By Laura Petrolino
We are officially three months into the new year, where are you on your fitness goals?
Are you on track? Have you fallen behind? Have you given up on them already?
Today I challenge you to evaluate where you are against the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year. If you are disappointed about your progress, the first step in getting back on course is to understand what obstacles have gotten in your way.
Here are five reasons you aren’t reaching your fitness goals and making the progress you’d like:
- You have an all or nothing mindset: Are you the type who misses one workout and so doesn’t go to the gym the rest of the week? Or do you feel like if you can’t work out for a full hour it’s not even worth trying to get in a quick 20 or 30 minutes? Maybe you make a mistake on your diet, so binges for a few more days? The “all or nothing” philosophy is getting in the way of your success. It’s ok not to be perfect. Do the best you can and give yourself a break if you miss a work out or eat a cookie…then get back on track and move forward.
- You don’t have a plan: Fail to plan, plan to fail. You can’t change habits or start new ones if you don’t have a plan to do so. Without a plan you will always reset to your previous behaviors. That’s how our brains are wired.
- You set unrealistic goals: Did you set a goal that is way out of reach, or doesn’t have manageable milestones? Setting “reach” goals is great, but if instead you’ve set “pie-in-the-sky” goals you are actually shortchanging yourself. Unreachable goals results in lack of drive and motivation. I mean, why should you try…it doesn’t matter anyway, right? Make sure your goals are attainable.
- You didn’t set measurable goals (or aren’t measuring them): Likewise, if the goals you set aren’t measurable, or you aren’t measuring against them, you are going to struggle. Because how do you know if you are making progress? Set measurable and timebound goals.
- You let friends and family get in the way: Friends and family won’t always understand your goals and what’s important to you. Prioritize yourself, you are the only one you need to be accountable for.
- You don’t make time: There is always time to accomplish what you want—it all depends on priorities. If you think you don’t have time, take a step back and write down everything you do in a day. You’ll clearly see where your priorities lie.
You might fall into one of these, you might fall into several. Find out which ones are holding you back and let’s tackle the next 10 months of the year focused and back on track.