In today’s issue of FUN, HOT, NO B.S. Fitness Magazine!…
As much as the Holidays may “officially” be over… are you still stuck in the “mode” of eating whatever you like (eg.. comfort food), skipping your workouts and putting off getting back into your fitness routine?
Don’t feel bad… because it happens to the best of us. It’s so easy to just let all that work just go down the gurgler. No need to stress, though… because we’ve got you covered! If you’ve found yourself in this situation in 2012 then this email has arrived just in time for you.
Sue Heintze, VFT’s on board Featured Body Transformation Specialist and natural Figure Competitor, shares her Tips For Beating The Rut of the Post Holiday Binge (scroll down)
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PS. If you missed my article and lesson on “Are You REALLY Ready For 2012?” Then make sure you read it to help you reach your fitness awesomeness this year! This is exactly what I do to get prepared to conquer my goals!
Christmas approached with trepidation. Of course you started with good intentions and told yourself you weren’t going to pack on the kilos like last time. Plans were made to continue your usual gym regime and stick rigidly to your diet… then the parties started. Because you’d been so strict leading up to Christmas, your body and mind started to rebel and all those Christmas goodies looked more and more enticing as the parties continued.
Deep down, you knew that it wasn’t going to be long before you caved in to the temptations and threw all your good intentions out the window. Once this happened, you thought, what’s the point? You’ve ruined it all now, so why even bother going to the gym? You may as well just enjoy yourself now and start again next year!
Does this sound like an all too familiar story? Your diet goes out the window along with your training, because you feel it’s not worth it unless it’s ‘all or nothing’. But by the time January (or February or March!) rolls around, you find yourself much worse off than before the festivities began and you are in a deep rut, seemingly unable to climb out.
Don’t give up hope! It will only take a few weeks of being uncomfortable to climb out of your rut and be back with a vengeance! Here’s how:
1. Don’t Panic!
Forget about the past – you can’t change it! What you can change is the future, so let’s wipe the slate clean and move on – you have control from this point forward. There is no point in dwelling on what you can’t change and wasting energy on guilty thoughts.. We all tend to over think things and make them a lot more complicated than they really are – keep it simple and realise that it’s all onwards and upwards from here!
2. Make a firm decision and a total commitment to yourself!
So you have decided what it is that you want – but how badly do you really want it? Are you ready to give it your all? Are you ready to make sacrifices and put yourself first to achieve your goals? If so, then sit down and make a written promise to yourself that you will give it 110%, you will not make excuses and you will NEVER give up. Remember, it takes at least 12 weeks to significantly change your body shape.
3. Set Goals and get EXCITED about them!
• What do you want to achieve and when do you want to achieve them by? Perhaps you want to drop 2 dress sizes before your son’s engagement, be able to jog for 30 minutes non-stop so you can participate in a fun run next month, or enter and win a 12 week body transformation challenge before your next birthday – or simply just increase your flagging energy levels. Whatever it is, work it out and make sure it’s something that excites you and just as importantly, give yourself a deadline!
• Why do you want to do this? Do you refuse to buy size 16 clothes anymore? Does walking up the stairs wear you out? Are you sick of feeling frumpy and older than your age? We all need a valid and sound reason for wanting to reach our goals, and you need to ensure you write it down so you remember it when your motivation levels wane. It’s important to commit your plan to paper and continually envisage yourself at your goal. See yourself wearing that slinky dress in the cupboard, picture yourself crossing the finishing line of your triathlon. Our minds are very powerful and we should use them wisely to reach our goals.
• How are you are going to achieve it? You may choose to use the services of an online or one-on-one trainer to set out your plan or help you work towards your goals so that you don’t have to do the thinking. Or you may choose to follow one of the various workouts/diet plans in your favourite fitness magazine. Whatever you decide to do, you need to figure out a pathway to get there.
4. Believe in yourself and banish negative self talk!
When I set out to achieve a goal, I truly believe and know I will do it. I don’t ‘hope’ and I don’t “try” – “I can”, “I will” and “I do”. If you don’t believe you can do it, then most likely, you won’t. If you find yourself using negative words, stop and replace them with positives. If you continue to tell yourself you are fat and hopeless, your subconscious will believe it and prevent you from achieving.
5. Find a good support network!
You need positive influences in your life when focusing on your transformation. All too often there will be negative friends, family and work colleagues just waiting for an opportunity to bring you down. Steer clear of these types of people as much as possible, and find support and encouragement in other places such as internet fitness forums, a trainer or coach, your favourite magazine, or other gym goers.
6. Be consistent AND patient!
Nothing above will matter if you do not practice consistency and patience. You must be consistent with training and nutrition, and you must be patient to see results. You will be changing even though the changes may not yet visible on the outside. The number one reason people fail in their attempts to lose weight, is that they simply give up too soon. You cannot change your body overnight, but be consistent, give it a good 12 weeks (not 4, 6 or 8!), and you will be astounded by the results!
Sue Heintze is Owner and Managing Director of Body Transformation company www.idealbodiesonline.com. As a Body Transformation Specialist, Sue has an absolute passion for helping others achieve their fitness and fat loss goals. As Australia’s premier online training facility, the Ideal Bodies Online team has helped an enormous number of people from all walks of life totally transform their bodies and lives.
Sue has competed at State and National level as a natural figure athlete for the past 10 years, and at the age of 41 recently became a first time mum. She writes regularly for Australian Oxygen magazine. Sue recently developed a cutting edge range of instantly downloadable fat loss programs at www.idealbodyblueprint.com.