This topic was suggested to me by one of my clients. Totally wishing I would have thought to cover my opinions on his topic sooner, as I think setting realistic goals is key in anyone’s fitness journey.
Far too often I get emails from followers saying they want to drop 50-100 pounds ASAP. Wanting to lose 50-100 pounds is a great long term goal. Where I like to start is short term weekly goes. For example, why does someone need to lose that much weight? What habits did they create that made them gain so much excess weight? I am a huge follower of the baby steps principle. I absolutely HATE when “fitness and health professionals” put people on ridiculously restrictive diets. Sure they might restrict themselves for ,maybe a week but then it all hits the fans. Binging is what we want to AVOID as we should be trying to promote a lifestyle change. The other day I got an email from someone who was confused because they bought a nutrition program from someone and all it included was a “No No” list.
Fit of all, almond milk and coconut milk aren’t even considered dairy!!! Avocado is GOOD for you. Nuts are GOOD for you. I could rant on and on about this No No list. How is this person even in business?! This is just not how you help someone establish a healthy lifestyle. Start with them, help them remove sodas, processed juices from their diet first by replacing it with water, then tackle the fried and switch it with grilled or bakes for example. But baby steps! Not that don’t eat this, don’t eat that nonsense. On a sidetone, PLEASE don’t send me an email saying that you bought someone else’s program, but want my free advice. Not happening. But anyways…
Set daily goals:
-Today I will have veggies at every meal.
-Today I will have my smoothie without added sugar
-Today I will have more water than usual
and those are just a few
Set Weekly Goals:
-This week I will lose .5-1 pound.
-This week I will only have 1 bag of chips
-This week I will only have whole grain carbs
-This week I will not eat fried foods
-This week I will go from exercising zero times a week to 1-2 times a week.
Get the picture? Baby steps lead to achieving Monthly Goals:
-This month I will lose 5-10 Pounds (everyones body is different and loses weight at different paces, the goal is to focus on healthy habits)
-This month I went from eating 30 bad meals, to 15 bad meals
-This month I hit my exercise goals
Which helps you meet your annual fitness goals.
If there is one take home phrase I would love for “baby steps” to stick with you. Don;y focus on bad decisions, focus on all of the good decisions.