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When It’s Good to be INFLEXIBLE

Be inflexible!

Huh?

“Wait a hot minute, Tammy!  What are you talking about?  Aren’t you all about flexibility and balance????”

I am!  I’m flexible about many things…

  • food choices
  • working around obstacles
  • the “plan” to reach a goal

But not in all things.

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I am NOT flexible about…

  • reaching those goals
  • keeping my word
  • acting with integrity
  • embracing the grind

 
The ends do not justify the means if short cuts were used or if too many compromises were made.

This applies to many things in life besides fitness, but it is important to your health to use science-based best practices for nutrition.  

If the results aren’t sustainable, they aren’t really results.

(Humans are not supposed to always be on a diet.  The metabolism will adapt because it’s designed to do so.  How many times do people keep doing battle with the same 20 pounds just to get to the point where nothing works anymore?)

Short cuts are long-term self-sabotage.

And there are health concerns, too.  Some need to repair some damage from years of being busy, taking care of everything, everyone – expect themselves.

Most just want to feel better so that they can fully participate in life with loved ones.

For those of us who are a little older, it’s easier to accept that there isn’t time to try every diet that is out there anymore.

That’s when it’s important to be inflexible.  It needs to be done the right way this time.  We don’t want to waste time wondering if we’re doing it right.

Sticking to a plan?  Well, that’s a different beast, isn’t it?  That’s where the accountability and mindset work becomes critical.

I never did my work alone. I still don’t.  I rely on my coach to do some of the thinking for me and for accountability.

Are you ready?  

Are you ready to be inflexible about your own success??

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2014. What to do? What to do?

I would like to thank you for following along with my journey.  This blog is important to me.  This is “me”.  The Facebook page is a different animal.  It’s too…temporary.  Stuff gets buried in the feed.  A post on the page is a lot like fireworks – fun but short-lived.  It’s cool for what it is, but the blog is more satisfying.  If I find a blog I like, I have easy access to a ton of content.  I know some of you have read everything I’ve written, and for that, you have no idea how honored I am.  Humbly…   ThAnK YoU!!

I want to write today because it’s the first day of a new year, but for the life of me, I don’t have anything profound to say.

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I don’t make resolutions.  I set goals when they need to be made and then I do a ton of work to get the thing done.  To me, every day is a new opportunity to progress.  I do need some concrete, measurable goals.  I just don’t know what they are going to be yet.  Ugh.  Frustrating.

But if I had to describe what I think 2014 will be about, I’d say GROWTH.

First, I’d like to work on my marriage.  We have a good one, but a relationship is always a work on progress.  There are things I’ve promised I would do and I haven’t done yet.  I need to fix that.  A promise to him is a vow in my heart.  I’d like that relationship to grow deeper.

I’m not planning on competing again until 2015.  My goal is to look better on stage than I did in June 2013.  By better I mean I want it to be such a dramatic difference that I blow my own mind.  I need more muscle, I need that muscle to be denser, I need to be leaner, I want to pose better, and have a better routine.  I’m willing to invest an entire year working towards those things.  I’m going to gather input from new sources.  I might even take a dance class.  I don’t know why I don’t make specific goals about moving a certain weight on specific exercises (like squat x pounds for y reps).  Maybe I need to reflect on that.  It might be helpful to me to do that.  Now that I type that…I think that would be very helpful to me.  I’ll get back to you on that one.

I’m training and coaching a few people.  Of course I’d like to grow my business, but there is a limit to how much I can handle while I’m teaching full time.  And retirement looks like it is something that won’t happen soon.  So I’d like to grow my client base slowly so when I do retire, I’m ready to jump into a new adventure.

I’m always grateful for the new opportunities that come along – opportunities to learn and to share what I’ve learned already.  I suspect more of that is coming in the near future.

Not sure what 2014 will bring, but I know I’m happy to be here.  Happy to be able to work hard and workout harder.

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A very bad picture, I know. But that bicep pump yesterday, in that light, made me all proud like a mom watching a kid do a recital.

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