Still new year, new you?

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So all the excess Christmas choccies are all but eaten. There’s still a stray bottle of Buck’s Fizz you’re contemplating opening. All the gin is still winking at us.

This is it.

This the weekend when all of our hard work for the last 2 weeks go out the window! The dreaded third week in January when we start to feel the financial pinch from Xmas and our partner’s are already not talking to us due to the stress and wondering how you’re going to afford to eat at lunch at work tomorrow?

Do NOT beat yourself up! We’re all going through it. All of those mince pie… erm I mean sit ups… have not been done in vain.

Incorporating new habits is tough. Keeping up new things is tough. Our comfort zones come a calling. We’ve looked in the mirror and we’re not skinny yet. We’re now looking in our wallet to see if we still have the receipt to see if we’re still within our 28 days to take back our gym kit.

Now comes the excuses “Oh I’m just not a fitness person” “The gym isn’t for me!” “I don’t have the time to exercise”. But this is where I’m going to tell you that WE CAN!

We don’t need to go to the gym. We definitely don’t need all the gear. We definitely have the time… especially if you have the time to read this!

The thing is about doing things that are good for us is that often they’re painful. This is the game of life. Everything that is nice is usually bad for us! But I’m here to tell you we can have it all… just in moderation. Plus we appreciate it more when we’ve earned it!

Imagine the puzzle that puts itself together? What fun that would be!?

The basketball that goes in every time you shoot it!?

It’d be cool and funny for the first five friends you prank with it… but without the sense of earning it there’s no feeling of accomplishment.

Usually we make time for stuff that is important to us and if you’re like how I was 500 days ago then health wasn’t your top priority. Neither was my well being.

Fast forward to today and my health both physically and mentally is paramount to my very being. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate exercise now for the benefits it yields. But I didn’t see and feel this immediately.

How did I get here?

”I AM SO THANKFUL FOR MY GOOD HEALTH AND WELL BEING.”

“I AM LOVING BEING MORE ACTIVE AND INCORPORATING EXERCISE INTO MY LIFE, I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER FOR IT.”

I starting telling myself what I wanted long before I started doing what I wanted. I had to make it important in my head until it started to feel important in real life.

Quite often we give up on things because of our mindset isn’t strong enough to continue with it. We don’t see/feel the results immediately. Good old instant gratification.

Drink this shake! Take this pill! Drop a dress size in a week. Eat just this food. Pay a coach. The majority of us look for shortcuts instead of putting in the work.

…but Jamie don’t you want to be a coach?

Yes! Yes I do. To inspire and instill the belief in others to become self sufficient. Self motivated. Self disciplined. To ignite the passion that every single one of us had inside us. Empower everyone I cross paths with that we all have a capability to be whoever we want to be.

I want to help people find what works for them. Not some copy and paste one size fits all plan sheet.

But I’ll let you into a secret… nothing changes until we do!

So if you’re thinking about giving up or you’re going to just give up before thinking…

WAIT!

Just go slow! Learn to slow the pace and make it work for you! Start working on you mindset that’s going to make exercising easier. Get yourself into a community that inspires you to take more action.

Start by watching others make the progress you want and be inspired to make your own changes. We all have the same 24hrs. Find what works for you. There’s no reasons apart from the bullshit excuses we tell ourselves  why we can’t have everything we want.

We just have to be prepared to put in the work but how do we make that work easier?

Start the day with some affirmations based on what you want to achieve.

I AM SO THANKFUL TO BE SMOKE FREE, I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER FOR IT!

I AM LOVING BEING MORE ACTIVE, IT GIVES ME AN ENORMOUS SENSE OF WELL BEING!

Say them out loud every morning. I warn you they will feel weird and disingenuous to begin with as your words and actions aren’t congruent but keep it up.

Making your actions align with your words become so much easier as they begin to shape your subconscious mind.

Studies show it takes an average of 67 days for a new habit to be installed. So bare that in mind when trying this.

We just need to be prepared to put in the work!

If not the gym then start with something smaller. Just start somewhere. Start with a walk around the block. Walk to the bus stop. Combine it with something you enjoy. Listen to a book. Watch a movie. Watch Netflix. Anything to get it done. I promise you it’s worth it!

I honestly now look back and think I’ve deprived myself of a much happier life having lived so long without exercise. It’s the cure of so many of our modern day problems. The ultimate remedy for stress.

You can’t worry about anything other that trying not to die when we’re exercising. Haha! #TrueStory

Try it!

Run as fast as you can for as long as you can and see if you’re still worrying about what your ex is getting up to! Betcha you’re not! Bet you’re concentrating on trying to catch your breath. It’s the ultimate mindfulness.

For me it allows me to expend my energy productively and give me that release that would usually see me expend my energy in much more harmful ways, it’s so much healthier for me.

When you start to get good at it and you start to feel the difference that’s where the magic starts to happen.

So before you give up this week please please please give yourself another go and if you’re really struggling to motivate yourself then drop me a line on Instagram.com/jamiecnicholas and I’ll gladly help you on your merry way.

If I can do this then so can you!

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