We recently finished up with a nutrition coaching group and I wanted to share some of the lessons that were shared or observed during the 6 weeks.
You don’t have to be perfect but you do need to have the following dialed in for your greatest chance of success.
It’s never too late – Many people mistakenly believe that it’s too late for them. They’re too far gone. They are wrong. As long as you’re sucking wind you can improve! Nancy had seen great results but then faced some obstacles. She had an injury that stole her attention and was limited in what she could do. Rather than make excuses for it, she took responsibility and focused on what she COULD do rather than what she couldn’t. She’s now down 15 pounds and counting.
Focus on how you feel – In the past, Lynne would always focus on the number on the scale rather than how she felt. This left her feeling discouraged. Once she decided to change her approach, things started to happen. She lost weight when she focused on her habits. You see, people don’t have a weight problem. They have a habit or behavior problem. Chance the habits and behaviors and good things will happen. Rather than the scale, focus on:
- How you Feel – Are you feeling great and full of energy or tired and pessimistic?
- Getting Stronger – This is something you have a lot of control over. Getting stronger will help you feel empowered. We also know that strength training will speed your metabolism and help you burn fat.
- The Long Haul – Think marathon and not sprint. It’s not what you do for a week or two that matters. What small changes can you make that you can stick to? These small changes will add up over time and produce dramatic results.
- Yourself – Many of us get so caught up with what everyone else is doing. Focus on being the best YOU can be. What people show on Facebook is NOT the full picture.
- The Little Things – We’re all looking for the big break – The one big thing that will help us succeed. I’ve been doing this for almost 20 years now. There is no magic pill and most likely never will be. The people that succeed understand that where they are is a result of all the little things done consistently each day. It all adds up.
Andy understood the power of intentionality. Most people are too vague with their goals. “Get healthier” or “Lose Weight” doesn’t always cut it. Decide on what it is you want. There is power in making that decision. It forces you to cut off the other options. Once you decide and especially if you write it down, it’s about taking action each day. It’s amazing what being intentional and specific about what you want can do.
I’m here to tell you that you CAN make it all work. Even if you’re busy with a family and have never been consistent, you can change and learn to stay motivated as well as balance family AND fitness.
Billy Hofacker – Owner/Coach at Total Body Boot Camp & Performance Center – BS, CSCS