When I started my journey to lean out from 214lbs down to 178lbs in order to be a more competitive weightlifter, I had no idea how much I would learn about my body. I was taught many valuable lessons about trending subjects such as weight loss, body composition, what “toning actually looks like”, how to avoid strength loss when losing weight and much more. Above all I learned that you have to track the struggle to get from point A to Point B.
Tracking your progress from day 1 to day 30, 90, and 900 are extremely important. If you don’t know how you got to a result, then how will you do it again. Documenting the good, bad and ugly gives you valuable data about your body and more importantly about your motivations and mindset. Lets be real for a second. Being successful with your health and fitness requires more than a few workouts and a salad. It takes a lot of hard work and consistent effort. Track it so you can create a system that works for you.
Here are the facts about getting from point A to Point B.
- It takes weeks, months, and even years of consistent work to experience a noticeable body transformation.
- You will “FEEL” like you aren’t progressing at certain points. Don’t use emotion to determine your next steps. Look at the data and your progress. Let it fuel you!
- You will experience highs and lows. Embrace the suck and know that each step is one step closer to the future you!
- Never forget the struggle. The hard stuff is what makes you a better. The uncomfortable stuff. The wake up at 5am because that’s the only time you can train type of stuff.
- Don’t be so hard on yourself. You are working toward the best version of you! Thats something to be proud of.
The 5 pieces of info above work. They have worked for me countless times and they have worked for many clients as well. Tracking your fitness and nutrition is step 1. It is the foundation for developing YOUR system. Many things work for most of the population. For example, working out, eating enough protein and veggies, sleeping 8 hours a night, and drinking enough water (more than 64oz). BUT… What about different types of training? How does strength training affect you versus more cardio? What about how different factors affect your body? Dairy? High Glycemic Foods? Stress? Do you know how those affect your mindset and performance? Learning how these factors affect you will carry you much farther in your journey. It will also make some of the hard parts easier to work through.
For example, Earlier this year I learned that my body is sensitive to. I drank two servings of Milk a day for two weeks to test it out. Guess what? I WAS 5lbs HEAVIER FOR TWO WEEKS!!! Surely I didn’t gain 5 lbs!? Once I took the dairy out of my diet, my body weight evened out. So I know for a fact that it was the diary. If I didn’t track this response.. Then I would have never known. I would just assume I gained weight and it would have made me feel bad.
This same process can be used for working out. Track your baseline on a workout. Come to our GT3 classes and re test that workout in 2/4/6 weeks. Did you get faster? Stronger? More conditioned? If yes! Then guess what? ITS EFFECTIVE. If it worked once it will probably work again. Now you have a system that WORKS for you. So let's get to work!