The Key to Success

Happy Monday!

Question: have you set up health and fitness goals for 2014? Are you totally ready to go all in and give all you have to reach these goals?

More than most likely you have answered YES! However, it’s only the first full week and statistically many health and fitness resolutions fail by Valentine’s Day….but you’re not going to be a statistic this year.

So, why do they fail? Lack of preparation can be one answer. Lack of planning or goals that are a bit too lofty can be answers as well. I think it goes deeper though. Many of us have already done the prep work. We’ve thrown out the Christmas candy, set up our workout space or purchased a gym membership, and even begun researching meal plans (which is probably what lead you here). Can I be honest though? All of that is the easy part. I can get clients to throw the junk out and start moving…the tricky thing is to keep junk from coming back and to keep moving.

So what’s the trick? HABIT.

I receive emails all the time from people who have the equipment. They have new shoes, a treadmill, P90X, weights, shakes, etc., but they don’t know how to stick with a program. That’s part of the bigger picture: stick with the program :)

In all honesty, even I have a hard time sticking to DVD programs, which is why I will often mix them (follow me on Twitter to get a better feel for my personal workouts). The biggest thing you can do to help yourself reach your goals is to figure out what works for you. We all have different motivators, which will help us develop habits. These motivators are wide in variety and change from person to person as well as different times in our lives. Take a look at just a few of the motivators that have played a role in my own success:

  1. Health. My mom died when I was young and I was well on my way down the same path at 22 years old. A kind-hearted but stern radiologist told me to change my lifestyle or face the consequences.
  2. Kids. I want to set an example for my children. Not only do I want them to see that taking care of your health is important, but fitness requires a commitment to change that many fail to exhibit now.
  3. My husband. I won’t lie on this, I want to look hot for my honey :) . I like when he’s proud of my hard work and when he wants to show me off. He is my biggest fan and supporter.
  4. To be a good steward. Just like the money I have been entrusted with, I have also been entrusted with this body. It is my right and honor to take care of it, grow it, challenge it and use it as it is to be used.
  5. To be my own hero. I enjoy not having to wait for people to help me with mundane tasks like moving a few pieces of furniture or grabbing a huge bag of dog food. I still believe in chivalry and enjoy the doors being open, but it feels good to also know I can kick it down if needed.

There are LOADS of other motivators that have come up in my fit life. Often times I will enter online contests or run challenges to keep me going. The fact is that you have to create a habit in order for it to stick as a lifestyle. You don’t create habits in 2 days or 2 weeks people! It takes a minimum of 40 days for something to become a habit.

Simply eradicating a poor choice (like too much sugar) but never replacing it with something healthier doesn’t work either. One of the most popular things I see happen this time of year is that people will “give up” sugar (including candy and sodas) for the month. The problem is that they usually only give it up for a month. Once February hits they are right back on the train, often times eating MORE in order to make up for the deprivation.

So how can you avoid the pain of goals-never-met? A few simple steps will get you started:

  • Set achievable goals and share them with somebody who can help you make sure they can be reached (I am available by email).
  • Set a time to reach them.
  • Set up healthy habits over the next 40 days. Don’t go clean slate and cold turkey here…set up 1 nutrition and one exercise habit to conquer over the next 40 days. Example: workout 3x per week and stay away from sugary foods and beverages.
  • Develop a program that works. Write your goals down and place them EVERYWHERE, set the timer on your phone for workouts, or enlist an accountability partner. Make these 2 things NON-NEGOTIABLE.
  • Stick to it. If you don’t see results in 3 days (you know who you are!) or you get tired or just don’t feel like it, SUCK IT UP! Do it. Don’t wait for somebody to come give you the half-time pep talk OK? Be your own motivator and find your own success.

Set your footing right with these tips and you WILL see results. Stay with it and fight for it. Rome wasn’t built in a day…

Michelle

Rockstar Training