Coach Kristi here and we are back with another #feelgoodfriday. This week we talking commitment and how to tackle those goals that continuously get put on the back burner.
I want you to remember this quote:
“A month from now, you can either have a month of progress or a month of excuses why you don’t.”
I have worked with countless clients who want nothing more than to get out of the yo'yo, rollercoaster, high and low patterns that are keeping them stuck.
The words are there. The goal is there, but the actions aren't.
Common reasons people put off actually starting a program or “FALL OFF”:
-Social life. Too many events, birthdays, anniversaries, trips “coming up.” Now having been alive for 31+years, I can confidently say, that shit ain’t ever slowing down. I could name 2 events that *could* get in the way just about every week and that’s NOT including kid events. We had THREE kids birthday parties to attend last week alone. Had we eaten at those parties I would have had three days worth of pizza and cake, is that working for or against me goals? My point, any parents out there can relate to their kid’s schedules only getting more and more busy each year. If kids aren't in the picture, you may be navigating other extracurriculars: sporting events, concerts, happy hours, luncheons, etc. You are better off learning to NAVIGATE those events without sabotaging yourself, rather than putting your health on the back burner until life “slows down.” Cuz’ it ain’t gonna ;)
-Injury or ailment. Once again, there is always something that *could* get in the way. Rolled ankle, knee problems, shoulder problems, back pain. Ask yourself, how does the rest of your body feel? Would those ailments be better off if you had met your body composition or weight loss goals? I can confidently say, you are better off strengthening the rest of your body and the muscles around the injury, then avoiding fitness all together. Build a strong house around the bum door. You definitely don’t want the walls to crumble in around you. Another consideration when navigating an ailment or injury is that they have no impact on your nutrition. Consider how big of a roll nutrition plays in healing, inflammation response, and overall energy. Even if your body is banged up and putting limitations on your movement, it has no bearing on what you eat and drink. “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.”
-Afraid to fail. I would be a very rich woman if I had a dollar for every time a prospective client said, “I need to train before I work with you or start training “for real.””
If you’re so afraid of failing, you’ll never give yourself the chance to succeed. Likewise, if you’re so afraid of losing, you’ll never give yourself the chance to win. Everyone has to start somewhere. Approach a new fitness and nutrition journey with the same eagerness as you would to learn any other new skill or job.
-Unplanned incident or accident. Maybe your car broke down, your dog has to get surgery, your kid broke a bone, fill in the blank. While I completely sympathize and understand that these types of situations happen and can throw off your routine for a day or two, do they have to derail your entire setup? NO! The idea is to find a lifestyle that is sustainable and flexible enough to follow all the time. If every situation that comes up in life prevents you from sticking to your routine, it probably isn’t sustainable OR you are constantly looking for an out.
-Lacking motivation. I hear this one often, “I am just not motivated..I am consistent for a few days then fall off.”I want you to repeat after me: MOTIVATION IS NOT REQUIRED. It certainly is helpful, but most of us aren’t walking around with a motivation bug up our butts 24/7. Even for me, I really only FEEL motivated to workout one or two days a week. The other 5-6, discipline takes over.
Consider this, “Action isn’t just the effect of motivation, but also the cause of it.” I repeat:
“Action isn’t just the effect of motivation, but also the cause of it.”
So basically, start doing the action and the motivation will follow. This is a direct quote from Mark Manson, the Author of "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*%&." 10/10 recommend.
To read more on the “DO SOMETHING PRINCIPLE” Click HERE.
Wouldn't it be nice..
if the sun was always shining
the temperature was always between 70-80 degrees with a nice breeze
there were no unplanned surprises
the kids and dogs always slept
you always had energy and motivation
never got sick or injured
Sounds lovely…buuuuuut never going to happen.
You are better off starting your journey on TODAY, on a Friday(NOT WAITING UNTIL MONDAY), in the middle of the month, with no gym equipment, in your bare feet, with the sniffles, then waiting for the stars to align.
There is a reason NIKE has made billions from the quote, “JUST DO IT.”
But seriously, what is the worst that is going to happen?
The further you put off working towards bettering yourself, the further away those goals are.
I want you to start, or start again ONE better choice at a time. Don't try and nail everything perfectly at once. Just take your goals, one day at a time, one choice at a time.
When you approach the stairs and the elevator at work: which choice will get you closer to your goal?
When you go to order lunch at a restaurant: which meal will get you closer to your goal?
When your co-worker asks you to drinks, maybe you suggest coffee or a hike to catch up instead.
When you know you have a kids birthday to attend maybe you eat a meal in the car on the way there so you don't show up ravenous and end up eating trash pizza and cake out of desperation.
While all of these choices may seem insignificant, compounded, they ARE your results. They make up your desired lifestyle.
So if you are looking for a sign to START, THIS IS IT! And here is an equipment free workout. Always a cool reminder that everything you need to begin is with you already.
"You will never regret the work you put in. Make yourself proud.."
I hope this newsletter leaves you with some food for thought and direction for the days ahead. We only get one life and I know my calling to help others discover their best and healthiest one.
As always, thanks for being here and if you want to chat, schedule a call below.
The Accountability Program was created to take some of the thinking out of this lifestyle for you. By providing your daily workout, macro prescription, and having a coach on deck to answer questions and check in with- you just have to consistently show up.
And if you need a bit more coaching and connection, I am accepting new applications for the VIP Accountability program which includes WEEKLY calls with me. I recognize the value of the client/trainer relationship in person, so connecting over the phone/zoom is the next best thing to build the relationship and trust long distance, and to make this lifestyle really stick.
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