You’ve finally decided that enough is enough. You don’t like what you see in the mirror and you are ready for change. Congratulations! You are making a decision that will impact you for the rest of your life, as long as you stay true to your commitment. If you are truly ready to get back in shape and are dead serious about changing your life, grab a pen and paper. I’m going to give you the recipe for success.
Do you have that pen and paper? Great. I want you to split your paper in half by drawing a line down the middle. On the left, I want you to write down all the reasons why you should get back in shape. It doesn’t matter if you have 5 or 50. Just write them down. Next, I want you to write down all the reasons that you don’t want to get back in shape on the other side of the paper. This is extremely important. 99% of you will notice that one side of the paper clearly outweighs the other. Now get a piece of tape, and stick that piece of paper somewhere that you will see it everyday. This will be your personal accountability to remind you of your commitment. The hard part is out of the way. Here’s the rest:
- Make a schedule. Print out a calendar from Microsoft Outlook or Google Calendar and pick days and times that you will commit to a fitness activity. If you schedule it, you are 75% more likely to do it.
- Take your measurements. Find a tape measure and measure your arms, chest, waist, hips, and legs. Then get on a scale and right down the date and your weight. I also recommend writing down your body fat percentage. Most digital scales will give you that. If you don’t have that feature, you can go to HealthStatus and put in what you just measured and you’ll get a realistic number.
- Set goals. Write down what you want to achieve and by when (ie. lose 50 pounds by 12/31/2013). It’s very important you give yourself a deadline. Otherwise, you are just writing down a dream. Remember, you said you wanted to get back in shape, so it’s time to make it reality.
- Track your progress. You must keep track of your progress or else you will lose motivation. At least weekly, measure the same places as you did in step 2. I also recommend taking a progress photo on day 0 and at least every 30 days. Take front, back, and side shots. If you want an easy way to track your progress, I highly recommend using the free Progress and Goals tracking tool on Team Beachbody. You can keep track of your goals/measurements daily and you’ll actually have someone who will work directly with you to help you achieve your goals for free.
There are many programs out there for you to choose from and there are also many exercises that you can do on your own. Everyone is different, so I suggest figuring out what type of exercises you like and going from there. As long as you are exercising and eating right, you can’t go wrong. Feel free to share your results from the exercise at the beginning of this post. Good luck!