Updated: Aug 2, 2019
How are your fitness goals going? What are you wanting to accomplish or achieve?
If you're not sure, grab a pen and piece of paper and take a few minutes to write down 3-5 specific fitness goals that you want to achieve. It could be to train for and run a 10K by May (find a race to sign up for!), to lose 10lbs in the next 6 weeks (be sure to pick a date), or to gain a percentage of muscle mass (visit a nutrition shop and get your body analysis done). Whatever it is, be as specific as possible.
Studies have documented that people with clear, written goals are significantly more likely to succeed than those without clearly defined goals. So be sure to write them down and put them in a place where you can see them! Also, share them with me or an adult who is able to help keep you accountable. Then start making a plan on how you are going to achieve your goals.
Maybe you'll need to start going to bed earlier so you can wake up early and get a workout in. Or maybe you'll need to raid your pantry and toss out the junk foods. Perhaps you need to buy heavier weights and bring them to boot camp. Just get going! The sooner you start, the closer you'll be to reaching your goals.
Start NOW - don't wait for the right time.
There are many reasons why you could put off doing something - because you just feel it “isn’t the right time”. You want to wait until everything else in your life is in order before you start something new. The truth of the matter is not everything is going to be perfect before you start – you just need to get going and things will start to figure themselves out. Elements of your life will start to align themselves and you will be able to start achieving success during a time in which you at first didn’t think was “right.”
Be patient - don't expect instant results.
We live in a very “instant” society – we want this now, or that now. If you want to achieve true, long lasting success, then it will take time – it will be a journey of small wins, and small drawbacks. It’s the persistence of sticking with it that will get you the results you want.
Celebrate YOU - don't compare yourself to others.
Don’t be frustrated by people who are much further down the road from you. You don’t really know what’s happening behind the scenes; the struggles, the mistakes, the failures. Research has shown that by comparing ourselves to others we tend to feel inadequate, discouraged and incapable. Don’t compare yourself to others, but find others who have the results you want to achieve and ask them how they did it.
And be sure to celebrate the victories - big or small! One pound lost is still progress and a step in the right direction, so don't be hard on yourself. It's going to be a great year - I can't wait to see you achieve your goals and celebrate with you!