Here’s what it really takes to get into the best shape of your life.
Wherever you’re at on your journey. Whatever your goals are. No matter how big or how small, I wholeheartedly believe that anyone can be anything or do anything they desire if they want it bad enough.
Some people will say they want to be fit. Some people will talk about losing weight. Some people even go through the motions of doing what they think it will take to get there.
They get a gym membership. They subscribe to fabfitfun. They follow all the fitness influencers. They do the workouts. They even start to make a little progress.
But eventually life starts to get in the way and they fall off track. They skip a few workouts. Go out to eat a few times. They start to feel like all the progress they made is shot to hell. They get discouraged and they give up completely. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. It happens to everyone.
Believe me. I know. I was that person.
I could never stick with anything. Life just always had a way of ruining my good intentions. But as the saying goes, If you want something bad enough, you find a way. If you don’t, you find an excuse.
How many excuses was I going to keep making? I either wanted it or I didn’t.
When I decided to go all in on my fitness journey, it was to support a friend. But make no mistake, I went all in. Not just that, I stayed in.
Here are the changes I made to my everyday life that allow me to stay consistently fit year round and be the happiest I’ve ever been.
I know it sounds cheesy, but the first step in achieving any goal is believing it’s possible. You won’t have the endurance to keep going if you think it’s not going to work anyways.
If you want to be fit, in addition to putting in the physical work, you have to change the way you think. You have to think like a fit person. If you don’t know what you’re doing, ask yourself, ‘what would a fit person do?’.
This is true for anything in life. If you want to change how you live, start with your mind. The rest will follow suit.
Planning and preparing are vital components when it comes to reaching your fitness goals, or any goals for that matter. You won’t get the results you want by shooting from the hip.
I don’t spend hours in the kitchen meal prepping for my entire week. Who has time for that? What I do rather, is keep easy basics on hand so I can quickly and easily pack my food the night before. Not only does this keep me on track with my nutrition, it saves me time and money. It’s a triple threat.
Taking an extra 30 minutes to plan my day the night before is such a life saver. I have my clothes picked out, my lunch packed, and I know what workout I’m doing. So when my alarm goes off at 4am, I don’t have to think about anything. I just have to show up.
Drinking water is essential to a healthy lifestyle. This is not mind blowing information, but it’s worth reiterating. Drinking water has numerous benefits that I’m sure we’re all pretty aware of.
Yet, we all fall short on getting enough in on the daily.
How much is enough anyway?
Good question. You should be drinking 1/2 oz of water for every pound you weigh. If you weigh 150 lbs, you should be drinking 75oz of water per day, plus one liter extra on the days you workout.
Best advice to get the ounces in? Start early in the day and finish early. The longer you wait, the harder it is to finish.
Confession: this is something I still struggle with but I see the difference in my body and my energy when I hit my numbers.
Showing up when you don’t want to is probably the most beneficial thing you could do.
Consistency is what you do most of the time, not all of the time.
If most days you are active and mindful of how you fuel your body, then you are going to see results on a long enough time line.
I can’t stress it enough. Strive for progress, not perfection.
I wake up at 4am so I can start my day doing what I love. I workout, I write, I get ready for the day, then I wake my kids up.
Not everyday is perfect. Some days I have lots of energy and I get a great workout in. Some days I just stretch. But no matter what, I show up. And if I sleep in, oh well! There’s always tomorrow.
I consistently keep trying to be the best me I can be.
The way you think is the way you live. Reaching your goals is really hard if you’re inner dialogue is constantly putting you down and pointing out your flaws.
On that same note, if you are also constantly talking about other people in a negative way, that’s going to hold you back as well.
Expand your capacity to love others by loving yourself more.
Your life can change beyond what you ever thought possible if you change the way you think. Positive thoughts will generate a positive life. If you don’t believe me, give it a try and see what happens.