Heart Month: 5 Reasons Why it’s Important to do the Hard Work with FREE Printable


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If you are thinking about changing your lifestyle, or you are underway – you know with no uncertainty – that it’s hard.  No doubt, it is hard.  It takes work, it takes effort, it even feels like a bit of sacrifice in the beginning – so why in the world do it?

Here are my top 5 reasons why you should not only do the hard work – but revere it, embrace it and love the journey.

5 Reasons Why you Should Do it “The Hard Way”

1.  There are people that try to sell you a “quick fix.”  I am sure you have seen it.  Just take a look at Dr. Oz during the week.  He’s always trying to sell one pill or another – promising that this one will work.

And maybe it does.  Maybe it works.  But then you stop taking it and what happens?

It’s the vicious cycle that repeats itself – which leads to depression, self-loathing, feelings of failure, and low self-esteem.  And what if it’s not safe?  In the worst case scenario, it leads to health problems.

Doing it the hard way – is well, hard.  But you learn so much about food, the way your body responds, about yourself and your abilities, the ability to overcome and to triumph.  And it happens healthily – through proper nutrition and exercise – the foundation to not only losing weight but maintaining it.


2.  You can own your own results – which is HUGE.  If you commit to your own success, you will have success in one way or another.  You might lose weight, you will probably lose all the weight.  Regardless, you will get stronger, you will get leaner, and you will see the fruits of your labor.  The sense of accomplishment, no matter what strides you make, is amazing!


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3.  A weight loss journey is more about finding yourself, than about losing weight.  Much more.  Don’t believe it?  Take a look at the post I wrote on Mirror Watching.  You impact everyone around you, including your own family.  In my own journey, I found my self-esteem, self-respect and developed a newfound love for life.  I also became a more energetic, compassionate, and enthusiastic homeschool mom and wife.  It’s like the world has brand new colors.


By setting a good example, I changed my family's story. #cleaneating #fitness #health#21dfx


4.  When you undergo the hard work, the setbacks, and the successes – in the end – whether you lose 5 lbs. or 150 lbs. – you are more likely to maintain your weight loss.  That’s what it’s about, right?  Maintainance?  The goal that eludes so many people.

Why is this the case?  Because you have developed a healthy lifestyle – that you figured out – must be carried out in every stage of life and every day.  You have figured out how to “work the program” through every holiday, birthday and every day – even when you don’t feel like it.  You have developed the tools and tricks to get you through.


5.  Because work is what we are supposed to do.  It’s part of our progression in this life.  Work is essential – especially when it’s hard.  If you want to change your story, you must be willing to work.  Work has been the part of life, since the Fall of Adam.

Work is the plan.


30 minutes fitness + clean eating+ accountability = success



Learn to embrace it – and you will go far.  Be fearful of it, and your wishes, hopes, and dreams will elude you.


Are you thinking about starting a weight loss journey?  What are your fears/hesitations? Do you need help staying on Track? Download this free exercise/food tracking printable below.

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About Lisa

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  1. Another amazing post Lisa. It is my story too, that losing weight the hard way not only yielded a loss in pounds but I gained a confidence and self worth that has made me feel invincible and translated to many other areas of my life. It has aided in my learning more about myself emotionally, physically and spiritually. Also, it has taught me how my own body responds to diet and nutrition. We are not all cookie cutter and our bodies and responses are different. I like the add in about Adam. I never considered that aspect~ Thank you for this post!
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  2. Oh. Yes. I have done many quick fixes and end up back where I was. Work is everything. THANKS!
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  3. Wow you seem like a great role model for your kids. Way to go mama!

  4. Thank you for the motivation!
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