To quote the old saying “where the mind goes the energy flows” is something I truly believe in. After I completed my first Ironman, I became massively aware that having your head in the right space is key to success.
When I’m working with my clients the first thing to iron out is their goals. I then try and pick apart those goals and find out why they are doing what they are doing and what it would mean to them to succeed, and perhaps, more importantly to fail.
The bottom line is your mind controls the decisions around ‘should I eat out again tonight’, ‘I’ll go workout now’, ‘I’m tired I can miss that session tonight’ or ‘I’ll have dessert’. All these decisions have a positive or negative effect on the outcome of the success of your goal so being in the right mindset is the most crucial part of any training goal.
The key to a long healthy lifestyle is balance. The amount of people I have seen complete a 12 week plan and then switch off and go back to square one in half the time it took them to get there is ridiculous. It’s happened to me as a trainer and it’s a horrible feeling. Often the reason for this is they have been so strict along the way and not created or understood how to build balance into their life.
What if I have a big social weekend planned?
When I know I have a big social weekend coming up, with lunches and dinners out, l’ll make a plan to get my training sessions in beforehand and ensure my food is spot-on in the lead up so I can enjoy myself.
It’s all about balance. Try not to rock the boat too much and get back in your routine as soon as possible so you aren’t suffering those post weekend blues.
Maintenance is easy!
The hardest part when it comes to maintenance is getting into a routine with your food and exercise. Finding a way that fits best with your lifestyle will make all the difference!
My advice is to start off by making small changes, which will help you stay ahead of the game and allow you to enjoy yourself – just try not to get too comfortable!