I get stopped frequently by people and I’m asked all sorts of questions. “How much do you workout?” “How often do you do cardio?” “What do you typically eat?” “What sort of exercise should I be doing?” “Is it ok to eat this?” “Do YOU eat foods like this?”
My first response or piece of advice given to anyone beginning on a transformation journey, new lifestyle change, whatever you might call it would be to set a goal. What exactly do you hope to achieve??? Are you trying to lose 10lbs? 50? 100? Are you just trying to “tone up” or do you want to go into competing? I don’t ask you these questions to judge you or intimidate you, I’m simply asking so that you will know for yourself and from there you can have the right expectation. Not only that but you can have a much better idea of what type and how often you should exercise and what your diet should look like. Not having a clear goal in mind may only leave you end up feeling frustrated with mediocre progress. I would never recommend my workout schedule to someone that isn’t considering competing. I do this for competition but in no way feel that everyone else in the regular world should workout the same way I do.
For example, if someone came to me and they were 30 lbs overweight but showed me a picture of a fitness model and told me that they wanted to look like that I would ask them “when do you want to get started?” Some people are intimidated and shy to come out and say what they really want. Some want you to validate their fears, sorry to disappoint you, but that’s not gonna be me. Trust me, there’s plenty of yay-who’s out there that don’t even know you but will try to tell you what you can or can’t do. I’m not going to be one of them. I will tell you that it will take some very hard work, lots of time, lots of faith, and lots of dedication. How much time? I have no idea. I can tell you from personal experience that fat loss is a simple equation of calories in vs calories out , but that muscle growth gets much more complicated and can vary so much from person to person.
Don’t be afraid to set a lofty goal. If you have been overweight your entire life, that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve the healthy body you have in mind for yourself. DON’T!!! DO NOT be afraid to share your goal out of fear of judgment from others!!! Be fearless when it comes to your goals and dreams. As the saying goes, “if your dreams don’t scare you, then maybe they aren’t big enough.”
If setting a lofty goal is easy for you but you have a hard time even reaching the short term goal, then start there. Even if it’s just getting through one day of sticking to your eating plan, one workout, one day of better attitude, start there and congratulate yourself for a job well done.
My goal is to help others. In any way that I can. I look for opportunities each day to help someone else. Some days it’s helping the lady at my daughter’s school that has twin baby girls and a 4 year old son. Other days it’s typing up a meal plan idea for a friend. I always want to go out of my way, out of my comfort zone to help someone. At the very least, I hope that I’ve helped one person reading this blog to set a goal for themselves and to enjoy the reward that comes from reaching that goal.
Stay crazy, healthy & happy! 😉