We’re over halfway through the challenge! Maybe you’ve made great progress, or maybe you’ve taken a couple steps forward and suddenly took a step back. Maybe you aren’t seeing as big of changes that you hoped to see, or maybe you aren’t seeing the changes as quickly as you’d like. You might be thinking...what am I doing wrong? That doesn’t make sense! I’m trying so hard, why did this happen? Why is nothing changing? Why have I plateaued? Don’t worry! Your trainers at Fuse Fitness Coaching are here to help and want to see you succeed! With a few steps, we can get you started on the right track.
1) Be willing to change
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” -George Bernard Shaw. Just pause and think about that for a moment. What changes have you made based on the suggestions of your trainers at Fuse Fitness Coaching? Have you gotten a chance to sit down with them, yet? Remember, everyone who trains with us at Fuse Fitness Coaching gets free one-on-one nutrition coaching. Take advantage of your resources!
2) Figure out what needs to be changed
“The road you’ve been on to get to where you are, isn’t the road you have to stay on to keep going forward.” Matt said that to me the other day, and ultimately, it’s what you’ll hear your trainers say in various forms here at Fuse Fitness Coaching. Okay, so maybe you tried some low carb diet that worked really well for a while, but you’ve seriously plateaued for a couple weeks now. Just because it was working, doesn’t mean it always will. Make small goals, and when you reach them, your coach will help you figure out what to change next in order to make more changes. If you don’t change what you’re doing as your body changes, your body won’t continue to change. Make sure your coach checks your body composition regularly. If you’re in the Suns Out Guns Out challenge, try to schedule a weekly check-in appointment for this. Busy schedule? Aim for bi-weekly. At an absolute bare minimum, check in monthly. It is MUCH easier to advise you if we have an idea of what your body composition is looking like. If you aren’t making progress in terms of body composition, we look at three things: Nutrition, Workouts, and Supplementation. Before we dive into this, the next item of importance is tracking. Again, it is much easier to advise you if we have an idea what you’re putting into your body (aka nutrition and supplements) or what your body is putting out (aka exercise). With tracking, we can move beyond general advice and give you much more specific advice, which will be much more helpful to you. So after you have your coach check your body composition, they can help you figure out where you need to make changes. Perhaps it’s your nutrition; too many calories? Not enough calories? What do your macronutrient balances look like? Water intake? Or maybe it’s with your workouts; too much cardio? Not enough strength training? Not enough sets and/or reps? Are you training often enough? These are all things your coach here at Fuse Fitness Coaching will look at. Lastly, maybe you just need an extra push with the help of some supplements. Here at Fuse Fitness Coaching we distribute Advocare. Ever heard someone mention Spark or Catalyst? Talk to your coach about supplements that might help you!
3) Enact those changes
So you sat down with your coach and figured out where you need to make some changes...now enact those changes! It should yield some positive results in your next body composition check in. Which leads me to my next point: repeat the process...this isn’t a one-time thing. To continuously make progress, you have to continuously make changes! This is why checking in with your coaches is SO important!
4) Don’t give up!
Everyone struggles! We hit plateaus. We slip up. We have some setbacks. IT’S NORMAL! Turn a setback into a comeback! Okay, so you had some pizza. IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD! Every once in a while, having a treat is fine, given that your workouts and nutrition are otherwise on track. As long as you are consistently sticking to your meal plan and training, an occasional beer or cookie won’t hurt you. Just don’t let that occasional treat ruin the rest of your meal plan for the day (i.e. I had a couple oreos, so I might as well finish the whole package and eat a pizza while I’m at it, and hey, what’s some fried chicken gonna hurt?). And most importantly, if you do slip up or decide to treat yourself, don’t beat yourself up for it! We all have days where we don’t want to get out of bed for a workout or don’t eat so great...just don’t let that become the norm. When a baby learns how to walk, no matter how many times they fall down, they don’t just stay down and decide to stick with crawling, do they? No! They get back up and keep going until they get there! Same goes for you and your goals! If you’re feeling discouraged, set up a time to sit down with one of the coaches...we’re here to listen, and most importantly, we’re here to help! You’ve only failed if you give up.