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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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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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