To be frank, not a lot has changed with regards to fitness in the last 12 months, you can read my last post from back then here.
But having said that, you should find comfort in the fact that the same basic principles that applied to lose weight and tone up 2 years ago, still apply today.
I’m going to dive deeper into what I’ve learned having coached literally over 100 people in the past 12 months both online and in person.
Adherence is paramount. I used to think consistency was key, but consistency comes from a person when they are assisted in finding the process that simply works for their lifestyle. Given a few lifestyle factors may have to change in order to live healthier of course.
But think about it this way, our biggest problem is DOING and TAKING ACTION. We as humans are conditioned to shy away from hard work sometimes as we associate it with pain/suffering as opposed to happiness/pleasure. And so that spills over into all facets of our lives..
And in this particular blog, our health & fitness.
So there in lies the secret to long-lasting health and fitness – adherence. Or perhaps better explained as, how long can you stick with this plan for and ultimately yield the result you seek?
One particular point that I encountered on multiple occasions was people who put themselves into huge calorie deficits (basically ate way too little) with the understanding that this was necessary to achieve fast weight loss results.
While results are indeed fast, the repercussions of being in a big calorie deficit for so long results in a dramatic drop in metabolism (your body won’t burn as many calories as it once did), huge drops in energy levels, loss of muscle (resulting in less calories burned daily), all of which point toward one single outcome – a plateau, with no further weight loss and a very damaged and unhappy body.
But I don’t blame you for thinking that eating dramatically less seems like the right thing to do. It’s drilled into us from external sources that portray wonderful transformations over short periods of time. If only we could see the transformations a few months or even a year from now – that’s where the REAL results would reveal themselves.
More than anything, educate yourself and ask questions. Look for proof that what you’re about embark on regarding training or nutrition actually works.
Accept Failure, Learn From It & Move On
This is quite possibly the biggest point of learning that both myself and my fitfam have had over the past year.
Every failure that you have is an opportunity.
It’s an opportunity to learn, so that you don’t make the same mistake.
And it’s a cue..
It’s a cue to make you more productive and mentally resilient than ever before..
Because once you have absorbed the lesson, you need not dwell on that ‘failure’ any longer, you must move on.
Every second longer you spend dwelling on it, is a second wasted – remember that.
The power you gain over negative situations by implementing this lesson is literally life changing.
IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
And so as we dive head first into our BIG goals for 2018, I wish you nothing but success with every venture you choose to pursue and I whole-heartedly believe in YOUR ability to push your limits and achieve ANYTHING.