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Fitness Advice #1 Start Now

Yesterday you said tomorrow

As the New Year approaches, many of you may be writing your New Year´s Resolutions yet. Chances that “get in shape” appears on your list are high. And that´s ok, but let me tell you: about 80% of you will fail. I don´t want to discourage you, but it is what it is.
So, the first and best advice I can give you is this: Start today!
You feel motivated right now and you think this motivation will keep growing and growing, leading you to start exercising soon. Well, it may happen, but my experience (and January´s abandon rate) tells me you have more possibilities to win the lotto.
Motivation sucks because it´s never there when you need it. The moment you have an instinct to act on a goal, apply the 5-seconds rule. In this video, Mel Robbins explains how we all sabotage ourselves, and how we can stop doing it.
Do not wait until New Year, do not wait until next week, do not wait until tomorrow. Whether it is winning a race, losing weight, gaining flexibility, looking good in a bathing suit, or living a long life, start small and work your way up to a better and better you. Please, don´t fool yourself waiting for the perfect moment to start chasing your dreams. There is no perfect moment to start anything other than right now!
Do not wait one more second: go to the gym and get that membership, or buy that pair of dumbbells you need to train at home or the pair of running shoes you need… It doesn´t matter what your specific goal is, today is the right moment for you to start chasing it. No excuses, no overthinking… Just do it.
The toughest part is yet to be: keep going. Rome wasn´t built in a day. A warm day does not make summer. And let me tell you that after your first day working out, you´ll feel proud. But also soreness, tired, and many days from this first day you won´t feel like training. Those who workout on a regular basis know I´m telling the truth. We all feel like that one day (or week) or another! Remember the 5 seconds rule, kick your excuses out of your head and do what you have to do, keep going. A regular (serious) training plan is usually set for 6-8 weeks. On this journey you´ll have good and bad days, great and terrible days, they´re all part of the process.
At this point, you already know that online training is a “thing”. We´ll work together using Evernote, the best app in the market to set goals, track progress, and get things done. That´s what fitness is about, right? Set goals, get things done, and progress towards your dreamed body.
I would love to help you achieve your fitness goals, whatever they are: lose weight, gain muscle, overcome a plateau, running a 5k or a marathon… You name it, I´m an old dog with years of experience and tons of tricks in my sleeve to get you where you want to be. Feel free to check my services, and if you think you need a custom training and meal plan, and I could help you, sign up. The first week is free if you create your Evernote account using my referral link. This way you make sure I´m the right trainer for you without worrying about the money.

“Example, whether it be good or bad, has a powerful influence”. George Washington

Following Washington´s advice, I want to invite you to join my own fitness journey. Yes, it starts today! Just click the “add to calendar” button in the sidebar and you´ll get my daily workout straight on your calendar.

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Then, you can reschedule as best fits your own schedule. Easy, right?

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I have not trained for a long time and these workouts will be suitable for all those who want to start lifting and getting fit. We will progress together, week by week. As an incentive, there will be special offers, gifts, and surprises for those who join. All this will appear only in the notes, in due time. Of course, I am at your disposal to answer any questions and help you get the most out of these workouts.

Just one last thing: Happy Sweating!!

26 thoughts on “Fitness Advice #1 Start Now

  1. Welcome! 🙂 And thank you for your wonderful tips! Happy Sweating!!!

    1. Thank you! The break felt really good. Now, I´m very happy to be back and my batteries are fully charged, lol.
      Hope you enjoy all I´ve prepared 😉
      Big hugs!!

      1. You are welcome! I am happy to hear that 🙂
        I look forward to improving my fitness routine 😉

  2. Chape,
    You changed your theme of the blog or I am in heaven and seeing things? lol 🙂 nah but I like it a lot, it is very different, definitely something for me to get used to!

    Shay-lon

    1. Hahaha! Yes, you´re seeing things 😀 I upgraded my account and I still have to work on it! Get used to changes, Shay, there are some more coming 😉
      Big hugs,
      David

      1. You updated your account? like you are changing everything about your blog? wow! this year is bringing new gifts 🙂 lol

        Also, I have noticed you are more active on Instagram as well! good for you!

        Shay-lon

      2. You are right! I’m changing everything but the purpose 😂 New domain, colors, plug-ins…
        Thanks for your support on Instagram, I’ve found an app to repost so I can’t take too much credit for my content there 😅 Still learning how to make it works for me.

      3. Hahaha! wow! hey but at least you use the app 🙂 I haven’t figured that whole app repost thing, so I am doing it the slow way! >.< but it seems to get done, so maybe it isn't so bad.

        Also, didn't realize the new domain, but notice the new emblem for your icon,, I like the color scheme 🙂 I didn't know you were changing plug ins as well! wow!

      4. Haha! Yes I do 😅 I think you don’t need a repost app, but Google store is full of them. And they are really easy to use 👌
        My new domain is chape.fitness 💪😂 I had a crush when I saw it and I couldn’t help myself, lol
        I’m glad you like the new color scheme, I spent two days looking for a nice green color 🤣
        You will see what I’m capable of with the new plug ins really soon. You will love my new website!
        Big hugs!!

      5. Haha!
        I did happen to notice I had a repost app downloaded on my phone. Although I use my laptop when blogging (old school) I know but I prefer typing on a keyboard compared to typing on my phone. LOL

        The new domain is shorter and easier to remember. It seems like that green color is becoming popular around this time of year, I have noticed many bloggers use it for their themes as well! lol hmm.

        I am sure I will enjoy it, of course I didn’t mind the old one either, so I am a simple lad to impress 🙂

      6. Hahaha! Sure thing you have your phone full of apps you didn´t notice yet, lol
        I´ll try the old school method to upload my own content to Instagram. You´re the Insta-expert here, thanks for sharing your advice!

        I can´t believe MY green color is going viral… I´m so cool… LOL

        Also, I don´t think you´re simple to impress, you have good taste 😉

  3. Good advice, as always dear 🙂 Love the new layout.

    1. Thank you so much, Sunshine! Still enjoying Dublin? 😘

      1. 😀 We’re back home now. Had to be back for our 100th Independence Day!

      2. Hahaha! So, you go back home because a party 😀 Sounds good!
        Happy Independence Day!!

      3. Of course! Don’t you? LOLz. Thanks for the wishes 😀 Hugs!!

      4. Sure! No doubt I´d do the same 😀

      5. 😀 😀 😀

  4. Love your wake-up call! You’re so right, about just giving it a shot and starting today not tomorrow. It’s just so true! xxx

    1. Thank you! I see it every year, gyms crowded on January and then the usual faces on February. There is no reason to wait until New Year if we want to exercise. Any given day is the right one 😉
      Big hugs,
      David

  5. Don’t think the biggest limitation to our goals is ourselves? A lot of the times we settle for the path of least resistance and succumb to poor excuses like we “don’t have time” or we “will start eventually” or “its too late for me I’m already too far down the rabbit hole.” Get up earlier and get after it. If you tell yourself you’re going to do it tomorrow, why not today? And it’s never too late to change. Once we stop growing, changing, and learning, life becomes stale. It’s not as hard as we might think to overcome these thoughts, we just don’t want to. Thoughts?

    1. Absolutely! The body follows the mind, and we all tend to procrastinate. I’ve been there myself 😀 None of us are getting any younger, which means with each passing year it becomes more difficult to start good habits. I think we agree that exercising is a good habit?
      And these negative thoughts or poor excuses are just bad habits.
      I used to tell myself that the time I was spending thinking of going to the gym or not, I could have had a good workout instead.
      Ms. Robbins explains all about these bad habits much better than me and gives a simple solution to overcome them with a simple rule: count backward from 5 to 1 and just do whatever it is: hit the gym, go for a run, etc. Apparently, count backward activates an area of the brain that breaks the negative excuse-loop. Next time you see yourself making excuses, give this a try. All I can say is I´ve tried and it works 🙂
      Thank you so much for your refreshing comment!
      Big hugs,
      David

  6. David! You’re back 🙂
    Totally agree with you: why wait for tomorrow 🙂
    XxX

    1. Yes, I am 😀
      “Tomorrow” is an uncertain place where dreams go to die 😂 If you want to do something, today is the day 😉
      Big hugs!!

  7. I exercise at home… it’s much easier to organise my time this way… and every day before starting it’s the same old story “ok.., I will just do a few squats and then tomorrow…”, but after starting I keep going… 😄😄

    1. Home training is a very good option! Comfortable and easier to fit your schedule. Also, we can save money for other stuff like… vacation? 😀
      I’m glad to hear that you are able to continue with your training plan 😉 Cheers!!

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