You know what the biggest weight loss lie is out there on the interwebs/in gym world? Timestamp fitness promises. You see that girl up there? I’m not going to look like her in 10 weeks or even 10 years. That’s not a negative thing, that’s a my-body-isn’t-built-with-her-proportions thing.
I can’t even believe how many sites there are dedicated to 30 Days to Shakira’s Striptastic Bod, or Michelle Obama’s Arms in Seven Days. The only way that’s happening is if you take a weeklong Photoshop intensive. Plastic surgery wouldn’t even heal that quickly.
So why am I bashing scheduled plans? Aren’t goals a good thing? Yay! Yes, you’ve been listening! Goals are fantastic and are the best way I’ve found to track how I’m doing. The problem lies with unrealistic goals. Setting yourself up for disappointment will make you lose confidence in yourself and forget everything you’ve already achieved. Don’t do that—you’re much too awesome to lose faith in yourself.
A while back, I committed to doing the Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred program. Each morning I would wake up dedicated to my Level 1, 2, and 3 workouts. Guess what happened after 30 days??? I didn’t look like Jillian Michaels.
For the record, I think that’s a really fun workout. Results were definitely noted, but were overshadowed by my disappointment that this getting in shape thing is not a one-month process. Or two-month process. Hell, it’s been a couple years now and I’m still reaching for more goals.
My point is, getting fit isn’t an event you can mark in your iPhone after a certain number of days have passed. It’s an every day lifestyle decision. Those workouts will absolutely begin to strengthening your muscles and upping your endurance. You’ll even notice definite progress, but please don’t get the idea you’re going to look like a Victoria’s Secret model in a month. You don’t even want to be a Victoria’s Secret model…no one likes juice that much.
My intent isn’t to crush your dreams, but to empower you by sharing that every decision you make gets you a whole extra step closer to your goals. I’m a get it done now kind of gal, so this foreign concept of patience was about as easy to digest as a muffin made from shredded phone books. Actually, was recently evaluated at a recent Mary Kay meeting, and that was one of the big markers of my personality. I like my actions to produce results and I like those results to happen before everyone else’s.
There is hope for you all who share that with me! Your ability to push yourself is out of control awesome. But just keep those goals realistic for your fabulous work ethic. The fun part about it is that you’ll start looking in the mirror and think, “Whoa. Is that a muscle right there? I didn’t even know muscles grew right there. When did this happen?”