I put my hand up and admit it: I told a little fib. I used a gimmicky title and it worked: you clicked on this blog, looking for another quick fix to an aspect of your life you are trying to improve.
An enticing title that promises to bring you the moon while you sit on your couch enjoying your kebab, how perfect is that?! Okay, I feel a little bad for misleading you, but you’ll forgive me when you understand I did it for your own good.
You see the problem is people are still looking for miracle solutions to removing in 3 days or 3 weeks the aftermath of what took them years, maybe decades to build up to.
Open your internet browser and type “weight loss” and 99% of the resources you will find will include the words “fast”, “easy”, “quick”, “effortless” or something along those lines. Just because “it says it on the internet” it doesn’t make it real.
Truth is: there’s nothing quick, fast or painless about being your fittest, healthiest self. In fact, it’s a gruelling effort that needs to be sustained so consistently, it becomes your lifestyle.
At Aspire4More, we don’t believe in quick fixes for a simple reason: they don’t work! What we do advocate is life long changes that might be hard to implement at first, but become second nature and are so rewarding in the long run, you’ll hate yourself for not starting down this path earlier.
I’ve gone through all the yo-yo diets and programs and they all ended in the same state of depression I used to feel every time I got on the scales.
When it comes to unhealthy diets and quick fix fitness programs, you name it — I’ve done it all.
And the only time a fitness pursuit really did stick was when I finally learned to understand and listen to my body and I educated my mind to keep me on track towards that pursuit.
Sounds a bit labour-some? It really isn’t. It takes a little bit of effort to get started and a whole lot of willpower and discipline to keep at it until the first signs of progress show up.
Now, you have to start somewhere and baby steps are the safest, so here are a few points to help you get started before we get into the harder parts of your fitness quest:
- Nutrition, good rest and regular exercise are all essential in achieving your fitness goals so eat cleaner, have a good night sleep and work out at least 3 times a week for 45 minutes every session
- Eat small portions of healthy food regularly (claim your Complete Life System Kick Start Pack for some workout and healthy recipe resources)
- Set a very clear goal. It needs to be achievable, measurable and very specific. Don’t just say i want to be fit, but rather I want to loose xx kg of fat before July 2016 — you get the gist.
- Take inventory of all the bad habits that might prevent you from reaching your goal and replace them with healthy habits.
- Have a support mechanism. If somebody helps push you through the tough times (those when you get the urge to open the fridge and dive into your Nutella jar), motivates you to stay focused on your goal and holds you accountable for every little progress, you are more likely to achieve your goal.
You will have to make a series of changes to your overall lifestyle and I’m not gonna lie, it’s not going to be easy. But always remember that once everything comes to a head and you will have reached your target (for now) fitness level, the satisfaction and sense of pride you will feel will reward you tenfold.
Try to link that amazing feeling to pleasure and happiness while linking the opposite — living a sedentary lifestyle and being unfit and very unhealthy — to a feeling of pain. You will then find it easier to pull through because we tend to do our best to avoid pain more than we strive to be happy.