With all of our buys schedules, it might seem impossible to stick with your diet and exercise routine. I have used these tools and I find that I have my best success with the help of
- Create a Plan
- This is the easiest, yet most skipped step. Create a workout routine for yourself. Whether you hire a personal trainer (I can help if that is the route you want to go), buy a fitness program (there are many out there), or find free workout routines online (check out bodybuilding.com they have a lot of free stuff). Having a set workout routine will make you feel more prepared once you get into the gym, or wherever you plan to do your workouts. Get a planner, make a calendar in Excel, or drawn one out with some markers and paper. Create a schedule of your workouts. You can either do this weekly or monthly, but be sure to do it to help you stay accountable. I find that when I write out my workouts and have it somewhere that I look at every day, I can’t run from it. Plus, once you get your workout done, it is nice to just cross it off the list. And overtime you can observe how much you have been killing it (or slacking if you are missing your workouts).
- Set Realistic Goals (S.M.A.R.T)
- SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. Here are some good and bad examples of SMART goals.
- GOOD: I want to loose 10 lbs of fat in 5 weeks. This is specific “loose 10 lbs of fat in 5 weeks”, measurable “loss of 10 lbs”, achievable/realistic “wanting to loose 10 lbs in 5 weeks is dooable and at a safe/healthy rate of 1-2 lbs per week”, and time bound “in 5 weeks”
- BAD: I want to loose weight, or I want to loose 30 pounds in 3 weeks. These both are bad because the first one is not specific, measurable, or time-bound; and the second one is not realistic. It is not realistic/healthy to attempt to loose 30 pounds in 3 weeks.
- Change Your Mindset. Realize this is a lifestyle
- This is a lifestyle, not a diet. One of the things that most people do not realize is that you have to change your outlook on how you eat, as well as how you view yourself. What I mean by that is this. Progress is slow. There is no “quick fix”. You should exercise because it is good for you, because you want to become a healthier version of yourself. Not because you want to change something you see as “bad” about yourself. You should want to eat clean to properly fuel your body, to give it the nutrition it needs to make you healthier and give you energy. Not restricting yourself to ridiculous guidelines that you cannot keep up with. No I am not saying to not to go Paleo, or Vegan, Keto, etc. because I know a lot of people who do live like that. But they do not choose to do that to loose weight or only for a short period of time. They love how those eating styles make them feel. So find what works for YOU. Where you do not have to give up everything you love. Because if you do that, it is only a matter of time before you give up and that is not what we want.
- Create a Plan
And there you have it. Follow these 3 tips and you are guaranteed to stay more on track then before. If you have any questions leave a comment or email me from the contact page!