Let’s get reasonable!
What is a reasonable amount of weight to lose, muscle to gain, look to achieve, etc…. The list can go on and on with the requests that we get on a daily basis as fitness pros.
Our athletes want to run faster forty times, our adults want to look like cover models and our adult fitness enthusiasts want to be like Lance Armstrong.
I am a huge believer that you can achieve anything if you want it bad enough, but that doesn’t mean that it comes without sacrifice!
You can have six pack abs if you are willing to give up a lot and do the things that are needed to get there.
It is all about figuring out what will make you happy. What is going to give you the fullest life?
I know that I want to be a great fitness professional and run a successful business. That means that I spend a lot of time at the gym training people, weekends on the road learning, and then lots of time in the office and even more time catering to the needs of our clients. I am willing to do all that and give up a lot to do those things to get to where I want to be.
I don’t go out and stay up late on weekend nights much anymore because it zaps my energy for the rest of the week. I don’t work a 9-5 schedule, I get up at 4:30am Monday-Saturday. I went to bed at 10pm Saturday and 9:30pm Sunday. Not your typical 27 year olds schedule. But, I don’t want to be your typical 27 year old.
You can lose 5 lbs a week if you are willing to put in the time and energy in the gym and kitchen to do it. Are you willing to put other things to the side so that you can eat when you are supposed to eat and what you are supposed to eat? are you willing to sacrifice some leisure time to get in your metabolic conditioning session at the gym on Saturday morning?
You have to look at your goals and think about what little steps you have to take to get there. If you can take all of the little steps the journey doesn’t seem quite so long and hard.
Don’t expect to lose 20lbs by showing up at the gym, talking with friends for 20 minutes, floating through a workout for 30 minutes, cooling down for 10 minutes and then saying you worked out for an hour. Then you go home and eat a blueberry muffin because you just worked out so you need the energy.
You have to work for results. They are earned not given. No one is going to hand you success you have to create it.
Set your goals, understand what will make you happy and then figure out a reasonable time line to complete them.
Are you willing to do what it takes to get the results you want to get? Are you doing it?