While the nutrition, mindset, and fitness application will be different for every person, there is one thing that is the same no matter who you are--this is the Four-Step Formula. As you learn the formula in your own unique situation, you will become better at finding solutions and implementing them into your life. No longer is the black-or-white, success-or-failure approach valid. Once you learn this formula it is your responsibility and duty to apply it to your life. Let's use it to #PowerYourBody together!
Set A Goal
Every desire to change begins with a goal. Goals not written down are just wishes. Set your goal and place it in three places where you will be visibly reminded each day: the bathroom mirror (dry erase markers work great!), the dashboard of your car (3x5 cards!), and your fridge. A goal must be specific and very clear. Do not have such an ambiguous goal like "get healthier." Narrow your focus with something as specific as "reduce my LDL cholesterol to 100" or "create a clear and visible definition line between my obliques and my abdomen." The sky is the limit to which goal you can set . . . but it must be something YOU wish to achieve!
Having a person to report to is critical when desiring to reach a goal. That person can be me as your coach, it can be other members of Body Buddies World or the Power Foods Lifestyle Champion community, or someone in your own family. The key to a successful accountability structure is to have a specific reporting timeline. With my clients, that is once each week. Perhaps you feel you can make these changes on your own--if so, that is great! You will benefit from using the Body Buddies 8-week Accountability Workbook. It's great for the self-directed individual who is ready to set goals and be accountable for his or her choices.!
Refine The Strategy
The principles here at Body Buddies are a GREAT place to start. As a coach and strategist, I help refine and adapt the principles to each person as we discover more about their lifestyle and how their body responds. If you choose to go the process on your own, please be willing to LISTEN to your body, adapt the strategy, and use our social media communities to get feedback and ideas from others in the Body Buddies family. Do not give up! There are solutions -- some just have to dig deeper to find them than others. Always keep hope and if needed, recruit me to expedite the process for you.
Set A Deadline
Set a deadline and stick to it. Look to it with so much excitement, anticipation, and motivation that you have no choice but to continue pressing forward applying your strategy and the behavioral changes each day. Take it one meal, one workout, and one day at a time, but having that future date come closer will encourage you to avoid procrastinating and making excuses! Some of the most successful deadlines my clients and Body Buddies Family have used include photo shoots, vacations, birthdays, anniversaries, competitions, or simply moving forward in 8-week "chapters" of life. This is a good chunk of time to narrow your focus!
If Only The Camera Captured The Emotional, Spiritual, and Psychological Changes Too!
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