Have you been saying year after year that this year you’ll make a change to get fitter and live more healthily?
We all start the year off with gung-ho momentum wanting it to be our best yet, but after a few weeks what happens?
Most people lose interest and slip back into the comfort zone of old habits. Often it stems back to the fact that we haven’t been precise enough with our goals or created an action plan of how we’re going to achieve them.
Think about the goals you’ve set for yourself in previous years that you didn’t reach and reassess why you didn’t achieve them.
Reflecting on past goals
Understanding the why will help you move forward.
Write down all of the reasons that prevented you from reaching your past goals and determine whether they are an outside influence or something you had direct control over.
Eg. A lack of will power = Direct control
Eg. Struck down with glandular fever and couldn’t get out of bed for six weeks = Outside control
If most of the reasons were something you had direct control over, it’s time to step up and hold yourself accountable. Nothing but yourself is sabotaging your goals.
Getting started is always the hardest part, but it doesn’t need to be. Rather than committing to a complete lifestyle overhaul overnight, make gradual changes so that you learn to slowly adapt to a new healthy lifestyle.
Here are my top tips for starting your transformation:
- Ditch the soft drink, fast food, chocolate and lollies. Fuel your body with wholesome nutrient dense food!
- Move every single day. Find something you love doing so it’s not a chore (weights, sport, running, cycling, yoga, whatever, just MOVE).
- Forget the number on the scales. Take progress photos and measurements and go by the feel of your clothes
- Be consistent! I used to go through a “fitness phase” that would last a few months then I’d give up as I wasn’t seeing results straight away. It takes time to undo a lifetime of bad habits, be patient!
- Learn! Read and research as much as possible. There is endless information out there on clean eating and training techniques. The more you learn the easier it is to identify what works for you. There is no one size fits all approach so don’t try and copy what others are doing. All of our bodies respond differently depending on age, gender, body composition etc.
- Surround yourself with positive people who support your goals. You’ll quickly learn who doesn’t and the sooner you ditch them the better.
- Get help – there’s no need to go it alone! Get your partner or a friend to join you so you can keep each other accountable and motivated. If you really want to step things up, join a program like Ally’s 8 Week Challenge. Alicia Gowans is coaching me towards my WBFF debut this year but works with people at all stages of their health and fitness journey. It’ll be the best thing you’ve ever done for yourself.
Transform your figure and your mindset
Changing my lifestyle has obviously made a dramatic change to my physical appearance, but the profound change to my mindset I just couldn’t put a price on. I’m happier, more optimistic, more willing to try new things and challenge myself and am more confident in social situations.
I made this change to set the right example for my kids and to ensure they followed in similar footsteps with their health and well-being and the flow on affect has just been life changing. Never in a million years would I have thought I’d be competing in fitness competitions let alone winning.
The sky is the limit when you stop holding yourself back!
So, good luck on your fitness journey and if you have any questions leave me a comment below.