Let me share, what in my opinion are the 5 must-haves, when you start a weight loss journey…..
1. You Need To Know the ‘Why’
Why do you want to achieve your goal?
You have to dig deep for the answer and be honest with yourself.
Emotional engagement plays a huge part in turning up and taking action.
Once you know the ‘why’, it becomes easier to make the right choices and pursue the path to reach your goal.
And the more vulnerable and uncomfortable you feel answering that question, the closer you are to uncovering the real reason why you want to lose weight.
When you are fully aware of why your goal is important to you, watch all those barriers to change fall down and make way for some real progress and results.
2. You Have To Want It More Than Me (Or anyone else for the matter.)
I was given a piece of advice very early on in my personal training career from Robert Grim, director at Revolution.
I was getting frustrated that a client wasn’t doing as well as I thought they should have been. (They were equally frustrated.)
This is when Rob said, “Remember, you can’t want their goal more than them.”
I can coach, encourage and support everyone I come into contact with, but I can’t make them take the right course of action for their goals.
That comes from them.
All of this is down to you and what you choose to do.
You have to want your goal more than anybody else wishes it for you.
It’s your responsibility and you have to take full ownership of it to achieve the results you want.
3. You Need To Have a Support Network
In my opinion, this is over-looked far too often when we set goals.
Do those who you spend your time with, see or interact with on a daily basis, support you and your goals?
Family, friends, colleagues, cyber friends on social media, children, (pets!) – are they willing to help you when you need it?
I’m not telling you to drop all your ‘good-time’ friends but if you’re serious about reaching a goal, then you need people around you who will encourage you and make taking the right action for your goal easier.
Surround yourself with them.
4. You Need To Be Good At Time Management
I’m going to state a cliché:
You don’t have the time? Make the time!
You need to be very good at managing how you spend your day if you want to become fitter, healthier and slimmer.
To do this you need to factor in time to exercise and time to shop for, cook with and eat the right food.
This has to become a priority.
I’m not saying your number one priority but it has to feature pretty high up on your to-do list each week.
Where there is a will, there is always a way. Make it happen.
5. You Have To Accept Your Goal Will Involve A Lifestyle Change
For long-term sustainable weight loss, you have to understand that this will involve you developing and learning new habits and changing your lifestyle.
What you undertake to achieve your goal has to be sustainable to maintain your goal.
This is why we advocate small, consistent changes for long-term success at Revolution.
Have you been on a weight loss journey since you can remember but still not seeing any real results?
Go over these points, (be brutally honest with yourself) and see if there’s anything that you can address and change going forward.
If you’re struggling to make the change, let us know and we’ll see how we can help.
Senior Trainer, Islington, London