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Motivation Monday – Faith Vs. Work

By June 17, 2012September 11th, 201213 Comments


This image was taken Friday night as Nik Wallenda became the first tightrope walker to cross near the base of the falls. Nik stated that he had the faith to make it over but it took a lot of hard work to get him here. Some of his training involved being sprayed with fire hoses while walking on a tight rope.

He said he accomplished the feat through “a lot of praying, that’s for sure. But, you know, it’s all about the concentration, the focus, and the training.”

Faith Without Work is Dead – James 2:17, 26

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  • clare lawman says:

    Hi Flavia

    I’m looking for some advice…. I purchased your Curvalicious workout program just over 3weeks ago. I have started to workout and follow the 5day training plan as best I can (certain moves i can’t quite do just yet but I’m getting there!) plus I’m healthy eating including protein shakes etc.. My 1St week I lost 9lb which was amazing but week 2 I lost 1lb and weighing in this morning I’ve lost nothing! Now I understand that a weight loss of 1-2 lbs a week is healthy but I’m very over weight! as in my starting weight was 20St 13lb which is about 294lb so I would have expected a bit more weight loss each week! am I too over weight to do a program like yours? Its just I’m being so unbelievably good and I’m not seeing results on the scales. Obviously I want to lose weight too so do you think I should do the workouts with out using weights? in case I’m building to much muscle to fast? Like the guy above in the article, I’m trying to concentrate and stay focused and train but I really don’t know what to do for the best?
    Would really appreciate some advice where or what I’m doing wrong


    • Tammy says:

      Hey Clare,

      I too have only just recently started the Curvalicious program (and loving it sick), but before this I had been giving the FULL BODY LICIOUS a red hot go and absolutely loving it as well. Was just wondering if you have this program as it has lighter weights with more reps designed to stimulate muscles and target rapid weight loss, if thats you goal it may be a better place to begin 🙂

      • clare lawman says:

        Thanks for the advice maybe I’ll take a look at that program, that does sound more appealing to my current weight situation!

    • Ann says:

      Hi Clare,
      I also purchased Flavia’s program and I know a little bit about fitness. This is a fantastic program because you’ll get the cardio from moving from exercise to exercise and the weight training from weighted moves. One thing I’ve learned is not to pay attention to the scale but to my measurements and visually how I look, how my clothes fit and the fact that people comment on my changed look. There’s no super fast AND healthy way to change your body. It takes time. Building muscle is a healthy way to lower your body fat but it may not at first reduce your body weight. If you have a lot of body fat to lose stick with the program and diet and you will get there. I’ve been training to change my body and it has taken 9months to get down to 17% body fat but I weigh 153lbs. Visually I look 125-130 and muscular. I’m doing the exercises and they are challenging even for someone like me. I know if you stick with you will see the changes you want. Faith and work 🙂

      • clare lawman says:

        Thank you for the advice. I’ve never been a fan of treadmills and exercise bikes so doing this kind of work out I’m finding really enjoyable! I sweat loads my heart rate up and i really feel great after a work out! measurement wise I am seeing results and my partner has noticed a difference in my shape in just 3 weeks! I even got him doing day 4 back work out with me this Saturday and even he enjoyed it lol I just don’t want to end up staying at this weight and building too much muscle! just trying not to let this get me down!

  • Shannon says:

    Hey Clare, I too experienced a similar trend. Consistently lost the first few weeks, then the scale didn’t budge. BUT I was getting SO many complements and people swore I lost more than I did. My theory is that I was starting to get really good at the workouts and therefore gaining muscle, which is GOOD! You want that. And, in my case, I was visibly still getting smaller so that’s what people saw, even though I wasn’t seeing it on the scale. I’ll bet that if I had been measuring fat (instead of weight) I would have seen numbers change. I didn’t let the scale discourage me and stuck with it. Now in week 6 I’m starting to see the scale move again. It’ll be interesting to see what Flavia says but know that you’re not the only one and that you should stick with it! (Another side note: I had cut too many carbs and was feeling lethargic, and not having the strength to get through my workouts. I added a LITTLE carbs back to my diet right after working out and Wow what a difference! I have so much more energy during my workouts!).

    • clare lawman says:

      Hi thanks for your comments on my current dilemma! Food wise I’m eating really well, carbs after workout with in the hour! protein shakes, eating 4-5 times a day depending. I’m very conscience of NOT eating processed food, I avoid diet products like the plague and have made a real effort to change my eating habits for the better. I do get exhausted during the work out but I finish it as best I can! the buzz I get after it is amazing :o) I think I’m going to lay off weighing myself for a few weeks and just go by the tape measure and what my body measurements are showing!

      Thanks again
      all the best

  • rocky says:

    I love this post Flavia. Totally agree with your focus on ‘faith AND works’, in this case, the ‘works’ meaning ‘the training’!!!

  • Nornthuk says:

    Most likely if you do anything to lose weight the first week you will see lots of weight gone, then it’s a pound or two every week. The first week it’s a lot of water, glycogen and muscles as well (with Flavia’s program we lose less muscles because of proper diet and exercise). Also note that your body is not linear. It doesn’t always respond to the same thing the same way. The results from your exercise happen because you surprise your body so it has to recover from that by burning fat or using extra energy, hence it is important to keep it challenging by adding frequency/intensity/time or changing types of exercises. But plateau like that usually happens only after 4 weeks of seeing absolutely no results, as in no weight change, no body fat percent change, no inches lost for 4 consecutive weeks. You should get yourself something that measure your body composition and take pictures/measure your circumference every week. Sometimes your weight doesn’t change doesn’t mean you are not seeing results. Also, I suggest you write down everything you eat (very detailed, even a spray of oil and including supplements), email to Flavia and see if she thinks there is something you can improve on.

  • Emily says:

    I LOVE the biblical reference! It’s so true! Until we are done making excuses, we won’t see any results!
    Amen sister!

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