Finding the balance between being super motivated for making great strides in the New Year while also keeping check on expectations so you do not fall foul to disappointment is a massive conundrum for many people.
You need to realise there are a number of things at play at this time of year:
1) Everyone else are in this frame of mind of making change, ride the wave it helps.
2) The wave can crash and result in frustration. Life can just get in the way. That does not mean you are destined to failure, just be mindful of it.
3) Some of those riding the wave in week one will be the same person trying to knock you off it by week 2 or 3.
4) If your results are solely going to be based on the gym, realise the gym, any gym, good or bad is going to be busier than it was the last time you set foot in it, for many of you that will have only been last week and therefore you may not get the appointments you want (in an appointment based gym), the equipment you want (in a large open gym)
5) Walking, running, cycling or home workouts all add value to what you do or miss out on doing in the gym.
6) There is no point in saying you are going to start eating healthy tomorrow or Monday without knowing or planning what you are going to eat tomorrow or Monday.
7) You get what you pay for – (i) in many gyms that is simple rent of access to the equipment, (ii) €50 a week semi private for 2 to 4 sessions per week will get you help and guidance, (iii) €50 a session 1on1 is pretty standard for a decent trainer, (iv) €900 transformations should be revolutionising everything about your lifestyle or it is a marketing scam potentially – sometimes the fact you put so much money in makes you get the result no matter what it takes.
8) Eating well does not happen overnight, it can improve no doubt but 1 step at a time. Massive overhauls rarely last and the people you spend the most time with can be a major help or huge hindrance. More than likely a hindrance.
9) Training with like minded people with similar goals and being part of challenges really help.
10) Keep in mind only 8% of people stick to their resolutions – if it is fitness based goals – think to yourself what type of gym or programme are they part of. Hint: Not too many in the large gyms
11) When it comes to major transformation challenges I think the stats are that only 1 in 5 gets amazing results, 2 get good to pretty good and 2 get nowhere, which leads to the next point.
12) Are you actually ready to do this or was it an emotional decision that you cannot physically or mentally sustain…..or are you fully ready you just never have had a plan or guidance or being part of a team of likeminded people before
13) Lastly results can be fast or sustainable but not both. If you get really quick results, there will be diminishing returns on your progress or you can tip away slow and steady realising perhaps it was your expectations that lead you to give up too early in the past and that it is only January and that there are 12 months in a year.
Thanks and Best of Luck
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