I know you are busy. I know you work long hours.
I also know that you want to lose a bit of weight, live a healthier lifestyle and balance the modern demands of the busy professional.
But how do you do it?
Here are my top 5 skills that will help you achieve all your fitness goals and still have the energy and the drive to be successful in your career.
1.Learn to cook some basic meals.
This is a crucial step. It is important that you learn to grocery shop and prepare your own meals instead of blindly following a meal plan like a robot until you cannot follow it any longer.
If you don't like cooking, get a healthy meal delivery service order each week. At least the meals will be calorie controlled as you will not have a clue if you eat out consistently. It also saves money and time for you to focus on work, family and other life events.
2.Tune in to your own physical signs of hunger.
If you keep eating snacks and grazing you are never going to feel hungry. If you eat out of boredom you will not learn to listen to your internal hunger cues and you will look for external cues for how to eat.
Hunger is not the enemy. Hunger is a natural state when your body is telling you to fuel up. Do not fear getting hungry.
3. Practise exercise as a regular habit.
This is important as many of you leave it too late and then suddenly panic and believe you have to go into a 12 week transformation program where the personal trainer will "beast" you in the gym.
Learn to exercise consistently so that you don't start something drastic and constantly injure yourself.
4. Measure the most important variables to ensure continued progress.
I know you have KPI's or quarterly targets for your job and business, yet many of my clients have no idea what their fitness goals should be and what they should be measuring.
At the very least measure the following.
By tracking these each week or month you can work out if your plan is working or if it's time to troubleshoot and change.
Remember, data is useful. It should not be used as a judgement exercise.
5. Realise that change is incremental and slow and there are no quick fixes and no instant gratification.
A university degree takes 3-7 years to complete.
Promotions in your company can take years. (I want it now).
Meeting the right partner takes years.
Building a successful business takes years.
Do not think it is any different for training, getting in shape or overhauling your lifestyle.
I hope these 5 skills resonate with you.
Trust me, if you can stick to at least 2-3 of these you will succeed and change your lifestyle in a much more positive direction and for the long term.