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3 Reasons You Consistently Fail To Reach Your Goals

Batman reference...nice.

Batman reference…nice.

Hey guys, so I usually try to focus on the positive side of things, but I’ve been noticing a few trends lately that irk me.  My goal here is to help you understand what they are and how you can AVOID making these three big mistakes!

1. Diet

First up is your diet.  This one is tricky because, depending on your particular goals, it’s going to vary immensly!  If you are trying to put on mass and you are not intaking enough (proper) calories to promote and facilitate mass building, then there’s no way you’ll reach your goal.  On the flip side, if you are trying to lose weight and are eating McDonalds twice a day, don’t be suprised when your “chair buckles rather than your belt.” – Lucille Bluth

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The moral of the story here is you know what is healthy and what is not.  Veggies=good, ice cream=bad.  It’s as easy as that.  We all learned this stuff in elementary school so USE IT.  As a personal trainer and not a certified Nutritional Specialist, I am actually legally obligated to NOT give specific nutritional advice.  As far as general advice goes though, if you aren’t eating right, all the exercising in the world won’t help work off that 1,130 calorie Big Mac Meal you just housed down for lunch.

2. Unwilling to try new things

If you keep trying the same routine, the same workouts, the same diet, and you consistently achieve zero (0, nothing, none) results, I’m willing to go out on a limb and say it is not working.  You with me here?  Think about it.  How many guys come through the gym meandering through the same workout they tore out of a muscle magazine at the doctors office years ago and nothing changes?

MA! The meatloaf!

MA! The meatloaf!

Einstein’s definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  These guys are insane! It’s time to switch it up, try something new, research the newest trends, find something that WORKS FOR YOU!  This to me is invaluable.

...he's been at that for 3 years now.

…he’s been at that for 3 years now.

It’s generally understood that each human varies greatly physiologically, so it would make sense that what works for Suzy from accounting isn’t going to work for Bob from the mailroom.  Bob needs to experiment and find something that works for him.  I don’t care if it’s a 6 a.m. bootcamp class, a lunch time CrossFit sesh, or a midnight lift at the local gym, if it works for you and you enjoy it, keep on keeping on.  If not, scrap it.  Try something new.

3. Not sticking to it long enough

Alright, now before you say, “HEY! You just said change it up if it’s not working!” and yes, you are right but this is different. I promise.  What I am referring to here is someone who just gives up on the New Year’s Resolution two weeks in because they haven’t gone down enough belt sizes.

mmmmmm...muffins.

mmmmmm…muffins.

The secret is to know and understand what the specific goals of the workout plan you are on or the emphasis of the diet you are utilizing.  Patience is key.  If you are trying something new, it’s important to give it enough time to properly assess if it’s working or not.  Sometimes the number on the scale goes up (adding muscle mass) before it starts to plummet (losing fat), the key is to give the program a fair chance to work before giving up on it, finding it on amazon.com, giving it 1 star, and writing a terrible review.  Now AFTER you’ve given it a fair shot and you are still not achieving your goals, you need to sit back and ask yourself, did you do everything you could to facilitate change for the better?  If not, then it’s not the programs fault you still have 20lbs to go before you’re ready for that man thong.

It's nice!

It’s nice!

So that’s it.  If your diet is on point, you’ve rid yourself of inefficient training styles, and you are always on the lookout for new, fun, innovative ways to progress, then you WILL achieve your goals and feel great doing it.  Plus man thongs.

Colin

-weakness into strength-

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2 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Colin R. Wilson and commented:

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    July 18, 2013 at 5:55 pm

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