- Be honest with yourself--ask yourself, "Do I really believe I can reach this goal and make the effort to achieve it?"
- Get support to remain accountable (i.e., family member, friend, workout buddy, personal trainer, diet counselor, etc.)
- Avoid the "all-or-nothing" approach--there is no such thing as perfection and you should expect slip-ups along the way. Eventually you will find what works for you.
- Be patient--it takes time to develop good habits and break bad habits
- Aim for a goal that you want to achieve
- Reward yourself for incremental progress
- Develop a goal that is realistic and measurable and create a schedule and a deadline
- Break big-scale goals (i.e., lose 30 lbs in 6 months) into chunks (i.e., lose 5 lbs each month for 6 months)--slow and steady wins the race!
- Create a specific goal (i.e., gain 2 lbs of muscle per month) rather than a non-specific goal (i.e., get more muscular)
- Most importantly--know that there is no such thing as a quick fix. It take time, patience, consistency, and effort to achieve your goals. It takes dedication to be fit and to maintain a fitness lifestyle. Remember, it's not a race but a marathon.
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."