What I wanted to talk about today is the fact that most people never get to their weight loss goals. Even worse, those that get there have trouble staying there. The important concept I want you to take away from this discussion is that there is a vast difference between the outcome and the process.
What do I mean by that?Take the most generic goal I hear.
1. “I want to lose fat.” – sounds like a good goal but it really isn’t. How much do you want to lose? How are you going to measure it? What kind of time frame?
More importantly, what kind of behavior goals are you going to set for yourself to achieve this?
- How many times per week are you going to workout? It better be a total of 5-7 sworkouts per week if you really want results.
- What type of exercise? It should include some variation of weightlifting, whether it is bodyweight training, core conditioning, circuit training, bodybuilding or a mixture of each. It also needs to include a cardio element. You can certainly get that through the weightlifting if you look at programs such as Cross Fit, Bootcamps and circuit training but most people are ready for high intensity exercise like that.
- What are you going to eat? How are you going to get a plan that fits your needs and one that you can stick with?
- Are you going to write down everything you eat? If not, you might as well give up now. If you have the discipline to control what goes in your mouth, you have the discipline to write it down. Better yet, write it down before you eat it. If you don’t write it down, you are really stacking the odds against you.
- How much are you willing to sacrifice? Every pound will cost you pain and sweat. If you aren’t willing to pay that price don’t expect to succeed. I am not talking about being perfect, I am talking about commitment. Working through adversity and keeping the end goal in mind at all times.
- Last one. is this a one time goal or a lifestyle commitment? Why would anyone want to go through the process of getting in shape only to blow it?
What I am getting at here is that that people who get in shape and stay in shape learn that this is a process not a destination. Clients will ask me why I am always listening to fitness podcasts, reading books, getting advanced certifications etc…Simply put, I don’t see myself as a personal trainer. I see myself as a coach and fitness enthusiast who wants to know more about fitness and nutrition.
Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |