Although many of us are still in the beginning phases of our resolutions for the New Year, or just all around trying to become a healthier person, I thought I would address what may happen down the road. Let’s say your goal is to lose 15 pounds and after months of hard work and dedication to the gym as well as what you have been stabbing with your fork, you did it! Congrats! But….now what happens?
Many people don’t think about what they are going to do AFTER achieving their goal, in fact some may think that after losing that weight, they can lighten up the load, slack off a little bit or just stop doing whatever it took to achieve that goal all together. So to set the record straight: once you lose the weight, gain the muscle or whatever your fitness-oriented goal may be, if you stop doing what you were doing to achieve that goal, you’re going to end up right back where you started. In the Exercise Science world, this is called the Principle of Reversibility. In other words, “Use it or lose it!”.
What I like to do for my clients as well as myself, is to set not only one BIG goal, but a lot of smaller goals to achieve on the way. This not only promotes positivity, but it keeps you on track. To stay motivated pick small, attainable goals that you can reach monthly, bi-weekly or even each week. For example, at the beginning of each week, I write down what I want to achieve in my planner (in which I refer to daily- I LOVE my Erin Condren Life Planner because it has a specific section for goals+notes!). This week it’s to stick to my set macronutrients within 5-10grams. Next week, I will not only continue that goal but add another small one in. Before I know it, those small goals or tasks just become a part of my daily routine.
So back to what to do after you achieve your BIG goal. Well….set another one! Continue performing the actions that allowed you to reach your first goal (chances are they ARE pretty much habit by now) and decide where you want to go next. Never settle with where you are mentally, physically or emotionally. We are all constantly changing, becoming interested in new things and there is always room to grow as an individual. You’ll be surprised with what you can achieve with the right mindset!
Need help with achieving your goals? Email us at FitnessTeam@sd-evolution.com !!!