Don’t Stop Short of Victory

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Is there something you’d like to give up on right now?  There have been many times that I have wanted to give up on things.  Things like trying to communicate with my husband or continuing to help a close friend when they didn’t seem to be doing much to help themselves.  I had thoughts of giving up when I first started training because I wasn’t making any money and I wasn’t getting any recognition for my efforts to be a perfect trainer while working ridiculous hours (5:30am – 7pm… CRAZY).  Seems like the things that have challenged me the most in my life are the things that I am most proud of ‘sticking by’ today.  Things like the bond Neil and I share, the closeness I feel with my lifelong friends and of course the lives I’ve been able to touch through my training approach.

So again I ask, what are YOU ready to give up on?

I was so inspired by a message I heard this weekend and I couldn’t wait to share it with you.  It’s about how we always seem to stop moving toward a goal when we’re only steps away from finally achieving it.  This message certainly applies to people’s struggle with maintaining better health (eating well and exercising regularly), however it also has a personal twist that I think everyone can relate to.

How many times have you  grown weary of waiting for,

  • your financial situation to change after pinching pennies for months or years!
  • your relationship with your mother to grow stronger after you’ve tried relentlessly to connect with her 
  • your body to drastically change after months of regular diet and exercise 
  • to finally get that promotion you’ve had your eye on only to be passed up by fellow colleagues over and over again

We all want to give up sometimes.  Perseverance is no easy task.  Sometimes the progress we’re making isn’t obvious so its hard to keep faith that what we’re doing WILL pay off!  We stop short of victory because struggle blocks our perspective and we loose faith in what we hoped and KNEW would come true.

Since we never know how far away we are from victory or how long the struggle will last, I think its good to imagine that we’re very close.  Because, what if we are very close?  What if you’re running the FINAL lap in your race to victory right now?  What if this is it?  What if you’re only 1 LAP away from the finish line.  Don’t stop short.  Your victory is coming!  Keep running!  You’re almost there!  Don’t grow weary, you’re situation will soon change!

So whatever it is that’s discouraging you and making you feel like you’ll never see the fruits of your labor cast out of your mind.  Instead, say to yourself, “I’ll keep running!  I’m tired but I won’t stop because I may be on my last lap!”  Don’t give up.  Your victory lys ahead.

Live Well.

Noell

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PS- Here’s a link to where you can hear the full message…

http://elevationchurch.org/sermons/dont-stop-on-6?autoplay=sermon

DETOX After a Weekend of Overindulgence

DETOX

After Overindulging

Did you jump aboard the Jagrmeister train or doughnut drive-in this weekend? For those who are interested in learning how to detox your body after a long weekend this article is for you. Barbeques, a long day at the lake, tailgating at your favorite team’s football game, whatever the occasion, we all drink or eat a little too much at times! There’s nothing wrong with having a little too much fun every once in a while; however for those who are suffering from nausea, pain, exhaustion or overall dread the next morning from an alcohol of food induced hangover, you need a trustworthy plan of attack to get back to your normal state. Your body needs to detox after such an event and I’ll show you exactly how to do it in this article.

But first I MUST educate you on what excessive alcohol and overeating does to our bodies. Ladies, you can have about 2 drinks before your hormones begin to change and Men, you can have about 3 drinks before your body chemistry begins to change too.  That’s not very many, right?  It may be a limit that’s hard to get used to but here’s some incentive as to why you should show your body some respect and treat it like you love it…

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