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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

This is what the path to success looks like; you’re going to make progress, then you’re going to backtrack almost to zero again, then you’ll make a bit more progress, and then you’ll backtrack almost to the point you were last time.

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Progress, backtrack; progress; backtrack. Gain weight, lose weight. Get 20 unbroken pull-ups, fall to six again.

But here’s the reason to keep going: Every time you loop back, you won’t go quite as far backward as before. The loops get smaller.

And you’ll also start to notice that you’re not backtracking quite as often as before. Someday you’ll look up and think, “Wow, I’ve gone a whole year without gaining any major weight”, and when you have little bumps, thinking this way will help you keep your perspective.

A friend of mine often quotes the term “high class problems”, and I love the phrase because it reminds me that while problems will never go away, they get smaller in magnitude and less frequent over time. Deadlift dropped from 120 to 90? Shame. At least you can still pick almost a hundred kilos off the floor!

Many people get stuck in that first loop of fitness forever: try something, make progress, fall off. Sometimes their programmes, diets or tricks are unsustainable, sometimes they’re boring and sometimes they just don’t work.

But usually, after six weeks, the exerciser is a bit further along. And even if he or she falls off, the fall won’t be all the way back.

Maybe after too much eating, drinking, and resting you’ve fallen backward, but you can still show up. You haven’t lost your touch. And when you fall back again, you’ll be even further ahead. You’re building a margin for lapses.

If for no other reason, go to the gym today because today’s problems are slightly less horrible than last year’s problems. I’ve been there.

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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