Ah, holiday season!
The time of the year when we allow ourselves to loosen up on our diet a little, enjoy that extra slice of pumpkin pie and have a few glasses of champagne without regrets-that is until the new year approaches.
I’m sure you’ve been there before, “New year, new me”, and the newest version of yourself is the one that finally sticks to your work-out routine and consistently goes to the gym, being sure to never skip a leg day, right?
What seemed like wishful thinking, backed by your best effort at exercising your willpower to build your dream body for the summer, quickly turns into a list of excuses, missed workouts, and eventually a sudden feeling of regret.
And there you are, stuck in the same spot you were before the new year started liable to repeat the process next winter.
If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. Statistically speaking, out of the hundreds of thousands of people who make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight only 8% of them follow through.
Of the many reasons why people don’t stick to their weight-loss resolutions, the two biggest factors are setting ridiculously unattainable goals and lack of accountability. It’s with those two common denominators that I want to speak to you about today and give you the blueprint to crushing your New Year’s resolution of removing that pumpkin pie tummy once and for all.
Slow + Steady = Sexy
Ok, I know slow and steady doesn’t sound sexy, but that truly is the foundation of long-lasting weight loss success!
One of the reasons why you can never stick to your New Year’s resolution of losing weight is because you’ve already conditioned your mind and body to a certain way of exercising. Deciding to suddenly change everything for a brand-new work out plan leads down a path of failure.
The body hates being shocked.
When you’re used to only working out twice a week and you decide to increase your workouts to 5 days a week + cardio + 5-hour hot yoga sessions on the weekend it doesn’t add up to sexy. Instead, the instant workload stresses your body and puts it in shock. The result is that every fiber in your body starts sending signals to your brain that say,
“Oh no, we don’t like this. Stop immediately!”
And eventually, that’s exactly what you do.
The solution is to take small incremental steps that increase your energy expenditure during your workouts over time. My advice would be to start your resolution before the New Year begins, that way you’ve allowed yourself time to form a healthy new habit that you’re more likely to stick to when the other 92% of the resolution makers start to fall off the get fit bandwagon.
“If you want to go fast go alone if you want to go far go together.”
Did you know that 73% percent of people that start work out routines end up giving up within the first 30-90 days?
The number one reason?
When you’re the only person holding yourself responsible for a goal you’ve never accomplished it becomes increasingly hard to find a constant source of inspiration as you embark on your new challenge. Sure, you may start off as a one-person army of enthusiasm, but we all know that at some point or another that wonderful force of nature we call Life is going to rear its ugly head and try to take you down a road that leads to missed leg days and broken promises to yourself. And that’s why accountability is such a powerful ally in winning the war of weight loss.
When you have a gym partner or a group of people that you exercise with you dramatically increases the likelihood of you sticking to your work out routines and the reasoning behind it is twofold.
First, working out with other people increases your belief that it’s possible for you to accomplish your goal. Having someone right by your side that’s sweating as hard as you are while pushing to build a better body psychologically triggers your belief that it’s even more possible for you to do the same. When you’re struggling with that final routine and you’re wanting to call it quits, but your work out buddies are still plugging away, even though they’re just as exhausted as you are, it sets off that competitive nature inside you that says,
“If they can do it, I know I can!”
And just as quickly as you wanted to quit you immediately find that extra push to finish as you remind yourself that you are not alone.
The second reason why accountability works so well when accomplishing weight loss goals is that of a little four letter word that can lead to enormous feelings of regret…
No, I’m not talking about the type of shame where your work out friends make fun of you for the number of push-ups you can or can’t do. I’m talking about the shame that really matters, the type of shame that eats at you for days on end and only gets worse as time goes by.
I’m talking about the shame of letting other people down.
It’s easy to let yourself down, especially when it comes to a goal you never could stick to.
Sure, it may hurt at first but eventually you’ll get over it; after all, this isn’t your first rodeo, right?
But when you’ve developed a bond with people through a shared vision, and the actions necessary to bring that vision to fruition, and you let them down by not giving your all or missing work out days-well- that type of shame is heavier than the crème you had the barista put on your pumpkin spice latte this morning. We all know there’s going to be days where we don’t want to work out, trust me I’ve been there before, but when you’ve got a group of people counting on you to stay along the path with them it’s like you suddenly find all your excuses meaningless and regardless of how you feel you show up with them ready to crush it. Add in the fact that you’ve basically got your own team of cheerleaders that encourage you along the way and you can see why accountability is a recipe for weight loss success!
While there are plenty of other reasons why people never complete their weight loss resolutions, data shows that setting ridiculously unattainable goals and lack of accountability are the two biggest reasons for them all. And as Jay-Z said,
“Numbers don’t lie.”
If you’re ready to finally stick to, and crush, your New Year’s weight loss resolution I invite you to check out our group fitness camps at BSA Sports Lab. We offer small group circuit training with some of the best-certified trainers in a safe, flexible, affordable, and most importantly FUN environment.
We know that the working professional doesn’t have the time to live in the gym 24/7 and that’s why we’ve designed our group fitness program to maximize your weight loss efforts with just three days of training a week. But don’t take my word for it, see what some of our clients think about us.
“I really enjoy going to BSA Sports Lab and I hate to workout, but have to, lol! Jeremy makes working out fun while pushing you to reach your full potential and goals. I love the group workouts. Everyone is positive and motivating.”
-Belinda Ann Becoat-Rogers
“I currently have the privilege of working with Jeremy as my trainer. He is awesome, always on call, and more than willing to explain things I may not understand. His dedication and support to his clients is more than appreciated–as he shares in the goals we each set! I highly recommend and am so excited for my fitness journey with Jeremy!”
-Danielle Christian Mazzuchi
From the trainers to the members, we view ourselves as one giant team and I promise that not only will you realize you’re no longer alone in your journey, once you join our classes you’ll realize you’ll never have to be alone again.
I’ll see you on the other side!
BSA Sports Lab Website: http://bsa-sportslab.com/
Group Fitness Training Class Sign-Up: http://bsa-sportslab.com/landing-page-bsa/