To reach your goals, it is not the occasional big gesture that will get you there it’s what you repeatedly do that will get you results. -
It’s the daily habits or even what may be perceived as the “mundane,
boring or small” things that build up over time, that end up making the difference long term.
The kind of things like- ...
Making better food choices, planning the shopping list, having healthier foods in the house, not having extra food just because you can, cutting back on alcohol intake, making better choices when eating out, increasing veg intake, limiting junk food, doing your workouts, getting adequate protein, increasing your activity levels (even when at times you don’t feel like it), not going crazy with food or alcohol intake at the weekend etc. (you get the idea)..........and being consistent with it.
To reach your goals you must accept you must make changes and stick to it, even embrace it. Yes, there will be bumps along the way and it may even be slightly uncomfortable at times, but you have to accept you have to make an effort to make the change.
What we find is because of competition for public attention and a share of weight-loss/health promotion markets, it results in exaggerated claims on the internet, in books, from personal trainers, marketers and the media. There are too many that now tell us what we want to hear, that there is an easy fast track solution or bombard us with gimmicks and pseudoscience. It results in we can lose focus on what will get us the results.
In the big scheme of things if you are sorting out your daily habits and getting your diet right, increasing your physical activity or sticking to your exercise regime, the occasional night out, social event or blow out won’t be a big problem in the grand scheme of things for long term success.
Sure, all those kinds of little “boring or mundane” things don’t give that instant feedback about your goals and you won’t see instant results. But we have to accept instant results don’t just happen, it doesn't work like that (even though what some will have us believe) Keep going, stick to it, patience and consistency, trust and enjoy the process.
Jamie Miller- Personal Trainer
Aberdeen Fitness & Combat Centre