Think Thin Thursday ~ Commit to the Long Term

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 Fall and Winter are probably the best time to start your makeover. This is especially true if you just never made the commitment to those six-pack abs or that bikini-body workout! If you really want to see jaws drop (not JAWS) next Summer get started NOW! 

You don't have to change a thing in your life except your mindset. That is where ALL change begins and the possibilities are endless. You'll have six months at your disposal to accomplish your goals plus a few weeks right now to get yourself situated. Ignore the short term, if you commit to the long term the results will be there waiting for YOU!

The goal is always going to be THAT PERSON who never misses a workout and NOT the one who lost 50 pounds in six weeks. Committing to the long term will become your "normal" and not an obligation or a sacrifice. The power of consistency will allow you to see unbelievable results in the short term. Using average speed will get you there, I promise!

Take the guesswork out of working out, schedule it! By scheduling you don't have to think about when to workout. You know your days and just do it. MWF at 7am, TTS at 6pm or whatever you're booked. Inevitably, you may miss a day and when that happens getting back on track is a no brainer it's always there. Whereas, without a schedule it may take a month before you're ready to step back into the gym.

Design your workout for best efficiency. This takes a little bit of thought but generally you'll want to work from the largest muscles to the smallest muscles for best results. Additionally, think about which exercises contain the greatest amount of movement and your routines will never let you down. Big muscles are your quads, butt & hamstrings while small would be calves, triceps & biceps. Most trainers subscribe to this thought so if you need help they will be a good source in most instances. You'll soon see the one's who are wanting to be helpful and which are wanting those Personal Training dollars.

Build your foundation using proper form. The quickest way to lose interest in your workouts is if they are too darn hard. A trainer that takes you to the limit as a beginner is not helping you reach your goal. People cheat in life AND they cheat in the gym. I'm not sure who they are trying to impress when the exercise is not done safely or properly. An Osteopath comes to mind, however, I don't recommend any attempts to get their attention. You are going to want a lot of volume in days and weeks, not reps and weight, before bringing intensity to your workout. Don't be over anxious, your strength will increase soon enough.

Keep a running tab of everything you do when you workout. The date, order of your exercise, the amount of weight you lifted and the number of completed repetitions. The saying is "what gets measured gets managed" and it could not be more true than with exercise. This written record contains the what, why, how and when your workouts were accomplished and identify the progress you've made. A look back in just a couple of months may astound you with your progress. Can you imagine what it feels like to double your strength? You won't have to dream about it, you'll see it plain as day with your own eyes.



What's NEXT:

Figure out WHERE you want to workout

Determine WHAT exercises are right for you

Schedule WHEN you are going to exercise

Understand WHY you are committed to do this






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Comments (5)

Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Great advice!!!

You don't have to change a thing in your life except your mindset. That is where ALL change begins and the possibilities are endless. You'll have six months at your disposal to accomplish your goals plus a few weeks right now to get yourself situated

Nov 08, 2018 03:30 AM
Kevin J. May

Wishing this and hoping that doesn't get the job done Sham.

Nov 08, 2018 04:54 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Kevin J. May I confirm every  word you stated here.... make working out a carved in stone part of your life....a well shaped and conditioned body does NOT happen overnight.... work at it..."CONSISTENTLY" ....  you'll be amazed at the progress you'll make by steadily increasing weights during weight training.... it's long term.... 

I lifted the 45 pound bar without any plates to begin with.... I didn't realize how heavy that bar alone was.... now I'm working on 205 pounds to pull off the floor.... and my weight is only 128-130 pounds...  it took me 3 years of CONSISTENT training to do this....

Nov 08, 2018 04:07 AM
Kevin J. May

Good morning to you too Barbara, you are the living proof that makes for great affirmation. Thank you so very much. I see 225 in your future! 

Nov 08, 2018 04:52 AM
Barbara Todaro

you brought a smile to my face!!!  that's double 45 pound plates on each side of that hex bar.... that's alot of weight.... I'll be 73 when and if I can pull that off the floor.... chuckling now! Kevin J. May 

Nov 08, 2018 05:36 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kevin. Making it a routine and scheduling the time is paramount. When I do, it works! When I don't, well you know the answer! Not as dedicated as you and Barbara Todaro. Working on it! Enjoy your day! 

Nov 08, 2018 05:24 AM
Barbara Todaro

you'll be around to see your grandchild graduate from college....that's a good enough reason to work at it CONSISTENTLY.... not to mention, your wife won't be able to keep her hands off you.... Wayne Martin 

Nov 08, 2018 05:38 AM
Kevin J. May

Barbara Todaro could run circles around me and is strong enough to lift me off the floor! That being said I continue to move forward. We both know it's something we simply have to fit into our schedules.

Nov 08, 2018 08:11 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I think me having abs that show is definitely a thing of the past, haha.  There is no way I would be willing to put in the work it would take, as it is hard enough to maintain what I am working with now, haha.

Nov 08, 2018 07:06 AM
Kevin J. May

Tattooing may bring out those abs Brian. I've seen those and all kinds of implants to reshape the human body. Silicone apparently has uses we never thought of other than breast augmentation. Traps, chest, calves, quads, biceps & triceps all receive a piece of the action without any work. Kind of sad actually!

Nov 08, 2018 08:17 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I love your commitment to thinking thin.  We just insist on taking care of ourselves every day in different ways than you do.  Bottom line we are both healthy!

Nov 08, 2018 03:33 PM
Kevin J. May

The disparity can exist even under a single roof Alexandra. When it comes to nutrition and health the bottom line can be elusive until you get an urge to scratch below the surface.

Nov 09, 2018 09:10 AM