We have a wonderful guest blogger on Slim Sanity for you today! Kat is a fellow Sweat Pink and FitFluential Ambassador, and is a great weight loss and running inspiration. She’s also an Insanity instructor, which means she’s pretty badass – those workouts are legit!
Read on for tips and truths on setting health and fitness goals.
Hi Slim Sanity readers! My name is Kat and I blog over at KatrinaElle!
I’m a personal trainer and Insanity group fitness instructor who was once on my own weight loss journey and that lead me to where I am today! [Sometimes I feel like I’m still on that journey.] I thought I’d talk today about getting started – how to take that FIRST STEP to work on FITNESS GOALS!
Making that decision
You’ve first got to decide WHAT you want to accomplish. Is it pounds or [in my opinion a better focus] is it inches? Do you want to eat more vegetables? Is there a 5k you want to run that you’ve been eyeing? Set the biggest focus you want to stick to!
Forecasting goals + tips on how
I’ve learned the WRITING GOALS DOWN or putting them on the blog has held me to it. You’ve set your big goal, now what little goals can you set to check in weekly, monthly, quarterly? Break them apart and make them REALISTIC. Instead of shooting for 50 lbs in a month, work towards 2 lbs a week and celebrate anything above and beyond that!
Accountability (both internal and external)
First hold YOURSELF accountable for what you’ve set out to do. Know that you are going to do your BEST to keep that promise to yourself. Then, ask your support group – friends, family – to jump in with you. No one wants to see you NOT succeed – the more people you tell, the more people you will want to make PROUD. Surround yourself with POSITIVITY, with people and surroundings that support your new goals and will cultivate you to grow.
Growing outside of your comfort zone
I read a quote once that’s stuck with me:
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. So if you’re feeling uncomfortable right now, know that the change taking place in your life is a beginning, not an ending. ― Neale Donald Walsch
Remember that some parts of your journey won’t be comfortable. Most won’t. Even so, that’s the only way you’ll grow. It won’t always feel good – angels won’t sing every week announcing your accomplishments. BUT, you WILL see progress if you remember to NOT always do what’s comfortable. Grow as an individual by doing what you wouldn’t normally do. I never would have tried Insanity if I didn’t step outside of that comfort zone. I was comfortable on the elliptical, until comfortable caused me to plateau.
Realize you can and WILL pleateau
Doing new things will help you grow. They will also help you break through pleateaus. What are pleateaus? Where you get stuck. Where the pounds stop coming off as quickly or the inches don’t move like they did before. Realize this WILL happen, and when it does you DON’T give up – you evolve and CHANGE. You try a new workout, you increase the intensity, you adjust the exercises you’re doing. Network with others who are in the same boat as you and build that support to gain insight into ideas that could help you!
What journey are you wanting to get started right now?