We’re now half way through January, how has your resolution kept up? Are you on track for losing weight? Has your fitness increased? Have you improved your eating?
If you answered “no” to any of these questions, it’s time to switch up what you’re doing, if your struggling to know how, I have laid out the answers right here.
- Start by setting smaller and more achievable goals, you’ll be amazed at how addicted you can get to over-achieving once you’re on the right path.
- Stop making excuses. They will kill your goals, dreams, ambitions and fitness, so focus your energy and get to it.
- Our brains work on incentives, good and bad. Set up a real treat or punishment that you can’t get out of to keep you on track.
- It’s ok to ask for help. If you don’t know something or just want support, ask! Don’t suffer in silence. The more people that know what you’re doing, the easier it is to stick to your plan.
- If you’re eating crap and it seems like too much of a chore to change your diet, start with one meal at a time. Make breakfast the healthy meal of the day until it’s no longer an effort to make. Make sure you progress on to the other meals.
- Choose a charity, choose an event and go compete. There are so many great races/charities out there that could benefit from your help. The feeling of giving back will be enough to keep you pushing through the hardest of times.
- Take pictures once a week. I’m not saying selfies. Strip down to your underwear and ask a partner or set a self timer to track your progress.
- Be honest with yourself. You know your limits, and more importantly, you know when you’re making an empty promise to yourself. Too much “I’ll do double the distance next time.” It’s too easy to justify why you’re not doing it now. You are only cheating yourself.
- Make sure you’re doing this for the right reasons. I don’t mean any superficial reasons, “I want to look good” is not the real reason and it will not help motivate you. If you are doing it to be happy or to increase your confidence with the way you look thats perfectly acceptable. If you want to complete a race because you want to show people how good you are, then all the power to you! That will motivate you a lot further than “I wanna look good.”
Just remember, at the end of the day, you can do this. It’s a lot of small things done every day that will make the biggest difference on your life. If you find it easy to achieve your goals, then what do you do differently?
If you have any further questions are interested in advice then voice it, I look forward to hearing from you.