The first step to avoid failure in achieving your fitness goals is….drumroll please! These 5 tips that I’m about to share.
These 5 tips will simply help you sail through your fitness journey and will have you looking fit and gorgeous in no time at all!
That’s a whole bunch on BS…
It doesn’t work that way.
And the reason why a bunch of tips can’t help you stay on track with your fitness goals, is because you need to define your own goals. Which means, you need to first sit down and think….what is success and what is ‘failure’ in that sense.
Here I’m going to tell you a little story about myself to help explain what I mean, 5 years ago, I weighed 82 kilos. Felt and looked my worst. I was eating clean and healthy food, but for some reason my body wasn’t showing any results. I got a personal trainer with whom I trained 3-4 days a week for 3 months. At the end of 3 months, I gained a kilo so I was 83 kilos.
Listening to this, many of you would right away jump to the conclusion that engaging this personal trainer was a ‘failure’ since I didn’t lose any weight. Yes, that’s one way of looking at it.
However, here was my take on things that changed for me:
- I started waking up early. Because I knew my trainer is waiting for me.
- Whenever I was travelling during this period and carrying luggage, I felt better and less pain in my joints
- My skin was starting to glow again
- My blood circulation and sleep improved – I had sleep apnea and the poor breathing would cause cramps while sleeping at night
- I felt I was doing something to regain control of my health. That is the most important feeling ever – to feel like you have control over your own body and health. It is a really powerful feeling.
So at the end of 3 months when I gained a kilo, sure I felt slightly disappointed. My trainer was disappointed too, but by then I had figured something out. That I won’t let a stupid kilo on the weighing scale decide my failure or success. Just as I’ve listed above, it can be decided by so many other things.
What you focus on, you can expand. So I decided that I will focus on that good feeling I get from exercise. I will listen to songs that motivate me and get me feeling happy and upbeat. I will wear bright colours to the gym that make me feel like I’m worth dressing up for.
So yes, if I had set a target of losing 20 kilos in 6 months, I would have been miserable because I would’ve had to starve myself, workout much harder to lose the weight – which would have strained my 83 kilo frame.
Which brings me to another point, if you are heavy, then you need to start slow and gentle. In the beginning we just need to get our body introduced to working out and sweating – which helps get rid of a lot of stored up toxins.
The only way you’re going to be gentle and patient with yourself is when you KNOW that you’re going to stick to this for life.
Understand this, athletes who eat clean, who are shredded and have amazing flexibility and stamina built it over a period of time. Think of good habits in the same way, make one little change and stick to it diligently – till it becomes ingrained in your mind and till your body gets used to it. Then add another habit and so on.
This is how you will build long lasting results and will achieve your fitness goals.
By crash dieting and working out furiously, you are just doing enough to fit into that dress or look good for an occasion – and that is not fitness or health. It’s self-sabotage. The side effects of constant weight gain and loss include loose flabby skin caused by lack of muscle mass.
You have one life, make fitness the top priority and fit in everything else around that. Hope this helped someone who needed to read it and figure out their goals.
Cheers! Stay fit!