Hi Fusers! My business partner and great friend Pascha Brown wrote a valuable piece on how to stay on track and maintain your fitness goals. Her post really reminded me of this week's motivational quote from Oprah, "We can't become what we need to be by remaining who we are." We can't reach and maintain our goals by slipping back into bad habits. We have to stay committed, focused and consistent, but not beat ourselves up for slipping every now and then. Here's Pascha's article...
After setting your goals, working towards and achieving some visible results, how do you maintain them?
We often sabotage ourselves when we are nearly there. Why? Because we have started to look and feel fitter than we were before, leading to increased self-confidence. At this point it's easy to go right back into our old habits, such as eating too much unhealthy food and starting to skip workouts.
When this occurs it is very difficult to get back on track because we compound the breakdown by getting upset with ourselves. A great strategy for combatting a set back and a potential psychological tailspin, is to realize and plan for the likelihood of ups and downs. Acknowledge now what the potential setback triggers are for you and then plan what you will do in case you do lapse. In other words, what will you do if you have a bad day to let it go and move forward to create a good day?
Here is a checklist to get you through your maintenance phase.
- Consistently work on your eating habits though they will never be perfect. If you fall off the horse, just get right back on.
- Vary your workouts so your body does not reach a plateau. This is why as instructors we are always changing up our workouts and why we offer a variety of classes.
- Don't feel that you have to achieve a high level of fitness in order to achieve results.
- After you have completed one major goal, quickly move onto the next goal. Fitness doesn't stop after weight loss.
- You do not need to work out several hours a day and live on salad and protein shakes. Avoid over-training and getting burned out.
- Have an accountability partner or take group classes to stay consistent. We offer many awesome, diverse and well programmed classes here at The Fuse Fitness. Check out our class schedule here.
- You have to do what is necessary to achieve results, and that takes commitment and consistency.
Share with us, what do you do to stay on track?
Yours in Health,
Kristin and Pascha at The Fuse Fitness