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You’re going to fail, why bother starting

I’m a subscriber to a great female fitness movement called Girls Gone Strong (if you want no bullsh*t fitness advice then check out their site….like now.).

As an email subscriber I received a little note from Molly, one of the creators of GGS that talked about how when we strive so hard to be perfect in something that we end up not doing anything at all.

Why? Because perfection is unattainable and downright exhausting!

So instead of just exercising 1-2 times per week when your schedule doesn’t allow for the crazy, 6-day per week “bikini challenge” program, you just end up doing no exercise at all and eating a pint of ice-cream as you curse your lack of willpower.

Why Us Type-A’s Should Learn the Word, “No”

It’s Thursday afternoon. You’ve scheduled your workweek so you can have an easier Friday so you can head out early to enjoy a much needed work-free weekend…a relaxing weekend spent with your boyfriend and catching up on exercise….you’ve seemed to missed the gym this past week due to work. 

 

As you daydream about your work-free weekend your boss stops by your desk to ask you (read: “volunteer” you) for a seemingly important project that’s due Monday.

“Since it’s only Thursday, you’ll have all day Friday and some of the weekend to complete it. You in?”

 

I Interviewed Type-A Women About Having a Successful Career and Being Fit, Here’s What I Learned

Us, ambitious, professional, and truthfully, Type-A women want it all; successful career, fulfilling home-life, and a fit and strong body. And with recent blog posts demonstrating how crazy-successful career women have managed to find this desirable balance, it seems possible for the everyday Type-A woman. So if that’s the case then why do we still constantly hear that us workaholic women, “just don’t have time”?

I was curious to know as well and so I went on the search to find other ambitious, Type-A women like myself. I ended up interviewing approximately 20 ambitious, late-twenties/early-thirties women about their struggles, goals, and frustrations in staying fit while managing a busy life.

You’re Legitimately Too Busy to Get Fit. There’s Still a Way.

 

I get it, you’re busy. Or maybe you’re not even using that terrible word anymore (“busy” just means you have no control over your life, right?). I bet fitness is a priority though, you DO want to be fit, strong, and look amazing. But you are legitimately too busy and can’t find the time to work-out. Travelling for work, impromptu projects and meetings, looming deadlines, and 500 other commitments to coordinate in your life, so how can you schedule in workouts when a typical day rarely follows the same schedule? I’ve made it work and I have the solutions for you:

You Only Have 1 Body, Take Care of It

I think we often forget, whether, in the gym or life, we need rest and recovery in order to perform better and better each day. Pushing hard every single day, in the gym or the office will only lead you head first into a wall. Yes, you need to put the time and work in to make progress, but running yourself into a state where you can no longer come up with creative ideas, think deeply on complex problems, or make progress in your workouts, is just asking for disaster.

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What No One Told You About Your “30-Day Challenge”

If I see one more social media ad for another “30-Day Fitness Challenge” or “Whole30” I may just throw-up or throw something…perhaps a cupcake with extra frosting so it will stick to the wall beside me. Sadly it looks like my chances aren’t good given summer is approaching and “getting a summer bikini bod” is on the forefront. Funny thing how this is the same trend every year…. Why do the same people seem to sign-up for these challenges year after year? I thought the goal of a 30-day challenge was to kick start a new habit to have long-term fitness and healthy eating success? Hmm….