, cold and dark!  As we wrap ourselves up and brace the weather there seems to be a general malaise of knuckling-down and getting through. We even have a day called ‘Blue Monday’ purported to be the most depressing day of the year.
Therefore loving New Year but disliking January seems like an oxymoron!

SO WHY IS JANUARY SO GRIM?

January could be viewed as the month we feel the most stress. Financial stress as we deal with our post Christmas bank balance. Physical stress as our body manifest the results of all the excesses from the holiday season. And emotional stress as we see our resolutions and goals fade into a cacophony of buts.

Statistics tell us that the majority will have abandoned their New Year’s Resolution by January 10th.

I would like to rebrand January as the month where we encounter our Buts!

How big is your But?

You see I think there is a trick to setting goals. Firstly, set outrageous ones!! Keep them visible and focus on them at least once a day.

I used to set very realistic goals – I did not want to be disappointed! Then I read ‘Think and Grow Rich’  which taught how to set bigger goals and focus on them every day.  I also learned about the law of diminishing intent!  This law suggests that we loose momentum every seven to ten days – so it is important to factor into your goal setting – motivators every 7 – 10 days. After all it is never really about achieving your goals. The purpose of goals is to have a focus and observe who we become as we move towards them.  The process changes us and keeps us in a state of growth.

The worst enemy to any goal is one very powerful word: ‘BUT’!

So at what point in January did you encounter your But?

I encounter it most January mornings when it is cold and raining and I don’t want to leave my warm bed. I have to make the reason I get up bigger than the warmth and comfort I feel staying in my bed. The bed analogy serves to show the contrast between making effort and staying comfortable. This principal can be applied to any goal we set where we have to exert some effort. It is very easy to opt out and let our self off the hook. The key is to make your goal compelling enough to shift from ‘but’ to ‘I will… I have… I am…’

Here are some of the biggest buts I have come across:

But I am too tired…
But I don’t workout…
But I don’t have the money…
But I’ve tried everything and nothing works…
But I’m just meant to stay this way…
But I don’t like being outside my comfort zone…
But I’m fine just the way I am…
But I don’t like shakes…
But this is my addiction…
But I never went to University…
But I’m too old now…
But I’m too young…
But I’ve got a bad back…

But I love food…
But I can’t until I loose some weight and get fitter…
But it’s not my fault…
But I have kids…
But I’m not interested…
But I don’t have the confidence…
But I’m afraid…
But I can’t wait that long…
But what will people think of me…
But I don’t want to offend anybody…
But I find it really difficult to say no…
But what if I fail…
But what if nobody likes me…
But maybe I should just settle for what is familiar…
But I’m scared…
But what if nobody comes…
But what if nobody likes me…
But what if I upset somebody…
But I won’t know anybody…
But what if they make fun of me…
But this is not my skill set…
But what if I am a success…

We all have BUTs – question is how big is yours? And do you let your BUT control your life?

So if I rebranded January to be the month of BUTs – when we hear it – realize that we are about to have a break-through and find a way of celebrating instead of deliberating. Don’t’ allow the BUTs to defeat us, excuse us or divert us.

Hold the vision up – focus on it and know that tomorrow is another day and decide the New Year and your goals can start any day of the year. Don’t give up on your goals if by January 31st you have not started yet. You will start to move towards your goals when you are ready and once you start laugh your BUT in the face and give it the biggest kick in the BUTT!

Happy New Year! AND Happy New You!  I can tell you now my BUT does not look good in this!

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Happy New Year – Happy New You!

I love New Year – Letter Go AND Looking Forward!

I believe the best is yet to come! As I approach my 59th year I have decided to meet it head on and remove any glimpse of shame. From about the age of 31 I have been avoiding the question of age. There were times (in my past) where I tried to pass myself off as younger – from 5 to 10 years and once a whole two years. (I guess I was having a very strange day!) Being in denial did not just play itself out with age it was also connected to my weight.

My 50s I would sum up as the decade where I started to avoid mirrors (unless the lighting was very flattering) and scales. I had gained weight and I was struggling with my identity because I had always been thin, svelt, skinny, lanky and at times down right gaunt. As a former Las Vegas showgirl this served me well most of the time (except the time when I was threatened with the sack if I did not gain weight).

In 2017 I decided to participate in something called the Isabody Challenge. This is run by a company called Isagenix and requires before and after shots with 90 days optimum nutritional cleansing. I am now on my second challenge, and I have lost 22lbs and 26 inches. I finally achieved the goal I had held for 10 years. More than the weight loss is the feeling of satisfaction I have knowing I can achieve anything I set my heart to. I have a new life style, a new attitude and (without feeling smug or cocky) an overall feeling of well-being and confidence.

I am sharing this because I want to encourage any of you that want to take control of their health and weight to do it now! Invest in yourself.  Set some goals and start moving towards them. As I said it took me six months but the process is so fabulous. Getting a strong focus and the feeling of certainty and deep, deep satisfaction. Whatever method you choose you can do it. I choose Isagenix and I believe this is a wonderful company to align with. If you would like to learn more, please do not delay, get in touch and I will talk you through, support you and cheer you every inch of the way. The benefits are more than just loosing weight – I now have:

  • Increased vitality and energy.
  • More productive hours in the day.
  • I have released (22 lbs) and (26 inches).
  • I feel stronger and enjoy exercise (running, yoga, tennis and lots more).
  • My hair and skin feel amazing. No hair shedding as well as sleek and soft texture.
  • Bright and breezy in the morning.
  • Sleep better and therefore less is needed.
  • Raised confidence and self-esteem.
  • Hot flashes/flushes considerably reduced.

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Happy New Year and I hope that 2018 you are blessed with good health, wealth, vitality and lots and lots of love.

As always it is my pleasure and gift to you to share in this wonderful community of Fit, Fabulous and 50+ women and men. 2018 is going to be an amazing year, align yourself with the leaders of the pack and celebrate, celebrate, celebrate!!!

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