As a Personal Trainer I conduct many initial consultations to get to know potential clients.
Everyone is completely different with their goals.
However, one thing that people do not think about is that their fitness goal depends on what they are prepared to change and to what degree.
Let me give you a few real world examples:
The decision you need to make is what you are prepared to change. If you just want to lose a few kilograms you actually don't need to change that much. You probably have to adjust some portion sizes and exercise a little more.
If you want to step on a stage and show off your body, that is a different ball game. You have to change a lot of things.
Do not believe the people who say they eat what they want and enjoy a good social life. You pretty much have to change everything to hit those types of goals.
Ask yourself if your goal is that important to you and whether you want to change a lot of things.
It is absolutely okay if you do not want a six pack or look like a fitness model. This is not everyones goal.
Your goal could just be to get moving and have energy to play with your kids and that is an amazing goal.
You may just want to balance work and health.
Ask yourself what you want to change and it is okay if you do not want to change things - but you may have to change your fitness goal to match your expectations.
Are you the type of person who can handle changes and sustain them?
Do you start things with a flurry of energy only to give up a few days or weeks into it?
Are you prepared to reduce your social eating and drinking to get that flat stomach?
Are you prepared to stop watching netflix until the wee small hours in order to get more sleep and get more motivated?
Are you prepared to try and cook some healthy meals and learn about healthy food?
Are you willing to pack your gym gear, schedule your training and measure improvements to hit performance goals?
Are you prepared to change some of your friendships if they are not helping your situation?
Figure out what you are prepared to change and decide on your goal from there.
I personally decided to change the time I went to bed. I was always a night owl but I simply cannot stay up late if I want to train with any intensity the following day.
I didn't like it at first but it has helped so many other facets of my fitness journey and life in general.
What are you prepared to change for your fitness goal?