Before you start your “new you celebrity DVD and juice cleanse diet” this week, here are four things to consider. Nothing scientific, just my point of view (over ten years experience) which MIGHT just help you out….
1 – YOU DON’T NEED TO YOUR WHOLE LIFE.
Changing EVERYTHING all in one go is absolutely impossible.
If you’re any kind of human being I’m gonna presume you have a busy life. So why complicate things even more by changing your whole fitness/nutrition outlook in one go? Try to identify a weak point, then work hard to be better at that one thing until it becomes a healthy habit. Once you’ve got that one thing nailed down, target the next thing.
Sustainable behaviour changes are the key to success, NOT knee jerk post Xmas reactions.
2 – LOVE YO SELF
If you look in the mirror and don’t like why you see, there is absolutely no need to hate yourself for it.
Accept that you need to make some changes and start doing something about it.
Forget about those skinny Instagram photoshopped girls and ripped up guys. Comparing yourself to others will only ever serve to make you miserable and force you into finding a “convenient comparison”.
This is where you find something or someone to justify that you haven’t failed because “at least I’m doing better than him/her”. Easy to justify yourself against someone who doesn’t even know they’re in a competition with you right…?
So focus on you and you alone. If things start to fail, assess why it failed and work hard to fix it. Be better than you were yesterday, be better than you were last week, and over time you’ll stay right on track and feel amazing.
Exercise because you love your body, NOT because you hate it.
3- DON’T BE VAGUE
There is nothing more powerful than goal setting.
This is an awful goal:
“I just need to lose weight and tone up a bit”
It’s so vague, unmeasurable, not specific enough, no time frame…. Far too loose.
“I have to lose half a stone in three weeks”
Unrealistic, not achievable…. you’re setting yourself up to fail.
This is a better goal:
“I would like to drop a dress size in eight weeks”
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timed.
Once you have the GOAL (what you want to achieve) you’ll need a STRATEGY (how you’re going to achieve it).
Look into different approaches. If you’ve tried and failed before, then take EXACTLY the same approach again this time… Guess what…. Its pretty likely you’ll fail again.
A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Set yourself up to succeed!!
4 – CREATE A SUPPORT NETWORK
The last thing you need is an unsupportive family member or colleague. It’s not intentional – they don’t hate you – they just don’t know what you’re trying to achieve.
It’s a lot easier to avoid temptation or to break good habits if those people close to you UNDERSTAND what you’re trying to achieve and are helping you. So tell the world about your goal, and the world will help you in return.
Your support network should also feature a fitness professional. This is an absolute no brainier.
Why guess that what you’re doing is effective when you can INVEST in your own health by asking an expert for help?
I have an exceptional team working with me at the moment so please feel free to get in touch if you want to work with us.
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