We've tried just about everything!
We've experimented with different training styles; read a lot of articles; reread those articles again; studied from various trainers; watched endless videos + then double checked those facts. After all of that, we still tripped + fell multiple times along the way.
Fitness is an endless journey + we're still learning as we go but there are a few things that we wish we knew before getting started. Here are those things...
SOME DAYS THERE IS NO MOTIVATION
Inspiration comes + goes. This is true for even the world's fittest athletes. There will be days when you just don't feel like working out; when you choose to sleep in or go straight home after work. This is normal + completely okay.
Motivation can't + won't carry you through your fitness journey. Sure, it helps but putting one foot in front of the other + trusting the process is what will eventually lead to the results. Continuing to put one foot in front of the other, even if its just small steps will not only make you stronger physically but mentally as well.
On those days where the motivation is lacking, try to do something active, even if its as small as going for a walk around the block. Something is almost always better than nothing....unless your body really does need to rest.
PROGRESS ISN'T ALWAYS LINEAR
There will be times when you'll progress much faster at times + then, other times it'll feel much slower. This is normal. It would be great, though if your results were a straight line that continued going up + up, + up. Great, yes but not realistic.
It's important to know the difference between slow progress + stagnation. Progress takes time, especially if you've been on the journey for a while. Most often newbies will show results quickly, whether it's losing fat or gaining muscle. Why? Because the body is moving in ways that it's never known before. Think of it like shock therapy. Progress comes in many ways: change in strength, pant size or even appetite. Stagnation is when nothing is changing + we mean nothing. Give your body 4 weeks + if by the end of those 4 weeks, you still aren't seeing any change, then it's time to re-evaluate. Don't keep doing the same thing over + over again hoping for a different result. It won't come.
SCALES AREN'T THE ONLY MEASURE
While scales can be helpful in the long term, they are not the only measure to use when tracking progress. It's important to remember that muscle weighs more than fat, so you may be making big leaps forward towards your goal, you could also see a higher number on the scale. The scale doesn't take into account body composition, nor does it differentiate between muscle mass + fat mass. One of the best ways to measure progress is to implement a combination of a few tracking techniques, such as: keeping an exercise log, taking progress photos + recording body measurements (+ yes you can still use the scale).
COMPARISON IS DEADLY
You've heard it before: don't compare yourself to others. Well, it's true + its particularly one of the worst things you can do while on your fitness journey regardless of your goal.
Social media, gyms, + even work are breeding grounds for low self-esteem. There will always be someone who is fitter than you, leaner than you, stronger than you, etc...
Please save yourself from the mental stress + don't pay attention to them. You are the only person you should be worried about + for that matter, the only thing you should be concerned with is: am I doing better than I did yesterday?
What is something you've learned along the way?
Stay tuned for part II.