This is the deep post. The post where you feel inspired and motivated. This is the post I want you to read and say “Let’s Do This!”. Get ready to be inspired! The fun starts here 🙂
What are your goals? What do you want to accomplish in the next year? What are you willing to do to make those things happen? I want you to really think about these questions. Write the answers down on a piece of paper and stick it on your fridge or your mirror or somewhere you’ll see it everyday. Good. Now that you’ve done that, you’ve created something tangible to base your work off of.
Now what? This is where so many people get lost. So many of us get stuck on Step 1 in the health journey. All we want is to feel good, look good, and be well. We get sucked into the Instagram posts and the Pinterest workouts and then quick fixes that cost hundreds of dollars. This is where the problem begins…you are looking at Step 1 all wrong.
Step 1 is not about jumping straight into a detox elimination diet or the latest fitness fad you found online. Step 1 is not about actions at all.
This is where I get brutally honest. I’m not one to sugar coat things that often, so I’ll just set the tone now. The truth is, the problem is not with WHAT you’re doing, it is with HOW you are doing it and WHY you are doing it. Sure you can download a sheet of 15 workouts to do over the course of a month and take our fats and sugars and dairy and gluten from your diet. But, now be honest with yourself here, how many times have you started these programs but stopped short after a few weeks? Seriously, be honest about it.
Success with the physical side of health and wellness stems directly from the mental side of it all. It is about setting yourself up for success MENTALLY before you start anything PHYSICAL. There are only 5 things you need to be successful with a fitness program. I’m not going to tell you what program or what meal plan is right for you, because we all have different goals. But these 5 things are constant and will be critical for success in all health and fitness programs.
- The right attitude: Attitude is everything. If you walk into every workout or meal thinking “This is terrible” or “This is so difficult”, you are automatically setting yourself up for failure. You’ve gotta see this journey as the most positive thing you will ever do for yourself–because it is. When you start the journey with a positive attitude and even a positive mantra, you set the rest of the journey up for success. I’m not saying that have you have to love every moment of the process–heck, sometimes all I want to eat is pizza and donuts instead of spinach and chicken–but you need to have the right attitude to talk yourself through those moments of doubt and negativity. Because, as much as we’d all love to have a little mini motivator hanging on our shoulder all day long, it’s really up to ourselves. The journey is a personal one the majority of the time, so you’ve gotta get the attitude to motivate and congratulate yourself when you need that extra bit of motivation when nobody is around.
- A growth mindset: I’m referencing Carol Dweck’s Mindset philosophy here. Many of us are living with a fixed mindset everyday. A mindset that tells us that we are one thing and cannot change or grow or develop into something stronger, smarter, better. The growth mindset is how we push and motivate ourselves. It is a mindset of productivity and changing for the better when we want to. Time to develop that mindset. When you think “I can’t lift that weight” or “I can’t cook like that” or “I can’t run that far”, change that mindset into “I will work my way up to that weight” and “I can take a cooking class or start with simple cooking skills” and “Start with a little bit of walking and running and I will work up to that distance”.
- Time management skills: Health takes time. Health takes planning. Get a calendar out and plug in your workouts. Even if it is 10-15 minutes a few times a day. Get it scheduled. Find time on that calendar when you can take 30 minutes to prep some snacks. MAKE the time.
- At least 1 good workout outfit: I mean, who doesn’t want to look good when working out? You don’t need to spend a fortune, but you need to something comfortable, functional, and fun!
- Patience: Building something strong and healthy and amazing takes time. Be patient with yourself. Changing habits and seeing results takes more time than we want. It is definitely difficult to be patient with results when we live in a world of instant gratification. We get what we want when we want it. Your health and wellness and fitness success won’t come immediately, but they will come. Patience is the toughest part of it all, but the most necessary.
Once you have these 5 essentials down, you will be able to attack any goal, whether it be weight loss, weight gain, maintenance, performance, or any other health related goal. It all starts with the right mindset.