If you’re just starting out on your fitness journey, you’re probably filled with enough energy & motivation that you feel like nothing can stop you. And you should be excited because taking accountability for your health and personal wellness is one of the best decisions you can make to improve the quality of your life. So let’s just take a moment for a virtual high five because – you got this!
The reality is that motivational highs fluctuate and you’ll need to rely on discipline at times to stick with it – it’s a natural part of the process. But the lows can lurk in places you least expect and sneak up so fast, robbing you of the happy feels before you realize the poison has set in. Keep reading to know what mind traps to avoid so they don't keep you from reaching your goals.
Beware of The Comparison Trap
Comparing yourself to others can be one of the biggest contributors to feelings of defeat. While there’s nothing wrong with admiring others for inspiration, directly comparing yourself to someone who’s where you want to be vs. where you are is usually more deflating than it is motivational. Remember that everyone has a starting point and if you were to rewind to his or her beginning, what you see today is not where he or she started. Everyone’s journey is different so never compare your before to someone else’s after. Instead, focus on being better version of yourself each day.
One Size Does Not Fit All
When it comes to working out and eating right, it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. Sure, it’s helpful and even recommended to follow a plan, but the truth is that what works for some, doesn’t always work for all. For example, think of all the meal plans out there: Paleo, Vegan, Keto, Plant-Based, South Beach, and the list goes on. Sure, plenty of people find success with each, but don't feel forced to subscribe to one if doesn't appeal to you or stick with one if it's not working. The goal here is to find a fitness and meal plan that works for you long-term. You want this to be a lifestyle, not a one-time quick fix (those results are only short lived). Plus, it should be something you enjoy. Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find a routine and diet plan that works for you long term – again, it’s part of the process.
Ignore The “Secrets” – Stick With The Facts
This culprit is so tempting but don’t take the bait! You’ve likely seen the headlines a dozen times; they typically go something like this: ‘the secret food to make you lose weight fast’ – for only $47 dollars! If there was an easy button or magic bullet, we’d all have everything we want with none of the work. The reality slap here is that it is going to take work, likely some experimentation and thanks to Google, most information you need to know is free and readily available. With that said, we do support hiring a trainer, coach or investing in a tool when the value exchange is for someone’s expertise or saving you time on hours of research. If you're looking to invest in a program or coach, make sure you do the due. We're talking about due diligence. Check out their content - are they offering value without charging for it? Do they share current and past client success stories? Do they have references and reviews that can vouch for them? It’s so easy to fall for the enticing traps but just remember if it sounds too good to be true, it likely is.
So whether you're a fitness newbie or fanatic, you now know what to watch out for. Keep rocking what works and feels good for you and we'll see you on the fit side!
What major challenge has tried to rob your motivation and what did you do to overcome it? Share with us in the comment section below.