The KEY for Success

Unlocking your potential takes hard work and dedication in whatever area you are setting to work.

Continuous  effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our  potential.
Winston  Churchill

Your potential to reach your goals is hinged on your effort. How hard are you truly willing to work towards your goals? What are you willing to give up to reach your goals? Are you willing to work daily to cultivate the discipline needed to reach your goals?

Many people come to me with one blanket goal: WEIGHTLOSS.

That’s a wide-spread goal for sure. It comes from the stay at home mom who feels as though she’s lost herself. It comes from the former college football player who wants to relive his glory days. And it comes from women of all ages who want to step on the great fitness arena stage….yet it’s always presented as the same goal.

Weight loss is a timely goal right now, since over 66% of our population suffers from disease that is directly related to our expanding waistlines. We have become sedentary and lazy due to the technological advancements of our age. Unfortunately, these advancements have also brought forth information technology that can be completely overwhelming and leave us confused amidst the haze of opinions. So, let’s hash out the keys to weight loss success shall we?

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  1. Know your science. There is scientific data that backs up weight loss, sports training, bodybuilding and performance. Invest some time in learning about YOUR specific goals.
  2. If you’re wearing it, you ate it (or drank it). OK, so I know most people take this as harsh, but pay attention….I am afflicted with comments daily that say, “I just don’t know why I’m gaining weight, my diet is pretty clean..”. That word “pretty” (or mostly, really, kind-of, etc.) tips me off to the fact that the diet is probably the main problem. The key here is CONSISTENCY. You can’t expect excess weight to run fleeing from your body at the first introduction of celery. It takes a full 6-8 weeks of consistently clean eating to notice a difference in the body. Keep an accurate record of your food AND drink to track the progress you can expect.
  3. Workouts are essential. If you’re looking to lose 20, 50 or more pounds, you NEED to be moving consistently 60 minutes per day, 6 days per week. Those with less than 20 pounds to lose or those seeking to add definition to the body can get away with 4-5 workout days. Am I discriminating? Yes I am….the more you have to lose, the more you need to move! Period.
  4. Your feelings are of little concern. Feeling motivated will not get you far. Don’t skip a workout because you don’t feel like it. You can modify a workout, change a workout or take a rest day IF necessary, but simply leaving your workout because you don’t feel like is a sure-fire way to stay out of reach of your goals. BE CONSISTENT.
  5. Find a program. Programs are available (I know an AWESOME one that will be available at the end of December!) to help you with meal plans, meal prep, meal timing, workouts, motivational words, brain training and even behavior modification. Make the financial investment to your health and fitness. Programs put professionals within your reach to keep you on track towards your goals.

Did you notice something in those 5 points? CONSISTENCY is the word for the day. You won’t get anywhere without consistency. When you were a baby, your parents didn’t rejoice in your first step just to carry your butt all over the world for the rest of your life right? They let you walk wherever you could. I bet you even walked everyday! For some, I bet you walked more then than you do now, but you have the power to change that. Be consistent in your fight towards your goals. Be realistic in what you are WILLING to accomplish daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Make it a point to move forward every single day.

Stay with the fight and stay fighter fit!

Michelle

 

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