Once you have set your fitness goals and a game plan on how to reach them, you must now walk the talk. A lot of people are very good at setting goals, the number of people that actually reach them in the desired time frame is much smaller.
Here are some typical hurdles and how to overcome them.
1. Lack of patience:
I like to believe we all know what realistic goals are. After 5 years as a trainer, I have rarely heard someone set unrealistic goals.
What I have seen over and over is people getting impatient and caving into bad habits to soon. If your goal is to look a certain way, whether it’s putting on muscle or loosing unwanted body fat, it will take you AT LEAST 3 weeks to start noticing a difference. You may feel different sooner, but the physical aspect takes a bit longer.
And when you do see those difference, that is not a cue to relax the diet and training. It's a cue that you are doing everything right, so keep going that way.
2. Your plan is too strict:
Going on a super restrictive diet is counter productive yet a lot of people do it. Yes it yields some results, but on the long haul it is not good at all. A lot of people on these types of very intense regimens will see results as an excuse to relax their diet and training “just for a week”.
This usually leads to over eating, a brutal stop in working out because they need to “give their body a break after working so much” and eventually they end up right where they started, prompting them to start the cycle again.
The right plan for you is one that is manageable on the long term. It should allow you to enjoy occasional cheats and have enough rest days.
3. You aren’t honest with yourself:
I have had many people who tell me they are doing everything properly for weeks, even months yet nothing changes. Unless you have a medical condition, this should prompt you to ask yourself if you are in fact doing everything you say.
The simplest way to do so is to keep a food/training diary just for two weeks. Two weeks is enough to get a good idea of what’s going on.
A lot of times I notice a big difference between what people tell me and what’s on their training diary.
4. You haven’t set the right goal for yourself:
Did you want to reach this goal because you genuinely wanted to, or because other people wanted you to?
Do you really want to drop 10 pounds/get a six pack or have you spent too much time looking at your instagram feed?
Did you really want to run a marathon or did your running buddy talk you into it?
There is no bad fitness goals per se, but if deep down you dont want to do them, there is no way you will be able to stick to them.
5. Unrealistic ideas about food
This is mainly for people who want to look a certain way. So the hard truth about looking a certain way is that it is mainly due to how you eat. Period.
Do you need to be a food nazi? Yeah, a bit. Can you enjoy a treat or two? Yeah two small ones per week depending on your progress.
But it can't be "Oh I ate good for three days, then I went to a party, ate good for another two and then ate pie and my grandma's".
You need to be easting consistently week in and week out to reach your desired results and if you feel that's no doable, read the previous point again.
Your goal should never make you miserable. You should be excited about what you're doing. Yes it may be hard while you are doing it, but think about the end goal!
If that is not enough motivation for you, then set another goal.
Reaching goals should be what gets you out of bed in the mornings. if it’s not, find another goal that will.
Enjoy the progress,