Now that you have created a goal with a deadline and made a commitment to it; what’s next? Well, you have to develop a plan to achieve that goal. Decide how it is that you are going to go about achieving that goal you are committed to.
Be real and honest with yourself about it. Don’t set yourself up for failure by saying you will do things that deep down; you know you won’t do. This is a time to decide what realistically will work for me?
Obviously, some changes in nutrition and exercise habits are going to have to take place. Are you really going to spend 2 hours in the gym every day and just eat grilled chicken and broccoli? Chances are that won’t last…
So be sensible when you are planning your track to your goal. Maybe even seek the assistance of a trainer or someone you know that has been successful losing a significant amount of weight.
Starting out for me, I knew the first thing I had to do was get moving. I felt like I could sustain a workout regimen that consisted of doing 30 minutes of cardio(mostly walking), a minimum of 6 times a week along with at least 3 days of some sort of strength training.
I also realized that my nutrition was so bad that I could start with some minimal changes and start to see results. Knowing that these changes would lead to better habits and develop into a much healthier nutrition program for me.
While developing my plan, I realized that I would have to make some sacrifices. Like everybody else, I had a full-time job, family and other responsibilities. I had to take a serious look at my schedule and factor in training times. If that meant missing a favorite TV show or getting up 30 minutes before everyone else to exercise; that’s just what I would have to do.
When planning, you essentially make an appointment to training times. You will also be planning your nutrition for the week. If you don’t plan these things odds are they won’t happen. If you don’t designate specific days and times that you are going to train and at least plan your meals out for the week, you will be setting yourself up for failure. Benjamin Franklin said it best, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”