Fit at Last

Look and Feel Better Once and for All

Ken Blanchard (Author) | Tim Kearin (Author)

Publication date: 12/12/2013

Fit at Last


You could be in better shape. No offense-who couldn't be? And if you're like the rest of us, you've been making resolutions and promises for years. Despite all your good intentions, though, somehow it never goes according to plan. But you can break that cycle.

In Fit at Last, bestselling business author Ken Blanchard and fitness expert Tim Kearin tell how Ken was finally able, at age seventy-three, to make lasting improvements in his health, including dropping over thirty pounds in a year. In each chapter, Ken shares the very personal story of his ups and downs-a story that involves, among other things, a puppy, a Hawaiian tour bus full of widows, and a fifty-year college reunion-while Tim gives professional health advice and training wisdom.

Of course, Ken has been helping organizations get healthy for years, and early on he realized he could adapt those same techniques in his own efforts. He shows how readers can use his Situational Leadership II approach to determine their developmental level in each of the fitness areas Tim describes and decide what type of leadership they need to move to the next level.

Ultimately this is a book about commitment. People fail to get fit not because they don't know what to do but because they just don't do it. Using the tools in this book, you'll be able to develop and stick to a fitness program that will add a spring to your step, a smile to your face, and years to your life.

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You could be in better shape. No offense-who couldn't be? And if you're like the rest of us, you've been making resolutions and promises for years. Despite all your good intentions, though, somehow it never goes according to plan. But you can break that cycle.

In Fit at Last, bestselling business author Ken Blanchard and fitness expert Tim Kearin tell how Ken was finally able, at age seventy-three, to make lasting improvements in his health, including dropping over thirty pounds in a year. In each chapter, Ken shares the very personal story of his ups and downs-a story that involves, among other things, a puppy, a Hawaiian tour bus full of widows, and a fifty-year college reunion-while Tim gives professional health advice and training wisdom.

Of course, Ken has been helping organizations get healthy for years, and early on he realized he could adapt those same techniques in his own efforts. He shows how readers can use his Situational Leadership II approach to determine their developmental level in each of the fitness areas Tim describes and decide what type of leadership they need to move to the next level.

Ultimately this is a book about commitment. People fail to get fit not because they don't know what to do but because they just don't do it. Using the tools in this book, you'll be able to develop and stick to a fitness program that will add a spring to your step, a smile to your face, and years to your life.

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Meet the Authors


Visit Author Page - Ken Blanchard

Few people have made a more positive and lasting impact on the day-to-day management of people and companies than Ken Blanchard. He is the coauthor of several best-selling books, including the blockbuster international bestseller The New One Minute Manager® and the giant business bestsellers Raving Fans and Gung Ho! His books have combined sales of more than twenty million copies in forty-two languages. 

Ken and his wife, Margie, are cofounders of The Ken Blanchard Companies®, a worldwide human resource development company. Ken is also cofounder of Lead Like Jesus, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and equipping people to be servant leaders in the marketplace. 

Ken and Margie live in San Diego and work with their son, Scott, his wife, Madeleine, and their daughter, Debbie.



Visit Author Page - Tim Kearin

Tim is co-author of Fit at Last. He has been in the health and fitness industry for more than 50 years.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: Keeping Your Commitment to Your Commitment

1 A Joint Commitment

Ken's Story

Tim's Story

2 The Launching Pad

Determining Appropriate Help: Learning About Situational Leadership® II

Establishing Areas of Focus: Preparing for the Yearlong Program

Setting Goals to Monitor Progress

Ken's Health and Fitness Evaluation

Selecting the Right Program for You

3 Great Beginnings: The First Quarter

Off to a Great Start

The Journey Begins

Starting My Day Slowly

Despite a Setback, the First Quarter Ends Well

4 Dealing with Adversity: The Second Quarter

A New Perspective-and an Unwelcome Diagnosis

Overcoming Obstacles

5 Heading into the Summer: The Third Quarter

My 50-Year Class Reunion and Summer Retreat

Setting Up an Absentee Program

6 The Home Stretch: The Fourth Quarter

Finishing Strong

New Habits Becoming a Way of Life

7 Final Thoughts

Role Models, Cheerleaders, and Persistence

A Successful Journey

Resources I: Pearls of Wisdom from the Experts

Resources II: Understanding Exercise and Fitness: Tim's Toolbox

Resources III: Developing Your Own Fitness Program

Acknowledgments

Index

About the Authors

Services Available

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Fit at Last

Introduction: Keeping Your Commitment to Your Commitment

Have you ever made New Year’s resolutions that you didn’t keep? My experience is that all of us have had good intentions to do things over the years, yet we didn’t follow through. We usually start out enthusiastic about the change, and then after a while our enthusiasm goes by the wayside. Why is that?

It’s my contention that the old adage “The road to nowhere is paved with good intentions” is probably more true than we want to admit. My friend and colleague Art Turock, author of many books—including a classic on health and fitness entitled Getting Physical—argues that the problem stems from the difference between interest and commitment. For example, when interested exercisers who have started a jogging or walking program wake up and find it is raining outside, they lie back down and say to themselves, “I think I’ll exercise tomorrow.” However, when committed exercisers wake up and find it’s raining, they get out of bed and say to themselves, “I think I’ll exercise inside today.” People who are interested in doing something will do it if all goes as planned—but give them a hiccup or two and they don’t follow through. People who are committed to do something will continue to do it, no matter what. In other words:

They keep their commitment to their commitment.

So let’s get real. What have you been wanting to do for a long time but just haven’t been able to accomplish? Maybe it has to do with fitness—physical activity and weight control—which I had procrastinated about for a long time. Or perhaps it’s more about improving yourself on the inside or other aspects of a healthy lifestyle, and you’d like to focus on becoming more resilient, creative, generous, or empathetic. You might want to push yourself to improve your communication skills, get organized, do volunteer work, or spend more time with your family. Maybe you’ve been making excuses for years instead of sitting down and writing that novel or learning to speak French. This book may help you move from being interested in doing it to being committed to doing it—no matter what.

Beginning January 1, 2011, the Boomer generation began turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day. This rate will continue for 19 years. Research shows that many in this generation intend not to retire but to continue to work and play hard. Many others can’t afford to retire because of unfortunate circumstances or poor retirement planning. Either way, it is imperative that adults maintain their optimal health and fitness no matter what their age.

Every year in January following a New Year’s resolution, thousands of people begin an exercise program with the idea that it will change their lives forever. By the end of March, about 90 percent of those who started are no longer participating—not because they have changed their minds about the importance of exercise, but because exercise is hard work and they are not seeing the immediate results they had hoped for. Whatever the reason, they don’t follow through.

This book follows my journey from interest to commitment about my fitness. The western heroic legend of the lone wolf who succeeds at lofty goals based solely on strength of will and sharp wit is strong with many people. This “John Wayne myth” isn’t dead—it’s just not effective. As you’ll learn, I could not keep my commitment to an effective fitness plan alone. I needed help. That help came from my coauthor Tim Kearin, a health and fitness coach who had been patient with me for many years.

Each year Tim listened to me make an announcement about what I was going to do about my fitness that year, and then he watched me not keep my commitment. Year after year we went through the same routine: Tim would receive a call from me early in the year—usually February, since I didn’t want to join the New Year’s resolution crowd—to begin a fitness program. I would get underway with enthusiasm, but after a month or so I would gradually become too busy to keep my commitment to my commitment. The process would start again at the beginning of the next year.

So follow along and see how Tim and I broke this ineffective cycle. I know Fit at Last will help you behave on your good intentions and keep your commitment to your commitment, no matter what issue you are working on.

Ken Blanchard
Coauthor, The One Minute Manager®

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Endorsements

"I've been in the fitness industry for more than thirty years, so I know how important it is to keep your body healthy and fit at every age. My hope is that everyone everywhere will realize the transforming effects of a lifelong commitment to health and fitness. I'm so glad Ken has done it-and you can do it, too! Read Fit at Last!"

-Denise Austin, fitness guru and author of twelve books, including Side Effect: Skinny

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