If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!

Results ALWAYS happen 1 step / 1 lap / 1 lunge past where most people give up so they never get to see the results they are looking for as fast as they want them.


I know how it feels when you just want to give up. When you are too tired to try.  When you are too busy to make the time.

BUT, I also know how amazing it feels to pull it together and push past those feelings.  To give it your all with exercise and proper nutrition.

You know what I’m talking about.  When you workout and you push beyond the tired and give, “Three more, two more, one more. You did it!!”

You feel strong and proud!!

How do you feel when you stop halfway thru an exercise?  When you walk when you know you can run?  When you give into those cravings when you think you are hungry?


We all need to be reminded that the MAGIC doesn’t happen on the 1st mile, it happens when you go the EXTRA mile for yourself and for others.

Anybody who knows anything about weight training or dieting will tell you that you get most of your results from those last 2-3 reps you don’t want to do, or from those last few weeks that you really don’t want to diet.

But here’s the catch.

Most people quit on themselves and their goals and dreams, right when it gets tough.


Unfortunately, they then never get to experience the MAGIC that would have taken place for them. That same magic that could have transformed them from ordinary to extraordinary.

I’ve said it over and over again, but I’ll repeat it here one more time…you don’t have to be 50% or 100% better than everyone else when you diet or exercise.


You only need to be 5% better.  5% is it. 5% is all it takes to be extraordinary.  To be better than the average.  To accomplish more than the norm.


That’s it.

  • Push past your desire to stop.  Do a little bit more today.
  • Do one more rep. Run a bit faster on that lap.
  • Drink one more glass of water.
  • Eat that salad
  • Workout even on those days you are tired (I promise you will leave feeling more energetic).
  • Motivate one more person to exercise with you.

Are YOU ready to give 5% more today?


I saw this the other day:

I exercise because I can. When I get tired, I remember those that can’t exercise and what they would give to have this simple gift that I take for granted, and I work harder for them.


Focus on that when you think you can’t do one more rep or go the distance.

I know you can tough it out; CHALLENGE CREATES CHANGE.  Make that your mantra when you want to give up.








  1. This cold weather has been hard to deal with, too bad we couldn’t all have been in Disney for the run. Along with shoveling a triple width of a driveway ( I am extremely anal about snow on my driveway & sidewalk…but that’s another story) I have been working out at home before 6 am. I just get out of bed, throw on my shorts, t-shirt & running shoes. I go to my family room and just begin ~ it’s not always easy to motivate myself but I am doing something.I wrote out an intensive list of exercises to follow so when I don’t know what to do next it helps me out. My husband & I talked about how much our eating has changed over the course of being married for 20 years. He comes from and Italian household ~ yet we now rarely eat pasta unless we visit his parents. Bread has for the most part left our home and we have definitely increased our vegetable consumption. We love warm, hearty and healthy soups ~they have been a mainstay on these cold nights.

  2. Def put in my extra 5% today on my run by increasing the hills. My hip flexors tell me I did anyways. Here’s a tweet I sent today on the walk portion of my run
    @Paramedic_Mike: Your muscles tell you they can’t! But your mind has the power to say to them “Beat it!” #YouCanDoIt #PowerOn #RunChat
    I read this blog post before my run and it helped me to push on when muscles said no. It also inspired my tweet. I find cheering myself on like that on twitter has actually helped me! I just keep telling myself over and over these things I tweet. #MindOverMuscle

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