The Plan for Success is to be Uncomfortable...Honestly!
Sounds like an odd statement but stay with us! With this New Year comes many new year's resolutions with weight loss being on top of the list. However, many people start off with a bang but fizzle oh-so-quickly out of our determined resolution spirit. Why? Well, in order to create success with your fitness and weight loss goals, you must be unstoppable and uncomfortable. The two go hand-in-hand and many people do not allow themselves to leave their comfort zone, therefore, their present situation never changes.
Leaving your comfort zone can be very daunting but it is this discomfort we must face in order to truly reach our goals. Here are a few examples of emotional and physical "discomfort zones" and how you can get through them.
Being Intimidated to Work Out at a Gym
It’s very common for people to feel intimidated and uncomfortable when being seen in a fitness center. Are you feeling so out of shape and have the thought that you won’t be able to keep up with the already in-shape people in the gym? Maybe you feel everyone will be staring at you and wondering why an overweight, out-of-shape person is at the gym anyway.
To overcome this obstacle, you need to turn your thoughts around. Instead of feeling intimidated think of the fit people as role models in the gym. Mimic their tenacity and realize that they are in shape because they are not only working out consistently, but they are working out hard. They commonly put themselves in a physically uncomfortable place to reach their goals and so can you. Also, pick your chin up and realize that instead of wondering why you are there, being overweight and out of shape, change your thoughts to how they are applauding you for stepping out of your comfort zone and taking a positive step in the right direction. Once you start realizing that you have just as much right to be there as they do, you will get past that uncomfortable place and move forward with your goals.
Feeling Deprived and Restricted When Eating in Front of Friends and Family
Do you ever feel as though your family and friends are the food and health police as soon as you start a healthier lifestyle? Do you find it to be uncomfortable when dining with friends and family and do you feel like they are watching every move you make when you are making your food selections? Sometimes you just want to eat what they're eating and not feel so deprived as well as feel like everyone is judging you.
Jump out of your comfort zone and have what you want without the feeling that you need to apologize or explain yourself. Planning your dining out or simple indulgences into your program is fine as long as it’s controlled.
Not Enjoying the Discomfort Exercise Sometimes Brings
With exercise comes emotional and physical discomfort. Experiencing the feeling of doubt when faced with high levels of exercise intensity and feeling as though you just want to quit or disconnect from the level of discomfort can be pretty common. Not many people enjoy the leg burn when doing squats or the high heart rate when sprinting in boot camp, however, in order to get results, there needs to be that level of commitment as well as discomfort.
So, unless your exercise intention is purely for pleasure or recreation and you choose comfortable and painless, consider the possibility of experiencing some discomfort in order to achieve your fitness and weight loss goals.
The Hard Truth
We'll just go ahead and put it out there...most people fail when it comes to achieving their newyear's resolutions. Some of the big reasons we have shared with you. Some others include lack of motivation, lack of commitment and discipline, or just plain not planning for your own success.
Anything worth having is worth working for even if that means sometimes the work maybe be hard or uncomfortable you are taking one giant step forward in achieving the success you have always wanted with your new year's resolutions. Always remember that when in doubt, seek out a professional. It is the job of a good personal trainer or nutritionist to help you set goals then motivate you and guide you toward achieving those goals.
Need some help setting realistic goals this year? Check out our blog section on the subject for some great tips and tricks to get you heading in the right direction!