Honesty is a beautiful thing. Take a true account of what you want, why you want it and what you are willing to do about it. If you want to lose 30lbs but plan on eating the same exact diet you currently eat, then you probably need to adjust your goal. Maybe losing 10lbs over three months might be a better goal to strive for. It is still an improvement and will get you started on a positive trajectory. Want to run an Olympic distance triathlon but can’t prioritize 2-3 hours of training 5 times a week? You can always try for a Sprint distance triathlon, this will help you get your first experience in triathlons.
Once you have determined an objective goal you are ready to work hard for, then we need to establish the ground work to get us there. If I want to complete that sprint triathlon I need to train 4-5 times a week for approximately 1-2 hours per session. I need to have a program in place that will help me establish guidelines to follow. Maybe I need a swim coach or running coach. Either way, once the goal is set, we can easily work backwards to determine what needs to happen to achieve our goal.
If your goal is to lose 10 lbs in a healthy way and keep the weight off then we need to talk about proper nutrition, real food and how much to eat. We need to eat enough to sustain training capacity while shedding the weight in a manageable way. That is how we lose the weight and keep the weight OFF for good!
We need checkpoints along the entire journey. Envision a map, “you are here” and X marks the spot quickly come to mind. Sometimes we forget that there are a whole host of checkpoints along the way that lets me know I am on the right track to meeting my goal. One month after starting my training has my fitness increased? Have my bike speeds and run times gotten better? Do I feel more confident in the water or do I still have floaties on while I gasp for air at the surface? (nothing wrong with floaties) Have I already shed 3-4 lbs or built some muscle? Remember, nothing burns fat like muscle. Am I able to get up the stairs without breathing heavy or breaking into full sweat? Can I get the groceries into the house without having to prepare myself for the task? I know some of these tasks might seem mundane to some of us, but to a whole host of folks it is something they have to deal with on a daily basis.
These are all markers that should keep us motivated and knowing that we are on our way to learning and being better than we were yesterday. Make sure to enjoy the journey as you have the end in sight.
Regardless of the goal, make sure to be honest with yourself about the effort you are willing to put forth towards achieving it.
No Retreat, No Surrender