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We’ve all been there (I’ve been there more times than I would like to admit) we’ve looked in the mirror and we don’t like what we see. So we start picking at your body and telling yourself what you would change. You might do this for days, weeks, months or even years. Then one day you had enough and you decided that today is the day. Today is the day that you are going to start getting in shape and eating right.
Then you might say to yourself I don’t know How?
It’s okay to admit that you’ve fallen off the wagon a dozen times ( I know I have). Before you start any fitness program you need to get in the right head space. You’ve indulged in pizza, beer, and so much crap that your mind wants no craves those foods. So before starting you need to start getting in the right head space for success. If you need guidance don’t hesitate in reaching out and I will be more than happy to coach you be your friend through your fitness and nutrition journey or if you are having a bad day and feel like you might fall off the wagon again (I was there twice this week) reach out and we can talk.
If You’re Overwhelmed
From boot camps to CrossFit to weight watchers to paleo to vegan too keto, how are you supposed to make sense of all this information to find the right path? The truth is that there is no one path that works for everybody. You’re a unique snowflake (your parents were right), and I’ve said this over and over what works for somebody else might not work for you, and vice versa.
Today Is The Day
They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Unless you’re insane, don’t try to get in shape the same way you did last time…IT ISN’T GOING TO WORK!!!
If you counted calories, ran on a treadmill, did kickboxing, tried starving yourself, or whatever, and you’re not happy with the results, it’s time to try something new.
I’m going to lose 20 pounds this year by going to the gym 3 times per week for the next 6 months and eat one more vegetable per week than I did the week before.
Alternatively, if you somebody that NEVER succeeds at your goals, instead try making a new habit every 30 days…put the focus on the habit and not the goal.
- If you are setting goals – be SUPER SPECIFIC, write them down, and plan them out.
- If you are making new habits – add them to your calendar, set phone alarms or alerts, and do them EVERY DAY.
- Understand that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and Optimus Prime didn’t transform in one move. This is NOT a
“diet”or a quick fix, but a LIFESTYLE CHANGE. Don’t expect overnight results or abs in two weeks. Slow, steady progress.
2) Identify your weakness. If you tried to get in shape in the past and failed, it’s important to know WHY. Did you get sick and give up after a few days? Did you go on vacation and say “why bother?” Maybe you just got bored? If you sucked at getting in shape last time, educate yourself on the hurdles and kryptonite that made you suck, and work on either avoiding those pitfalls or develop methods to deal with them.
3) Clean up your diet. Believe it or not, 80% of your success when it comes to getting healthy will depend on your diet – unless you are running marathons on a daily basis, you cannot outrun your fork, and you can’t out-train a bad diet. I honestly cannot stress the importance of this enough. Whether you want to count calories, cut out certain foods, or attempt a new diet altogether, this is the most important step you can take.
Do What Makes You Happy
Do you like to run? Awesome, do that (just do it correct). Do you like to lift weights? Awesome, make sure your workouts don’t suck.
Maybe you like yoga, or dodgeball, or Ultimate Frisbee, or rock climbing, or whatever! If you tell me that “I don’t like to exercise,” then you just haven’t found the activity that makes you happy yet.
We’re Genetically Designed To Be Active
If you don’t like to move, then it’s time to try new things until you find something that you DO like. Sign up for a new class, join your company’s running club for a day, try out something in your basement or living room, just keep trying new stuff until you find something that you like. And then do it as often as you can.
5) Put it all together: These are the steps you can take today:
- Determine your goals or habits you want to establish. Write them down and hang them up.
- Determine why you sucked in the past and how you can avoid it in the future.
- Start cleaning up your diet in whatever method works best for you.
- Pick an activity that makes you happy, and do it. A lot.
WHY do you want to get in shape? What is your reason for wanting to do so? Do you want to get in shape to…Fill In The Blank
- Impress a cute coworker?
- Win a weight loss competition at work?
- Eventually, play with your newborn son?
- Grow old with your significant other?
- Prove everybody wrong who said, “you can’t do it?”
Have a reason! Write it down, hang it up in your bedroom, have a calendar alert pop up every day, whatever. But keep that reason for wanting a better life at the front of your mind at all times.
Here’s the deal: It will never be easy. Unless you have the motivation to succeed and can find inspiration to push through the crappy days, you will give up at the first sign of resistance.
Last but not least, you need support
Once you decide to get in shape, want to know the best way to guarantee success? Make it public. Tell all of your friends, start a blog, and/or inform your co-workers and ask them to keep you accountable! Unless you like being called a quitter, you’ll probably think twice about skipping out on your workouts.
Build – find people who are stronger than you and work out with them, or faster than you and run with them, or more educated than you and ask them questions. These are people that you can turn to when you need advice or help. If you don’t know anybody IRL (In Real Life) I’ll be your friend 🙂
Find a workout buddy! There are going to be days when you want to sleep in and skip your workout. There will be afternoons following a crappy day of work where all you want to do is play FortKnight. Find somebody who’s at a similar level of fitness as you, and work out with them! He/she will push you on days when you’re dragging, and vice versa. You can inspire and support each other, feed off of each other’s success, and offer up tough love when the complaining gets too much (and yes, there will be complaining and lots of it.. trust me).
Now, let’s say you’re the ONE person in your group of friends that wants to get in shape. Or you’re the only person in your office who doesn’t stuff his face every day. Maybe you don’t have anybody to turn to for support or advice…That is why i am here. I am here to be your friend but also help you get your fitness and nutrition right while be your friend.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
Pick goals that you hope to accomplish in the next six weeks and then start working towards it. Keep it simple but specific, and get started today.
Do a few push-ups, go for a walk, or eat a vegetable. Join a gym – start fixing your nutrition with small changes today.
You need a friend or someone that can help you get started in your new healthy lifestyle please don’t hesitate in reaching out and i will be more than happy to help you with anything you may need help with.