As you may have noticed, I talk about my challenge groups all the time. Its no surprise since its the most key format for me to help my friends beyond the fitness class room, work, and the social scene. We can take off our various hats and just plain be there for each other with no judgements and no other responsibilities. We understand everything else going on in our lives is crucial to who we are and what we deem important, but within the format the men and women get a chance to focus on themselves, their true desires, and what would need to happen for them feel good about themselves.
I can’t tell you how difficult it is, however, to take the chance to say yes to yourself, to tackle your goals, to maintain your success, and continually find healthy new ambitions, all without being a neurotic “never enjoy the moment” maniac. We discuss several topics outside of health, fitness, nutrition, workouts, calories, body fat, with the most recurring theme being our mental state.
With the group in an of itself being a huge healing grounds of confessionals, help wanted signs, and support from fellow cheerleaders who “get it” and are looking for their fellow challengers to succeed, because it gives them permission to…we know how important the accountability/support groups are to our success. Ive begun to recommend books, audio, blogs, every which way I turn, because quite frankly, they truly help me and they’ve helped the most successful challengers.
Over 5 years ago I decided to change my life, my thoughts, removed excuses, busted through obstacles and proved to myself what I knew all along, that the +35 pounds had nothing to do with who I really was, but a shell rather obstructing what was most important to me- to truly live, now, be grateful, happy, at peace with who I am in the present and to rock the world in the way Id only been dreaming of. But the road wasn’t easy, and its not easy now. I can relate to you in reaching for that next book, messaging a man or woman who inspires me for help, and blogging out my thoughts as therapy. With this said, I wanted to not only share the personal development/pump up/inspirational/motivation resources with my challengers, but to you too…because it really does make a difference, as another way of being kind to yourself, and to ultimately PUMP yourself up to the point of no return. If you’re not working on your mind… I urge you NOW, RIGHT NOW to explore that humongous, beautiful, fascinating, complicated crucial key component to success.
Lettuce get out of our own way and remember to workout and fuel our minds just as much we do everything else…
I need it, you need it, WE need it!
Heres a little compilations of books and audio that keep me physically tight and mentally right- now go and get you some!
Spirit Junkie by Gabby Bernstein
Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle La Porte
The Desire Map by Danielle La Porte
Do The Work by Steven Pressfield (audio)
How to Make Every Man Want You by Marie Forleo
A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson (audio)
A Course in Weight Loss by Marianne Williamson
Magic of Big Thinking by David J Schwartz
Start by Jon Acuff
Quitter by Jon Acuff (audio)
Awaken The Giant Within by Anthony Robbins (audio)