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By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness  

In life, we can have results or reasons - if you are not getting the results, you want your reasons - which are the lies that you keep telling yourself.

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When it comes to losing weight, one of the first things people always ask is how do I get started?

Well first, you must decide to make a change, but that’s only part of the answer.
The other part is…kind of obvious really! You must MAKE that change. And the most powerful time to act on your goals?

It is not tomorrow, not next week or next month. It is not after things die down a little, when you are not as stressed or when the big job interview or holiday goes by, when the kids grow up or graduate or move out…do you see the pattern?

The time to act on your goals is NOW. If something is moving, that is a start. One moment will stack on top of another and before you know it, you will have arrived at your destination.

For those who get it, you will be one of those people who achieve big life goals. But most people continually delay taking action with excuses.

Why?

Excuses are lies that you tell yourself to make yourself feel better for not taking action and guess what there will be no shortage of excuses as they are so easy to come up with because it’s easy to lie to yourself. But if your desire to succeed is greater than your desire to do nothing then you will not have any excuses…just results.

Everyone has days and times when they do not want to do anything. They want to come home from work early and do nothing or they don't want to get up early to exercise. They don't want to put in the effort required for success. From the most successful to the least successful people on earth, we all have these moments. But the difference is that successful people have a stronger desire to succeed than they do to fail.
So, they stop making excuses, focus on the tasks at hand rather than the simple and cosy stories they tell themselves, and take the necessary action to achieve their goal. They may not want to do it but sometimes you must do things you don't want to or don’t feel like doing.

If you are waiting until next week because this is a “busy week” for you, then you are going to be waiting another week, then a month, then a year and then you look back and see that you will always be busy! Why? Every week is busy!

Even if it’s imperfect, give yourself permission to make yourself and your fitness and health goals a priority, and make your desire to succeed GREATER than your excuse.

Now truly is the most powerful time to start your goals. The reality is that the future is now. This is all we have. Take action and lose the excuses.

It can be helpful to have some structure when beginning something new. Being held accountable for your actions can also lead to better results.

If you would like some extra support and accountability with your nutrition and fitness, please contact us at nutrition@activate.ie. 

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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