Tired of not knowing if your workout and diet are working like they should? Do you start each year in the same shape as you were in the year before? Are you sick of killing yourself with insane workouts and crash diets, while never seeing any lasting results?
Do you know if your fitness plan is actually right for you?
Asking yourself one question can reveal whether or not you have found the right one…
But before we get to the big question, let’s talk about making changes.
If you aren’t where you would like to be with your health and fitness, it is likely the result of poor daily habits and choices. Daily habits, over time, have created your current lifestyle (for better or for worse). So it makes sense that, in order to reach your fitness goals and change your lifestyle, you need to change your daily habits.
Whether it’s smoking, drinking, gambling, biting your nails, eating too much or an inactive lifestyle… if you want to change, you have to approach it in the correct way.
Ask most behavioral scientists, and they will agree that cold turkey is not the way to go. Rather, having support, following a customized plan and making small changes will get you the most permanent and effective results.
Think about that in terms of your diet and exercise plans. Let’s say at some point during the year, you decide you have had enough. You want change, and you want it now.
You grab the most intense workout on the market and find a starvation/liquid diet plan that promises to help you become lean and mean in a matter of weeks. Despite years of bad habits, you want to erase everything at once.
Unfortunately, you quickly learn that the “electro shock” plan you have signed up for is more than you can handle. Your body doesn’t know what to think. You find that you are always sore, hungry and exhausted. You struggle to keep up with exercises you have never seen before. You go from eating real food to starving yourself or living off of liquid diets. You keep telling yourself that it is worth it to keep living this way to see the results you want. It’s only for a few weeks right? You see some progress, but nothing like what you thought. Each day becomes a grind and you dread the thought of another painful workout or day without eating real food.
You are absolutely miserable…
Eventually you can’t maintain the agony or sustain this level of intensity. You give up, only to regress back to your original lifestyle after getting burned out and frustrated from the experience.
This scenario is not fiction. All too often, this is how most people approach their health and fitness plan.
So now for the big question to help you determine if your fitness and nutrition plans are right for you. Ready for it? Here it is…
Are you willing to continue your current fitness and nutrition plans for the rest of your life?
If the answer is no, then you are not making changes the right way.
It sounds like a scary question at first, but when you think it through, it makes perfect sense. Are you trying to change your life permanently? Are you happy going on the roller coaster of fitness ups and downs each year? Do you want to start each year in the exact same position you are in now, or do you want to look back and celebrate all the amazing improvements you have made?
If you are trying to quit gambling, is your plan to save your money for a brief period of time, only to lose it all at the tables a few months later?
If you are going to quit smoking, do you go cold turkey, only to pick the habit right back up again months later?
Is there any satisfaction in torturing yourself for months, only to revert back to the same lifestyle you were trying to escape?
If you are currently living off of a liquid diet and starving yourself, I would imagine there is no way you can see yourself living that way each day for the rest of your life. However, if I ask you to reduce your sugary drinks by one each week or slowly reduce your portion sizes… that is definitely something you can do long term. A year later you would see amazing results, all without torturing yourself or giving up real food.
Does your current fitness plan overwhelm you, make you want to throw-up, make you sore for a week or result in injuries? Chances are you aren’t going to keep that up every day of your life. Conversely, if I ask you to start with your current abilities, make small improvements and progressions each workout, all without killing yourself… you can definitely keep that up every day. Again, you see amazing results over time from small improvements each day.
If you have the right plan, you can make permanent, steady changes that last. No more bouncing back and forth between plans. You simply get a little better every day.
So how do you make sure you have the right plan for you…?
You need help. You need support and guidance. You will be much more successful if you don’t try to do it alone.
Decide today that you are going to use the right plan to make real changes in your life. Stop trying to do it alone and guessing at what might work. Seek guidance from professionals who can give you real planning and break the bad habits once and for all.
We can help. Reach out to us today to start making permanent life changes. Today is the day you end the uncertainty and find your perfect plan.