If you are anything like me, this probably isn’t the first fitness routine that you have tried. We understand the feeling of continually trying to get in shape and continually finding yourself falling back into your old habits. We know, all too well, how frustrating that cycle can be so we decided to come up with some tips for success to help you start the program, stick with it, and make some life changes!
Think before you start
Before you start any new goal you need to consider what it is you want to accomplish. You need to think specific, here. Don’t just have a vague goal of “I want to lose weight”, instead you need to put a number on it. How much weight do you want to lose?
Once you pick out your goal come up with a plan of action. How are you going to accomplish that goal? Instead of saying, “I will eat healthier to lose weight” take the time to plan out what and when you will eat.
After you have all the specifics decided write them down. Write down your goal and your plan of action. Put it somewhere where you will see it often so that you can be reminded of what you want and how you are going to get there.
If you can believe it, you can achieve it!
Here at AskFitnessCoach, we really believe that the key to success in weight loss, or any other goal for that matter, is to believe in yourself. If you have a goal of getting down to a certain weight think about what it would be like at that weight. Imagine how you would look at that weight and how you would feel. Imagine what it would be like to go clothes shopping when you get down to that weight.
It’s almost more than believing you can achieve it, it’s knowing you can. Half the time the only person getting in the way of you being great is yourself. So change your mindset and allow yourself to succeed.
Small steps at a time
As you are beginning the program and considering your goals you need to be careful not to bite off more than you can chew. It’s very easy to feel motivated in the beginning and think that you can change everything you don’t like about yourself. However, when we come up with too many goals it is also easy to get overwhelmed and give up on all of the goals. So pick one goal at a time and put all of your focus on that goal. Once you accomplish it you can move on to the next goal.
Mind over matter
Maybe the most important concept for success in this and any other program is to learn control. Once you take control of your mind and get rid of all your negative thoughts and self doubt you will be able to take control of your goals and actually see results!
As you begin the Shape Up Challenge, keep these things in mind and do your best. We are here to answer any questions or help you along the way so leave comments, post on our facebook page, or send us an email.