Do you find that it feels like this year is going very quickly? Often, we think that way when our lives are full of events while we are making memories and that gives us the perception of the time flying.
If you haven't followed through with your fitness goals till now, it's time to change gear to high and get on with it. Many of my clients are wondering if they have enough time to get ready for the summer season. Some of them feel that they have fallen off so badly, they lost faith they can get back on it, especially with Easter this late this year. Here are my top tips to ignore those little voices in your head and get down to business.
Tip #1. Get Rid of All the Temptation
After any significant event, like Christmas, Easter, anniversaries, birthday parties, etc. there is always a humongous amount of leftovers left that may take weeks to consume. But you want to get back to working for your fitness goals ASAP, right?
I suggest you get rid of them immediately after the event is over; donate the non-perishables to charities, offer the rest to food kitchens, if you have some in your area or organise a pop-up garage "take a slice of cake" event for your neighbours. Whatever helps you to remove the temptation in your house as soon as possible. Also, make sure your family gets on board and don't buy any more.
Tip #2. Don't Skip Meals
After a binge period, we are all prone to stop eating altogether and starve ourselves. While it may seem like a quick solution, you may cause yourself a bigger problem down the line and get yourself into a damaging yoyo cycle jumping between very restricted or binge days.
Instead, work out how much you should be eating on average per day, and plan your meals accordingly. This way you can keep your hormones under control, and while you may start seeing results slower, if you stick to the plan long enough, the results will happen to stay.
Tip # 3. Don't Buy into the Discount
Just like the leftover problem, after holiday discounts also pose a threat to your willpower. Stand your ground and understand that you don't need to buy stuff just because they are on offer. Especially if they are not part of your new plan.
If you like a good deal, look around in the meat and vegetable isles and pick your ingredients based on offers, then research recipes with those ingredients. You never know, you may find a new dish you get to like.
Tip #4. Focus on Your Mindset
The best diet is the one you can sustain. Consistency is the secret to long-term success in many areas of life. Jumping between dieting and binging is quite taxing for your body and your mental health.
Why not let go off the desire to see quick results, learn to be more patient with yourself and design your lifestyle that you can maintain for the rest of your life?
Tip #5. Don't Be Hard on Yourself
If you have kids or have seen a child learning to walk, you understand how much resilience, patience and failed attempts it takes to learn a new skill. Why would it be different for adults when they are trying to change their habits they have probably been practising for decades?
Be gentle to yourself, understand that the process is sometimes harder than other times, allow a little slack on days when the world is collapsing, but keep your focus sharp on high-performance days and if you have a bad day, get up the next morning and carry on.
Have you got any questions or need some pointers on how to get started in your situation? Feel free to get in touch for a commitment-free chat to see how I can help you.
My name is Calumn Duthie, founder of CD Fitness Coaching. You’ll find me in and around the gym and helping like minded people just like you get the results they deserve. I enjoy everything from keeping fit, yoga, snowboarding, coffee and making people happy. If you would like to improve your nutrition, training and mindset then you definitely want to be part of my bigger community. Join my Facebook group,Healthy Living With CD Fitness Coaching is a must.