ARTICLE: YOU HAVE TO BE ALL IN
If there is one thing that my experience in the health and fitness has taught me is that those that give it their all get the best results. So often we obsess about methods of fat loss, training programmes and super foods and whilst they can be important, none of it matters if you are not all in and committed to making changes. How can you tell if you are all in and if you aren’t, how can you become more committed?
Many people believe they are fully committed to their health and fitness regime simply because they have been following the programme for a number of weeks and have been trying to make changes. This is definitely a good sign, but it does not mean you are necessarily all in. To be fully committed you have to be following the programme, whether it be one you set yourself or one that has been planned for you, exactly as it was laid out. If you half heartedly follow the programme, you will get half hearted results. Deep down I believe that everyone knows whether they are doing all they can to get the results they want, but if you are unsure look out for these two key phrases: “I’m going to get back on it” and “It’s been an ok week”. I hear them regularly when clients are not fully focused. If you find yourself saying these key phrases more often than not, then you need to up your game. Also, when you are training well and eating right you feel great and love to discuss how well your week has gone!
If you find you are not able to stick to the programme as much as you would like then there are a few things you can do. The first is to assess the programme you are following. If, from the offset, you are making excuses as to why you might not do everything it asks of you then perhaps it is not the right programme for you. It may be that the programme is too tough or simply it doesn’t fit in with your lifestyle. Either way be honest with yourself before starting and don’t sign up to something you are never going to see through.
Next, you have to be tough on yourself. Too often we sign up to something and believe that signing up in itself is enough. However, that is the easy part! You then have to put in the work, week in and week out, no matter what. The reason I am saying you need to be tough on yourself is because there will always be reasons to skip a workout or to stray from your food plan, but you have to prioritise your new regime and stay on track as much as you possibly can!
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you have to get yourself into the right mindset. Your mindset when starting out is absolutely vital! If you start a programme and before starting you are foreseeing problems with seeing it through or you are worried that you wont be able to stick to it, then you likely wont. You have to be incredibly single minded about the programme and be willing to stick to it no matter what! Please bear in mind that any programme you select should give you some room to enjoy treats or alcohol, so being all in does not mean living a perfect life, it simply means making enough changes to allow you to get the results that you want.
Making changes to your routine and engaging in a new health and fitness programme is difficult and you will come up against many obstacles, so please do not be mistaken I fully understand that being all in is a challenge. However, I do believe it is the only way to see the results that you really want.
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