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What’s stopping you?

It’s a simple question.

What’s stopping you from taking action to improve your health, have more energy, lose weight, feel better, both emotionally and physically, and make changes to lead a more active life?

There are many common reasons.

Maybe you have all the ‘willpower’ to avoid unhealthy eating during the day, but once you get home from work, it flies right out the window and you eat whatever you can get your hands on.

Maybe you plan on working out in the morning (it sounds great at night), but when the alarm goes off, there’s no way it’s happening.

Or you tell yourself ‘tomorrow’ you’ll make a change.

Or, maybe, you’ve tried so many times and failed, you think it’s impossible for you.

Maybe you simply don’t know.

To help you, I’ve compiled three top reasons why women often don’t take action and how to get beyond each sticking point,

#1 I love to unwind with a glass or two of wine.

Seriously, I get it. I love that too. And you don’t have to give up wine. Just try to drink it less often. Or mix it with sparkling water to make a spritzer. I teach my clients that no foods are forbidden. Some we get to enjoy more often, and some less often. So, if you drink wine every night, cut back to three nights a week. If you drink two – five ounce glasses of wine a night, that’s 250 calories. Cut back to three nights and you save 1,000 calories a week!

#2 I don’t like exercise.

Reframe it in your mind. It’s not exercise, it’s moving your body. And you don’t have to do it all at once. If the idea of 30 minutes of exercise is way too much for you, just move your body for 10 minutes. And try to do it three times a day. Do something you enjoy – dance, hula hoop (remember how fun that was?), whatever it is. (Don’t worry about looking silly!) And, if you don’t enjoy it, remember it’s only 10 minutes. ;) And keep in mind all the benefits of moving your body, not just weight loss – improved mood, energy, sleep, and longevity are just a few.

#3 I’ve tried so many times and nothing works.

As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” Ninety percent of weight loss is mindset. You cando it. The secret is building trust and confidence with yourself. You do that by setting small goals and achieving them. (This is a big part of what I teach.)

Do you see yourself in any of these examples? Let me know either way. And if it’s something else that’s stopping you, I’d love to know what it is. I’ll do my best to help you.

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Karen Marcouiller

Personal Trainer and Health Coach

National Sports and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

American Council on Exercise (ACE)

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