Make Leaps, Not Baby Steps When Starting Out!

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Creating a lifestyle change, altering eating habits, waking up earlier to get workouts in can all be intimidating and challenging to anyone in the beginning. Instead of aggressively jumping in with both feet you may feel the need for modest baby steps to adjust to these transitions.

After training hundreds of clients over the years I can assure you that’s the last position you want to take! The path of least resistance is not always best. When you seek out a personal trainer all on your own, your motivation is at an all time high! Rarely (if ever) will it be that high and it will most definitely not sustain indefinitely.  Your mind is locked in and ready for change, you must take advantage.

Maximize the peak of your motivation that occurs at the beginning of your fitness journey

Over the course of your goal seeking you will encounter ups and downs. A new piece of equipment may get you amped for training, a new exercise, different routine, conversion from muscle building to powerlifting, etc. You may also have high periods of stress, get burned out from the style of training your doing, cave to dietary cravings and beat yourself up about it, etc. There will be highs and lows for EVERYONE!

Adherence is always tougher when motivation fails to provide you with a boost. This is why its imperative to take advantage of your beginning motivation.

Learn as much as you can, especially about food! Take the time to really dive in and absorb the information that a more experienced person is teaching you, do not take baby steps. Everyone wants drastic results, and quick! Baby steps will not expedite the process and it’s simply wasting this time period when your motivation and willingness to sacrifice is at its peak level. 
If you take the time to really learn and implement these changes, you’re ultimately setting yourself up for success in the long term. Do you need to log your food every day for the rest of your life? Not really. But, early on the knowledge and experience you gain by doing so will likely last you the rest of your life. 3 months down the road when work has you stressed, your kid gets sick, your coming off a cold, your having hunger cravings constantly…The experience of preparing your food can prevent a fall of the wagon all together. If you learn that rice will likely fill you up a bit more than a bagel, this can help with satiation. 

If you’re lazy off the bat and you miss this peak of motivation, you will regret it and likely fall off the wagon all together. Change is hard, if it was easy then everyone would be successful and people wouldn’t yo yo diet. They wouldn’t diet down hard and then flip around and regain more by this time next year.

If you want long term success, start with 100% effort at the beginning.


About the Author:

Taylor Carpenter is a nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Taylor was featured as a fitness expert in the first publication of NASM's "The Fitness Edge".
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