It is that time of year again where we take a long hard look in the mirror and decide… What are the things about last year that we didn’t’ accomplish? What are the things that we wanted to do that we just didn’t make time to do or make it a priority to do it?
And it’s this time of year that we see a huge influx of people that are going into the gym. They are getting memberships and they are trying to get into shape, because it is something that they truly want to do. But most of the time they just don’t know how to do it. They don’t know where to start, they don’t know how to stay consistent, and they don’t’ know where to go when they fail. When they fall of the rail they don’t know how to get up again.
That is why it’s crucial and important to have a good network of people around you.
It is just as important to have the plan. If you go into the fitness world without a plan you are not going to make it, because you are going to rely on your emotions.
At the end of the day it doesn’t matter if you ‘feel like’ getting out of bed and going to the gym, it doesn’t matter if you ‘feel like’ doing 40 minutes on the elliptical or stair steps. The way you feel is what got you where you are, it’s what makes you miserable. And if we live our life based on how we feel we’re never going to accomplish these goals because we are never going to attain the discipline to put those feelings aside and do what needs to be done, it’s a principle.
Truth is, until you have someone that can sit next to you and outline that principal, and hold you accountable to that principal (so that when you don’t ‘feel like’ going they hold you accountable) you will struggle and quite realistically, give up.
If you don’t plan for success you are going to plan to fail.
The plan is what is going to hold you up, and keep you through the times when you plateau. When you lose a bunch of weight in the beginning its easy, because your body is used to doing absolutely nothing. It’s going to respond because your body responds to that change. But eventually it’s going to catch up, and your body is going to say “well we do the same things over and over again”, and you are not going to see any progress. You are going to get frustrated, and if you plan doesn’t include those changes you are going to quit, you are going to give up.
Statistically, in some of the news that I’ve seen, its somewhere between 70 to 80% of those who set new year’s resolutions to do fitness and change their lifestyles quit by February. Right back in the same boat becuase they are living life based on this emotional feeling of how ‘you should look’ and how ‘you should feel’.
It comes down to the fact that it’s as simple as what you put in is what you are going to get out - regardless of how you feel about it.
So how do you create the plan?
You create the plan by setting the goals that you want to achieve.
You must go into this knowing that it’s not a diet, and it’s not that you are going to ‘workout’, you are going to train. You are not dieting and you are not on a special diet, you are changing the way that you see food. You begin to see the process of food as fuel. You accept the fact that it doesn’t matter what it tastes like, this goes back to what it ‘felt’ like.
Your body doesn’t care how you ‘feel’. You either get up and do it or you don’t see results.
In the respect of food, it doesn’t matter what it tastes like when it comes down to it, all though you can make it good. At the end of the day it’s the type of fuel your body needs to build on the things that you need to do to reach your goals.
Ok, so once you have your goals established, and once you know what your daily needs are for calories, how much you need to burn, and how much you need to eat (what’s known as macros), the next thing that you do is follow the plan to the T.
This is the tricky part I know! You must have a food plan that fits into your life along with the criteria of your overall goal. You are going to eat different things if you are wanting to gain muscle, or if you are wanting to lose fat. That’s going to be a separate fuel plan or a separate diet plan. And so, it’s very crucial and critical as to what type of foods that you are putting into your body.
It comes down to needing a fitness plan to outline all your necessary macros, and fitting them into the reality of your life. You need someone that can create your nutrition plan and give you the exact amount of proteins, the exact number of carbs, and the exact amounts of fat to eat, at what time, to get you to your goal. An outline for success.
All of that said, once you have your outline it’s as simple as following the instructions.
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