Over the last few years working with clients through nutrition consultations or personal training, majority of people have tried in the past to change their lifestyle and become healthier. They will start a diet or a new exercise programme, it will be great for the first few weeks, while motivation is high, but then it becomes too difficult and old habits start to creep back in. Before they know it, they are back at square 1, feeling unmotivated and like a failure.
The tips I am going to share with you today I feel are SO important for you to think about and implement for you to be successful with your journey. They are not so much about the food you need to eat but more about your mindset and the actions that you take.
Tip 1: Set short term goals
While it is great to think about your long-term goal whether that might be to lose 10 or 20 kilos or to get ready for a special occasion, I think it is more important to know your short-term goals as these are the steps you need to take in order to achieve your long-term goal. It’s the same as if you were following a recipe. You don’t just read…take the loaf out of the oven and it’s done. There are specific steps that you must follow in order to achieve the desired outcome. It’s the same for your health goals!!
So what you need to do is breakdown your long-term goal, with smaller more achievable goals. For example, If you’re new to the gym, you would never try go 5 times a week straight from the start. It will be difficult and hard to stick to for very long. Instead say to yourself, let me go once or twice for the first weeks. Then once you feel comfortable with that, you can increase it 3 times per week and so on. This allows you to create a new habit so that your long term goal is much easier to achieve.
I recommend you sit down with a pen and paper and really breakdown that long term goal you have. Get specific and write down what do you need to do this week, this month, to get you closer to that big goal.
Tip 2: Quit the negative thoughts
This is the biggest mistake people make! I think it is probably the main reason why people give up on their health journey. We all have bad days. Even me! Days where we eat bad food, we decide not to exercise and just don’t feel motivated. And that’s OK, it’s perfectly normal. The difference between achieving your goal and not all comes down to your mindset in these situations.
Don’t beat yourself up about it, don’t feel guilty. You need to accept it happened, put it behind you and move straight on. Remember tip number 1 was all about setting realistic small goals. By doing this, you make it easier on yourself to go straight back where you left off. Keep this in mind for next time you have a day, or even a week like this. It will happen. It happens to us all, you need to simply forget it happened and continue on your journey.
Tip 3: Surround yourself with a supportive network.
Surround yourself with people who support you or even those who have the same goals as you. If your boyfriend wants to eat take-a-ways every second night, or maybe your friends like to go out partying and drinking every weekend, then it’s going to be hard!! It’s really important that you have feel you have support. I recommend you sit down with the people close to you and talk to them about your goals and what you are trying to do. I guarantee they will want to support you 100% and help you with your journey.
Another thing you can do is find a support else where. Start going to group classes at your local gym or look online for forums and Facebook groups. You will find a whole bunch of others who are experiencing the exact same thing you are and have the same goals. This is the reason why we started our private Facebook group, to provide that support, advice and sense that you are not alone on your journey. If you are not already a member then click here and join us! Having that support with you on your journey, I guarantee will make such a big difference.
I hope that you found these tips helpful and you now have a few ideas in your mind of how you can be successful with your health goals. Remember it is a journey, you won’t achieve results in a week as it does takes time. Be prepared for ups and downs and just try to stay positive as much as you can.