I posted this great quote on my Train Like a Girl Facebook page last week as a Monday motivation hashtag. And I got a lot of people message me thanking me for posting it.
They were thanking me because it made them stop and really think about their expectations when it comes to reaching their fat loss goals.
We live in a world where we expect everything instantly. And if we don’t get it, we get mad and most times give up.
This is also true when it comes to fat loss and fitness goals.
Nowadays people are promised INSTANT results. Whether it be something a company is selling on tv, at a gym, supplement store or online.
Everyone is trying to sell you instant results.
Well, I hate to be the party pooper here, but those “instant results” won’t happen. And if by some miracle they do, the chance of you being able to maintain and keep those results, are slim to none.
No matter how you slice it, if you want true results that will stick, it takes time.
How much time?
That all depends.
Is it a fat loss goal? How much do you have to lose?
Or is it a fitness goal? Like wanting to be able to do 5 full range push ups from your toes.
Or maybe both?
I know a lot of questions.
Here are 3 ways to make sure you are continually working towards your goals and not letting yourself get frustrated from not seeing instant results.
- Set small goals to lead up to your big goal
Lets say your big goal is to lose 25 pounds scale weight. That number can look intimidating and when it doesn’t come off instantly, you may get frustrated and either quit working towards it thinking it will never come. Or turn towards one of those “instant results” choices only to be disappointed again.So what do you do? Set smaller goals to lead up to those big goals, like having a goal to lose .5-1 pound a week. It’s attainable and you are then losing the weight at a healthy pace to make sure you are not doing damage to your body, but also making sure that you will be able to keep it off and maintain your goal weight. And it doesn’t seem so intimidating to where you give up before you even start. Plus who doesn’t love reaching a new goal every week! 🙂
- Know that it’s going to take time.
I guess you could say this is the main theme of this whole post. Whether your goal is to lose fat, increase your fitness or be able to do 10 push ups from your toes….IT WILL TAKE TIME. I always tell my clients that no matter what goal they have they have to be willing to work towards if for a full year if needed. You need to be able to think long term.I know it seems simple, but I think it is the hardest thing for people to come to terms with when it comes to reaching goals. Especially fat loss goals.
- Don’t beat yourself up if you slip along the way.
I say this a lot, but I think it needs to be said over and over. If you mess up one day, one week or even more, whether it be because your nutrition wasn’t on par, you missed some training sessions because you were busy or sick or just plain lazy, don’t beat yourself up or throw in the towel. It happens. I’ve slipped up more times than I like to admit. But the way to deal with it is by picking yourself back up and getting back to it.
So think about what you want your goal to be. Think about how you feel it will take to reach it. And lastly think about how you are going to reach it.
I do hope these are helpful for when you are working towards your next fitness or fat loss goal and you can see that instant results don’t get you long term results.