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3 Great Things You Can Do to Help You Achieve Your Fitness Goals!

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santas_snatchChristmas will be here in less than 20 days!  If you are  like me, you have most likely already been to at least one event where you have “overindulged” on some kind of amazing desert or guilty pleasure food.  Maybe even a few adult beverages.  This probably led to the morning after guilt and thoughts of how you are going to change the way you eat or how you are going to get to the gym more often.  Maybe you have even started crafting the perfect New Year’s resolution.  After the first of the year you are going to change everything.  Get fit, get lean.  Stop being embarrassed to wear your bathing suit at the pool or the beach.  It is really easy to make those kinds of decisions, but it is really tough to stick to them.  It’s not just you either.  It’s everybody.  Luckily, I talk to a lot of people about goals and how they can stick to a fitness program or a new diet plan.  I have seen a LOT of things that work and a LOT of things that do not work.  I am going to share with you 3 things that I have done and that I have seen  a lot of other people do that can help you set yourself up for success when it comes to your health and fitness goals.

Make Small Goals and Achieve them Weekly

When I was struggling to lose weight, one of the biggest things I did that really made things easier for me was to focus on one thing for one week and not worry about anything else.  For example, I use to drink a LOT of coffee with a LOT of sugar.  One of my coaches challenged me to cut all sugar out of my coffee for one week.  That’s all, just one week.  I did it.  It sounds like a very small achievement but for me it was HUGE.  I did it!  I have been drinking black coffee with no sugar or even artificial sweeteners ever since.  Years later, I actually like it better without sweeteners.  So pick something that you do every day that is bad for you, and cut it out for one week.  Usually you will find that after you reach that goal it becomes easier to go another week, and another, and another until you are free of that bad habit.

Be 100% Compliant 80% of the Time

This is another one of my favorite approaches to sticking to a healthy diet.  Be 100% compliant 80% of the time.  For example, if you eat very well all week long give yourself one or two cheat meals on Friday or Saturday.  Give yourself those little rewards to look forward to at the end of the week.  Don’t feel bad about them either.  Own them.  Make them epic.  Have Pizza, then go get Ice Cream for dessert.  Then go home and have a glass of wine with your significant other.  This will give you something to look forward to during the week when you are trying your best to change to a healthy diet, and it starts to get tough for you.  You can remind yourself that come Friday you’re going to crush some Pizza!

Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People

Ever heard the saying, “you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with?”  Well, it is true.  If you hang around with people who are eating bad constantly and doing things that do not align with your goals then they are going to bring you down.  You are never going to be able to succeed without people in your life that have similar goals as you.  This is one of the BEST things about a CrossFit gym.  You can walk into Olive Branch CrossFit and everyone you come into contact with has a goal.  It might be to get leaner or to get stronger or to run a Marathon or just to look good naked.  No matter what the goal is, I promise it is healthy and good for you.  Everyone wants to know about your goals and wants to encourage you to achieve them.  It doesn’t have to be a CrossFit gym though.  Find a running group or some other team and start participating in their events.  Not only do our members at Olive Branch CrossFit motivate me to continue to achieve my goals, but I have several other buddies that text me regularly and encourage me to sign up for races or participate in other awesome fitness related events.  I know that if I fall off the wagon or start doing things that I shouldn’t be doing that these guys will start to give me a hard time for it. My athletes, community and personal friends are all inspiration for me to continue living a healthy life and keep me signing up for more races.  Without them I’m not sure I would be as successful as I have been.

So there you go.  Make small goals and achieve them weekly, be 100% compliant 80% of the time, and surround yourself with other awesome people.  If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email at von@obcrossfit.com.

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