How Getting On That Bike And Riding It Can Take You From Point A to Point B In Your Moment Of Crisis

Just do it. That was the final thought I had right before agreeing to learn how to ride the bike. After all, it wasn’t really my idea. I’d mentioned a few times (jokingly) that I wouldn’t stand for riding on the back of his as apposed to riding my own. My husband was dead serious when he pointed out to me (like where the h*** did that come from?) that we had some time right now and he’d teach me how to ride.

Quick, make and excuse! That was my first thought after gathering my composure from the near fainting spell caused by his words. I know I’d said I wanted to learn but now that the moment was here (and we really did have time) I was pretty determined to back out (kicking and screaming if necessary). A barrage of crap ran through my brain of what to say in order to banish the thought from his mind. I let a few pieces of that crap slip out. Finally he politely and very kindly told me it was ok. We’d do it another time.

I could hear myself screaming “You chicken sh**!!! You’re making yourself look like a big fat liar”!! Those overbearing belittling words pounded in my head so loudly that I couldn’t make out exactly what his gentle but badgering words were until I finally said “Oh for the love of God let’s just go do it”. About 1 minute and 10 seconds later I found myself in the car (still unsure to this day how I got there) following him on the bike to the empty school parking lot; my training site.

After the “here’s how to operate the bike” briefing, sweat pouring off of me, I reluctantly jumped on and OMG it was heavy! I heard myself say “you gotta be kiddin me”. My first few attempts were pretty lousy. The bike launched forward a bit as I popped the clutch and stalled it, and immediately the voice was back. “Screw this. It’s just not your thing and you can’t do it. Just tell him it’s not happening and get back in your car and go home”. A thick, ugly wave of shame hovered over me like fog and I shook my head in an attempt to dissipate it.

I took a deep breath and actually tried to listen to what he was telling me. I started the bike, drove it 10 feet and stopped. I glanced over at him and he smiled at me and told me to keep going and try again but only after critiquing me and pouring on 5 more minutes of additional skill building for bike riding advice. I thought to myself, “for gosh sake I’m not racing it at the INDY 500 or anything”, and I slowly let out the clutch.

I got past that “too slow to go” speed where you can’t even keep your balance on the damn thing and drove it for a few seconds in 1st gear. I tried again and got to 2nd gear. I turned around and headed back to him in the big 3rd gear (there are 6 by the way) and that moment changed everything for me. I was ridin’! Never mind the fact that I was only doing 25 MPH, I was ridin’! I rode right past him (with a smile) and around the school building and back to where I started.

The reason I shared this story with you is so you could get a feel for where all of these thoughts and emotions came from, and understand that despite them, IT can be done and it really doesn’t matter what IT is. In this case IT was riding the bike but for me it really hit home with my business as well. Everything I thought, everything I felt and everything I breathed had erupted from my own fear, and more specifically, the fear of failure.

Now this article isn’t about overcoming your fears of failure, because fear of failing is a normal part of getting a business going. It’s about realizing that it’s OK to have those fears, and then realizing that in order to get from point A to point B in your network marketing business, you have to “ride” them, or acknowledge them. From here, you simply have to face them, and then take steps every day, even if they’re small steps, to move with them and through them in order to get to your destination.

You can’t just wave a magic wand and make fear go away, so notice that I didn’t say get past your fears. You may never do that and that’s OK but I promise you this. They will lessen with each attempt at progress. You’ll start to look at them with a wicked smile on your face and say to yourself “Uh huh, I got you now”.

I’m excited for my next riding lesson now, but make no mistake, the fear is still there. I just had to make the decision not to be defeated, even if for a second I slip back into “chicken little” mode. I don’t have a goal of becoming a master at riding. I don’t even have a goal of getting that bike on the highway, but I do have a goal right now of getting it into 4th gear and yes, I feel like I need to say it again. I’m scared sh**less!

So take a good look at what is scaring you about your current network marketing business or starting one. Acknowledge it, but don’t accept it. Allow it only to be a marker for your point A, then start taking action right now. Take a step every day to move your business forward and you’ll very quickly find that doing this builds momentum and you’ll want to shift into 2nd gear, then 3rd.

How to Blast Ugly Belly Fat at Home – The Key Power Weight Loss Tips You Need

Are you ready to learn how to lose belly fat at home? Not only is it entirely possible, but it can be done much quicker than you can imagine right now. You don’t need expensive equipment to trim down your waist, though the most effective way to do it may surprise you.

You essentially lose fat stores from under your skin and around your organs by burning off more calories than you consume on a daily basis. When this occurs, your body runs out of immediate calories to break down for energy and must dip into your stored calories to sustain your daily activity, regular body functions, and of course those exercise sessions.

If you guessed that stored calories are the fat under your skin, you got it right! When you eat more calories than your body can burn right away, the excess is stored in your fat cells. These cells grow larger and larger and you can never get rid of them.

Thankfully, you can shrink them. This is done by eating fewer calories than you burn on a regular basis. This will force your body to make up the extra calories it needs by pulling from your fat stores. Some of that stored fat will come from your belly and that is how to lose belly fat at home.

So, are you still wondering how to lose belly fat at home? Here are just a few exercises that burn a lot of calories without gym access:

* Speed Walking


* Stationary Bike or Treadmill

* Exercise Videos (Pilates, Kickboxing, etc.)

* Lifting Dumbbells

* Dancing

Literally anything that gets your heart rate up will be effective at burning away belly fat, as long as you are also restricting calories in some way.

Exercise Bikes – No Gym Membership Required

If you have been considering the purchase of an exercise bike, there are several factors you should consider before taking the plunge. First and foremost, you have to find a place in your home to park it.

Next, you need to decide whether you want a recumbent bike, a semi-recumbent bike or a standard upright bike. Of course, you can purchase two or all three, but then we’re talking real money…

Once you have decided which type of bike to purchase, there’s still some homework to do.

The best way to determine the quality of any individual bike is to check out Consumer Reports and unreimbursed consumer reviews – probably online for convenience.

Checking out Reviews

In addition to checking out reviews online, you can also ask among your family and friends or at a local health club.

Weigh such features as performance, function, and quality of construction. While many exercise bikes come with warranties, it is a case of buyer beware.

What to Look For

One of the first things to evaluate when choosing an exercise bike is comfort. Ideally, you should be able to sit comfortably in an easily-adjustable seat.

If you can’t use the exercise bike in comfort, odds are high are you aren’t going to use beyond week one. And if you can’t adjust the seat, you are not likely to feel comfortable in it – another deterrent to long-term use.

While checking out reviews, keep an eye open for discount offers while scouring the Internet. This can save you a substantial amount of money.

And even if you don’t find a lower cost bike, you will at least have a good idea of the fair market pricing of the exercise bike that has your attention.

Have Realistic Expectations

If you read reviews that sound like they were written by somebody trying to sell you something, you can almost be certain they were. All bikes have pro’s and con’s, so be realistic.

Knowing potential flaws associated with a specific exercise bike as well as the benefits can help you to make an informed decision, as well as prevent ugly surprises after your purchase.

Additional Exercise Bike Options

If you don’t have Internet access or even if you just prefer a more personal approach to shopping around, you should consider checking out your local gym for recommendations and general information about exercise bikes.

Alternatively, if you can’t afford to purchase a bike or simply don’t have the space, joining a nearby gym can be a viable alternative.

Permanent Weight Loss – 6 Fun Tips to Help Keep Ugly Weight Off

It’s common knowledge that exercise is a necessary element for permanent weight loss. But it is hard starting a workout regimen especially if we haven’t been exercising on a daily basis. Try these simple tips to make exercise more fun so that you can reach your weight loss goals.

1. Join a gym

Gym memberships can include fun classes such as Zumba and yoga. Take advantage of the classes at your local gym. Try to get involved in these free classes, doing the exercises with others in a friendly environment will get you exercising more often. Also check out cycling, aerobics, dance, martial arts and water classes.

2. Get a buddy

Most people are intimidated to ask their friends if they want to work out together, but you might not realize that your friends are secretly hoping that they can find someone to workout with too. Try jogging or biking, they are fantastic for permanent weight loss, especially with a buddy. You will enjoy working out more, since you would be distracted with your buddy you won’t focus on the intense workout. Another plus is that you can keep tabs on each other and encourage each other to work out more often.

3. Join a team

There are so many different sports out there, so explore the different kinds. You may find that not only do you enjoy working out with your fellow teammates, but that the sport itself is really fun. This will ensure that you are working out at least on a weekly basis or however many times practices are, and you will feel better as a whole.

4. Tour the state parks

Venturing out into the great outdoors will not only give you a great workout, but you can explore nature’s beauty. You could set a goal to see all the state parks in your area and do all the hikes, or bike the many trails. Another bonus is that most you can get into most state parks for free or for a few bucks. The secret to permanent weight loss is to keep things exciting so exercise becomes natural to you.

5. Get a dog

Getting a dog will get you out walking more. Try taking your beloved pooch for a game of fetch, Frisbee or mindless running. Not only will you be having a great time working out with your pup, but your dog will love the additional exercise.

6. Reward yourself

When you get on a good exercise routine allow for some simple rewards. These rewards can be anything from letting yourself eat dessert to splurging on a new outfit. Just make sure you don’t overdo it on the rewards. Rewarding yourself for being on target will motivate you to exercise more.

You don’t need to do all of these ideas to achieve permanent weight loss. Try one or two of these options and figure out what works best for you. If you haven’t been exercising on a consistent basis, start slowly and work your way up little by little. Start off with 15 minutes and add on 5 minutes a day until you reach the amount of time that you want to spend exercising.