How I successfully started my fitness journey and what you can take away from it
Out of the blue, I started exercising. I was not motivated by weightloss or building a huge amount of muscle. I think what I wanted was a goal, something to work for. And I guess I wanted to get fitter. So in 2015 I set myself up to the challenge of completing Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide over the summer holidays (and believe me, for a complete fitness- newbie, those workouts are an absolute killer!). With the guide, I had a game plan. And with the game plan, I created habits. I never missed a workout, I knew what I had to do Monday – Saturday (Sunday was rest day), I knew exactly that I had to take 40min of my day 6 days a week to finish my workout, no matter what time of the day.
After about 6 weeks I felt like I NEEDED to work out, or else something was missing in my day. I needed to sweat and feel the burn, I needed to push myself. Working out became part of my day like brushing my teeth. That was a turning point in my fitness journey and from then onwards, it only went uphill. I didn’t need to drag myself to every workout, because I was weirdly “craving” the feeling I got when finishing it. Working out became a habit. I never fell “off track” since. I think that if I can do it, everyone can do it. You can apply this principle to literally any other area of your life in which you want to accel, improve and achieve.
Now that everyone has written down their New Year’s Resolutions (and some forgot about them already), I honestly want to help you to get your goal beyond the piece of paper you wrote it on. And whatever the goal is, there are two things you have to create to crush it.
- A game plan
If you don’t have a destination (goal), you don’t know where you’re going.
If you have a destination but don’t know which road to take (no game plan) and don’t repeatedly take the right turn (habits) you won’t reach your destination.
What does that imply? It implies that you shouldn’t only write down what you want to achieve but work out in detail how you plan to do so. Think of simple implementations to your daily life that you consistently follow through. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. When those habits become automatic, replace them with new ones. And that’s how you’ll make progress and create success. When I realized I was plateauing and having less fun with bodyweight circuit training, I started switching things up. My goal was to build more muscle, so I took the required actions. I signed up at a gym I liked, did my research on nutrition and hypertrophy programming and wrote my first own workouts. After some time I started implementing counting macros, meal prepping and having a proper workout split. Then all of a sudden I realized that going to the gym 6x a week and prepping my meals every evening had become my new habit. And so on.
So what can you take away from my early days of my fitness journey besides that I seem to have become addicted to sweating, grinding and making gainz?
The key to change is to create habits. It doesn’t matter if you have fitness, lifestyle, health, career or relationship goals: Change won’t happen over night and without action. One day at a time. Make daily changes. Daily wins. Daily wins will turn into weekly wins. Weekly wins will turn into monthly wins and they will turn into a successful year. What used to be new, exhausting and challenging will become the “normal”. And then find new challenges. That’s how you’ll progress, succeed, evolve and grow. And how you’ll meet your New Year’s Resolutions!
I hope I gave you an input how to tackle the goals you wrote down for the upcoming weeks and months and can help you move them from the piece of paper you wrote in on to reality.
Have a good week!