Are you guilty of procrastinating? If you have been putting off getting it together with your health goals, it's time to take a step back and own up to our excuses and our fear of things just being too hard. It is already November and you could invest your efforts and crush the rest of 2017, or you can procrastinate and wait until January. Don't wait until later when you can be making strides NOW!
Procrastination can creep into our lives, slowing or even stopping progress. You may procrastinate for a variety of reasons- Life got in the way, I don't have time, I have a family, or maybe a busy job. A successful person must first master him- or herself to be able to create a lifestyle conducive to success.
First, you must figure out why you procrastinate and what you procrastinate about. Second, create a strategy to fix the situation and follow through even when you don’t want to. Procrastination is often a degree of avoidance due to conflict, difficulty, and hesitation on how to go forward. We put off things we don’t want to do, don’t know how to do, or are not sure what the outcome will be. Do you ever want to start something yet you have the replay of things in your mind of how it can go wrong or that you might not be successful at it? We all do that from time to time and that procrastination sets in and you never even start.
You have a far more better life than to succumb to a mediocre life because you are afraid of an outcome that you are making up in your head. If you feel like you are stuck doing the same thing over and over again but want to make strides to find your way out of the whirlpool of fear, listen up to make changes in your life.
The biggest things I see people and most often my clients struggle with is nutrition or getting on a program that will foster a healthier lifestyle. Does it take some planning? Of course but you plan your life around your family and events you need to go to. This is just one more of the things to take into consideration that can be a huge game changer for you to see results. Nutritional strides can be made by planning for it in advance. It's really hard to just wing it when your life is busy and that is when fast food becomes your crutch. Being able to eat healthy requires purchasing your food, often well in advance, preparing the food, and packing it with you to eat throughout the day.
Your nutrition has one of the biggest impacts on how we feel, our performance, and our health. So can you stay focused and slay the week?
1-Make a meal plan for the week.It doesn’t have to be complicated, but plan out the basics and make sure you know the main components of the meal.
2-Plan your shopping trips into your schedule.If it doesn’t get planned it doesn’t get done.
3- Meal prep for the week. Explore the world of crockpots, cooking en masse, and freezing, and doing weekly cooking prep.
4-Buy a water bottle and meal containers to take your food and water with you on the daily.
Nutrition is half the battle, but just as difficult is keeping your training routine. Next the hurdle is training. We all have great intentions until it needs to be applied to your life. If your schedule becomes too ridged and inflexible, then you may be forced to break it. You must figure what type of training is realistic to you, given how your life looks. I always ask my clients what they feel is a realistic schedule, not what they ideally want to happen but what they can actually commit to. We all want to training 5-6 days a week but if you are doing zero now, having a plan in front of you will not help you make it to the gym any faster than not having a plan.
1-Start with small realistic goals for how many times you want to workout for the week. Commit to a schedule and write it down.This can be specific with each day written out by a coach or loose like working out three times per week while on your travel schedule. Publish this schedule and put it in a place you’ll see every day.
2-Where are you going to workout? You do not need to be in a gym to get in a killer workout. There really is no excuse since fitness can be anywhere.
3- Accountability is key. Do you need someone to report to? Higher a trainer that will be there to keep you accountable to all of your training sessions. Or maybe find a friend that you can hit the gym with. You are less likely to skip when you know someone is counting on you to be there.
4- Write your goals down. There is something about having a concrete goal to work towards that makes you motivated to get to the gym. I know that from my own experience, I need a goal or a finish line for me to accomplish the things I want to in my fitness goals.
My best advice is to start a pattern of consistent behavior that will keep you accountable. Instead of pushing it to the side or making an excuse as to why you can't get it done, take control over your thoughts and lifestyle to make it happen today !