If you are currently struggling to figure out WHY you aren't seeing results from your hard work, this is the post for you.
In my experience, when I sit down with a new client for the first time to do a bit of problem solving, I usually come across the same few obstacles that has stopped people from progressing and seeing the results they desire.
Here is what I usually address with my weight loss and toning clients:
1. You See Exercise As A Way Of 'Working Off' Those Extra Calories
How many times have you decided that you needed to exercise or go to the gym after a big night of eating and drinking? A few perhaps? While I promote being sustainable with your fitness goal your body simply doesn't operate on a 'trade-off' basis. If you are constantly eating with the thought of working it off tomorrow you'll never get ahead. It's also very unlikely that you've done the homework and definitively KNOW that you can work those calories off (unless using a HR monitor) and how much you need to burn while being at a level that will still see you trimming and toning up.
The fix: Flip that ideology on it's head. Think of food as a way to recover more efficiently from exercise. The faster you recover, the more frequently you can train, the faster the results come. Very simple process right?
2. You've Set Your Goal Too Low
One thing that I make a habit of, for myself and my clients, is setting HUGE goals. Put simply, if you operate at a level that is TEN times your 'realistic' goal you will always be ahead. In contrast, if you fell short on your huge goal, you'd still be ahead of your realistic goal because you were operating at a higher level -meaning- you were eating more nutritious and healthy food, training a little bit more and upping the intensity with every session, where as with your 'realistic' goal you simply wouldn't try as hard.
The fix: Figure out what you want to achieve, then times that by ten, reverse engineer what you need to do weekly to see that goal become a reality then IMPLEMENT and DO IT
3. You Hoard Information Without Ever Implementing it
Often times I'll send out a free training program to my subscribers and I'll wait a week or two to let them fall into a routine with it. However when I check up with them, nearly 40% of them haven't even started!! But this is a fairly common practice for us as human beings as we all love having all the 'tools' but we rarely ever use them. Think about this, how many times have you searched for the right training and nutrition program for yourself, only to have it sit in your downloads folder after having looked at it once? Don't worry everybody does it!
If we were all ACTION TAKERS, there would be no such word as 'lazy' in the dictionary and everyone would be on track to achieve the healthy lifestyle they often dream of.
The fix: Set either a reward or a penalty for implementing your training strategy. We operate via the 'carrot and stick' mentality. We like to be rewarded when we do things right - such as exercising a few times a week. In comparison, we also learn faster if there is a penalty for NOT completing something and there is a sense of urgency behind us as well. So reward yourself for the things you do right and penalize yourself for the things you do wrong - maybe a few burpees?
4. You Never Stick To A Process Long Enough
There is and always will be conflicting information on how to achieve different fitness goals, it comes with different people having different opinions - that part is normal. What I see a lot of people doing is trying a lot of different methods over a short period of time without any real commitment to a specific one. A classic example is all the different diets that are available to us these days. One week you could be carb-free, another you could be paleo, another you could be vegan, another you could be gluten-free - the list goes on forever. I will always be a big advocate for this particular saying, "The best eating style is the one you stick to." It translates to understanding that there will never be a one-size-fits-all in terms of eating styles but the best one for you is the one that works for you, is sustainable and that doesn't feel like a burden or a chore - you ultimately WANT to do it.
The fix: If you are chopping and changing between diets and different training programs, pick one eating style and one training program to use for a minimum of 8 weeks. Take your starting measurements and before photos and compare them with your results at the end. If you are happy with your progress and it has become an easy routine - stick with it! If not, try something else and give it time to work.
5. Place Value On What You Want To Achieve
How much would you be prepared to pay for the results you want? It will always be cheaper to drop into the maccas drive-thru for a cheeseburger than it will be to buy a chicken and make a salad, that part is certain. But that cheese burger isn't going to get you where you want to be is it? No..
So place value on your fitness goal.
Why do you want to achieve it?
To keep up with the kids?
Because the GP has told you to?
Because it's time to focus on you?
Whatever that reason is, it will cost you a few things. Primarily time, money and your work ethic.
The fix: Sacrifice a few luxuries such as daily take away coffees and eating out so that you can afford the proper plan that you need. Pencil in a time ON PAPER to exercise and prep some meals to ultimately fall into some better time management habits. Always finish a workout satisfied that you gave it 100%, the feeling being productive with your workout carries over to your entire day! Productive training = productive life!
If you can tackle these 5 points and overcome them in your day to day life, you will certainly start to see the results you seek. Just remember that you may have to be a little uncomfortable first before you start to settle into a healthy routine as change has never been easy.
Why not check out my 30 Day Kickstarter Program? It's based in Rockingham and is for beginners who want to build up their fitness level whilst losing a bit of weight and toning up too!
You'll have me in your corner to help address the 5 key points above as well!