“I eat clean, I exercise 4 times a week, I’m doing everything I can! But…
I still have belly fat!
I’m not as toned as I want to be!
I can’t seem to gain those last few pounds of muscle!”
The last stretch of any fitness goal can be the most frustrating leg of the journey. Often, achieving it takes as much work as going the first 90% of the way! What’s worse, when you hit a wall in the progress you’re used to seeing, you can lose all motivation to keep your new routines.
Here are my 4 easy tips for getting you through that last intense phase of your fitness goal and feeling you’re at “peak awesomeness”.
Be honest with yourself.
Sounds pretty simple, but now is the time to reassess: “Am I doing the best I can?”
I’ve got to tell you, the answer is probably “no!” There’s always something else that can be done (the next three points on this list, for example!), and amping up your accountability is a great place to start.
Where are the little places you let your vision fall by the wayside in favor of comfort? Here’s a perfect example: When you’ve got a work dinner or a social event to attend, did you plan ahead? Eating before you go out can be a game changer for your figure, especially if you have lots of social functions you need to attend.
Uncover all the little slips and self-deceptions. Get honest, and get to your goal.
Lay out what your goals are and adjust.
Vision boards, journals, list apps. Get it out and in front of you in writing!
Get down in writing what you want for the week, the month, and what you want for your life.
Most successful people in life make lists and hold themselves accountable to them. Tracking is vital. That includes figuring out what your goals are before you go for them and monitoring your progress along the way.
You might find that once you start laying out your goals and what’s necessary to meet them, the goals will change! Or it may happen along the way. If you wanted to lose twenty pounds and you’ve lost fifteen, but the last five are stubborn, then the goal has different parameters now. That means how you go about it will require different actions.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
When you plateau, it can be extremely frustrating. People often have a sense of failure; sometimes they will even abandon all of their goals if just one gets too challenging. At this point (let me say it again):
DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP!
There are professionals who have more knowledge than you. Let them lead you through! Often what you need help with is a missing factor that you can’t access on your own (hint hint, hormones!)
And remember: You’ve already accepted help! Even if you just read a book or read online to learn about nutrition or exercise, you’ve accessed the wisdom of another person. So don’t shy away from doing it again. If you’re not sure how to proceed, find someone who does, and listen to them.
Make one change per week.
In the last stretch, you may need a bunch of different approaches to solve one problem. Maybe you’ve got to exercise a little more, eat a little better, sleep differently, and so on. People can collapse under the weight of the changes they need to make. So go one step at a time.
Start with something that’s fairly easy to identify that will nevertheless yield high results. For instance, if you drink 7 cans of soda every week, eliminate soda. That’ll be a huge change for you.
You’re building a better you, so don’t think you can just jump ahead; go step-by-step.
If you need help getting honest, assessing your goals, and making the right changes for each week, contact Dr. Jill Stocker at The Body Well today: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (323) 874-9355 today.