6 Simple Steps to Unleash Your Best Body

By , Tina and Terry Shorter, R.I.P.P.E.D. Founders

My husband Terry, once a top collegiate division one athlete, martial artist and dancer, recently realized that he'd added six inches onto his waist since our three-year-old daughter was born. When we first met, he had a lean six pack, but just a few months ago, he was grabbing a sizeable spare tire with both hands in front of the mirror. ''What happened? How did I get here, Tina?'' he asked me almost helplessly.

Terry knew he had to make a change, but not just for vanity's sake. He knew that if he wanted to see his daughter grow up into a beautiful woman someday and be there for all of the milestones in between, he needed to do something differently right away. So, he started the process of getting healthier immediately. How? By planning for sustainable results. 

There is no magic pill or fad that will deliver healthy, lasting results.  Here are the six simple steps my husband has followed to achieve his goals while having fun in the process. You can do it, too!

Step 1:  Get Disturbed, Upset, Mad, Frustrated and Uncomfortable
If we are too comfortable, it gets easy to remain where we are and do nothing to improve. After all, we cannot continue doing the same things and expect to get different results, right? Terry was sick and tired of being sick and tired and was ready to make a change.

Step 2:  Identify Your ''Why''
When you become clear on what your ''why'' is, the ''how'' gets easy!  This is the thing that will keep you going on even the toughest of days.  Instead of focusing on the process, focus on the outcome.  The goal surely isn't to sweat, be sore, or change your eating habits--that's the process, and just thinking about it might be discouraging.  Terry's outcome was to improve his health and energy for his family and to feel great about himself by creating his best body ever! Stay focused on how you will FEEL when you reach your goals.  Keep your eyes on the prize! 

Step 3:  Create an Action Plan
Failing to plan = planning to fail.  Carve out your workout time and activity minutes. As a busy working parent, Terry planned to start in the garage with some dumbbells 5 days per week at 5am for 50 minutes, following the principles of the R.I.P.P.E.D. Fitness Formula: Resistance, Interval, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance and Diet.  He also recruited me to join him for accountability and encouragement.

Step 4:  Squash Your Limiting Beliefs  
When it comes to setting goals and getting what you really want, excuses inevitably all have the same value: zero. So stop telling yourself that you don't have time or that you're too tired. Anything is possible when you are crystal clear on what your ''why'' is. Tell yourself that you will make the time, that you can do it. Believe you're unstoppable, and you will be!

Step 5:  Set Yourself Up to Win 
Set reasonable goals in steps, with a time frame to reach each step. It took a great deal of time for Terry to fall out of shape and eat poorly enough to move up several pant sizes. Go in knowing it will take some time to undo the doing. Check your progress every so often and remain flexible because you may realize that you need to make some minor tweaks to your plan along the way.

Step 6:  Take Massive Action Now 
Do at least one thing every day toward reaching your goal.  Check out your gym schedule. Clear some space at home or in your garage. Make sure you have the proper attire.  Invite a friend. Set your gym clothes out the night before. Visualize how great you are going to feel at the end of your successful, healthy day. Do any or all of these things--the more, the better!--to eliminate your excuses.

Terry was able to reach his goals and, more importantly, sustain a healthy body and lifestyle.  Your best body ever is within you right now. Push through your comfort zone, and don’t settle for anything less than what you want!

Terry and Tina Shorter are founders of the highly-effective, interval-training system R.I.P.P.E.D.-The One Stop Body Shock® (Resistance, Interval, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance, Diet), which is franchised to more than 10,000 fitness professionals and offered in thousands of fitness facilities across the country. They recently release their first workout DVD, R.I.P.P.E.D. Total Body Challenge (Acacia), which delivers amazing results with a scientifically proven, plateau-proof fitness formula to help shape and tone EVERY body. http://rippedplanet.com/

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CECELW 5/21/2020
get disturbed...i love that Report
PATRICIAANN46 4/2/2020
Thank You.............. Report
BONNIE1552 12/3/2019
Need to work on my why. Report
HOTPINKCAMARO49 10/11/2019
Great tips! Report
BIKE4HEALTH 6/28/2019
thx Report
RO2BENT 6/28/2019
Gotta do the hard work Report
PLATINUM755 6/28/2019
Well said! Report
Great article. Thanks Report
Thanks for sharing the article Report
great article Report
Thanks Report
I've learned to set up small goals and work hard toward them and then set up new ones. Report
Great advice! Report
Great articlde Report
Today I'll go for a walk. I'll drink my 8 glasses of water. Report
Great advice Report
Hats off to you, Terry! You ROCK! Report
Great advice. Report
I like the idea of identifying your "why" I think that is what will keep you pushing even when you don't feel like it Report
good article Report
The sooner you start the better but start! Report
This article feels like an info commercial. Report
Love the idea of setting yourself up to win. When I get stuck, it's usually because I don't believe I can accomplish my goal. Maybe I need to break my goal up into smaller steps that I know I can do. Report
hmmm... Report
To the Beldame comment..... it's okay to love yourself at any size. It's not about complacency. Some larger people don't necessarily see themselves as "flawed"! And it's not okay to shame others for what they look like. If you don't want to be fat, that's great. If someone else is happy being fat, there is no reason to bash them. That's not your life. They don't affect you. Keep doing what you need to do to make your life better and be happy, and let them do what they want to make themselves happy. Report
What does
R - Resistance
I - Interval
P - Power
P - Plyometrics (?)
E - Endurance
D - Diet
really mean? I see the words associated with the letters, but that tells me absolutely nothing. What on earth is plyometrics? I went to the website, but no real info was given. A little more basic info please. Report
Thanks for this terrific article on the first of Feb. 2015! Gonna be an excellent month! Report
Great article! Thx for the encouragement Report
"Get Disturbed, Upset, Mad, Frustrated and Uncomfortable" - YES! Being dissatisfied with the shape you're in isn't self-loathing. Unfortunately, there are a lot of "anti-fat-shaming" people out there who will tell you that becoming complacent about your flaws is a positive thing; it isn't. Report
Great attitude! And good job on simplyifing the goals. Thanks for sharing. Report