From my first blog in this series, you should have learnt the tweaks we need to make for our diets when thinking about what nutrients we need and most importantly how much of them. You should also know that cardio is not the only solution to getting toned! We must prioritise weight training like I told you in my last blog, to allow some muscle growth to show off those ripped muscles on the beach!
This blog is probably going to hit home because as we all know, anyone can think about doing these things and have all the intentions of doing them. But actually getting down to doing it is another thing!
It’s amazing what we can do once we set our mind to it. Our mindset to attack a new goal is solely dependant on whether we truly want it.
I fell into the trap of believing that I could achieve my goals as long as I kind of did the things that I needed to do. I understand that like most things in life, getting toned and reaching your goals in time for summer is not as easy as people make out. So don’t panic!
Setting your mind to something requires a lot of devotion and sadly, a few sacrifices too. This is where the simple part comes into play. If you devoted an hour to each day during the week for an hour of exercise, over a few months you WILL change the way your body looks! Sounds easy, but finding the time to do that might be the harder part. Chris wrote a blog posts a few months ago breaking your week down hour by hour, have a read of it here. (There goes your excuse of not having time!)
Now, let’s look at this from another angle. Say you really wanted to achieve your goal of having a lower body fat number and looking amazing on the beach. You WILL find the time! Whether you had to do it during your lunch break, wake up earlier and do it before work or even get home a bit later and pop to the gym after work. Because you have told yourself that’s what you want, you’ve sat down and planned out your goals and you are willing to sacrifice something in order to achieve it. YOU WILL DO IT.
It really is that simple!
I’m not suggesting that everyone needs to have single digit body fat to feel great on the beach but if that’s what you know you will feel more comfortable with, then set your mind to it!
Striving for a goal is time consuming and NEEDS commitment. It amazes me how many people start a challenge then give up 2 weeks into it. The reasons behind it are simple, you are simply not motivated enough to devote more hours to exercising and meal prepping. You are not prepared to cut down on your vices such as alcohol and chocolate. If you aren’t willing to compromise and give up some of things, you are already fighting an uphill battle.
By now you’re probably thinking it is hopeless and that there will never be a way…
Here are my top 3 tips on changing your outlook…
1. You NEED to believe you can do something. At start, take small steps to get the end result. I love aiming for big goals but its unrealistic when you haven’t got baby steps in place. This links in with belief because if you are hitting mini goals each day and week, you are more than likely to continue on a good path. Mini goals are like mini victories which keep you sane on a long slog to achieving your end goal. They give you a boost when it becomes tough. If you do not believe you can lose 5 stone then first set a task of losing 5 lbs. That’s a small step with amazing progress! Now keep it up!
2. Secondly you need to understand that sacrifice has to happen because clearly the current habits you have are not working now! I see too often, people giving up on something when it got a little bit tough. Cutting down on alcohol for instance when everyone around you is drinking. Simply have one! Just because you’ve had one drink it does not mean you have failed! It certainly doesn’t mean that you need to carry one because you feel as if you’ve ‘’failed’’.
3. Thirdly and finally, you need to be ready. There is no reason to start a huge goal whilst other things are going on. In my eyes you’ll use that as an excuse which is of course an easy way out! Instead start it when you are able to manage more time and stress. The harsh reality is that committing to your goals is hard. But when you have lots of things going on meaning you cannot build a routine and be consistent with yourself, you are instantly saying it’s not a priority in your life.
Slip ups happen and that is normal but they are easier to control once you’ve spotted them and stopped them in the tracks. Don’t be reeled in to your old habits.