Plan for Success

Anytime you begin a diet and workout plan, I really believe you should address the obstacles that you will have to overcome in order to have long-term success. The first obstacle a lot of people encounter is the time commitment. You may have a busy schedule so you’ll have to find out where you can fit your training and healthy eating into your daily life. The issues you are going to have to address are:

1. How much time can you commit on a daily basis?
2. How many days per week can you commit?

3. Plan and prepare your meals ahead so as to avoid the drive thru.

4. Emotional roadblocks which can range from anxiety, anger, excitement, depression, etc..
5. Your attitude toward diet and exercise.
6. What is it that you want to achieve (goal)?
7. How do you think you will feel about yourself once you have achieved your goal?

Emotional roadblocks are typically triggered by the thoughts that you have associated with diet and exercise. Your attitude is a reflection of the accumulation of those thoughts. One of the key reasons that I believe in short intense workouts and varying your workouts is to alleviate the monotony and keep your workouts enjoyable. It’s much easier to maintain a diet and exercise program that you enjoy. In order to change your attitude, you have to change your thoughts and words. Even when you feel the emotional compulsion to say something that will feed a negative attitude, discipline yourself not to say it. Adopt thoughts that will motivate you to train and eat healthy. Remember, always speak affirming thoughts in the present tense.
Write down your goals and give yourself a realistic timeline for achieving them. What are you willing to sacrifice to achieve them? What is the most effective and efficient method to achieve your goals? Will you need help and if so who has the expertise to help you? Keep in mind self-discipline and desire will always be a part of the process.
Visualize achieving your goals. Will you be satisfied? Will you have a heightened sense of self-worth? Is the desire to accomplish your goal enough for you to persist and stay motivated when you hit plateaus? Prepare your mind for setbacks such as missed workouts, injuries, bingeing, etc.. Don’t intentionally cause a setback just because they are inevitable. Try to think of it like this, “Always be trending upwards.” No matter what setback you may incur, see yourself as always moving closer to your goals and take the actions to reflect that.

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