While many people who contact me are totally new to fitness and eating well, a good proportion are actually quite experienced and know what they’re doing.
If you’re been training for a while or following a healthy diet, you may find that you’re still not getting the results you desire. Here’s 4 reasons why that might be happening (or not happening I should say) and what to do about them
YOU’RE SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR FAILURE
Lot and lots of regular fitness folk are great at committing. You’re going to get fitter, get stronger, improve your endurance, eat really clean, quick junk food and alcohol and get more sleep.
The perfect recipe for success – except for when it isn’t
What I see happen here is that you make your plan, factor it all in, hit the accelerator and you’re off.
You get to the gym (or wherever you train) 5-6 days per week, you’re measuring your food, taking your water bottle everywhere, getting up early, setting your alarm to go to bed and basically smashing it.
And then you’re not. One of a few things might happen;
- You get invited out for the night or your significant other wants to have take away or you just get the munchies
- You end up skipping a workout – for whatever reason, possibly totally legitimate and understandable
- You get sick (or injured) and need to have a break
- Something else totally different derails you for the day
Then what happens? You skip another workout, have some more wine, get to bed late – again and so on.
Before you know it a few days or more have passed and you’re off track.
But all is well, you pull your sh_t together and get back on track. For a week, or a few days at least anyway. Then it happens again and the cycle repeats itself.
While you have the best intentions, well laid out plans, a good methodology and high motivation, thing happen. And they keep happening over and over.
In the end, you’re following a great plan, but only for short periods because everything you set out to do just isn’t sustainable for you. Not consistently anyway.
Can you see yourself in this scenario?
If you honestly look at your progress or lack of, could it come down to the fact that even though you know WHAT to do, you’re just not DOING it often or regularly enough to see some substantial results?
So what can you do about it?
SMART PEOPLE GET SOME ACCOUNTABILITY
You need someone besides yourself to answer to. It’s way too easy to justify things to yourself. But if you have to explain it to someone else, this can be all the extra motivation you need to get stuff done anyway.
Smart people don’t see asking for help as a weakness. In fact, because they’re smart, they know this is the right thing to do. After all, you’d ask an IT expert to fix your computer or a surgeon to repair your torn ligaments.
Someone to hold you accountable could be a friend, training partner, spouse or other family member or a coach. Be really clear with how you want them to keep a check on you. Do you want them to check in every day? Will you check in with them? How? What exactly are you committing to and how will you report?
Be clear so that there can be no subjective accountability. “I’m going to do this and this and you need to call me out if I haven’t done it by ____”
SMART PEOPLE DON’T OVER COMMIT
Make commitments that you can actually follow through with regularly. If you’ve been saying you’re going to hit the gym 6 days a week, but you’re only averaging 3 times, maybe commit to 4 and get that accountability partner.
You can always upscale if you’re hitting your target consistently. And let’s face it. A regular 4 days per week schedule is going to be a lot more effective than a 6 followed by a 3, 2, 3 and then a 4 times weekly.
The number one factor with results is consistency. That’s with any habit; training, nutrition, sleep, hydration or any other habit you wish to implement.
SMART PEOPLE REASSESS AND CHANGE DIRECTION IF NEEDED
One thing successful people do is to focus on just one main goal at a time. Do you want to be able to do a faster 5km run time? Or lose some excess body fat? Do you want to deadlift 3 times your bodyweight? Or run a marathon.
While these may be extreme examples, it’s all too easy to want it all.
Some goals will have overlap – you probably will get a bit faster if running is part of your fat loss plan. But lots of goals don’t really go together – you need to decide what you want NOW, focus your plan on that, make progress by following the first 2 points and then reassess after at least a few months.
- I’m making progress, is this still my goal?
- Or, I’ve reached my goal, what next?
SMART PEOPLE KNOW THAT SOMETIMES THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME GENERAL GROUNDWORK BEFORE THE REAL FOCUSED EFFORT CAN BEGIN
I addressed this email in the beginning to those that are already participating in a fitness or healthy nutrition program.
But what if you’re not?
If your goals have anything to do with your physical performance, body transformation or improving overall health, there are basics that almost always must come first.
These don’t have to be super strict but getting these at least partially right will make any focused effort (and specific goal achievement) much much easier.
- Eating more nutritious foods. If you’re totally new to this, I can practically guarantee that your food intake is not particularly nutritious. Sorting out nutritional deficiencies is vital
- You need to start training. Depending on where you are right now, this could be something as simple as adding walking to your day or joining a gym and beginning some resistance training. Everyone needs to do some kind of cardio training (this most definitely does not translate to ‘you have to do running’) to make sure their heart and lungs and whole cardiovascular system is healthy. Resistance training is also a must to build any other physical goal on top of. Keeping your bones and muscles strong is important even if improving your health is your only goal.
- You need to cut down on alcohol if you drink more than 1-2 days per week or you have more than 2-3 drinks in a sitting. Yep, alcohol will prohibit all other physical goals if you are a regular or a binge drinker – especially once you’re about 30 or older. This especially applies to health improvement or losing body fat.
- You probably need more sleep. 7 hours has become the new minimum but it’s only just enough and if any nights you’re getting less, you need to get more overall. Again, super important for health and fat loss, but also for repair, recovery and strength/endurance/speed improvements.
Our Healthy Holiday pack has all of those basics covered.
With a huge range of different types of training, nutrition plans and accountability we will get you started or if you’ve already done that, help you to focus on your 1-2 main goals and actually make some progress.
Even if it is the holiday season, because most of us do not want to put our results on hold if we don’t need to.
We mostly just stop trying to achieve our goals at this time of year because we think we have to in order to enjoy holidays or special occasions.
Our holiday package is the best value program we’ve ever offered. Training is unlimited right up until January 31st from NOW – yes now, as soon as you get signed up.
It includes our 14 day Detox in early January, a workout program you can follow while you’re away, live-coached workouts you can do at home, all sessions at FitterFaster base, recipes, menus and most importantly accountability to stick with it enough to see results, even at this busy time.