The #1 Strategy For Staying Fitness Focused

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 16:33
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Do you ever find yourself "waiting" for the perfect moment to take action?

In the case of weight loss, there are no shortage of people who procrastinate on taking action because they don't know which type of workouts to do or what they should be eating, or even because now "isn't the right time."

It's human nature to seek security.

We want to know that what we are going to do is going to pan out exactly how we'd like.

But that's not how life works.

And fitness is no different.

There will never be a perfect moment to take action because there is no such thing as a perfect moment.

Let's say you decide that you want to wait until the holidays are over before you really focus on losing weight because the holidays are hectic and you just don't have the mental willpower to take on anything else in your life.

If you stop and think... is that really true or is that just an excuse you tell yourself?

Every month is as busy as any other month, but instead of holidays, you have work events and family birthdays and soccer games to take your children to.

And because we seek security, we have a tendency to create roadblocks in our head as a defense mechanism.

If we don't start something how can we fail at it?

But taking this approach is the completely wrong way to embark on a fitness journey. This approach stems from a negative and failure-based mindset. You are searching for reasons as to why things won't work out as opposed to why they will.

The alternative is to actively seek out reasons why your goal will work out.

Instead of, "I will be out of town the week of Christmas, there's no way I can get a workout in."

You should be saying "I know I'll be out of town the week of Christmas, let me make sure I get an extra workout in the week before and after. I'll also be able to get a morning run in while I'm out of town."

This is adaptation and it's 100% vital that you learn to adapt if you want to succeed on your fitness journey.

Another way to think about it is like this...

Let's say you decide you want to lose 20 pounds.

You're going to hit the gym three times each week, and eat a whole foods clean diet...

Everything goes perfectly for 3 months. You don't miss a single workout and you are religious with your nutrition.

But then your kid gets sick and you have to stay home from work for 3 days. This backs you up at work and the following week you have to stay late. This interferes with you making it to your normal workout times.

What do you do?

Do you decide to just miss your workouts because you're too busy?

Or do you adapt?

Those who find great success on their fitness journey find ways to adapt.

Those who find themselves in the cycle of on again off again weight loss/crash dieting find excuses... like I'm too busy.

If something like this were to happen, there are a few ways you could adapt.

1) Adjust your nutrition to make up for your lack of exercise. If you aren't burning calories through movement, reduce how many you consume when you miss your workouts.

2) Do an at-home workout. They aren't going to be as effective as a gym-based workout, but we're going for progress, not perfection. There are plenty of workouts online that you can do for free. Knock out a couple of those while you're busy that way you don't lose your workout momentum.

3) If you are really hardcore... get into work early so you can get a head start on your day and still make it to your workout.

You see...

Your weight loss success is not dependant on whether or not you can avoid obstacles, it's dependant on how you respond to those obstacles.

Because ultimately the goal is to just keep going...

No matter what happens you have to keep making progress...

That's how you will win.

That's how you will lose weight.

That's how you will succeed in reaching your goals.

Hope This Helps
Coach Mark