There is a how-to manual for everything, isn’t there? A guide for how to get from point A to point B with minimal effort, to drop those pounds, to master that workout, to get yourself to the most ‘ideal’ place and confidence level you’ve ever been, etc. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’m just so tired of everyone telling me the ‘best’ and ‘most foolproof’ way to get to where I’m going.
I’ll be real with you—there isn’t a simple solution or answer for every single person because every person is different.
But if you’re looking to crush your fitness goals I’ll share what’s worked for me and given me confidence in some of the most challenging seasons:
1. Start small.
I can’t tell you how many times I created these ginormous goals for myself… and got quickly discouraged when I didn’t get to where I wanted to be right away. (Duh.) It’s so tempting to get motivated and want to push yourself to the max. We get excited and think we’re superhuman sometimes!
But in order to actually crush your fitness goals, you have to start small.
What’s one little change you can make today? At your next meal time? Within the next hour? Something as simple as swapping a burger bun for lettuce can make a huge difference in your eating habits.
Don’t create these massive goals or expectations—be real, and be simple.
2. Keep data and hold yourself accountable.
I’ve kept a food log for many months over the last few years. Although I would push it off and tell myself, ‘I don’t really need this,’ every time I actually kept a log, I realized I was eating more crap than I thought.
Keeping a food diary or record of your workout doesn’t have to be this big thing. In fact, it can be as simple as jotting down a few notes at the end of the day or syncing an app from your phone to computer, etc. What’s important is not the process, but the act of recording as a means to really see where you’re at and how you can actively improve.
PS: If you like meal-prepping, this 52-week meal planner journal is one of my favorites! And for tacking your workouts, I’m a big fan of this waterproof Apple Watch look-alike pedometer (especially because it’s so cheap!).
3. Tap into automation to make your life easier.
One of the coolest contemporary solutions for data tracking/record keeping in fitness and healthcare is robotic process automation (RPA). Companies like RoboWorx are making our lives infinitely easier by recording and mimicking human interactions to save us time and effort.
Whether this is recording our workouts/fitness data for us, copy and pasting from files, filling out forms, or synchronizing information, robotic technology is the way of the future and becoming an invaluable asset to achieving our goals.
4. Stop beating yourself up and replace negativity with positivity.
If you actually want to crush your fitness goals, you have to stop talking bad to and about yourself. You’re going to make mistakes—this is inevitable! But if you sit there and yell at yourself for every little thing, eventually you’ll convince your mind that you’re incapable.
Stop hating on yourself for every wrong move. Replace the negative thoughts with ones of strength, encouragement, and self-love. And even when you fail, keep going. You’ll get there in time.
5. Find what works for you and stick with it (despite what the world says).
Every single person is unique. Some bodies will work great with the Keto diet, others may need higher amounts of carbs. For some, exercise is easy and for others getting out of bed may be a challenge. Everyone is different, so once you find something that works for you—stick with it!
Figuring out your own body and needs is an essential (and often overlooked) component to reaching your goals.
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