Not quite conquering the world, but claiming a very small piece
Sometime before Christmas 2017 I saw a video on YouTube of someone completing 12 hours of burpees and setting a world record in the process. I can’t tell you how I came across it, I’m not sure if I searched for it or if it was just one of those suggested videos on the side. Nevertheless, I watched it (it wasn’t 12 hours long) and for some strange reason, although I thought it looked tough I thought it looked achievable. A few people have said why would it cross my mind to try this particular challenge. I had done 2 or 3 (I really can’t remember how many) Great North Runs (half marathons) between 2005 - 2008, I had also done 2 x 10km obstacles races between 2014 - 2016 and I believe my running days are behind me. A bleep test now and then seems to highlight knee and ankle issues, so honestly, I just don’t run much. I knew I wanted the challenge to be an endurance type event as I figured that a long timed event captures people's attention and is more relatable than lifting a particular weight or obscure exercise. But I think it came down to the fact that I include burpees fairly regularly in my training whether it’s for clients or myself and people tend to love to hate them as a muscle burning, lung busting exercise.
What made me think I could achieve it? It was a handful of training sessions that I did during December. I thought I would just test the water so I did an hour of ‘Guinness standard’ burpees, which is to start standing, jump your feet back behind a measured line, go flat on the floor with arms out to the side, push your chest off the floor, jump your feet back forward, stand up and jump. The hour felt OK, so I then did around 90 minutes and there were no niggles or pains. Now I know that 90 minutes is very different to 12 hours and bearing in mind that I have never trained for more than 1 hour 45 minutes (Great North Runs) but something clicked and I thought that I just might be able to do it. So I committed. I’m always talking and spreading the word of goal setting and training with purpose and for a while leading up to this point I had been floating through my training being quite generic in my progressions. This was what I needed. So in January I posted a Facebook live video explaining what I was planning on doing and the seed was sown, there was no turning back. I tell people to write down their goals and aspirations as I believe it makes them more real and concrete, but posting a video for the whole world to see literally is putting yourself out there to be accountable.
Over the next 16 weeks I was to execute my training plan. The plan itself was based on an ultra-marathon training plan. My thinking was that if I based my burpee time on similar running hours then I wouldn’t be far off. The plan consisted of various length sessions, multiple daily sessions and pace variations. The idea was to get the volume through my body and to push me mentally. The ultra-marathon plan suggested 8 hours as the longest session, within a very high mileage week in around week 12-14. That was my initial plan as well and I don’t know when it changed but it did. I wanted to go for as long as I could to get anywhere close to what it may feel like on the day. But when the weeks came around I couldn’t bring myself to do it. It was a combination of a scheduling issues and the fact that I was experiencing wrist and big toe pain and didn’t want to risk pushing it too much before the event.
So I ended up doing 2x6 hours in the space of 10 days. They felt ok, now I know that may sound strange but they did, 6 hours of burpees, twice. The second session was tougher than the first because I wasn’t fuelled or prepped well enough but by managing the rests I got them done and most importantly was on course for the reps I wanted to achieve.
I do remember at this point speaking to a few people reference the challenge and telling them I was only going for 6 hours in training and they were quite surprised that I wasn’t going longer. But I was as happy as I could be that I was on course and sticking with my plan.
Let’s talk strategy. There was a number of options that were open to me. I had 12 hours to do as many burpees as I could. Did I go fast, slow, 1 hour sessions, go for as long as possible in each set? I did some maths and based on the small practice sessions I had done I went for a rep count. It had roughly been taking me twenty four minutes to complete two hundred reps. Granted that was over shorter sessions but they felt sustainable. I would then take a 3-4 minutes rest and go again. If I stuck to that plan, it would give me 4800 burpees in 12 hours.
The big day (Sunday 29th April) was nearly here, about three days away actually. I had been training almost exclusively based on the two hundred reps plan. But the week leading up to the event I had been tapering my sessions and doing steady sessions without breaks. It was then that I had a thought to change my strategy. I decided that if I went for thirty minutes straight, no matter how many reps, then rested for four minutes I would essentially get more burpee time. The extra 6 minutes didn’t seem too much to handle. It would then hopefully get me ahead of my target over the course of the twelve hours.
So with the training done, a day of rest had, it was the big day. I had a not so perfect nights sleep with feelings of excitement and nervousness flowing, a 4:30AM wake up followed by peanut butter on toast. I took on my first batch of a pre-workout drink to give me a kick and headed to the village hall. I arrived at around 5:20AM and started to set up the matts, measured out the taped lines on the floor and set up the cameras and laptops (all part of the guidelines for the record).
My first two volunteers arrived (Glen and Del) at 5:30AM to help finalise the set up. The support I had so far had been amazing and I had a team of helpers scheduled throughout the day to make sure I stayed on track. Just before we were ready to get going a friend of mine (Jon), who I hadn’t seen in a long time turned up as a surprise. He was there to support and help for the day. It was such a great shock and a massive boost to my already high level of anxiousness and excitement, I was even more raring to go.
So it began, at 6:06AM (six minutes behind schedule) I started twelve hours of burpees. I’m not going to go through each rep, don’t worry, but give you an overview of the twelve hours.
I was sticking to my new plan of 30 minutes work, 4 minutes rest and my toe and wrist niggles were being kept at bay. What did start to happen though is at around hour four both elbows started to feel tender. I think it was a combination of compensating to avoid wrist pain and over extension of the arms at the top of the push up part of the movement.
Energy was good, refuelling was going well and I was ahead of schedule in my reps. I tried to keep the thirty minute work rate going for as long as I could. I was hitting around 230 reps per session. I think at around hour 7 though I changed tactics. My reps were dropping and my rest was increasing each block so I changed to doing 200 reps as fast as possible and then resting. It helped to maintain my rhythm and keep me on track.
Fuelling. I had planned to eat bagels and flapjacks as they thought they would sit well and add some fuel. But early on the only things I could stomach were jelly babies, carbohydrate gels, my workout mix drink and sugar tea (how English is that). The tea was the surprising thing for me, I really hadn’t planned it but the sugary warmness really helped in between fresh cold drinks. I tried to chew a few bites of a bagel but it felt so stodgy and dry I just couldn't do it. I had done some maths in regards to the amount of carbohydrates I was planning on consuming so had multiple bags of jelly babies laid out which helped me ration them over the day. What I did need towards the end was a couple of emergency caffeine gels to get me to through which were supplied by some willing onlookers (thank you!). I have also been asked about toilet habits over the 12 hours baring in mind I drank around 5-6 litres of water but I can remember only going once I think. The body is a marvellous thing and when doing something like this pretty smart so preserves and uses everything it can to assist.
The final countdown. The last hour was here. The crowd in the hall was growing and I could feel more and more eyes on me. I had people dropping in and out throughout the day which was an amazing boost. Some were unsure if to talk to me or to each other but when I could I would reassure them to please talk as it was a big distraction and any break from me just grunting and sweating face down on the floor helped. As the crowd continued to grow I could hear beer bottle lids popping and the level of general chat increasing. It felt strange but good that so many people were there supporting me.
A moment of despair. At no point throughout the whole day had I asked for a running total, I was trusting my plan and my team to ensure the numbers were being hit. I think with about 20 minutes to go I was on a break and Jon came over as I was resting. I asked the question, how many have we to do. I watched as he looked at his notepad was clearly doing some maths and then he said a number. I honestly can’t tell you what he said as all I know is that in that moment I did my own maths and I knew I couldn’t do it! I had 30 minutes to go and I’m sure he said we needed over 270 reps. I remember saying “I can’t do it, I’ve only been doing 220 reps all day and now you want me to do 270 at the very end!” I felt sick. After all this I was going to fall short. He then looked away and did some more sums and I said just tell what I’m on now...He then laughed and said you need 20 more and you have done it. I smiled and laughed too and have never felt so relieved. I know he was trying to get me to smash as many as possible by giving me a lower number but in his motivational plan he had over compensated. But we were set to do it.
As I started the next block I knew the moment was coming soon but I was going to go for the full 12 hours. So 20 reps in to my last block and at around 6PM on 29th April 2018 I heard the words announced “And that’s a new world record!” It was met with cheers, shouts, party poppers and streamers from the crowd. I kept going and with the 1 minute warning given I stepped it up a notch to squeeze in as many as possible. Finishing with a 10 second countdown from audience, it was done. I lay motionless flat, face down on the matts that I had been staring at for 12 hours. I came to my knees and felt overwhelmed. It was emotional. I stood and was greeted with another cheer, was handed a beer and took a sip. Thanks were given and hands were shaken. 4696 burpees completed in 12 hours.
I will say at this point that I literally could not have done it without every single one of my helpers, counters and fuel suppliers. To everyone who came throughout the day to support and keep me distracted thank you so much you kept me going. Also thank you to every single person who donated to the event and raised over £5000 for 2 local charities in the process you are so generous.
That night with a mixture of euphoria and caffeine running through my system I didn’t sleep well. I was expecting a crash but it didn’t come, even after consuming 2 Domino pizzas. The next day though was a different story. It felt like jet lag but swollen elbows and achy joints all over your body. I moved and did what I could but it was a day of mainly rest.
The ending. So by now you may or may not though that it was not a Guinness World Record. After all the planning, measuring, timing, counting and filming unfortunately the evidence wasn’t adequate. During the day one of my laptops crashed and missed around 15 minutes of burpees from one of the angles, rules are rules, so this meant that after reviewing the evidence they couldn’t give me the Guinness certification. It is still a world record, on film and witnessed by many people, so without a doubt I am claiming it.
Now onto something new, I’m not quite sure what that is yet but I’ll figure it out.
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The pressure to be the ‘perfect’ mum is real. You can’t just be a good parent anymore. You have to be the best business woman, the best athlete, the best chef and the best partner.
More and more is being added to the list of social musts that a woman must achieve on a daily basis to feel that they are accepted. Breastfeed your child for as long as possible, post on social media as much as possible to show how happy and rested you are, be there every waking minute for your child's development, get back to work as soon as possible to show your independence, post every single one of your child's landmarks to keep up with Gillian and her fabulous family, ensure that your family is clean, fed and are enjoying joyous days out together without any arguments.
You do all of this to then not get enough likes on your photos or to see Gillian (sorry Gillian) has posted a picture of her family watching a sunset on the plains of Africa. You just can’t do enough.
Now, whether you choose to do any of the above, I do not care. What I care about is that my wife is amazing and my mum did a fantastic job. Also, the above example is purely based on social pressures that we see and feel regularly in society, from friends and co-workers. I could have used the image portrayed for a middle aged man...or any other person for that matter.
It’s OK to not be perfect. If you are constantly seeking more you will be constantly feeling unworthy and unhappy. There is nothing wrong with who you are or what you have got. You are not inadequate. Stop chasing things you haven't got. Appreciate what you have. You may be in pursuit of the perfect body, hairstyle, skin, family, life or anything else but it doesn’t exist.
We look at others and want what they have got, but what we regularly fail to do is take stock of what we already have. We ignore the fact that others are doing the exact same thing about what we display.
This doesn’t mean you can’t strive for more, set goals or work hard for something. But ensure you are doing it for the right reasons, not just because it is the thing to do or because someone else is doing it. Care about you and the things you hold closest. Give a damn about the things you have an influence over and the things that really matter in your life. How many comments, likes or compliments you get about a new pair of shoes doesn’t really matter if that is the only reason you are wearing them. Because what happens when you don’t get any likes or comments? You might not wear those shoes again, you would feel upset that you spent the money on them and no-one even noticed, you would feel self conscious as you would start to think why didn’t anybody like or comment on the shoes, is there something wrong with them?
But you know what….it doesn’t matter, you may think it does but it really doesn’t. Our happiness comes from accepting that things might be a bit shitty sometimes but without those times there are no good times. If everything was amazing all the time then everything would be average. If you are looking at others and thinking you wish your life was extraordinary as theirs, then your life would end up being normal.
You should work hard. You shouldn’t feel entitled. But whatever you choose to do; do it for the things that you love and will help you, your friends and family.
Be your best you, as that is all you can really ever be.
We are going to talk strategies; fat loss, weight loss, calorie cutting strategies.
Let's start off by putting some facts out there. If you are logging or gauging how much food and drink you are consuming and you have worked it out to be 1000 (or there about) and you are not losing weight...then unfortunately you are not eating 1000 calories consistently.
Unless you weigh 45kg, 100lbs or 7st you will lose weight eating 1000 calories.
I know I am talking about calorie counting again and what I should be calling it is calorie awareness. Without a level of awareness your fat loss goals will take longer to achieve, which is not always a bad thing, but if it means that along the way you give up and feel guilty then this is not the best route.
So let's talk strategies:
1) Cut out/reduce a food type. Whether it is alcohol, carbohydrates, fat, meat, fruit, bread...which ever label you choose. If you eliminate a type of food from your regular diet you will lose fat more likely than not.
WHY does it work?
Because it is quite easy to do. Not many people replace a whole missing food type with something else. It is clear in your head what you need to avoid thus making it easy to adhere to. You have reduced the amount of total calories you consume on a regular basis thus creating a calorie deficit, causing fat loss.
2) Intermittent fasting (also known as The 5:2 diet, The 6:1 diet, Skip breakfast diet).Intermittent fasting is going for a period of time consuming a very small amount of calories or no calories at all, only water and maybe some caffeine. A common method is to only eat between a set time period, say the hours of 1pm and 9PM (it could be any 8 hour period) but this seems to work for a lot of people. This results in a 16 hour fast.
WHY does it work?
Because it is super simple to conduct. You will probably not over consume in the 8 hour period to balance out the missed feeding time. You have missed at least 1 meal and maybe a snack during the fast so you have reduced the amount of total calories you consume on a regular basis thus creating a calorie deficit, causing fat loss.
3) Counting calories. The age old method of calculating what you are consuming to ultimately eat less. From logging on diet apps to writing down portions and weights, calculating calories is a tried and tested method for seeing where you could cut down. It does also come in the guise of 'points counting' and 'sins counting'. Which ever method you use it is a way of monitoring how many calories you are consuming and then reducing them.
WHY does it work?
Because it makes you aware of the foods which you may be overeating or which ones may contain more calories than you previously thought or were aware of. It creates a degree of learning which may be a help in the long term as you are actually relating calories to particular foods. You therefore reduce the amount of total calories you consume on a regular basis thus creating a calorie deficit, causing fat loss.
4) Train harder or move more. Increase the amount of time you exercise or the intensity in which you train if time is tight. Add movement when you can throughout the day, yes take the stairs instead of the escalator, beat your daily step count whatever it takes to increase your calorie expenditure.
WHY does it work?
Because increasing your daily movement increases the amount of calories you burn. By adding in the extra set of squats or increasing the intensity of a workout, you need more energy, you use more fuel. But this is why exercise isn't always the answer. If you are over consuming by a large amount then trying to exercise into a deficit is going to be hard, there are only so many hours in the day. But if calories stay the same and you increase your movement then you have increased the amount of total calories you have expended, on a regular basis thus creating a calorie deficit, causing fat loss
What type of exercise is best - HIIT or LISS
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
Many people spout HIIT as the winning formula. Short bursts of hard exercise followed by short rest periods. If you are performing HIIT sessions for 1 hour or more, then you are not conducting HIIT. You may be doing interval training or working hard but HIIT should be all out effort for a short space of time
The go to exercise that most people choose when they decide to get fitter or lose weight is to hit the paths/roads and go for a jog. It is so easy to do, just stick your trainers on and get out there. You can choose how fast and how far you run and who you run with, it’s so simple. You might choose to cycle, swim, walk and these all have similar benefits.
The best type of exercise you can do for fat loss is any exercise that you enjoy doing, can fit into your daily routine and that works alongside you being in a calorie deficit.
The best type of exercise for muscle gain is resistance training of any sort that you can progress with over time. Whether that is increasing the weight lifted, the number of sets and reps or decreasing the rest periods. Progressive overload is key.
Overall do not stress about what type of exercise to do if you are looking for general fitness improvements, fat loss or mental well-being. Choose something that you enjoy, that you can stick with and that gets you closer to your goals.
Which one do you use the most?
Which one do you give yourself?
Which one do you give others?
Do you use a different one to justify different situations?
If you really want to change - progress - advance - achieve - succeed; then you have to decide which of these you are going to use to get you where you want to be.
But I didn’t.
I persevered, grinded through and tested both my physical and mental fortitude. After one round of this workout I knew it was going to be a struggle. I felt sluggish, the weights felt heavy and I was already thinking of ways how I might change the session to get through it or just get out of it.
What made me get it done?
I was filming the session. Straight away this added a layer of accountability. I had decided to film it as it was going to be one of my ‘go to’ testing sessions and I wanted to post about it. Even though I could have just stopped the video and not posted about it I felt that it would be dishonest to not post it, no matter what the result.
I wanted to get those particular muscle groups trained that day. From a training perspective I knew that this was a session that needed to be done so cutting it short would have hampered my training plan for the week.
If I can’t persevere through one tough workout how can I talk about people being uncomfortable and being committed to their goals. I enjoy training and it has become part of my life. But for people I help who are just starting out or who are making some big changes in their lives, they are going to face challenges in many aspects as they start to analyse and adjust their daily habits. Dietary changes, new exercises, tough training sessions and mental battles are all part of the process. So when I come across a hurdle I need to be able get over it or work around it and keep running, just like I expect my clients to.
This may not seem a large challenge in the scheme of things, but the more we push through small battles the big ones will not feel so daunting. One habit change rolls into another, one completed workout increases our chances of doing the next.
Feeling uncomfortable yet not stopping will increase resilience and help you get through the hard days, tough choices and keep going in the face of adversity.
Doing things that are hard will develop strength, determination, fortitude and discipline, all key in accomplishing what you set out to achieve.
If your favourite food is chicken and broccoli then crack on. If your favourite food is chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream then you may need to watch your intake. But you can eat your favourite foods, you just have to put it in to your plan or keep it in check. If you currently eat four portions a week, then you may need to reduce down the size of each portion or get rid of two, bam! 900 calories saved.
Whether you have removed alcohol, are avoiding carbs, not eating meat or just having your diet shake meal replacements, social events may seem daunting. But roll with it, unless you are socialising 4-5 nights a week (and even then it just takes a bit more planning) you can still enjoy a drink or food with friends. Go for the vodka soda instead of the pint or be bold and have the soft drink. Also most menus now come with calories shown in the margin, make the smarter choice and stick to your goals or go for your favourite and bank some calories earlier in the day. If your diet is causing you to avoid these situations then it is not sustainable.
By labelling food good or bad you immediately start to associate a psychological feeling towards it. It is all about context. If you were shipwrecked on a desert island and all you had to eat was a box of donuts then they would be the best food ever. But if you have a doughnut with friends at a coffee shop then you seem to have to justify your choice by saying that you will “make up for it later” or verbally state that “it’s just your weekly treat”. No one really cares what food you choose to eat. They only care when it is going against what they believe or when they feel bad for not making the same choice as you, it is their issue, not yours. There is no reason to feel guilty for eating anything. You have made a choice, if you feel sluggish or bloated after eating something then don’t feel guilty just try to make a different choice next time.
You may get miserable on a diet. You are sick of not eating all the foods you love, missing the nights out with friends, drinking the same liquid diet shakes everyday, the feeling of hunger constantly or the battle everyday to not eat the whole pack of biscuits. Then I refer you to the above paragraphs. It doesn’t have to be this way. You have to admit that you need to make changes otherwise you wouldn’t be in this situation. But do so in a way that makes it sustainable. Yes, stop buying the biscuits in the first place (out of sight out of mind) and yes, you probably can’t drink a bottle of wine a night (but do you really need to) but consider all of the above and start to change.
Until you really want to change you will keep finding excuses and reasons not to start. You are in control and you can do more than you think, but why make it so hard on yourself that you will find it difficult to succeed.
Alarm goes off, get up, head to the kitchen, flick the kettle on, check your phone for likes, messages, emails, notifications and then 15 minutes later realise the kettle is cold so flick it back on again. Choose your drink of choice, maybe sit and browse the Daily Mail website or catch 5 minutes of the news. It’s now time to get the kids ready; teeth, clothes, lunch, homework and any other random piece of household equipment that they apparently need for the project of the day. Now time for you to get dressed. You are now nearly ready to start your day. You grab your breakfast and maybe prepare your lunch or mid-morning snack.
Drop off done, possibly stop off at your favourite coffee shop for a snack or second drink of the day and then to get the day done.
Before you know it the day has flown by and the hustle and bustle of your daily life has taken over. You have eaten and drank when you could, got home and done the evening shift and now it’s time to sit and switch off. Now off to bed, ready to go again in the morning.
This might not be your day. But whatever your routine is, it has a massive effect on how much you can implement change. If I said to this person above “That’s great, but now I want you to workout for an hour when you get home from work, prepare your lunch for the next day and eat a fresh breakfast”. I don’t think I would be helping them reach their goal very quickly, they may feel overwhelmed, become disillusioned at the process and just go along with no hope.
Routine can be a good thing. It can allow you to feel in control or alleviate stress from an existing situation as you know what to do, what is happening next and keep you moving forward. If the routine you are currently following (consciously or unconsciously) is achieving your goals then stick with it until it doesn’t.
They can also not be so great though. If your routine is causing you to keep making the same mistake, is causing you to be anxious about not sticking to it or facilitates a habit which you know you should be reducing or removing then you may need to take a closer look at what is actually going on.
We are creatures of habit, as the saying goes. And it may be true, as trying to over complicate your day for the sake of it is not going to help you achieve anything. We like structure and a plan but they have to be geared towards the outcome you are aiming for otherwise you will keep getting the same result.
Start by adding in one small change. Don’t just remove something from your routine, otherwise you end up filling that gap with something else that wasn’t planned for. If your regular breakfast is a large bowl of frosted flakes and you just remove them without replacing them with something else, then you start to feel hard done by, hungry and then possible make a worst choice later in the morning. Instead try to replace rather than remove. Replace your flakes with a small pot of skyr type yogurt, still quick and grab-able yet more beneficial. Instead of removing your tea break chocolate bar, replace it with an apple.
When should you change your routine?
If your routine at your break is to head on the same walking route to get some fresh air, but on the way you head past your favourite coffee shop and get your unicorn-cappa-frappe-hazelnut coffee and then head back to the office then you have a couple of choices; go the same way but choose a different drink (maybe an actual coffee and not a dessert) or walk a different route and grab a diet coke or water from a shop. You still get your break, you still get a drink but more than likely you have just reduced your calories by a few hundred.
If right up to before going to bed you are watching the latest box set on Netflix and then you have one more last minute check of your notifications on your phone and then wonder why you can’t switch off well or have a disturbed night sleep; then it is time to change. Do those things, but start them earlier. Have a clear “no screen period” before climbing into bed. I know a lot of things are on our devices but if you still read a real book, then do that instead. A dimmer, amber light is best and if you must a kindle/phone on night mode + flight mode is a good alternative.
We all have a routine to a degree and we can all change it to suit what we want to achieve. But you must be willing to change - feel a little resentful - feel uncomfortable - keep going - gain momentum - gain confidence in your choice - feel the satisfaction - see the results.
When we decide that we want to make a change, we like to prepare, plan and explore our options. Which route is going to be best to choose. We read an array of books to guide us, view many YouTube videos and google the subject over and over again. This explains the massive amount of self help books on the market with eye catching titles covering all sorts - 10 Reasons to Ditch the Donuts, How to own your life, This Book IS The Answer, Live with Cabbage and feel amazing. Whatever topic you are looking for there will be something or someone out there trying to help you.
People read self books or guides looking for the answer and some may have it. I’ve read some amazing books which have given me ideas and motivation to do something or take some action. Have I put it all in to practice? No. Have I gleaned elements of them and applied the parts I feel are most relevant? Yes, I have. But the clue is in the title SELF HELP.
Self - YOU need to do something. It will probably be different to what you are already doing otherwise you wouldn’t be searching the answer in the first place. It may make you feel uncomfortable, outside of your safe bubble, but unless you do it you will never know if it is the right thing or not. It is your SELF that has to find the way to make this “thing” fit into your life. You can keep asking people or reading more books but at some point YOU have to do it. You have to make the decision and take the action to commit.
Help - These books, videos, people or articles are here to HELP you. They are not the answer but peoples methods, ideas and philosophies on a particular subject that they have found successful and want to share with you. They are helping you figure out what might work best for you.
Read, wait, ask, listen and read again and maybe even read some more. At some stage, you have to put the work in. You can keep putting it off and fool yourself that you have accomplished something by reading a book. The book may have helped but how much of it have you really put into action, be honest with yourself. How hard have you grafted to persist with this method and really tried it out? Did you find it too hard and then move on to the next one only to reject that one because it didn’t work for you? It may be hard and probably will be, especially if it is something you have been putting off for a long time. But you need to apply what you can and work for it, you need to graft. The starting point is usually going to the toughest part of any journey. The fear of failure, social acceptance and the fear of change can all start playing on your mind. But just think what it will feel like 6-12 months down the line when someone is still reading and waiting when YOU have taken the action and actually done something it, whatever IT may be.
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