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Do Not Let What You Cannot Do Interfere…

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” ~ John Wooden

So, you cannot do something . . . now.  Will you let that stop you from the things you CAN do?  Or, will you let it stop you from learning to do that which you cannot do?  Don’t set limitations on yourself based on what you can or cannot do right now.  Make a plan to learn, practice, experiment . . . just DO!  We needn’t expect perfection from ourselves right off the bat.  Those professionals out there, they’ve had many years of practice.  The majority of them weren’t just born knowing what they know.  They all started out as amateurs, novices and made plenty of mistakes along the way.  Why should you expect any different from yourself?

The time is NOW . . . put on that positive can-do attitude, improve on your abilities little-by-little, keep making progress, no matter how slowly, and before you know it, SUCCESS!

Feel free to contact me if I can help encourage you toward that success, no matter your intention or goal.

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30 Day Shred Results [The Post-Pregnancy Edition]

Alrighty, so I started Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred on April 1, 2012 and finished on April 30, 2012.  My schedule was roughly this:

Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs = 30DS (6 days per level)
Tues & Fri = Cardio
Saturday = Rest / Yoga

My before/after measurements are thus:

weight   164.5/168.0
neck      13.75/14.25
waist     37.0/35.25
hips      45.0/44.25
arms    12.5/12.0
thighs   24.5/24.0

Yep, you read that first one right.  I gained weight.  And I know exactly why.  But, I’m not bothered by it, I know what I need to do from May 1 to May 31, 2012, in order to see even better results, and I did lose inches and regain my stamina from before my pregnancy.  Overall, I really cannot complain.  Only clean up the eating habits from here on out and continue to push myself physically.  This should prove easier to handle now that my infant is no longer a newborn and is falling into more of a schedule during the day, and definitely sleeping through the night consistently.

And now, the before/after photos:  (Click on the photos to see a larger version of each)

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Enjoy the Endless Journey

“You’re never going to get to any final place. And so, we want to remind you to relax and start having fun on the way.” ~ Abraham-Hicks™

Goals are GREAT.  They give us something to strive for.  However, once we reach that goal, there will always be another goal, there will always be another want, another need, another desire.  As the quote says above, there is never any final place, ever.  Life is a creative journey.  There will always be things to do, things to see, people to love, wants, desires… you get the idea.  So, let’s take the advice above and relax.  Have some fun along the way.  Create great memories.  If you don’t like where you are now, do something to change it!

Thoughts?

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International Women’s Day

http://www.internationalwomensday.com

https://www.facebook.com/Internationalwomensday

“International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.  The first International Women’s Day event was run in 1911.”

What can you do to honor International Women’s Day?

  • Go to millionmomschallenge.org/action and choose an action. Join the conversation and share a post from their blog or community — stories that highlight women across the globe.
  • Honor yourself as a woman (or a woman in your life, if you are a man) by recognizing your/her strengths, achievements and ambitions.  Praise yourself/her.  Treat yourself/her to some “me” time!
  • Let me know in a comment below, which female in your life has been your biggest inspiration and why?
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Bridging the Gap

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.” ~ Jim Rohn  

Self-discipline is one of the MOST important bridges between what you want to achieve [your goals] and actually achieving them [accomplishments].

How is self-discipline achieved?  For me, it has been a matter of selecting and implementing new, more productive habits [slowly] one-by-one, to replace those old, worn out ones.

It’s best to take things slowly, changing one habit at a time, rather than trying to change many things at once.  Getting yourself used to one new habit before introducing a new one helps to slowly ease you into change and helps you accomplish more, because you’re less likely to feel overwhelmed by so many changes all at once.

I set myself attainable, achievable goals, I stick with them as best I can, and the results often speak for themselves.  Sticking with something takes discipline and lots of it, especially at the beginning when it’s new and a little scary.  If you slip, get back up and begin again.  Don’t give up just because it seems hard in the moment.  Or just because you slip up once or twice.   Be headstrong in your determination.  For no one else but YOU can make that decision to change your life for the better.

However, do let me know if I can help you in ANY way to stick to your goals.  Yes, only YOU can make the decision to get started, but it often helps to have someone to whom you can hold yourself accountable, especially at the outset of a new goal.  Someone who can help you stay determined, stay on track, or help you pick yourself up and carry on through an obstacle or roadblock.  You don’t have to do this alone.  Feel free to email me anytime at: mrs.chandra.sullivan (at) gmail.com

Have a determined day!

~ Chandra Sullivan

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A fresh start …

The original blog I’d been using for the Motivation. page on Facebook got to be such a hodgepodge of personal, family, fitness, motivational, product review stuff that I felt it simply made the most sense for me to branch off from all the chaos and begin a fresh blog geared specifically toward my motivational venture, Spark Your Motivation.  It’s the first step toward taking this adventure in new and exciting directions.

Like the Zig Ziglar quote in the photo suggests, I will be updating and renewing this endeavor daily [while also caring for a newborn very, very soon].  So please bear with me during the upcoming transition period, but also be on the lookout for the new avenues I will be implementing to help me help you spark YOUR motivation.

Any ideas, suggestions, or comments are always welcome.  Just leave a comment here or post an idea right on Motivation.’s Facebook page.  I appreciate it!

~ Chandra Sullivan

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