What would you say to me if I told you I was running a marathon without any training?
Or getting my finances in order without tracking where I spend my money?
Or building a house without any materials?
What if I was planning a trip but refusing to buy the plane ticket?
I hope you would give me a nice pat on the back and then... Call. Me. Out! I hope you would say “Kylie, we believe in your ability to achieve your goals but you can’t do that without the right planning… or awareness… or tools… or actions.”
Just like training for a marathon, any fitness goal requires a plan. It’s not realistic to think you can just get out and run twenty-six point two miles or dead lift one hundred pounds or plank for two minutes straight or, as I posted a few weeks ago on my social media, do pistol squats. Long-term goals need to be broken down into smaller short-term achievable goals. Pistol squats have always presented a mental block for me but I trained my body and my mind to perform those bad boys. I worked with my trainer to strengthen the correct muscle groups, progress the move from more modified positions to less modified positions to finally no modifications at all. It took time and dedication and a whole lot of PLANNING!
Just like financial wealth, physical health requires knowledge of your nutrition. You need to understand what is going in your mouth, how much of it is being consumed and how that food is being “spent.” This is why I am a firm believer in tracking your macros, if even for just a short time. There is no way to save your money, or your calories, if you don’t know what is coming in and what you’re spending them on. Each of the macros (protein, carbohydrates and fat) provide different fuel, just like savings and checking accounts help fund your lifestyle in different ways. Tracking helps you know your numbers, check your balances and creates AWARENESS.
Just as it is basically impossible to build a house without lumber, nails, saws, etc., it is really difficult to achieve fitness or nutrition goals without knowing how to use the right tools. Gyms can be very intimidating places. Learning how to use the equipment safely and most effectively is key to success. On the flip side, my personal place of intimidation has been the kitchen. Nutrition is a key component in body recomposition and the last few years for me have been all about learning how to use the right tools to cook food that is nutritious AND delicious. Creating workouts for my clients and providing a cookbook chock full of wonderful recipes allows me to give key TOOLS for fitness and dietary success.
Lastly, and I will say until I am blue in the face... there is no way to achieve your goals without habit change. You are never going to get to Europe if you don’t buy the ticket! It is a necessary action to get you where you want to be. And, likewise, you cannot lose weight if you don’t change the way you eat on a daily basis. You cannot get stronger without moving your body. As the graphic for this post shows, goals need to be broken down from a goal to skills to practices. Daily practices. Intention is all nice and pretty, but it is the ACTION you take that gets you to your goal.
Planning. Awareness. Tools. Action.
These are four vital components to achieving any goal or, ahem, New Year’s Resolution. Stay focused folks, you got this!