‘Prior Planning and Preparation Prevents Poor Performance’ Without planning, how can you expect to succeed? We don’t leave for a journey with no map, otherwise we would only end up getting lost, or back where we started if we are lucky.
Take some time to plan what you are going to do, how you are going to approach losing fat, before you start. It amazes me how many people haven’t even considered this step. When I ask them what they plan to do, the answer is something along the lines of ‘oh, you know, just eat better and do some exercise…’.
What is eating better? What do you eat now? What exercise is going to get you to your goals? What are your goals in the first place?
So firstly, you need to write down what you want, and ideally, why. You need a strong reason to stick to a plan, so the ‘why’ is worth thinking about. When we see fat loss as a purely aesthetic endeavour we may feel it’s a bit selfish, but as soon as you realise it will mean you have more energy to be more successful at work and spend quality time with the family you realise just how important it is to you and your loved ones.
Then look into each goal in more detail and determine what you actually need to do in order to be successful. You may realise at this point that you have bitten off more than you can chew – so prioritise. Better to focus on one or two more important goals and actually achieve success, than to spread yourself too thinly and not make a real go of any.
Drill down into each goal and work out the steps you need to take in order to achieve them. If you want to lose a dress size, you will need to exercise regularly and follow some kind of nutrition plan. Re-phrase your goal to include these steps: “I will lose a dress size by Valentine’s Day. I will accomplish this by exercising 3 times per week, keeping my activity levels high in by walking and taking the stairs and I will follow a specific nutrition plan.” You are in control of the behaviours, not the outcome, so focus on what you can change, and have faith that they will lead to the results you are after.
You need to plan your approach: what you are going to eat, how and when you are going to exercise etc. You also need to plan the finer details – such as creating menu plans for the week’s meals that feeds into a shopping list that you stick to (try ordering online to remove impulse buys even further).
You should also plan what you are going to choose when you go out for a meal, looking online for menus if you can so you can make healthy choices in advance. Of course, this might change, but at least you know what to expect when you get there. And if there is nothing you can eat on the menu, plan to go somewhere else instead!
On the exercise side, you need to decide which activities you want to take part in and schedule them into your diary – if you wait for a free 30 minutes you are never going to find it! Schedule it in and commit to your appointment. For some people the single most important reason for having a Personal Trainer is that they have booked and paid for a session so they absolutely have to turn up – the cost becomes the benefit!
Preparation means ensuring you have the tools you need – such as equipment or clothing for exercise. Nutritionally it means preparing foods to take to work or on the road so you always have healthy options to hand.
If you have planned all the details in advance, you make the implementation a whole lot easier – you just roll with it as it’s all laid out for you. You won’t end up staring into the fridge when you are really hungry, wondering what you can eat. You’ll have a healthy, supportive snack or meal available, to combat the hunger and keep you on track.
So don’t miss out this vital part of your fat loss success.This entry was posted in Nutrition. Bookmark the permalink.