Have you ever fallen into this trap: You saw someone on social media who looked how you wanted to look. You wanted to know EXACTLY what she did - workouts, meal plan, supplements, etc so you could do it too.
And You did.
But the results weren't the same. Because you live in a different body than she does. You have different genetics than she does.
Many many years ago, when I spent tons of time following workouts on DVDs but not seen the same defined abs or muscles I’d like to have just like the girls in those workout videos. I can never understand why.
I then learned quickly through my own training/coaching and experience that results are INDIVIDUAL and that one person's approach that gets them phenomenal results won't necessarily work for the next person, particularly in regard to nutrition.
But reality is also that we are all built differently. Our muscle fibers are different. Our caloric needs are different. So, recommending and subscribing to a "diet" plan is setting you up for failure in my opinion. If you knew me, you would know that I am absolutely against any specific 'diet' plan. Simply because it is NOT SUSTAINABLE.
Health and Fitness is a long term journey, for anyone who is serious about it, it should be part of your lifestyle.
Stop thinking Keto or Paleo or Low carb. Think long-term - WHAT CAN I DO FOREVER?
And worse now is that there are SO MANY PEOPLE online selling fitness programs and meal plans with absolutely no qualifications to do so. How many time have you seen a person post a photo of themselves with some type of caption that says "Want to know what I've been doing? Comment below, and I'll show you my plan!" And the comments flow in. But here's the truth. You don't need “Their meal plan” “Their workout routine” “Their supplements”. Those may be temporary Band-Aids for bigger problems, but they usually have the 95% failure rate when it comes to SUSTAINED result.
Here is what you need in 5 steps:
A crystal clear goal - what EXACTLY do you want? Be super specific.
Reasons WHY - you're not buying into a meal plan for the sake of a meal plan, or a training program for the sake of a training program. What's your BIG motivation?
You must take MASSIVE ACTION - that's right - Dabblers need not apply. If you give your weight loss/nutrition/fitness efforts "dabbler" efforts, you'll only ever get mediocre results.
You must assess your results - how are you measuring progress? Through weight and body measurement? Strength and endurance tests? Blood tests?
Change your approach - if what you're doing isn't giving you the results you want. And change it again and again until you find what works.
All of the above only happens with SERIOUS COMMITMENT, when you've made your mind up that you are changing. We change when the pain of remaining the same is greater than the discomfort of change and ONLY then.
So, let me ask you... What can you use in your life as LEVERAGE to facilitate change?
Are you suddenly in physical pain due to your weight, nutrition, or lack of strength?
Are you always tired and having no energy to keep up with things in your life?
Have you gotten a warning from your doctor about your health?
Have you been sick of looking at the mirror and not liking the person you see?
Have you always wanted to start to be 'healthy'and take on a training program but you never had time?
Look. The reality is that you are smart enough to know if carrots or potato chips are a better choice. You know that stopping eating at 80% full is better than stuffing yourself. You know that drinking water is better than soda. You also know what the benefit exercises can bring you.
So, my suggestion to you is to STOP searching for motivation and MAKE THE DECISION that you are ready, willing, and able to change. Because EVERYTHING IS A DECISION. And we can decide to change or not. Either is OK but understand the outcome that follows your choice.
Is there value in working with a coach, using meal plans, and taking supplements? ABSOLUTELY! If you are the type of person who are super disciplined, know what you are doing with your fitness training and nutrition and absolutely can DIY, then what we are talking about here is not for you. But if you are someone who needs the guidance, who needs accountability, who needs a pathway which will help you develop into a lifestyle you can live for the rest of your life, then YES a fitness coach can absolutely help you with that.
I am so passionate about fitness that I pursue it as a mission and a dream of helping as many women as I can around the world. I've transformed my own health and fitness into the way I wanted and truly make it part of my own lifestyle, and I am helping many others do the same. As a fitness coach, my ultimate vision is that you are able to apply the tools I give you, confidently, continue your fitness journey WITHOUT ME. All the hard work we do together, is to prepare you with the tools and framework you need to live a better, happier and healthier lifestyle you have ever wanted.
BUT - if it's a short term Band-Aid solution, you need to refocus on the 5 steps I outlined above. A coach can give you the tools to take you on the journey, but until you connect your changes in nutrition and fitness to a bigger goal with a powerful WHY, those changes will always be fleeting at best. Working with a coach to find out what's best for you, to get your accountability back, to transform your habits and make fitness part of your lifestyle.
Stop idolizing images you see online and trying to do exactly what they do. Don't ask for their meal plans. Get clear on what you want, find the leverage to change, and take massive action until you're where you want to be while continuously assessing and tweaking along the way. I hope this gave you some powerful things to think about.
Now, what are you committed to for the very special year of 2020? Comment below and let me know!
To Your Success in Health and Fitness,
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