See how a dedicated routine can change your fitness goals
The world we live in is fast. Instant results are a normal part of our daily lives. From instant search results to instant oatmeal and one-click overnight shipping, we expect things to come to us quickly and without much effort. However, even in this fast paced world, there are things which still take time and effort. Building relationships, educational pursuits and perfecting desired skills take time, hard work, commitment and patience. Just like other long-term endeavors, your journey on the path to health and fitness takes time, dedication, perseverance and daily consistency in order to create success.
Pageant ladies are notorious for waiting until they are 3-4 weeks out from their pageant to begin taking their fitness levels seriously. Many spend months finding the perfect dress and then a mere weeks in an attempt to perfect their fitness. When in fact, a dress can be found in a fraction of the time it takes for a body to be in optimal shape. Time and time again, many ladies find themselves not in tip-top shape on stage and can’t understand why a few weeks of frantic training and nutrition alternations did not do the trick.
Due to the fact we are used to fast results within our daily lives, being patient when working toward our fitness goals does not come easily. Succeeding in your fitness goals does not just “happen.” Losing weight and/or changing your body takes time and daily focus. This daily, long-term focus takes concentrated effort and a commitment to success. These skills are not something we are born with, and in our instant results-oriented society are not ingrained in us from a young age, they must be developed. Here are a few tips to help you buckle down for the long haul and realize the sweet taste of success!
Give Yourself Enough Time
Make an honest assessment of yourself as to how much change you need to make to find success on the stage of your choosing. Realize it is not healthy or safe to lose more than 1-2 pounds per week, and most don’t even start losing body fat until training for at least a month, so give yourself ample time to make the necessary changes in your physique in order to reach your goals.
Also be aware that changing your shape takes longer than just losing weight. Becoming toned and defined takes months of consistent training, so make sure you start sooner rather than later. The best path is to start now; not only will you be ready for the stage, you will be improving your health and overall well being which is way more important than any crown!
Stop Looking at Me
It is so very tempting to look at ourselves and search for a change in our physique each time we pass a mirror. However, constantly staring in a mirror is like watching a pot boil, it gets very frustrating! Instead of focusing on changes in the mirror, concentrate on pushing harder, getting stronger, and eating cleaner. As these aspects improve, you will feel an incredible sense of accomplishment! Then, when you do pull out the mirror, the changes to your physique will be a bonus reward!
One Day at a Time
You can’t diet for a couple of weeks and expect to change months or even years of damage! You played quite a bit to get where you are today! Don’t be so hard on yourself by expecting too much too soon. It will take at least three-five weeks of consistent nutrition and training for your metabolism to even start to kick in. You may not see any visible changes within the first month, but do not get discouraged! Be consistant on your plan each and every day, take one day at a time and the changes will come!
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