If you are having “challenges” reaching your goals you may need to tweak your approach. Here are 5 very important things that you should do to reach your goals.
You’re on one week, off the next. You eat well for breakfast and then all hell breaks loose the rest of the day. You work out hard for a few days then nothing for a few days or worse, weeks! In order to start seeing results, whether in your fitness or weight loss you must be consistent with your eating and exercising. Think scheduling. Think planning. But above all else, be consistent.
Do the Work
If you don’t put in a hard effort you will not yield any results. When you exercise you should sweat and feel pushed. When you are making healthy food choices, it will take effort to resist the urge to dive into a plate of cookies and opt for the fruit platter. The more effort you put into it, the more you will get out of it. You can’t fake hard work.
You cannot reach your goals by “winging” it. If you can’t stay on task during a 12 or 16-week training plan you may not be able to run the race. Same for weight loss. If you aren’t paying attention to proper nutrition, portion sizes, healthier options or swaps for your favorite comfort foods, you will not lose weight. Having laser-focus doesn’t mean you can’t have a day off. But it does mean that you are fully aware and are able to regroup quickly and get back on track.
Don’t Think – Just Do It
We over-think things and that gets us into trouble. We waffle, waver, pause and ponder. You need to become a walking, talking, Nike-inspired cliche. You don’t think about going for a run, you just roll out of bed, lace up your sneakers and do it. If you are trying to lose weight you have to become good, no, great at saying No. (So I guess here, you just don’t do it). No to samples. No to food pushers. “No, thank you, I’m not hungry”. “No, really, I brought lunch”, etc. Pretty soon, you’ll be doing it without a second thought.
When people ask me if I still run (obviously from people who don’t read my blog) I tell them that I keep running because I don’t ever want to have to start again. The truth is, once you reach your fitness or weight loss goals, your journey is not over. In order to maintain what you’ve fought so hard to achieve, you will need to continue to work at it. Otherwise in a very (very, very) short period of time that 20 pounds will find its’ way back onto your frame or you will be starting your Couch to 5K plan from Day 1.
So if you are frustrated with your progress or if your progress has stalled, I hope these tips will help you find that fire and strength to keep going and get where you want to be!
Now go run!