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All About The Benjamin

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Old Ben Franklin is famous for quite a few things: great inventor, founding father, a cosmopolitan, and a ladies’ man.

He was known for his words of wisdom, and Ben Franklin’s wisdom can be applied to anybody’s life, even when that life is on a weight loss journey.

Let’s take a minute to look at some of his quotable quotes, and how they might apply:

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”

Human beings are made for change. No one is the same person they were five years ago, and that’s a good thing. Lots of us wish we were that person, or that we could zip-lock a moment in time when we felt or looked our best, but the truth is change happens.

“Diligence is the mother of good luck.”

Some people seem to have it all, but we only get a glimpse of those guys.  We don’t know how hard they may be working behind closed doors. We don’t know follow them to their gym. Doing something so well that it looks easy takes practice. Instead of wondering how they do it, work on what would work for you. And keep at it!

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

If you want results, you have to strategize your day. When you don’t have a plan for lunch, then your only options will be the ones available at lunch time, which may not work with your goal. So instead or begrudgingly putting your own needs aside, accommodate those needs ahead of time. Brown bag it, or find the healthy option at the restaurant your group is going to. Or do the math to find out how many more hours you’ll need to spend on the treadmill to counter the effects of that one afternoon meal. Insist on taking care of yourself often.

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