Welcome back! Last week I wrote a bit about the first 2 pillars of fantastic fat loss, you can read that here.
I looked at the 2 main factors that drive your fat loss efforts forwards, nutrition and training. Without these 2, you aren’t going to make much in the way of progress, but underlying those are 2 factors that allow you to unlock the habits that make training and good nutrition easier.
Pillar 3: Lifestyle
Your lifestyle is going to lead you towards or away from the choices that can make your new habits easier. Who you choose to spend time with, how you choose to structure your day, and how you set goals will all influence your decision making around your health and fitness.
Here are 5 ideas to make your lifestyle more results focussed, without losing touch with what’s really important to you.
Join a club or team to follow an interest. Having other people who are interested in your goals and working towards something similar makes it a lot easier to keep going,a s well as giving you a sounding board for any ideas or problems you come up against.
Choose to watch only certain programs on TV, rather than turning it on to watch whatever comes on next.
Start a journal. This can be a great way to help you review your days and weeks, and to help you focus in on what is really important to you.
Go to bed and get up at the same time each day, within reason. On the majority of days, aim for 7-8 hours of sleep, so if you need to be up at 6 am, you know you need to be in bed, ready to sleep between 10 and 11 pm. Then set yourself a pre bed alarm to start your night time routine and be in bed on time.
Join online groups for mentorship, support or accountability. If you struggle to find people in your life to support you fully, then there are loads of options online that will help you stay on track and give you support and advice when you need it.
Having a lifestyle that is in line with your goals and the habits you need to form is an underrated but extremely valuable part of the process. I firmly believe that lifestyle and habits build off each other and reinforce each other to give you a solid foundation to build the rest of your progress on.
Pillar 4: Mindset
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re probably right.” – Henry Ford
Having the self-belief that you can make progress and learn what you need to know in order to do so is vital to your success. If you spend your time talking yourself down, telling yourself that this is just the way you are and there’s nothing that you can do to change, then that’s exactly what you are going to get as an outcome.
Adopting a growth mindset will open you up to learning and improving your processes you need to move forward.
Instead of saying, “I can’t” say “I can’t, yet, but I can learn how.”
Instead of saying, “It’s because of my genetics.” Say, ” I can control my effort and focus.”
Instead of saying, “This is too big a challenge.” Say, ” I can make a small change, and build on it.”
Finally, don’t fear failure. Failing provides feedback that what you were doing wasn’t the right approach for you, and gives you the opportunity to change the way you’re doing it and continue to make progress.
I hope these blog posts have helped you in some small ways! If so, I’d really appreciate it if you could share them with anyone you think may benefit from the info in them.
Have a great day,