On Sunday morning, I was reviewing my daily motivational quotes when I stumbled across this one: “Enjoy life. Treat it as an adventure. Care passionately about the outcome, but keep it in perspective. Things are seldom as bleak as they seem when they are going wrong – or as good as they seem when they are going well. Lighten up. You’ll live longer.”

I’ve translated that into a fat-loss lesson for you. Here’s what I believe…

If you hate running, don’t do it! If you hate lifting weights, find an alternative! If you’d rather be swing-dancing than tread-milling, start swing-dancing!

I find that too many people hate their workouts. They stop trying hard, see fewer results, and they quit. That’s just one of the reasons I created a fat-loss lifestyle program that requires only three short (45-minute) but intense workouts per week. And I encourage my clients to stay active with activities they enjoy the other four days of the week.

You don’t have to stress about going to the gym to do 60 minutes of cardio on a boring machine when staying at home and playing with your kids will accomplish the same thing. And you’ll remember those minutes a lot more than you will remember another hour on the dreaded cardio machine.

[Ed. Note: Enjoying what you do can not only help you lose weight, it can help you build a second income. Discover how to turn your hobbies, passions, and areas of expertise into a cash-producing business right here.

Get a head start on your 2009 weight-loss goals with fitness expert Craig Ballantyne’s Turbulence Training program. Learn how you can get fit with three 45-minute workouts a week right here.]

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Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift to high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at craigballantyne.com

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