The fitness industry is in constant motion. New ideas are always promising quick results. This creates a poor expectation of what long term health and fitness success looks like. When results do not happen fast enough, we pivot to find the next best thing. Oftentimes not allowing enough time to adapt to the process. We short change ourselves on potential results because we have set ourselves up for failure.
Starting on a fitness and nutrition journey can be overwhelming. However, the first stop begins in the comfort of your own home.
Reflection & Goal Setting
Be honest with yourself about the goals you would like to achieve. Do you really want a 6 pack or would you rather have a nice midline that you’d be proud to display at the community pool? Maybe you want to get off the floor without assistance when playing with your children or lifting something out of your car without pain. Write your goals down or better yet communicate them to your Coach. When someone is holding you accountable to your goals, you are more likely to succeed. And remember, your goals can change! Maybe this quarter it is weight loss, and next quarter is chin ups. Remember to focus on one at a time, and start crushing those goals!
Have patience with yourself. Look for progress over perfection. We are human beings who make mistakes. Maybe one day we missed our macros because we chose pizza over fish. Or hit the snooze button instead of getting to the gym at 5 am. As the saying goes, if you get a flat tire, you don’t pop the other three. You fix the flat and move on. The same applies to you with your nutrition and fitness goals. One less than perfect day does not derail the progress you started to make as you begin your journey. Be patient, have grace. We all make mistakes. Direction i smore important than speed!
Patience – Part II
Yes, it’s that important to have a part 2. Your body takes time to adapt to the changes you are making. You’re not going to see big changes after a week or two. Instead focus on building a routine and the consistency in training that will add up to the changes you seek. Building a routine is a hard part of training but at the end of the day, your health and wellness is a top priority.
Ask for Help
Your Coach is here to help keep you accountable, remind you of the amazing progress you’re making, and hold you accountable to what “future you” wants. Remember your “why” and provide yourself with the grace you deserve as you set in motion the changes that will help you reach your goals.