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June 14, 2009


It’s June—where did the month of May go?!  It went quickly for me, as I was getting ready for a big trip to Asia (which I enjoyed very much).  However, it’s always nice to come back home and get back into the swing of things.  Sometimes it’s good to completely switch things up and do something completely out of the norm—it is how I break out of ruts and gather new motivation!

While on vacation, I read one of my favorite running books by the late George Sheehan, called “Running and Being”.  If you enjoy running and like it more than most people, I highly recommend this book.

Anyway, as I was reading this book, I was itching to get back to the US and continue my training.  I started to run a bit faster on my normal “jogs” and I could feel my cardiovascular endurance being strengthened.  It took a vacation and two full weeks off of running to get me motivated and ready to jump back into training again! Sounds strange, but I missed running so much while away!

What motivates you?

Someone recently asked me what I do if someone loses motivation or is not achieving the results that I’d like to see.  I used to beat myself up about this, but now I know that I can only do so much to motivate someone—the real motivation must come from within.

I can tell you what to do inside and outside of the gym, what to eat, and what books to read, but unless there is a willingness and a drive to get to one’s goal, there isn’t much I can do to get the person there (as much as I would like to believe I can).  I have trained people for a few months who jump on the bandwagon very quickly, others take more time.  It’s a very individual process.

If you are lacking motivation right now, ask yourself why.  Why do you keep sabotaging yourself? Are you not doing your homework, which could be anything from working on the mental and emotional aspects of weight loss and behavior to joining a fitness class that you are crazy about.

I always have felt that if you have deep rooted issues that you haven’t dealt with, your weight loss will be temporary or will always be a struggle.

I have yet to finish the book, but I recently came across an incredible weight loss story that is so simple yet so profound—the book is called “The Gabriel Method” By Jon Gabriel.  He tells his tale of his incredible weight loss journey and what he did to get there.  He not only addressed the weight issues but other deep rooted issues that he had to hurdle before the weight dropped off, pound after pound.  Take a look at the website!

The reason I am bringing this up again is because I want everyone that has a goal or desire to become a healthier version of themselves to succeed! I truly want you to become the person you’ve always imagined yourself to be—it truly makes me happy to see others accomplish things that they never thought imaginable.

What is your next goal? Drop me a line and let me know!

I’m running 5k’s and hopefully another marathon within the year! I know I said I wouldn’t do it again, but if you know anything about marathoners, we always say that. 🙂

Be the best you can be! Don’t waste another day!

Happy June!


One Comment leave one →
  1. tom permalink
    March 2, 2011 8:13 pm

    I’ve read a number of running books though I’m not a “real” runner like some, I can do a 5/10 K…but I know you must have read “born to run”, everyone has read it, published only a few years ago, has got hundreds of reviews at amazon which I think is a good barometer, I’ve read say, Chi Running and if it has a dozen reviews, that’s good. What’s interesting about ‘born to run’ is what it may say about shoes, stretching and all that.

    Oh, and isn’t a main character in the book Scott Jurek, interesting Ultra Runner, certainly not my deal, I’m lucky to be able to be well rested and run 5 miles.

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