Whenever you have a challenge in life, you eventually reach
the point where you know you have to take action.
No matter how much of a procrastinator you may be, you
finally get to where you’ve had enough of the status
quo, of the limitations, of the fear or anxiety.
So you begin a process of figuring out what to do about
One challenge many of us face is that of maintaining or
improving our health.
You may need to lose weight…or lower high blood
pressure….or you may struggle with how to manage and
transform the stress and anxiety in your life.
Regardless of your motivation or reason, once you have
made the decision – or, I should say, commitment – to
make the changes in your life that will help you improve,
you need to get on a program.
Now, when you hear program, you may think of something
that has to be complex, complicated, perhaps overly
But it ain’t necessarily so.
Of course, you can make things as intricate and
complicated as you want to.
But most of us get overwhelmed with too much complexity.
Simplicity is your friend when it comes to planning and
following a program. Simplicity and certainty help you
stick with the program.
As an example, I organized the <strong>”Fire Up Your Metabolism”
Program into three main sections.
Each section addresses an important area of your life:
-Improving your breathing, energy levels and the
results you get from exercise;
-Making simple changes to your diet that support a healthy
metabolism and help you lose fat and gain muscle; and
-Small, almost effortless things you can do every day
to help keep your energy and metabolism at high levels.
Many “doers” jump in with both feet and follow all areas
of the program, right off the bat. They have a high level
of certainty in the program, and they see it as a model
for the way they want to live their lives.
However, I think that most people focus in on a couple of
areas first. Then they follow through on the other areas
after they have had some success.
In this case, the certainty comes after the early results,
where they see improvement and are now motivated to do
While I’m all for the “jump in with both feet” approach, I
actually think the “take one or two steps first” approach is
a good one for most people.
This allows you to begin to establish the empowering habits
and routines that will immediately help you…and last for
the long term.
The key is consistency. If you bite off more than you can
chew, you will not be consistent with your program.
For example, you can begin by doing your metabolism-
boosting, fat-burning exercises first thing every morning,
which is activity-oriented.
And you can reduce the amounts of refined, highly processed
carbohydrates you eat and drink, which is diet-oriented.
These are two simple and relatively painless actions you
can take today, without overwhelming yourself.
And you’ll actually see results very quickly.
Remember: Getting started is half done. The hardest
part is to get off your duff and get moving.
You Can Do It!
Karen Van Ness
“Best Breathing Exercises: Transform Body Mind and Spirit with
Dynamic Energy Exercise!”
Copyright, Karen Van Ness, 2013