Yesterday I needed a kick up the backside

I hope you had a great Easter weekend!

I spent mine at my girlfriends, as I was our anniversary on Saturday, we went cinema up London, and had something to eat afterwards.

I made the journey back to mine yesterday at around 10 am, and by the time I got home I felt pretty down.

I just didn’t feel myself.

I had a few things I needed to do but I just never had the motivation to do them.

So as I was putting together a workout that involved isometric exercises (more on that soon!) I came across a great quote;

‘My strength did not come from lifting weights; my strength came from lifting myself up when I was down’


Something hit home with me.

That was it. I finished putting together my workout, and got myself up, went for a quick interval workout using the hills we have here in Barnet, London.

I came back and I felt like a different person.

Was I tired? Yes of course I was – but did I feel better in myself? – You bet I did.

It was all to do with something called self motivation.

To achieve great things in life you must have self motivation. You must be able to get up and get stuff done. Mopping around all day is NOT going get you anywhere near your goals.

Sometimes though just telling yourself that you ‘must do’ something isn’t enough. You need that extra kick up the backside. You need to have that card (or cards in some cases!) you can ‘play’ when all else fails.

-and for me it was that quote.

I wanted to write a post and send an email out to you yesterday but obviously that all went a bit ‘pear-shaped’!

I had a list of things to do, that on any normal day I would have completed in a few hours – but I just didn’t have the motivation to do ‘em.

But after I read that quote I got up and did something.

Did I get everything done on my ‘to do’ list? No

But I did give it my best shot.

4 Steps To Self Motivation

With that said, I want to give you a few personal steps that have motivated me in the past.

Read a quote.

Now, although I do love a good ol’ quote, I can’t say I remember any time that it got me up my backside to do something. So yesterday may have been a first. But I do know some people to live by quotes.

Does that mean you have to live by quotes? No, but having a few motivational quotes to hand to read every morning before you get up and face a new day is never a bad thing.

Help People

I try to help everyone I can. Everyone at some point in their lives will need some sort of help. Some people are stubborn in accepting your help, but often you’ll find those are the people who need your help the most.

Sometimes just sitting down and listening to someone is the best sort of help you can give them.

Stay Positive

I’ve had troubles with this one in my own life. I like to play the positive game. What’s the positive game I hear you say…..

Well the positive game is where I look for a positive outcome in bad or unwanted situations. By just finding a positive outcome in a negative situation you will be softening the blow that the negative situation has caused.

Will it sort the situation out? Probably not, but what a lot of people don’t seem to understand is that your thoughts have a direct impact on how you feel. So if you think negative, you’re gonna feel down – the same happens for thinking positive.

Try it out. You’ll be amazed at the different on how you feel after you shift your thought process from a negative one to a positive one.

Take a Break

This one I still find hard to do. Sometimes Laura will almost be shouting at me to stop working – I have so many things to do and their not gonna get done by themselves!

But Laura’s right. You DO need a break. You need to recharge your batteries.

What’s This Got To DO With Fat Loss?

So what does this have to doing with losing weight?


Each of the above steps can not only be used in your everyday life, but they can be used to help you reach your weight loss goals.

You’ll know from my previous emails and blog posts that fitness is a life time commitment.

You’re either out – or your in.

So what’s your choice?

You out?


You in?

Take Care – Keep Focused……and…..Keep EXTRA Focused!


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