I am so pumped that you are doing this challenge that I have decided to do it with you, no I'm serious. I have completed the challenge around five or six times myself and I feel its time (and what better time) to do it again. No, I am not mad; I just love the feeling of accomplishment as it brings nothing but a positive feeling and something to feel proud about.
Sure, the strict diet and the strenuous exercise is extremely hard but nothing worth fighting for comes easy. No longer do I do it so much for the physical transformation, but more so for the mental transformation I accomplish from this.
It effects so many areas within someone's life (I have seen it hundreds of times) that it boggles the mind. The first time I did the challenge I worked in a furniture warehouse in the UK. Following the challenge I felt the need to challenge my career so I went to work as a therapist on board luxury cruise liners sailing the beautiful oceans Caribbean.
The second time I completed the challenge; I moved to Australia and purchased a Fitness Center to help others realize their potential in 12 week transformations. Following my fourth challenge I moved to California as a writer and photographer for many fitness publications and after my fifth challenge... I guess I will let you know.
We Are All Created With The Ability To Deliver
What I am saying is that the sense of commitment, satisfaction and discipline is so easily spilt over into other areas into your life if you apply it the same way as you do in the transformation. Its not easy, if it were, everyone would be walking around with great bodies but the rewards that you can achieve will never stop, if you don't want it to. Remind yourself, you want the results bad enough and you will achieve it.
We are all created with the ability to deliver, some of us decide to do just that, others don't. If you don't deliver then you will have to change in order to succeed at this challenge, but sometimes that can be easier said than done.
Nutrition and exercise can be quite an easy path for some to follow but yet many of these people never seem to reach the success they set out to achieve, and the reasoning behind this, predominantly comes down to is the ability to apply knowledge.
A deeper look inside yourself and understanding how you normally think or react will help you collect the motivational tools to fix a picture of how you would like to appear in 12 weeks time.
Think back, are you a person that normally makes excuses? An excuse is a very comfortable foe that is always there to rely upon. If you keep entertaining this foe, he will eventually beat your motivation down to a pulp. Make a commitment with yourself for a day that every time you have a negative though, change it for a positive one, or try to see the bright side of the situation. Please do not neglect the fact that bad situations will arise, they always do, but try to react in a different way, don't beat yourself up, acknowledge the situation, deal with it in a positive manner and move on.
Do not dwell on it, if you do you will tend to live in the past, for a successful future, you need to look forward. Once you have made the commitment for a day to change negative thoughts to a positive, you have already reinforced a positive habit that will be easier to follow the next day and the day after that.
As negative habits become a part of your life, positive ones can do the same and they are all manifested from a single thought.
Surround Yourself With Positives
Try to surround yourself with positive emotions, places and people. The more negative rants you have directed at you, the more likely you will be given reason to stop your positive evolution and therefore fail on your challenge. Positive friends should be your choice of social circumstance throughout these 12 weeks to make you feel comfortable with your decision to change. All it takes is a moment of weakness, one negative person to plant the seed of a negative thought which in turn can turn to cheating and failure.
BodySpace: Find People With The Same Goals
It can be extremely hard to find a circle of friends that have the same goals as you but I can tell you of such a group of new friends waiting for you to give you the support and encourage meant you need providing you don't mind giving some back at times of their need.
BodySpace is similar to MySpace in the sense that people from all around the world join a community in search of new friends, except BodySpace is customized for the person whom is interested in health and fitness and would like to take advantage of the amazing workout tables, tracker and guides it has to offer. On Bodyspace you can log in your training stats and goals and can constantly track your progress with the advantage of support and encouragement of other like minded people.
Visualization can put the fear into oneself. Once you have that before picture taken, be sure to get several copies made up. By putting one in your wallet, on your fridge or somewhere you will be constantly reminded of what you look like and sometimes this can be all the fear you need to reinforce the reason why you started this challenge and why you should stick to your initial goals.
Motivational Pep Talks
Everyday I recommend that you continue to have a pep talk conversation with yourself via pen and paper. Just like writing a diary, jot down how many days you have left in your challenge, why you should be motivated and rewrite your goals. Last week it may have been to lose 20 lbs, this week it maybe to lose 18 lbs. Statistics tell us that people who constantly write down their goals and the reason why they should stay motivated are the ones that have a much higher percentage of success.
To help you constantly remind yourself of your goals and help you stay motivated, I have written some printable quotes that have proven quite successful with my clients in times of need. Cut each of the quotes that you find of most benefit to you and place them around your house, work place and in your wallet or purse.
In when you feel like you have hit a black spot, a plateau or a time of craving, read the quotes and remind yourself of why you started this challenge, why you need to change, how you want to cross the finish line and how you want to look like when you do. A small tool like this can fix big problems, here are the quotes: