The number one piece of advice any personal trainer or online coach will give you when it comes to changing your body?
Consistency is key because we can all change our bodies with a few weeks of effort, but what you can do with a few months of consistency will blow your mind.
So why doesn’t everybody just give their new diet and training plan a few months then?
BECAUSE CONSISTENCY IS HARD!
In this day and age, with work demands being what they are, the cost of living being what it is, the abundance of truly mind blowing food and wine at our disposal, and the sacrifices diet and training demand, it is pretty impressive that the health and fitness industry has an audience at all.
This is why the term ‘lifestyle change’ gets regurgitated time and time again, because a short term plan such as my Body Blitz is challenging and fun, but a long term plan is just, plain, challenging.
However, if you take that challenge, turn it on its head and say ‘this is not a challenge, this is my new life’, well then, you have immediately succeeded.
So how do we implement this lifestyle change?
Below are some of my psychological and practical tips that might give you the push you’ve been needing…
- PIN POINT ALL THE TRIGGERS THAT PULL YOU OFF TRACK
This could be as simple as ‘I love wine’.
2. LEARN HOW TO MAKE ROOM FOR THESE TRIGGERS WITHIN YOUR LIFESTYLE CHANGE
That’s probably a very confusing sentence. Let me explain…
If you love wine and you know that cutting it out is going to come full circle and pull you off track, leading to a frustrated cancellation of your brand new lifestyle change, don’t cut it out.
Why are you already starting with an action that you know will lead to your inevitable surrender?
You love wine? So let’s be smart here…
Wine is simply a caloric beverage that contains carbohydrates.
So, how can you implement it within your new lifestyle change?
You say ‘I am going to drink a few glasses of wine later, so today, I will have protein and veg as my meal staples, keeping me happy and healthy, and I will spend the calories I’m saving on carbs and fats throughout the day on wine’.
Now, some people get all hot and bothered about seeing food like this. Numbers, control, forethought…must be an eating disorder, right? WRONG. It is smart, and it is how you are going to have a FLEXIBLE diet WITHIN your goals.
When you start to get into choppy waters is when you let this happen too often. Obviously, this kind of trade off should NOT be happening daily. It’s just not great for optimum nutrition. But weekly? It’s absolutely going to keep you on track, happy and healthy.
3. UNDERSTAND THAT A ‘LIFESTYLE CHANGE’ IS NOT A PRISON SENTENCE
A lifestyle change (in this context) simply means that you’re going to start thinking about your physical health and fitness within your day to day life. And let’s be honest here, you should be thinking about it.
It means that you’re not going to keep eating junk food without a second thought, or sink a bottle of wine every night, or spend all weekend sprawled out on the sofa.
But it doesn’t mean that the above will NEVER happen again.
Just that, actually, maybe you shouldn’t have a McDonalds breakfast every morning. Maybe you should go a few days without drinking. Maybe you should get up and and get some fresh air on the weekend.
And I can promise you this- you WILL feel better when you can finally strike a balance between what you want, and what you need.