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Visibly Fit: Mind, Body & Spirit!
by Wendie Pett, Fitness and Lifestyle expert

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Success in any endeavor depends on our depth of desire and willingness to pay the price. My perspective shifted recently while conducting a training seminar. I realized that what I was really seeing was in, a word - COURAGE!

Webster says courage is, "The capacity to meet danger without giving way to fear; to have the courage of one's convictions; and to be willing to put one's opinions into practice."

Taking on anything in life requires courage. Look at the multitude of choices we have just in the area of our health. Go to a gym, workout at home, don't workout at all. See a medical doctor, chiropractor or naturopath when we are sick. Eat healthy wholesome foods, eat fatty junk foods, or choose not to eat at all. Become a meat eater, vegetarian, or vegan. Take care of the bodies we were given, ignore them or abuse them. This list could literally go on and on.

Choose, choose and choose

I have the privilege of training a friend in her early 50s using a workout routine that she can do anytime, anywhere with no equipment. Every day we work out she shows incredible courage to pay the price to transform herself. In almost six months she has lost over 61 pounds and well over 30 inches. I am proud of her! Her courage is heroic!

Imagine wanting to transform yourself into a "new" you and not knowing where to turn because there are so many opinions available. When we started working together the movements were very limited due to the extra weight and with every stomach crunch and every resistance exercise we did, it took courage for her.

The courage to trust my opinion and put it into practice! Courage in this case is about letting go of fear, welcoming direction and following her inner strength.

Having the courage to crunch can be your first step to a new you. Start small. Do something every day toward your goals. Have the courage to continue. It literally takes guts to get rid of yours!

WENDIE PETT is a mother and fitness expert, the author of Every Woman's Guide to Personal Power and co-author of The Miracle Seven. She trains people individually and conducts seminars to corporate groups to help teach others how to maximize their wellness through the balance of mind, body and spirit. For more information on Wendie visit www.wendiepett.com.

@ 3:21pm ET on May 8, 2008 What a great inspirational blog. Thank you!
@ 3:29pm ET on May 8, 2008 Thanks for the motivation, that was inspiring!
@ 7:31pm ET on May 8, 2008 Thanx for all the advice. I totally agree with you about everything being about courage!
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