You bought your program. You have your tracking information, you keep refreshing, waiting for that mailman to show up. What can you do now that you’ve decided to commit to help you succeed…?
You’re off to a great start because you’re capturing that momentum. The very first thing you should always do is write down your goals.
- Something physical you want to do but can’t currently do.
- Your weight goal for the program. Is this reasonable in the time frame your program has set up? Partner with your coach to ensure that you aren’t setting yourself up for failure with unrealistic expectations.
- Pick one nutrition goal to start right now, today, this minute, and go.
The program you have ordered will provide help with your nutrition. Will teach you how to do those athletic moves you’ve seen on the infomercial. You will shed inches and lbs. But before it even arrives it’s time to take an honest look at what is working and isn’t working. Write down what you’re eating, take a look at your habits, and start seeing you.
Honesty and integrity to self in this process will help you reach your goals. It’s much easier to tell yourself no or abstain from a treat if you’re aware that you’ve already done that every night this week. If you’re a techie or always have a smart phone near try the free app Myfitnesspal to help you track.
Prepare everything! Look at next weeks schedule and plan your workouts, allot extra time the first week to allow for learning moves or taking breaks. Gather recipes that are whole foods. Stop using condiments unless it’s mustard. Drink lots of water. You should be drinking at least 8 glasses a day.
These little things will make the transition easier as you start working out. It may not be feasible to go shopping before your program arrives but partner with your coach and see if there are materials like approved foods lists.
Dream! Make a pinterest board of athletes or models that inspire you, please keep it healthy and reasonable. Print inspiring quotes and place near your work out space. While on the topic ensure you have a clear work out space. I was so bothered during a Piyo workout that I stopped to vacuum, shampoo my rugs, and then touch up paint on my walls. Focus matters.
Make a play list of your favorite songs. There will be days that it’s just harder to push play, having a good list to play will help. Music has been scientifically proven to help the intensity of a work out.
Bring a friend. Maybe you don’t have a friend doing the program. Do you have a friend that works out, or wants to? Get a partner, someone to complain to, to high five, to yell at you if you’re lazy. Challenge groups are amazing for this purpose and your coach will really support your progress but I find I’m always more accountable if there’s a good friend doing it with me.
Congratulations on committing to you. If there is anything I can do to help you, I am here. I am so proud of you!