By: Francesca Emmauele

So, a lot of us set goals for ourselves but how often do we really end up following through with them? Sometimes an individual accomplishes their goals by revolving their life around the task at hand, or the opposite where the individual puts the task at hand on “hold” because they have an improper balance of their goal and everyday life. In this article, we will discuss the healthy balance of tackling fitness goals and maintaining a happy lifestyle.

When we say ‘goals and balance’, in this article we are referring to anything from dropping a few dress sizes before a special occasion, to competing in your first RX division competition. Let’s talk nerdy for one second! Endorphins, ever heard of them? These are the little guys (chemicals) that get released to your brain receptors that reduce your perception of pain. It is easy to become ‘addicted’ to that high feeling/rush that exercising can add in someone’s life. The upside of this, is health, reduced stress, better sleep, and boosted self-esteem. The downside of this could be overtraining, unsatisfied progress, and lack of control. Let’s learn to allow these endorphins to make the best of our exercise and remind ourselves that we are not trying to make the Olympics and that our scaled protein, fats, and carbohydrates in our Tupperware are not paying our bills.

The first tip in achieving a fitness goal is ’embracing a challenge’. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” The common error when people set goals is not creating a shifted lifestyle agenda. By altering your current schedule, you are now already one step ahead to conquering the task at hand. Everyone is different when embracing a challenge, but more often than not people tend to give up rather than push through the uncomfortable phase of it. Allow yourself to sit down with a pen and write it all out on paper. Commit yourself to a 21-day process of embracing this new agenda you have written, and take it from there. No one said it was easy, but with the next tip, it may help aid in conquering it!

The second tip in achieving success for a goal is our ‘mentality’. You have the choice in partaking in either a negative mentality or a positive mentality. Having a healthy mentality will go a long way and can help in motivating oneself. Positive mentality could result from having a support team or person, trusting the process, being patient, and giving yourself the thumbs up you deserve. Following through with goals can be extremely challenging at times, so be patient, stick to your plan and keep smiling. Remember, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.

The third tip in achieving success for a goal is ‘control’. “You’re on a serious diet but you have obligations to take a client out for dinner and drinks.” “You have a competition approaching and you need Saturday afternoon for training but your best friend’s birthday brunch starts at 11 am.” “You are coming down with a cold but your nutrition has been on point”. Let it go! Some things are not always in our control. The key here is NOT letting our goals control our lives. Allowing ourselves to make compromises at times will help aid in a happy balance in our day to day lives. By setting schedules for ourselves and committing to a change in the week if needed will prepare you for what is ahead. Again, it is common for our goals to take over and become a little ‘obsessive’, especially once an individual witnesses their own progress. Balance and control are everything! Be smart, enjoy your life, and continue to work hard.

So let’s refresh, what did we learn here?

  1. Learn to embrace that the challenge at hand is going to become very difficult at times but to remind yourself that the reward is so much greater than any bit of temporary frustration!
  2. Having a positive and healthy mentality will be the core of enjoying your process while still enjoying your day to day life.
  3. Live your life but understand the difference between having self-control vs lack of control.

Whether your goal is short term or long term, do yourself a favor and document your process. This can help with future goals to remind yourself of the journey with goal #1. Trust your process, and enjoy your journey, and set new goals often! “Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.”