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Steps to Success

Most people start a fitness program because of two reasons: to lose weight or "tone up". There are those that will be successful in achieving their goals and for others it is a struggle. I often find myself thinking about what determines a persons' ability to succeed in reaching their goals. When we have the Fitness Challenges at the gym, it is very obvious what the successful Challengers' do to achieve weight loss, inches lost and body fat reduction.

The #1 reason is: commitment to the task at hand and unwavering consistency in both their nutrition plan and their workouts. You simply cannot make significant changes to your body without hard work – it is that simple and that hard! There is a saying, "You can't out train a bad diet"

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And that is so true. It doesn't matter how hard you work in the gym, or how often you work out. But, if you follow up your workouts with bad nutrition or no nutrtion at all (starvation diets), then you are doomed to fail.

Let's take a look at some other tips for success that I feel are the backbone of necessary if you hope to become fit and fabulous:

Nutrition Tips:

Eat breakfast every day! Do not skip this meal. You must start the furnace burning (your metabolism)
Eat protein at every meal and rotate your protein sources
Eat a fruit and/or vegetable at every meal and snack
Eliminate all processed foods period!
Do not drink fruit juices – water, water and more water!

Workout Tips:

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Do not miss workouts. Consistency is the key.
Make time for your workouts. Yes, we are all busy. But, the ones who are successful in making changes to their body make the time to workout instead of coming up with excuse after excuse why they can't.
"I don't have time to exercise" – just doesn't cut it. Make the time! This is your life! This is your health!
Learn to priorize – fitting in your workout is essential and paramount to your success – no excuses – make it happen!

How To Workout:

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Include strength training in your program at least 3 days a week
Lose the aerobic classes – they are not only inefficient but useless for weight loss – we want the EPOC effect.
Increase the intensity – get out of your comfort zone – learn to work hard!
It is not going to be easy but it will get results – what do you want – easy or fit and fabulous – your choice!
Make every workout count every single time – otherwise you just wasted an opportunity!

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Making change is always a struggle; some changes more than others. But first and foremost you must decide if you want the change. If you want it bad enough, you will make it happen. If you are really ready to take charge, then now is the time. Do not let anyone or anything sway you from your path. This is your life – take charge, be accountable. Surround yourself with positive people; seek out help. Make it happen – now!

Till next time,
Narina

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