I don’t know about you, but today is a day too late to remember what I should’ve have done yesterday… In fact having the last week off and not having my normal routine has put a stop to my momentum. I haven’t stepped on the scale and weighed this much in months… I know I ate way too much food yesterday. Drank to much and ate more cookies and desert than I’ve had the entire rest of the year.

I have no one to blame other than myself. I knew what I was doing every time I went back to get more to eat or drink. I felt how full I was after breakfast and then I just ate lunch because it was there. No matter how bad I did though, today is a new day. It’s too late to regret and dwell on what I should have done. It is only a time to get back on the horse and restart.

Consistency and momentum are 2 of the most important aspects of success. Have you ever heard the phrase: “It’s ok, one bad day will not make or break you.”? Tough part is, yes it will. Think about it for a second.

If you are cruising along and run out of gas, how far behind will that put you behind on your trip? Quite a bit even if you fix the issue quickly.You still lose time and waste energy getting yourself back on the road again. Fitness is much like this.

I had a ton of momentum from the last 3 months of so. I have been working my tail off with CrossFit and running, but the most important part is I had been handling my food better than ever! After the last week, I have ruined 3 months of work with one week of losing focus… I’m not even worried about the scale. I’m talking about my confidence, the way my body feels like it has been poisoned with junk food and drink. Today is the 1st day in a long time I have canceled my alarm and missed a scheduled workout. To me, this is completely unacceptable behavior.

There is an upside though. It brought my goals back into focus and I now have more clarity. Sometimes I need a stark reminder on why I changed my life. I need my body and mind to feel like I’ve lost everything. I won’t wait until Monday or the new year to start getting back on track. I choose today. Yesterday is gone and I can’t do anything about it and dwelling on it is useless.

Remember the same wrong step that can stop your momentum? Well, the same one step is what will put you back on track. By taking “right” step today that you should have taken yesterday is how you get back on track. One of Newton’s Laws of Motion (I’m not a scientist and have no idea which one) states that “Objects in motion tend to stay in Motion and Objects at rest tend to stay at rest unless they are acted upon by an outside force.” Sound familiar in regards to fitness?

One day, good or bad can have little to no affect on your fitness or it can change your life forever. It is your decision and yours alone.I’m different from most other people when it comes to the new year, goals, new year resolution, timing, etc. I set my 2016 goals in October and started taking action when I set them.

Don’t set a resolution, set a concrete set of goals and start taking action right now. Don’t wait for next week to get going. Don’t give up at your 1st sign of failure. Goals should be hard and out of reach. They should take consistent hard work to accomplish. If I would have set easy and achievable goals, I would not be where I am right now. Do you know how many “new year resolutions” I messed up in regards to fitness? More than I can count. But, when I said enough is enough and made the decision to start taking action right here right now, I have succeeded beyond my wildest dreams.

Please take this special opportunity to take the 1st step right now. Today can be the day that turns your life around. Today can be the day you look at yourself in the mirror and say I’ve had enough. I will do anything to change the direction of my sails. I will not be a circumstance of my past. I am the only person in charge of my future and I know I am the only person that can step out that front door to get more exercise.

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great!” (I’ve heard this quote referenced to at least 6 sales trainers…)

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas! And from my family to yours, we wish for you to accomplish your wildest hopes and dreams in 2016 and beyond!!! Gary

Published by Gary Stotler

Gary Stotler is a father, running, fitness, weight loss and personal development addict. Formally 400 pounds, Gary has naturally lost 200 pounds, created a coaching & speaking business and has become a 100 mile ultra-runner. Holding a degree in Psychology & Sociology, certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer, mindset & behavioral modification coaching, a certification in DISC personality assessment coaching and he is a certified speaker, coach & mentor with the John Maxwell Team. Gary firmly believes, if we take One Step at a Time, nothing is impossible. He is determined to let his actions show people what is possible and hopes to help you shake up your thoughts, change your actions and create your future.

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