Lunden Souza: When you're feeling lazy, stand firm and exercise on

lifelikelunden@gmail.com April 4, 2014 

Lunden Souza

MIKE BYERLY — Merced Sun-Star Buy Photo

‘Keep calm and carry on.”

I have no idea who coined this phrase, but undoubtedly we have all seen or heard this at some time – on a T-shirt, via social media or on a sign in someone’s office.

We may chuckle when we see this line, or some version of it, but how many of us can say that when hard times arise – whether it’s while we are pursuing our fitness goals or other things in our lives – we just “keep calm and carry on?”

I am no angel, and sometimes “calm” and “carrying on” are the last coping mechanisms on my list. On those days, for me, it is more like “freak out and cry on.” Catch me on a bad day and sometimes I am pouring gasoline on my own fire – not pretty.

Here are just a few of the health and fitness questions that can sent anyone of us other the edge if we dwell on them too much:

• Why isn’t this working out the way that I planned?

• Why am I not seeing the results that I want fast enough?

• Why is this training plan working for my friend but not for me?

• How come my spouse is losing weight quickly, and I am losing it at a snail’s pace?

• How come I cannot be petite like the models I see on magazines or as buff as the guys in action movies?

• Why does my upper body store so much extra fat compared to my lower body?

• Why is the stress of my job taking over the quality of my workouts?

• Why, why, why?

In the face of all those questions and millions more, I say to you – as well as myself – keep calm and carry on.

Complaining about things we cannot change or control will get us nowhere. Complaining about lack of results in an unrealistic time frame will also do us no good. Complaining, in general, brings negativity to the forefront and blocks out so many positive aspects of what you’re doing to achieve health and fitness. Focus on the positive.

When things get stressful, focus on your health and fitness goals so you can keep going and power through what’s holding you back. When are not progressing quickly enough, remember that everyday gets you one step closer to where you want to be and push yourself to take that next step.

This week I challenge you, as well as myself, to take time to be thankful for all that you have accomplished. Focus on what you have done, rather than what you have not.

Lunden Souza, a Merced native, is a personal trainer, health and wellness coach and writer in Southern California. She can be reached at lifelikelunden@gmail.com.

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