I was getting a new client onboard yesterday and in our conversation she asked, “What do I need to do?”
I responded, “Well, you made the commitment to start and that’s a hard first step, so good job on that. Now it comes down to consistency, so what you need to do is just show up. Don’t worry about what will take place in the gym, that’s our responsibility. The only thing you need to focus on is showing up.
If you look at any area of your life that you consider success, you’ll see it’s because you were consistent. Your actions were spot on sometimes and other times they weren’t. You stuck your nose in there everyday and got your fair share of bruises and you have the scars to prove it. You started from a position and worked your way up.
Body transformation, strength and life change aren’t any different. It’s a process that comes with victories and defeats like anything else.
One of the hardest things you’ll have to do is manage compromises. Setting fitness and weight loss goals excludes options. This doesn’t mean doing a whole lot of unsustainable things 100% of the time. All that will do is make you a miserable bastard. And no one enjoys being around a miserable bastard.
But, you will need to reframe your perception of what’s necessary and try to make things as simple as possible.
Exercising six days a week and never eating carbs is not sustainable for most of us. So, how can you reframe these goals?
- I will perform 1-2 strength workouts per week and 1-2 conditioning workouts (even if one or more of those workouts is at home, with the program prescribed by my coach).
- I will earn my carbs with exercise. (This means, eat a little more carbs in your meals following a workout, and a little less in all other meals during the day.)
For most people, following these two simple principles 80% of the time CONSISTENTLY will result in a major transformation in 6-12 months.
My advice if you choose to listen, is to pick a couple of things you can easily do EVERY WEEK and do those things EVERY WEEK. You may not reach your goals as fast as you like, but the possibility only remains if you never give up.