By Luke Briggs, CSCS, PN-1, Coach at FIT
Have you tried doing everything to lose weight, build muscle or get into shape?
Does it seem like nothing you do works
Well, I’ve got a harsh reality for you.
Unless you’ve got a serious medical condition, you’re simply failing because you’re giving up too easily.
In today’s fast-paced society of instant gratification, many of us don’t have the patience to wait out results.
We want everything right now, and if we don’t get it, we simply stop trying
Remember, if it took you three years to put on 30 unwanted pounds, it’s going to take more than 30 days to burn them off.
Next time you think you’ve tried everything, think about these famous “failures.”
Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, had his first book rejected by 27 publishers before finally getting accepted by Vanguard Press.
Harland David Sanders, better known as “Colonel Sanders,” had his famous chicken recipe rejected by more than 1,000 restaurants before finding a restaurant willing to work with him.
Henry Ford failed at three businesses before finally succeeding with Ford Motor Company at the age of 53.
So, don’t worry – there’s definitely hope! You’ve just got to do things a little bit different.
Here are three things you can do when you feel you’ve lost all hope:
1. Seek out the help of a coach or accountability partner. Trying to do something alone can be a daunting task, and it can be easy to abandon your plan. Find someone who’s done what you want to do or helped someone do what you want to do. Success leaves clues.
When finding an accountability partner, make sure you choose someone who will actually challenge and motivate you. Don’t choose your buddy who will find any excuse to skip a workout. Pick someone who will push you to be your best self.
2. Try a different approach that’s enjoyable. So many people fail on their fitness journeys because they do things that make them miserable. If you hate running, don’t run! As much as you want the outcome, if you don’t at least somewhat enjoy the process of achieving that outcome, you’re going to have a hard time succeeding.
Find an activity you enjoy and do that activity repeatedly. Make exercise fun for yourself, and you’ll be more likely to stick to it.
3. Be honest with yourself. If you’re really good with your nutrition during the week, but you completely fall off the wagon on the weekends, you need to find a better nutritional approach for your lifestyle. Maybe you need to be more flexible with your diet and not restrict yourself so much Monday through Friday. Then, you can have something that will be more sustainable for you in the long-term.
For example, if your goal is to lose weight and you’re not good at sticking to a strict calorie count, start by picking habits for yourself that will help you take in fewer calories. You could stop eating when you’re satisfied instead of stuffed. You could also focus on filling yourself up on nutritious, low-calorie foods by getting one or two servings of fibrous vegetables with each meal.
No matter how many times you’ve failed, you’ve simply got to pick yourself up and try again. Whether you want to build muscle, lose fat, get stronger or simply get in shape, you’ll no doubt have success if you stick to the above guidelines.