by Gina Paulhus, Owner of Home Bodies
We tend to think of workouts as something we have to get done each day, and eating well as something we try to do most of the time. However, don’t forget the reasons you are working out and trying to eat healthier. Because when the reasons are first in mind, you are more motivated to do your best all the time to make it happen.
When is the last time you really looked at what your short and long term goals are with your efforts toward a healthier lifestyle? What can you accomplish this week? What would you like to accomplish by the end of the month? By the end of six months? A year? Your workout today and your meals today will dictate what your body is a year from now. So it’s very important and it all matters.
We all have bad days, bad weeks, and sometimes bad months. But let’s look at something that has a solid master plan, such as a school year. The teacher knows at the beginning of the year (a good teacher, anyway) what will be done each month with the final goal of a certain set of knowledge to be attained by each student at the end of the year.
Each week something significant must be accomplished toward that goal, otherwise the final goal will not be met. If a student has a bad week and does not complete all assignments, he better work that much harder in the following weeks, or else he will fall hopelessly behind. There is no rest for the weary in this master plan.
So let’s go back to the bad week. You have a bad week with workouts, you get sick or you have to work too much. No big deal--try to catch up and do more the next week. If you don’t have that final goal to put the pressure on you, it’s too easy to just let yourself slide. It has been said that what gets measured gets done. Hold yourself accountable to your goals so that there is pressure for you to do what it takes to get there.
Also, don’t give yourself an ‘out.’ Back to the school example—there is no getting out of the accountability of the school year, that final exam will come, and the final grade will be given, no matter what happens to the student during that year. You can’t throw in the towel at any point or it won’t happen. So let’s hold ourselves accountable. Part of being an adult is being able to hold yourself accountable to your fitness. Sure your trainer can be a great help, and friends and family can be great support, but ultimately it comes down to you and what standards you hold for yourself.
At Home Bodies we are working on goal sheets that spell out what specifically we want to achieve and checking in regularly on our progress toward these things. Hang it on your fridge…you can’t let yourself forget about the master goal. I hope you have one—if you don’t, your workouts and your nutrition will be without purpose.
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