Start with a Week: 3 steps in the right direction
Are you having trouble finding the motivation and strength to get started on your fitness journey? That’s okay – you’re not alone. I know how it feels to be eager to get started, but somehow unable to take your first step. Getting started is always the hardest part. But getting started doesn’t have to be traumatic. It doesn’t require months of planning. In fact, all it takes is a moment – this moment. Let’s start with a week.
Want more motivation? Here are three steps you can take this week to get started on your fitness journey.
Three Steps to Success: start with a week
First, start by setting a clear, attainable goal. When it comes to beginning goal setting, less is more. As a health coach, I tell my clients to start with five pounds, either to gain or to lose. Write this down! Keep it in a small notebook dedicated to your goals and your progress (Michael likes to keep his in a personal blog).
Next, pick one action you can take daily to achieve this goal. This can be as small as 20 minutes of daily activity, all the way up to an hour of daily activity. Commit to this for at least one week. I like to plan out my week every Sunday, but you don’t have to wait for a Sunday to start your goals.
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Finally, set a daily reminder. Change the lock screen on your phone, write an inspirational quote on your bathroom mirror, or simply keep your notebook beside your bed. Find something to remind you daily of what you set out to accomplish. Personally, I like to keep all of this in my journal and write a quick note for myself at the end of every day.
Celebrate your wins!
If you spend your first week taking names, give yourself a round of applause and celebrate! While you’re up on that mountain celebrating, bust out your notebook and do it again! Keep that momentum going! Add something to the list! Try eating breakfast daily or avoiding junk food.
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If you start with a week, and continue to take your journey one week at a time, you will make progress. Focus on one aspect of health and fitness at a time. This journey is going to take time, effort, and consistency. A journal of your goals is powerful because it keeps you focused and sets your intention. The most powerful thing you can do is to wake up with intention.
But don’t beat yourself up
Another point: we’re all human. You’re not always going to hit your goal on the first try. Sometimes it’s going to take longer than expected. Remember what matters: progression, not perfection. If you’re feeling better and getting healthier, give yourself credit for what you have accomplished so far.
Do you set a weekly goal? I would love to know if you do, or if you plan to try it out! Let me know in the comments section down below, or better yet – upload a snapshot of your entries for the week and tag @gettwofit on Instagram!
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