Have you fallen off the wagon?

Maybe you joined a challenge, hired a Personal Trainer, started a new class. You had good intentions and high expectations. You got good results to start with, but too soon you lost motivation, let the wrong food creep back on to your plate and somehow, something always ‘comes up’ to stop you getting to your sessions. Or worse still, maybe you’re like an old friend of mine who joined a gym over the phone and after 12 months had still not actually set foot inside the gym!

Do you say things like “The problem is, I’m too busy or too tired or too…”, fill in the blank. “It’s hard because my husband…”, “It’s hard because the kids…”. “I’m big boned”, “I’ll never be a size 8 or a size 10”, “I’ve always been this way…”

Are you playing a blame game?

Do you look at your health issues and blame the health issues themselves or some other outside influence? Or do you look at your behaviour and see that your health issues are a direct result of the ongoing abuse you inflict mentally, emotionally and physically on YOURSELF, through poor food and alcohol choices on a daily basis?

Are you waking up consciously or subconsciously expecting pain, dysfunction, sadness,  clothes that don’t fit and photos that show the sad truth?

You can turn it around.

What do you want more? Short term satisfaction or long term results?

We are all on different phases of our health and fitness journey. Finding yourself frustrated with your lack of results and moving to a better place within yourself can commence when you get real with yourself and ask yourself the right questions.

Accept what is.

Blaming others implies a lack of responsibility on your part, for your own self. This is a completely un-resourceful tactic, which leaves you feeling like a victim of the outside world and quite helpless to change your situation.

It is what is it is! You need to take responsibility for you!

Embrace change.

The unhealthy choices you’ve made have taken you to the place where you are now. Change can seem scary at first, but by embracing change one step at a time, one moment at a time, one day at a time, you can inch closer and closer to your desired goals.

Ask yourself: “Is what I’m doing right now, taking me closer to, or further away from where I want to be?”

Stick with the plan.

Jumping from one diet to the next, changing programs, swapping health gurus or personal trainers or gyms is unlikely to bring you the change you’re after.

I once read a quote which went something like, “If at first you don’t succeed, try doing what your trainer told you to do the first time” ~Unknown

There are a myriad of programs available to you, but none will give you the results you are looking for if you don’t stick to them. Stop swapping, changing and faking and DO THE WORK! Your results speak for themselves!

Celebrate your success.

At the end of every week, take some time out to assess your progress. Ask yourself what worked, what didn’t work and how you want to adapt your exercise and meal planning to suit your goals over the coming week.

Notice how you feel, what makes you feel good and what brings you the best most conducive results.

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In the comments below, have your say. What tips can you share that have helped bring you success?