The 40% Rule

If you have never heard of the 40% Rule do yourself a favor and watch this video.

The first time I watched that video I was experiencing a pretty difficult life event. I was extremely upset over the way things were going and felt as if nothing was going right. I hadn’t been in that dark of a place in years and I honestly just felt like giving up.

Coming across this video was the best thing to happen to me. I am such a, ‘It’s a sign’ type of person, so of course, I watched the video and thought, ‘This is a sign.’. I realized I had so much more in me than I was letting myself think.

This was back in October. All I wanted to do was give up. No part of me wanted to continue with my job, school, really anything. Let me remind you, I hadn’t felt this way in a long time, so it was honestly quite frightening.

After spending days in bed and weeks becoming more and more miserable I began my journey to who I am now.

Here’s the thing, I didn’t just wake up one morning and I was automatically fixed. I feel so inclined to share this because I did struggle with my self-improvement for some time. I still do. 

It started with my decision to start working out. When people hear that you started working out they assume your goal is to lose weight and look fit. A majority of individuals start their fitness journey with this goal in mind. Very few stick with their fitness plan if this is their ultimate goal.

In the past that was me. I would spend four weeks working out, intermittently I should add, and after not seeing physical results I would become discouraged. Well, surprise surprise, you do not just lose weight and gain muscle in four weeks.

Because I had struggled with my physical appearance and weight for so long all I wanted to see were results. It took me time to realize until I was doing this for myself, I would not be happy.

Back in October, when I started yoga, I was practicing about only 15 minutes a day maybe five days a week. Once again, I did not stick with this. I did have a routine for about six weeks, but once the holidays came up, I lost track of my routine.

When the new year rolled around I remembered the 40% rule. I wanted, and have, made this my motto of 2017. I began a six-week program doing yoga, but this time I was doing it an hour a day seven days a week, no exceptions.

I never weighed myself. Never took measurements. Never used numbers. I focused on pushing myself to become a stronger person. Let me tell you, nothing feels better than being able to hold a yoga position that you used to shake and struggle to keep.

During these six weeks, I decided to start running. Honestly, I had hardly run since high school. With the 40% rule in mind, I ran a 9-minute mile. Although this may not be impressive to some, let’s keep in mind my fastest mile prior had been well over 10 minutes.

I have continued to use this 40% rule in my daily life. In school when I don’t want to keep working hard, I keep in mind there is still 60% of me that is entirely capable. When feeling discouraged I remember that I am the reason for that doubt more than anything else.

Since applying this rule to so much of what I do every day I have honestly never been happier. Obviously, it’s not the rule directly that has caused this happiness, but it has been a tool I’ve used to achieve this happiness.

I can honestly and whole-heartedly say that I am the happiest I have ever been. I love the life I am living and know that it’s only going to get better. I have only continued to better myself through focusing on my health, self-love, and emotional being.

I have just started one of my favorite adventures thus far. This past week I began cross fit and I cannot wait to see how far I can push myself. I have grown to love and crave the feeling after a good workout. I cannot wait to see where this journey will take me and how it will change me mentally and physically.




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