What’s your reason for wanting to exercise and eat a healthy diet? In boot camp this past Friday I went around the class and ask each participant why they were there. Most were to look good, lose weight, or to feel better. All valid reasons but are they big enough to conquer your excuses and not quit? Some like the idea of feeling better and losing weight but never take that action to get there. Now those in my boot camp obviously were taking action towards their goal because they were there. CONTINUOUS action separates success and failure.
“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving, they may make mistakes but they don’t quit.” Conrad Hilton
When you set a goal, you may take that first step and things will go smoothly for a while until you hit that first bump. At that moment do you quit or do you pick yourself up and keep going? We all hit those roadblocks. If you really want to achieve your goals make it a promise to yourself that you won’t quit when the times get tough. KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
Have you ever tried to help someone and they just keep giving you excuses on why something is not working for them? You try to give them suggestions and every direction you seem to go they have an answer for you. My job is to help my clients achieve a healthy lifestyle. Help them make better decisions and ultimately arriving at their goals. There are so many desired goals in life that are really wanted by all of us. Lets face it, we all would not turn down a chance to have the perfect fit body, a few million dollars in the bank, the ability to travel whenever we would like, and the perfect relationship to top it off. Everyone one of these goals requires dedication and sacrifice. Are we willing to sacrifice the things that we enjoy for the things that we desire? If those goals are not important enough to you, your immediate desires will prevent you from ever getting there.
If you really want something (and have realized this however many years you have been trying to get there), you MUST drop every excuse that comes in your way. You must build up the desire strong enough so that excuses don’t even enter your mind. Where there is a will, there is a way. If you want something bad enough you will work on it every second of the day until it is done. Most of the time it is not going to be pretty, fun, or exciting but your journey is not your goal.
In a world where instant gratification is what we are accustomed to, realize that you are going to have to be uncomfortable for a little while. The ultimate goal will be well worth your persistent effort. Kick your excuses to the curb and keep going, you got this!
The dreaded alarm!! It goes off at 4:30am for your 5am workout everyday. Do you press snooze? Do you jump out of bed ready to kick this workouts butt? Your day immediately begins with a decision. The benefits of getting up to start your day outweighs the extra hour of sleep you get, but why do we still press snooze and fall back asleep? Immediate satisfaction. Every “bad” decision we make is because it’s easier and we want that immediate pleasure. It’s easy to stay in bed, it’s easy to grab a burger at the drive through, and it’s easy to not plan your meals and eat on the go. However, the easy road does not lead to success in anything we do in life. Every decision we make cost us something.
In sports, the team that wins is the team that makes the least amount of mistakes right? In life, we have these decisions we face everyday (millions of them). The more right choices we make, the more successful we will be at hitting our goals. So think about when you make a bad decision by missing your workout Thursday. Do you chalk it up and say you will restart on Monday? Do you know how many little decisions lie between Thursday and Monday? It will take you on this roller coaster and you will never create the mindset to live that healthy lifestyle you desire. When you want to succeed in sports practice makes perfect right? The more you practice something you are not good at, the faster you will create a habit that no longer requires so much of your attention. So don’t just expect waking up early for one or even 10 boot camps will do it. Wake up at the alarm multiple times until it is no longer difficult. Make the decision to prep your food multiple times until it becomes second nature. After all you are not going going to become a master at a sport by playing only 10 games right?
Repetition is key! Do it until you don’t think about it anymore.
We have all been there at the peak of our decisions. We are all excited and motivated to start working out and eating healthy. Week one we roll into our workout with this new found determination that helps us get out of bed. After week one we are super sore, but still plugging through because you have been challenged (and you refuse to back down and look like a punk). Halfway through your 30 day challenge, you start hearing voices in your head….
“you deserve a break, you have worked so hard these past two weeks.”
“You’ve already missed Monday, so just start over next week.”
“You didn’t have time to get to the grocery store this weekend so just eat what you have in the house and you can get all the fruits and veggies tomorrow.”
Did you know all these “excuses” push your goals back further and further away? I know it is hard to change your habits because it takes consistency. It also requires you to think (or rewire your thinking). We typically have a pattern of the way we do things everyday. Changing habits require us to change our patterns. It takes practice, but it can be done. It starts with your brain. If we “assume” that exercise is part of our everyday routine than it will get done. If you give yourself the option, it most likely will be brushed off to the side because it messes with your “routine”.
Think of your new way of living like road construction. It is a lot of work initially to construct, but once the road is paved it is so much easier to get to where you are going. Lifestyle change is the “construction” process. Stick through it and put the work in initially to create and easy journey when it is finished. Know that the construction phase will be hard, expect it, push through it, and make it to the finish. Roadblocks will come (no pun intended) but expect those and keep your eyes on the prize. You got this!
Happy Hump Day!
If you have ever started a fitness program, you know that motivation is the key to sticking with it. Some days are easier than others when it comes to working out. If your program calls for 3 days a week, be careful. This can sabotage you in the long run because it allows you for too many “extra” days. You may find yourself putting off your workouts because you can just “make it up” the next day. Instead, aim to exercise daily so that it becomes who you are. It is so much easier to set aside 30-60 minutes on a daily basis then have a 3 day program that is scattered all over the place. This also helps it become established as a routine faster. Results come faster too and we all know that will keep you motivated more than anything else. So get out there and exercise daily! It doesn’t matter if is a walk or a full blown boot camp workout in the gym . Move everyday!
As I sit here and try to think about my blog for the day a question pops in my head. “What does it take to get real results?” If I were to sum up success I would only use two words ACTION and REPETITION. Motivation is the initial start to action. Some of us get stuck with the running engine but do not actually put the car in drive and go. Think of your goals as a destination you are heading to. Initially you are excited to get there, but you know it’s a long drive. You aren’t going to arrive with excitement only. You have to actually put your car in motion and drive one mile at a time until you arrive. Some will just start their cars, some will put it in drive and go halfway and quit, and those who end up successful are those that drive the entire route (you may get stuck in traffic, end up with a flat tire, or run out of gas). Whatever happens, the successful person keeps fixing whatever goes wrong along the way and keeps going.
So whatever goals you have, know that there will be challenges and roadblocks but whatever happens just readjust and keep driving! Don’t do something a few times and get frustrated. Stop quitting and restarting over and over again (this take so much more effort!). Stay consistent and know it’s about repetition. Do it until you stop thinking about it. Your destination is worth the effort, otherwise you would never had desired it in the first place.