"I really want to get into shape, but I don't know where to start! I'm so frustrated my lack of progress... What do I do?!"
Wanted to share something with you guys: It has taken me since the age of 12 to figure out how to manage food. I say 12 because that's when I decided to do something about it but the trauma of being bullied as a fat kid had already set in.
When I was a small round boy, I had no idea why I was hungry all the time and why I never had abs and after 2 more years, 14y/o, I had reached my maximum weight of 232lbs at 5"5'...
To this day I'm still learning, and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon, but here are some of my insights along the path:
If your food is all over the place, if your life is nonstop anxiety with little rest and recovery, then your body composition will be all over the place and you will never learn how to stay in shape all year round. You will need the anchors of consistency.
First things first: Your mindset has to be right.
In order to make progress, you must embrace challenges.
You must prioritize your own health, because we are all grown ups and no one will spoon feed us anymore; It's our own responsibility to ourselves (and those who care about us) not to end up miserable and unhealthy. If you want to obtain a lean and healthy body you have to focus and commit to the process all the way through.
"Ok, I'm in. But what do I specifically have to do...what are the steps to creating success?"
Her are my steps to success. This is exactly what I do with a person who steps into TOP Strength:
Create a vision of success. Set your goals. Without a vision exactly what you want, you will always find yourself in the same place you always have been. You must learn your limits of comfort before pushing outside of them and creating a whole new you!
Pick your habits. Habits that will achieve that goal such as increase sleep by going to bed earlier, measure food, training with the proper quality and quantity.
Apply your habits daily. Consistency creates the best results. Training once every 5 days will probably not be enough stimulus to make any progress. Do it often, do it well.
Measure progress. "what gets measured gets managed". To keep yourself on point, moving forward, you must have checkpoints along the path. Progress isn't linear but you can settle into certain "zones" after a long enough period.
Have an accountability mechanism. Have a training partner and a coach! Two people who can push you when you are being resistant and, leading into the next point, guide you out of your comfort zone.
Learn more. Analyze your failures to determine what to change. Find some new information from someone or something that can give you incites.
Celebrate your success often. Being able to keep your head in the game is essential to long term success so don't just work hard, play hard too. I think it's best to pick something social that won't completely derail you from your goals: Surround yourself with people that want to see you succeed and celebrate every inch of progress.
Be patiently impatient: Don't focus on the output, focus on the input. Make it a habit to do your best work, one rep at a time, one bite at a time. Every day you earn your progress one step at a time.
Thanks a lot for reading this entire post! I really appreciate you taking the time out of your day to read my thoughts. If you have any comments about your own journey to success, leave them below.