We're all human, trust me, I'm not superwoman by any stretch of the imagination. And some days, and weeks...and for some of us, months, we throw in the towel, refusing to face what is preventing us from reaching our goals, whether it's health and fitness, or other areas of our lives. Let's talk about 3 common obstacles, and how to overcome them. Remember, the book of James says, "To him who lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all freely and without reproach. Together, we can examine the 3 Reasons You're not Reaching Your Goals.
Challenge #1: You don't have time. Okay, I get it...you're a busy mom, you have PTA, work a job, and your family gives you lots of social obligations.
Let me ask you the question, "How bad do you want to have more energy, lose weight, or feel stronger?
I believe that if a goal really matters to an individual, they will make time for it. Pack your lunch the night before. Work out during your favorite tv show. You don't have to go to the gym for over an hour. Start out working out for just 10 minutes. Prep healthy foods while the kiddos are napping. The worst mistake that people make is that they think they have to work out for hours at a time to get results or create extravagant meals...it's just not so.
Challenge #2: You don't have money....I also believe that if something matters to you, then you'll invest in it, even if it's just $5. Cheap is not always good. Invest in a few high quality workout bands, and pay a personal trainer to teach you correct form and technique. A small investment now can save you lots of time and injury. And eating healthy, is not as expensive as you might claim.
Solution: Make your health a priority in your budget...honestly, fitness takes priority over eating out for us, and I can buy much more fruits and veggies than I can meals out with the same amount of money. Try a body-weight exercise routine at home until you save up some money. Many canned goods come with reduced sodium now. Eggs, lentils, and protein powder are great inexpensive sources of protein...and water is cheap.There are lots of ways to add veggies to meals, just chop up cucumbers and green onions and add them to salads. Make your own healthy salad dressings - we rarely buy salad dressing, maybe once or twice a year. Most importantly, make it a priority to eat healthy. Tell me, what should take priority in your families grocery budget - foods like potato chips and fried chicken tenders, or foods like, mini sweet peppers and hummus? Try one new healthy food a week. That way if you don't like it, then you're not wasting as much.
Reason #3: You don't know where to begin. Knowledge is power, but make sure you're using reliable resources. Don't throw yourself under the squat rack....seriously. This is the easiest fix of all...but make yourself teachable - swallow your pride and ask a professional. If you wanted to add on to your house.wouldn't you consult a professional if you didn't have experience? You get my point.
Solution: AceFit has a great exercise library, where you can learn to perform most basic strength exercises and ranks them in order of difficulty. Book a couple of sessions with a personal trainer. They can help you learn how to set up your workouts in a way that prevents you from injuring yourself, while challenging you and giving you a specific game plan that will help you reverse engineer your goal(s). The operative word is specific. Write down your goals, break them up into little chunks, and then find a way to track your progress, whether it's fitness printables, or an app. Make a list of resources pertinent to your specific goals, and do some research. Make yourself accountable to someone who has knowledge of this process. Changing habits isn't easy, but the way you will look and feel is worth it.
What stops you from reaching your goals? What are some tools you've found along the way that worked for you and have kept you going strong? Stuck in a rut? Then find someone to be accountable to today! Reach out to me via my contact box. I'd love to help!