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Exercise Motivation Week 8 – Mining for Gems and Setting SMARTER Goals


Last week we set some SMART goals based upon readiness to change. I have only one question this week: 

What was your best learning from last week’s goals?

Less of a concern is if you achieved them or not. Yes, that is important.

For kind of true success we have been talking about – most important is what you learned.

Many times we can get so caught up in the “score” – did I win or lose this week – that we forget that learning how to play the game is how we get more “wins” in the future.

What does a good sports coach do after a game? Study the game to figure out what happened, whether it was a win or a loss.   Just tallying up wins and losses can be fun if you are winning. The real pay off comes from learning, not just winning  

Bill Gates says,  Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning

Mr. Gates certainly knows what he is talking about. Some of the best gems are in the muck. We can learn the most from when we don’t meet our goals.mining

So, what did you learn that you would like to use when setting your goals this week?

Use that so set a SMARTER goal this week.  (see SMART goals from last week)

Remember!: You know more now than when you lost and re-gained weight lasgemst time! Use that information wisely and you can go forward with confidence that you will get to your goal of sustainable weight loss.

So dig in…. learn lots… and enjoy all those gems (especially the ones you found in the muck).

Using what you learn will keep you moving toward your goal.

Keep Moving, Be Well,




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by | November 12, 2014 · 7:51 pm

Tips for finding the right exercise professional

July 17, 2014

“I have changed so much in the past 18 months.  It is truly amazing to have people stop and watch me at the gym…I’ve been called a “BEAST” on several occasions by random folks.  Talk about a boost to the confidence!  I’ve really made exercising a part of my daily life.  I feel SO much better.  Not only am I in a physical state of fitness that I never dreamed possible, but everything else is better too:  my hair and skin look really good and my bloodwork is amazing.”

“I wanted to relay my story, related to not starting out too hard.   I sit here now recovering from knee surgery.  I started with a personal trainer a year and a half ago.  I started out slow and then ramped to very intense quickly.  Long story short, I hurt my knee squatting 200 lbs.  I hurt both of my shoulders lifting too much weight.  I was getting discouraged, but I have a goal to do a Spartan sprint and I just bought a new mountain bike.  Moral of the story is two –fold:  When Janet says start out slow, do it.  Three injuries in 1.5 years is not fun.  If you get injured or it isn’t working, try something new and go back to something fun.”

Hi Everyone!

Above are two quotes from patients with the ups and downs of exercise training.

This is the easiest time of year to be an exercise professional in this part of the country. More people seem to come out of “hibernation” with a renewed appreciation for moving outdoors.

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by | July 17, 2014 · 8:33 pm