Whether you are just starting out on your fitness journey or have been at it for a while and need the reminder; here are my three best tips everyone needs to remember: Consistency is key. Be patient. Stop playing the comparison game.
There’s no getting around it; you need to be consistent with your nutrition and your workouts. Sure, we all slip up once in a while, but I’m talking big picture here. Constantly skipping workouts or having multiple “cheat days” does indeed affect your progress. Make working out a priority. Schedule it in your calendar like you would an important meeting that you would never dare cancel. Short on time one day? A shorter workout is better than none. Not feeling one-hundred percent? A lighter workout is better than none. Stick with your nutrition plan. Don’t eat well all week only to binge each weekend. I try to have clients follow an 80/20 rule, still allowing them their favorites while meeting their nutritional goals. If you want to see results you need to stay consistent!
There are no quick fixes, seven-day challenges, or magic pills that will get you to your goals. In fact, your dream body is probably going to take you a lot longer than you want or think. But if you stick with it, I promise you it IS worth it. I have been working towards my dream body for a little over two years and I still have work to do. Has it been long? Yes. Has it been worth it? Absolutely. And that’s not to say you won’t see changes and progress along the way. You absolutely will. And those victories should be celebrated. But if you put it in your mind that this is a lifelong commitment, you will be less likely to quit and more likely to reach your goals.
Sure, it’s okay to look at others as an inspiration, we all do it. But, to compare yourself to them or your progress to theirs is one-hundred percent not helpful. No two people are exactly alike. Which means no two fitness journeys will be exactly alike. Each body is unique. Not to mention, you don’t know how long that person you see on social media has been working on their goals. You can’t compare your chapter one to someone else’s chapter twenty. The only comparison you need to make is with yourself. Are you feeling stronger? Happier? Do you have more energy? Are your clothes fitting better? Are you being consistent? That’s what matters. It really is you versus you.