Most of us started attending the gym or getting active because we have a goal in mind. Something we want to achieve through the process of getting up and moving more. The goal might be trying to lose some weight and tone up, or it might be for a challenge like a big run or obstacle course. Or could be something as simple as relieving a bit of stress and spending some time on yourself. All very valid reasons to get yourself off the sofa!
After some time, it does get frustrating that after all your hard work, you still haven’t achieved that goal you set yourself at the beginning. It can be very demotivating and often the reason why many of us stop all together because, what’s the point?!
The majority of the time there are very simple reasons as to why you haven’t achieved your goal…
Your goal is unrealistic!
You’ve gone too big too soon! Change takes time, and whether it’s losing weight or running a marathon, you won’t be able to lose a stone overnight and you won’t run a marathon without plenty of training. Break your goals down, make it manageable, smaller changes for the bigger picture. Make sure your goals are SMART.
Not making yourself accountable of your goals.
When we don’t achieve our goals, we are often quick to pass the buck and look to external matters as to why we aren’t where we want to be. Take more responsibility of your highs and lows. Committing to the whole process will help maintain your good intentions throughout the journey. We all fall out of line occasionally, don’t beat yourself up about it! Sort yourself out and get back on track the next day! You’ll thank yourself when you get there!
You’re aren’t fuelling or recovering!
So you’ve made it down the gym four times this week and have hit your steps every day. However every evening when your favourite TV show is on, it’s led to a couple of late nights and some late night snacks too. Your meals have also been good Monday to Friday, but over the weekend you’ve treated yourself a little bit too much and undone all that hard working during the week!
What you eat and drink as well as the amount of sleep you get on a daily basis will be the fundamental factor in achieving your goals. You can’t out-train a bad diet! Fuel yourself with good, whole foods. If you’re trying to lose weight make sure you eat in a calorie deficit and getting plenty of rest. When you sleep, you recover, which is crucial to prevent burning out and making it to your goal.
REMEMBER! You can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. Be realistic, take responsibility for your actions and make sure you are doing everything you can to get you to where you want to be. It’ll happen, just be patient!