Most people will say that they want to lose weight, or be a specific dress size. I get that. They decide to do rapid loss diets, sign up for a gym membership or join a hardcore bootcamp.
The heart is in the right place. But take a second and let’s talk this through. Let’s figure out what your goals really are and work from there.
Are you concerned about the number that shows up on your scale in the privacy of your own bathroom or are you looking to improve the way you feel and look in your daily life? Do you feel like you have a specific “problem area?” Is it an emotional want over a health want?
My fitness goals are to incorporate more cardio into my life and to shape my butt hehe. For me, more cardio means more energy throughout the day. I also want to practice eating more raw foods.
Determine what you want the true result to be. It could be something as simple as getting to wear your favorite jeans again, or something more physically demanding as being able to take part in the Grouse Grind with your friends without feeling like you’re going to pass out.
Then decide why it’s important. Health may be one, or just pure euphoria that you can still fit into your favorite jeans is just as good a reason if it’s important to you. Either way, once you determine these two things, it may not be 10 lbs. A crash diet probably isn’t the correct method and joining a hardcore bootcamp and destroying your passion to work out when you weren’t prepared with the fundamentals may just get you further from your goals.
Always articulate and then work backwards to find the correct methods. Reach out and ask someone. Do a consultation with a personal trainer and get them to guide you in the right direction. Visit a nutritionist who can tell you what foods are the best for you. If all else fails, you are more than welcome to comment on here, and start an online discussion about things that have worked for others.
Pace yourself. Find what works for you. Commit. And if it seems too easy, it probably doesn’t work.