Every second day of the new year, a new wave of highly motivated people eagerly starts their quest to become healthier, fitter or lose some weight. Why does this weird phenomenon occur? Why do all these highly motivated people, eager to become better drop out before the month is over? One of the reasons is I believe is the power of positive momentum or rather the lack of it.
You have decided to do something about yourself and you expect to see results, fast! Only you don’t know how to get these results, which diet to follow, what to believe? How to train? Which machines to use!? Soon you find yourself in treadmill purgatory, painfully long mindnumbing minutes peddling away on the exercise bike? That little voice in your head starts screaming louder and louder “What the heck am I doing here”!?
So without further philosophical introduction, how to avoid treadmill purgatory, carry your motivation into spring and finally achieve that summer body you have dreamed of:
How to use the power of positive momentum
Step 1: Set short and long term goals
Losing 15 or 20kgs can look way out of your league and almost impossible to achieve from where you’re at right now. Cutting it down into smaller attainable goals provides you with little landmarks to follow on the road to your big goal. For males, we usually follow a weightloss range of 0.5 – 1% a week, for females this is 0.4 – 0.8% a week. With this knowledge, you can easily calculate how long it will take you to reach your ultimate goal!
Step 2: Have a plan
As boring as it sounds, a plan works! It provides structure, motivation and time efficiency! I sometimes like to be really nitty-gritty when it comes to making the perfect plan for my clients’ weight loss and health, this is after all what I get paid for! Truth is.. Initially almost any protocol will work for a beginner client. Don’t know where to start? Search “German Body Composition” by Charles Poliquin.
“An idiot with a plan can beat a genius without a plan” – Warren Buffet
Step 3: Celebrate your small wins
Made it to the gym 3 times this week, nice Said no to alcohol, great! Reached your weekly weightloss target, awesome! Acknowledging you are doing things right is an excellent strategy to motivate you into doing even better next time, and before you know it this cascades into even bigger things! Once you reached this state of mind you really start utilizing the force of positive momentum! You’ll soon find this positive momentum flowing into other stages of your life, work, relationship friend’s and family!
“Pain is what get’s you started, plessure is what keeps you going”