When people see their inspirations, either in magazines, social media, friends, television and they think to themselves “I could never look like that” or “it’s impossible to get that body”, you’ve got to remember that the people that motivate us have worked extremely hard to get to where they are. Yes you can call it “good genetics” or “luck” or whatever other excuse that you want to come up with, but the fact is that these people are relentless in achieving their goals, they’re consistent in their routines and quite simply, they work hard.
We get impatient and want to see results immediately. We want to give up after giving it our best… for a month. We think to ourselves “I’m not getting any results, so why bother anymore”. This is not the attitude of champions. This is not the attitude of our role models with perfect bodies. This is the attitude of people who fail and blame it on anything other than themselves. “I’m too busy” – This is one of the most common excuses and one of the worst. If you’ve ever been guilty of any of the above mentioned phrases, ask yourself how bad you really want it. Are you willing to sacrifice eating out, for eating a clean home-cooked meal? Are you willing to give up drinking (either temporarily or permanently)? Are you willing to get your ass out of bed on the weekend and go train? While you’re making excuses, there’s someone out there working hard towards their dreams, their ideal body, their goals.
I didn’t start seeing any results for about the first 6 months. Everyone is different but being consistent is not only about diet and training, but committing yourself to the goal. You have to want it bad enough to make sacrifices in your daily life. Here are some examples of what you can do to commit to your own progress:
1.Go to bed earlier – the more energy you have, the more likely you are to exercise
2.Spend less time in front of the television – more time outside, in the gym, at your fitness class, walking, running, biking, skiing, swimming etc
3.Less mobile phone usage – If you say you’re too busy, you could do a half hour home workout with your own body weight in the morning or at night instead of sitting on Facebook, Instagram or other social media
4.Get a trainer or join a class – The beginning is the toughest and if you feel unmotivated, find a trainer or a class that you can commit to so you won’t flail on your workouts
5.Get a training buddy – You’d be surprised how many people want a training partner. Talk to someone new at the gym that you’ve seen at the same time as you. Don’t be shy to make new friends.
6.Tell yourself everyday why you’re doing it – They say the power of intention is one of the strongest motivators. Whatever yours may be, write it down, tell yourself everyday and make it happen
7.Talk about your plan – When you share what you’re doing with your friends and family, it will help keep you accountable for your success. If people know you’re working towards a goal, they’ll be applauding your success as you go.
8.Take Progress Pics – You don’t need to share them with anyone, but this is one of the most motivating factors. When you look in the mirror every day, you won’t see small changes to your body, but when you look at yourself in underwear a month ago, 3 months ago, 6 months ago, you will see much greater results.
9.Force yourself to show up – This is the hardest one. When you’re drained at the end of the day, or hear your alarm go off in the morning and can’t be bothered dragging yourself to your workout, just remember that you’re working towards your goal and every day counts. You will feel better once you show up, and the endorphins kick in as soon as your heart rate increases.
10.Don’t get frustrated – It can take ages before you see results. Changing your body is one of the most challenging things in life, and we often get down and disgruntled about our “lack of” progress when we don’t see it at the snap of our fingers. Our society has taught us to want everything NOW, but getting your dream body is one thing that we can’t cheat to achieve. You can pay a trainer, you can buy the food, you can post the pics and quotes that inspire you, but at the end of the day no one can do it for you except you. Work your ass off, and reap the rewards of your efforts. Simple as that.