Where are you now?
The best program is the one that is designed for where you are and where you want to go.
By Mark Gallagher 21/03/2016
We see pictures of people in magazines or people on TV and we want to look like them. Nothing wrong with having aspirations! I won’t get into the whole airbrushed saga and how these people have a squad 10 deep making them look the part for a photo shoot or film premier. That’s stuff we already know and should be aware of when we looking to get in shape or lose weight. We focus too much on other people, what are they doing and why can’t we be like them. It’s not about them it’s about YOU! What you are doing or not as the case may be and what you need right now and what’s going to work.
Where do we start?
We actually start at the end, stay with me.
Firstly lets identify what it is you REALLY want. Lose weight, drop 2 dress sizes or fit in your old jeans in 2 months time. It has to be specific to you and then we can figure out how we are going to get there. There is no point in you trying to run a marathon if you haven’t done much running before or jumping into an insanity class for your first time at the gym.
So that goes back to my original question. Where are you now?
Start where YOU need to start and not where it would be suitable for someone else. Here are a couple of tips to get you started.
- Start small. Pick 3 things and make them habits by doing them all the time and they will become second nature. They could be things like. Drink 2L water every day. Attend a minimum of 3 fitness classes per week. Go a massive walk at the weekend to catch up with a friend. Once these 3 are part of your routine and become effortless, we can add 3 new habits in to build on what we have already introduced.
- If you need help getting motivated seek out a friend in a similar position and start the journey together. Ask someone who knows a bit about what you want to achieve and seek their advice/help in how to get there.
- Record your progress. Whether that’s tracking your meals or pounds lost, this will give you a better understanding of what is working and what is not.
- Have fun. If it’s not much fun, you won’t stick it.
It’s time to get started.
Motivation doesn’t always come to us as much as we would like but it’s in there some-where, you just need to ignite it. It may be something as simple as a wedding or a holiday you have coming up this summer.
Don’t get on that plane or turn up to the wedding thinking you could have been in better shape or could have done more.
Turn up looking the bomb!