Shier Strength - July 2018

WHY SELF-BELIEF IS THE KEY TO FITNESS Summer is officially in full swing here in Kalamazoo, and as I’m sure you’d agree, it’s awesome! No more of that bitter cold, at least for now. As great as they are, the warmer months of summer are a bit of a double-edged sword for many of us. As the vibe gets more easygoing, so do fitness routines — people would rather go out and enjoy the weather than stay consistent. want to hammer home with you as you sit and read this is that you should never forget that you are in control of your actions. You control what you put into your body, and you control how often you move that body. It may feel nice to pin your lack of fitness on some external problem, but you’re the one with the keys to the car. DON’T GET DISCOURAGED! YOUR KALAMAZOO FBBC EXCLUSIVE JOURNAL 4026 S. Westnedge Ave., Suite 1, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 —

People always try to make excuses. They missed coming to the gym because they wanted to get out in the nice weather, they had their kid’s birthday party, their cat got sick, their relatives are visiting (in five days) — I’ve

Of course, I know that’s not true of any of you out there, all the fantastic members of our fitness family. I can see firsthand that all of you are in it to

win it! But I do want to talk about one thing that’s key for sticking to your goals: mindset.

heard it all. One elderly woman on the brink of heart surgery who was told she’d need to take medication for life even told me that she didn’t have time to join our program and “had to think about it.” I couldn’t help but wonder: What was there to really think about? She has a problem; we have the solution. Yet she still couldn’t make a decision and was paralyzed, I’m sure, by self-doubt and the million external factors she lets run her life. Here’s the truth: You are in control of your destiny. You don’t need to be special or have a will of iron to look honestly at the direction of your life and start making more conscious decisions about your well-being. It starts with believing in yourself, knowing you’re worth it, and gaining the confidence in your ability to take action.

The degree to which you get results is directly related to how you think about yourself. When it comes down to it, it’s all about self- belief. After all, your ability to take action is dependent on you actually believing that you can achieve your goals. Oftentimes, when someone isn’t seeing the results they want, they’re actually not being honest with themselves. If they look inward, it’s almost always obvious that they’re not actually taking the actions they need to reach their goals, whether that’s eating a healthy diet or exercising regularly. And if they’re being really honest with themselves — maybe after a healthy bout of soul-searching — they’ll usually see that the root of the problem is that they don’t actually believe in themselves. They don’t think they’re worth it or have what it takes. No matter

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this month’s article and my words of encouragement are the motivation you need to get going. If there’s anything you’d like me to write about in future newsletters, feel free to let me know at –Adrian Shier

who they are, this thought couldn’t be further from the truth. Everybody deserves to have a healthy, strong, and able body. And despite what you may think, everyone has what it takes to exercise and make healthy eating and drinking choices.

So many of these people feel that it’s out of their hands, that factors they can’t control are preventing them from achieving results. But what I really

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