I have said it once and I will say it again…What is the point of looking good, if you don’t feel good? I will say this too…does your fitness plan match the results you want? Are you sure that what you are currently doing is bringing you closer to your ultimate goal? It’s ok if you do not know the answers to these questions, part of the process is figuring these questions out. Setting and eventually reaching your fitness goals is about analyzing, fine tuning and revising your methods and your WHY. Fitness and wellness is all about finding what works for you. This might mean experimenting and evaluating the outcome. It also means getting really clear about what you actually want.
Here is an example: Jane says her number 1 fitness goal is to have more energy and self confidence. Sounds good, right? Well, Jane also mentions she wants to lose 15 pound to get back to her lightest weight (her goal weight). I think Jane needs to think about her goal again. What is her number 1 fitness goal? Having energy or losing 15 pounds? Can’t she work towards both these goals at the same time? Sure, losing extra fat, exercising and good nutrition can give you energy and self confidence. This is if Jane in fact needs to lose 15 pounds. Maybe she doesn’t. Maybe she wasn’t even happy or healthy at her lightest weight, but she is stuck on the numbers. If Jane is setting a weight loss goal that does not suit her, that’s a completely different fitness goal. She has to ask herself if all these goals match up and compliment each other. They can. But, maybe not, especially if Jane is pushing her body to a place it doesn’t want to go. What if the tactics she is using are not sustainable? Maybe she isn’t looking for sustainability?
On the topic of sustainability, this is a key component of goal setting. What if Jane wants to lose 15 pounds in 6 weeks? Can all these goals match up? She will have to be mentally prepared for the workload and the sacrifices that come with losing weight at the rate of over 2 pounds a week. Her original goal of having energy may suffer. As for the self confidence piece — Why is her weight effecting her self confidence? Can Jane separate losing 15 pounds from feeling good about herself? How about loving yourself enough to take care of yourself regardless of what the scale says? To set and reach goals that improve your life and inspire you long term, you need to create a mindset that facilitates this process. Check out these 3 mindset tactics before you set your next fitness goals.
1-Really think about your WHY. Do not mix up sports/competition with health. Yes, there are plenty of healthy happy athletes, but they are not necessarily one and the same. Being competitive in a sport goes above and beyond health and wellness goals, it is more about discipline, commitment and perseverance. For example people may say they want to run a marathon to get healthy. Yes, the routine and the added exercise can be amazing. Unless you hate running and you have bad joints. You might want to try cycling instead. Know what I mean? Or let’s say, I want to do a bikini competition to get “fit.” Ok, this could work. There are no general rules or limits. But are you willing to put in the time, the sacrifice, go through periods of very low energy (due to cut calories)? Is this going to keep you fit longterm? Not likely… because it only works while you are doing it. If it’s something you want to do — great! Just be real about why you are doing something. Make sure the endeavour you are taking on matches your goals. Get real about what you really want. Go deep and really think about what you truly want out of life.
2- Self Love = Sustainability. Doing something out of love and support for yourself and your lifestyle will greatly increase the sustainability of your goals. If every time you make a decision not to eat fast food for example, you look at it like a punishment then you are essentially white knuckling it (AKA hanging on by a thread). How long can that last? What is the aftermath of this mindset? Only loving yourself when you look or act a certain way will never bread long term results. Even if it did…how happy would you be? Make healthy choices because you love yourself not because you hate yourself. Look at healthy eating as a reward, not a punishment. Making decisions from a place of self love is a game changer.
3-Thoughts become Things. The power of thought has been talked about so much, that it almost seems cliche. It keeps coming up because it is true. If you think you are a failure, then you will be, because you decide. If you think you are a gorgeous goddess, then guess what? You are! Once you have set your goals, you must have a positive “can do” attitude about them. They are your goals, you have to be your own biggest fan. Not only because it will help you succeed, but it will allow you to enjoy the process and take advantage of all the lessons and takeaways!
The moral of the story is that you need to get really clear about what you actually want and why. You might not know exactly what you want. You may need to experiment, make mistakes and try new things. Know that if you are coming from a place of self love and self respect… you can’t do it wrong. It is all part of your story, your journey and you WILL find what works for you. The best part is… when you find it… it will feel right. We are meant to thrive xoxo Anna.