I tired exercising once and I wasn’t slim

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Imagine you’re chatting to your friend.

They want to get in better shape.

You, as you might, recommend some changes to their eating and some exercise.

“I tried exercising once and I wasn’t fit after” they reply.

Or “I dieted for a day and hadn’t lost weight”.

I’m sure you know what you’d say.

“You need to give it longer”.

“Results come over time – once won’t do much, but they all add up”.

But it’s easy to make the same mistake with other things we might try.

We try meditating once.

Aren’t instantly in a zen like state of completely calm, and give up on it.

Get frustrated that our brain isn’t instantly ’empty’ even though it’s been running at 100 miles per hour for years or decades.

Same thing.

It’s a cumulative process.

Start rubbish at it and practice yourself through pretty bad to mediocre to okayish.

I know, because I’ve tried in the past and given up

But have since got into a regular practice of it.

And seen the results add up.

Started bad.

With too high an expectation.

That I should have ‘no thoughts’.

Then got annoyed that I’m thinking about having no thoughts.

Then got annoyed that I’m getting annoyed.

But, meditation isn’t an emptying of the brain.

When I realised this, the game changed.

It’s creating that little bit of ‘space’.

That little bit of slowing down.

Creating that ‘gap’ between impulse and response.

Freeing, maybe 2 or 3% of our focus and concentration to start.

Becoming ever so slightly less frazzled.

Just a period of time (maybe just a minute or two to start) with an intention of dropping that 100mph down a little.

Maybe to just 99 to start.

But, over time, to, maybe, 90 then 80 then 70.

Same as exercising and eating better, it doesn’t happen overnight.

Start bad and practice yourself better.

And accept each one for what little it is.

Yet how much it adds up over time.

Much love,

Jon ’10 minutes a day’ Hall and Matt ‘Shady’ Nicholson

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About The Author

Jon Hall

Starting in the fitness industry in 2002 and working up from free-lance Personal Trainer to Club Manager, Area Manager, and now co-owner of The Academy - Group Transformation Centre as well as training new Personal Trainers for the PT Academy, running online programmes and developing support products for other PTs, Jon has seen and done it all in his chosen field.   With a passion for helping people change their lives by addressing thought processes and mental breaks (rather than shouting at people at telling them to eat less and move more), Jon has an unparalleled record in helping people achieve amazing life and body transformations.   Enter your info in the box to the right of the screen to find out more about how we can help your transform your life and body in as little as 28 Days.   You can read '28 things you might not know about Jon'' here   Visit the main Academy GTC site: www.theacademygtc.co.uk   Website keywords: Macclesfield personal training weight loss gym