Doing these five somewhat controversial things will help you reach your fitness goals much faster.
The largest opportunities are found in ideas that go against the grain. — Omar Hamoui
EDITORIAL DISCLAIMER: Any advice or recommendation given in my writing is what works for ME and may not be the best regimen for you based on your psychological or physiological makeup and stability. Please consult a doctor when making decisions about your health.
Do you look in the mirror and see a fat f*ck every day?
Hopefully, the answer is no because such a view of yourself would not be healthy.
However, if you’re not entirely happy with where you currently are and are thinking that you have not quite lived up to the commitment you made to yourself at the end of last year, then perhaps it’s time to try something different.
The statement, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results,” has been widely attributed to Albert Einstein.
And while no one can prove he actually said this, the statement, without a doubt, is true enough.
With that being said, here are five things that some people may think are too much and over the top in relation to reaching one’s fitness goals, but you’ll be surprised at the results you’ll see if you actually give them a shot.
1. Write down your fitness goals every day
Yep…I mean it. Every…single…f*cking…day.
I wrote about this in a previous post, and some people might think this could be too much, but if you really want to find the motivation to do something that you never did before, then you have to do things that you’ve never done before.
If you write down your fitness goals every single day, only one of two things are going to happen:
Either you are going to stop because it will drive you crazy to write down a goal that you’re not doing anything to reach, OR you’ll begin to implement the things you need to do so.
Our mind cannot handle the incongruence of writing down a goal each day and telling ourselves that we want to do it but yet knowing that we are not doing anything to work towards it.
When you write your goals each day, you will force yourself to begin working towards hitting that goal, so you won’t feel like you’re allowing time to slip away while you do nothing about it.
2. Weigh yourself every day
I got a lot of negative feedback from this article a while ago that encouraged people to do this.
However, it is very important to not skip this step if you truly want to lose weight and keep it off.
Some people dislike this because they think it puts too much pressure on individuals to worry about the progress they are making all the time, but that is not the reason.
The reason you need to weigh yourself each day is so you’ll make sure to LEARN what is helping you get closer to your fitness goals versus what isn’t.
If you only weigh yourself weekly, you have no true idea of what were the specific things that worked versus what didn’t. You could weigh yourself on Friday and be down for the week but the majority of that weight could’ve come from only one or two days.
Wouldn’t it be beneficial to be able to identify SPECIFICALLY what you did on those two days that had such a big impact?
That way you can then duplicate having more of those days and having less of the other five days that didn’t help at all.
3. Eat the same thing 90% of the time
Variety is NOT the spice of life when it comes to fitness.
Eating the same meals the majority of the time is what will keep you on the right path to reaching your goals much faster than eating a bunch of different stuff all the time.
The reason for this relates to the example above.
Let’s say you recognized on the two days that your weight went in the right direction that you ate a particular group of meals, and you really enjoyed the food that day?
Why wouldn’t you just eat that exact same grouping of meals going forward to ensure you get the same results?
By eating the same thing, you increase the chance that’ll get the same results. Easy peasy.
When you try to switch it up and eat a bunch of different types of foods, you lose the confidence that your body will react the way you desire and it will become more of a guessing game.
4. Do the exact same type of exercises 90% of the time
Switching up the exercise to keep your muscles guessing is really horsesh*t advice for the majority of people out there.
The reason I say this is because most people are not trying to actually GAIN weight like most bodybuilders and professional athletes who follow this advice.
The reason you are switching up the workout is to shock the muscles to help them grow.
However, if you are focused on just losing weight and know that a certain routine burns 350 calories, then that routine will continue to burn that amount of weight as long as you are doing it with the intensity.
Now, there will be times in which the workout will become easier, as your body gets used to it, but that doesn’t mean you should just do something different altogether.
Just add more weight to the workout or find another way to increase the intensity, but don’t implement an entirely new workout that may not be as good as the one you’re doing.
When you have something that works and burns the type of calories that helps you hit your goal, then stick with it.
5. Embrace your mistakes
Making mistakes is a good thing.
The reason this is the case is that when you make a mistake, you now have learned what to do to avoid making it in the future.
Someone offered you a taste of their chips, and you at the whole f*cking bag?
Now, you know that you can’t taste any chips in the future.
Seeing the Halo ice cream in your refrigerator every day made you convince yourself it’s okay to eat it for dinner last night?
Then you know you need to get all food out of your sight that tempts you.
Making a mistake is not the end of the world. It’s actually just the beginning of a lesson to teach you something that will help you continue to create the ideal version of yourself for the future.
When you make a mistake, just dust yourself off, ask what you can learn from it to prevent it from happening in the future, and then move on with your life.
The only way you ever lose your fitness battle is to stop trying completely.
As long as you keep putting one foot in front of the next and working to get a little better each day, you have a chance.
And a chance is all anyone really needs.