When it comes to your fitness, having a plan of action is necessary. You want to make sure you set yourself up to succeed and not fail. Having a roadmap will make everything so much easier. When you have a plan laid out on what you will do and how you will achieve it. You take the guessing game out of the process.
Having everything laid out, gives you the ability to tweak as you go and change what isn’t working for you. I am a firm believer that you have enjoy the process. Because at the end of the day, you to make this fitness journey long-term. You want to create healthy habits to avoid living a yo-yo lifestyle.
Here is what your fitness roadmap should include:
Having a WHY is so vital to your fitness journey. When you are ready to commit to your healthy lifestyle, you must have a clear vision of what you want to achieve and Why. Why is it so important to you that will make it non-negotiable? When the meaning will make a big impact in your life, it is hard to quit on yourself.
Having a plan of action is important when starting your fitness journey. You need to know what you will do to achieve the goal you want. When you don’t, have a workout program or split it is easy to walk into a gym and feel lost and not enjoy the process, because you would be all over the place. But walking in with a plan of action, you know exactly what you are going to do, and what muscle group you will be working. This will make you feel a lot more accomplished.
If the gym is not for you – you should still have a plan for what you will do to achieve the goal. Whether it’s walking for 30 minutes or doing a home workout. When you have a clear plan, it makes it easier to feel less overwhelmed.
Meal planning is crucial. If you don’t have your meals planned out or focus on your nutrition, achieving your goals will be difficult, and you will not get the results you are looking for.
I am a firm believer in the 80/20 rule when it comes to nutrition, you must have meals that will, be serving your goals but also enjoy going out for dinner and having dessert.
Meal prepping is not for everyone, but by having food at home you can make regular and snacks for when you’re hungry. You want to have options instead of grabbing a bag of potato chips and eating the entire bag because you are starving. If you are not someone that doesn’t like reheating food, then what I suggest you could do is prep your food without cooking it. For example: have veggies cut up, meats seasoned, and in ziploc bags ready to cook. I feel carbs are easy to make on the spot.
You should have a time frame of when you want to achieve your goals because you don’t want to be in a calorie deficit for such a long time, you want to give yourself 3 – 6 months and then give your body a rest. Being in a calorie deficit for too long can be harmful to your body. When giving your body a break from calorie deficit – it doesn’t mean eat everything you want when you want. You still must keep up with your 80/20 rule. You will slowly increase your calories at maintenance, and usually, it’s a snack or two a day.
Plan if you fall off track:
Have a plan if you start losing sight of your goal. 1) you want to go back and revisit your WHY – you want to refresh your memory and remind yourself why you started. 2)Get back to what you were doing that was working for you. 3) pick up a new workout routine- you don’t want to get bored and make that the reason you don’t start again or achieve what you want.
Don’t let your fitness journey make you feel overwhelmed. That is why, you should break it all down for yourself into small pieces. Something very important is to celebrate your small and big wins. Sometimes we forget to look at our progress in different areas and not just the scale. Here are some examples of how you can celebrate the small wins: you are feeling stronger, you are sleeping better, you meal prepped, stuck to options that are serving your goals, and you made it to your workout every day you said you would. These are just a few, but small wins are endless. A fitness journey is never just about the pounds lost but about building healthy habits and creating a long-term lifestyle.
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