It drives me so crazy when every year around Christmas and New Years you see all the NEW YOU Bull shit. Like how is that going to work? The clock strikes midnight and because you decided this year again you just turn into someone new?? How about you don’t waste your time on that shit and set some real goals and intentions.
Have you ever tried to create a new habit? Or break a bad habit? It takes some time and SERIOUS work. It’s great to have that January motivation but hey, how about trying to continue into February and that require routine and discipline. Discipline and support is what is going to keep you going, your motivation will run dry.
So start with goals/intentions
#1: For most of you that will be exercise. You’re going to set a goal of exercise EVERYDAY, yeah… Don’t do that UNLESS you’ve been exercising. If you have NOT, start out with 3 times a week. Schedule it into your planner or on your calendar and treat it like any other appointment. Better yet, if you can afford classes or a private coach sign up for that!
#2: “Eat Better” Like come on, what does that mean?? Like, make better choices? Not eat out? Pick up a fad diet? Make it clear. My suggestion, start logging your food so you can see where your calories are coming from and how many your eating. For some of you, this might be a huge eye opener for you and you may need to just juggle where those calories are coming from. Typically I see HIGH processed Carbs, HIGH fats, and NO protein. Your protein should absolutely be higher in grams then your fat. DON’T START A DIET YOU CANT GO ON FOR MORE THEN 30 DAYS.
#3: Setting unrealistic goals and putting expectations on yourself. Some clients come to me eating less than 1000 calories and they have 30-100lbs to lose, and 0ne of their goals is to lose 30lbs in one month! That is scary shit because that is NOT going to happen. This topic is a huge rabbit hole. If you aren’t familiar with reverse dieting, you’re going to want to check that out! Set a goal like, I am going to start focusing on my sleep, stress management by meditating 10 minutes a day and drinking all my water. Those are great goals because when you start your process of reverse dieting A LOT of great things happen but I have yet to see someone lose 30lbs in one month.
#4: Create a no bullshit policy with yourself and be ready to take responsibility for the situation you have created. The worst thing you can do is blame your inability to lose weight on EVERYTHING and EVERYONE else. Like I tell my clients, I help you with the path, I draw you the map but you have to follow it. You actually have to do the work. It doesn’t always come easy, and every week we may need to adjust the map but YOU have to work and admit your shortcomings.
#5: What works for one doesn’t always work for the next. I see this A LOT. “My Friend Suzie ________, and I tried it and it didn’t work” Set yourself up to BE OUT of the comparison game. Everyone’s lives are so different! Everyone deals with stress and their lives differently. Don’t expect things to happen as fast or as slow as someone else. Focus on your own accomplishments. Having my clients fill in biofeedback forms allows us to ACTUALLY see the progress on a number scale! So if you’re needing something to keep you on track create your own checklist in relation to how your feeling, sleeping, mood, energy and if things are always getting better and you’re quality of life is getting better it will help keep you motivated despite what the number between your toes says!
I’ve said it a few time. Nutrition and Fitness is like a relationship leading to marriage. It’s exciting at first and comes easy but after a while, you have to be willing to put work in through the good times and bad times and when you do, it’ll be the greatest thing you have ever done.