Okay, so you’ve decided to get fit/ healthy and maybe you even re-activated your gym membership. Your fired up and motivated, but that big question looms- WHERE DO I START??
- Do I focus on my eating?
- Do I go on a diet? Which Diet: Paleo, Zone, Atkins, Soup, or whatever the hottest celebrity is doing?
- Do I workout everyday? What type of workout: boot camps, HITT, TRX, Zumba, Pilates, Personal Training, or Yoga?
- What supplements should I take? Do I need a fat burner?
- Do I do all the above?
This list could continue, but you get the idea. When starting a fitness program there are so many things to think about and the “starting point” can become completely overwhelming.
So Where Do You Start??
FOCUS ON ONE THING AT TIME!! Yes, you should move more (exercise) and control your intake, but what’s most important is identifying what your Limiting Factor is. A limiting factor can be summed up as that “one thing” thats greatly impeding your progress. It’s the one thing that needs to be handled first and foremost.
A few examples are:
- Exercise more Productivily
- Consume less alcohol
- Manage Stress
- Improve sleep quality
- Eat less processed foods
- Increase intake of key nutrients and fiber
- Start a supplementation regimen
The goal is to identify what factor is limiting you and then work to improve it. This will be your starting point! Once you identify your Limiting Factor (LF) convert it in to an action step- something that you can actually start working on. Keep it simple and make sure you’re completely confident that you can face this head on. If you are not 100% certain that you can follow through then make it easier. Don’t focus on multiple items, just focus on ONE. Make it easy!!
You will now spend the next 14days (minimum) on this habit and tweaking things up until it’s absolutely convient for you to do. Once this is completed, you will then pick the next LF and start the process over.
This is a creative process! A process where you create the type of lifestyle you want one step at a time. Everytime you identify and begin to work on your LF you are in the process of creating future success. You are setting yourself up for sustainable progress. The objective here is to have a normal lifestyle that moves you closer and closer to better health and fitness. Many crash and burn because they “swing for the fences” and go all out. They neglect the power of “baby steps”!
So, if you are at the Starting Line in your fitness/ health pursuits and not sure where to start, begin by identifying what your Limiting Factors are and tackle them one by one. Start with the biggest and go from there. Remember, when conventing these factors into habits, seek to make it as easy as possible. Your confidence in following through needs to be 90%-100% otherwise you will get frustrated and end up crashing. This does not need to be about will power! This needs to be strategic, so spend some time thinking through your biggest road blocks and make a plan (a simple one). Make this process personal by taking inventory of your lifestyle and look for “opportunities” where you can make the greatest inroads.
- Make a decision to start
- indentify the limiting factor
- convert into a habit and action step
- be 90%-100% confident that you can do this
- Work on it for 14 days, tweak things until the habit is “convient and doable”
- Repeat process and start anew with the next Limiting Factor
Yours In Health and Fitness,