So….how are your New Year’s Resolutions going? Let me guess…you’ve successfully gone to the gym every day, you’ve stopped drinking, you’ve kept in touch with all of your family and friends, spent less money, and are eating really healthily. Not quite? I’m just bugging. Making changes to your routine or lifestyle is really hard, and just because you start something on New Year’s Day (the day you are hung over from NYE for that matter), doesn’t mean that you will be successful.
I didn’t have a New Year’s resolution to go harder at the gym, per say. I had actually planned to kick my routine (or what was left of it after the holiday season) into high gear, learn some new things, and be accountable for it. I didn’t really have a whole schwack of new year’s resolutions actually. It was more a theme. No more excuses (and work on developing some good habits). Between masc and Homorazzi, it was becoming very easy for me to make excuses as to why I couldn’t make it to the gym on that particular day. Some days, it was simply that I really needed a new playlist, but hadn’t made one yet, so naturally, I couldn’t go.
Accountability with fitness means you aren’t going at it alone, someone else is along for the ride, and you can get away with less. I was in my best shape when I was with my ex Jamie (who used to be a personal trainer) because we worked out together, every morning, before work – no ifs, ands, or buts. We just did it. I didn’t want to let him down, and frankly I was really happy with the results I was getting and didn’t want to not go. But times change.
Being Accountable to Your Goals
With my personal trainer Rick at Steve Nash Fitness World, I am now accountable to certain days working out with him, as well as what I do on my own on off days. I’ve also taken photos at the beginning, and will throughout, so I can see my progress. I’ve also took body composition and measurements at the start, so I can also track my progress that way as well. And, gulp, I’m sharing my progress with you. I’ve included my pictures thus far (below) and I’ll include starting measurements and where I’m at on my next update, which will be in a future Behind The Cast posting.
Aside from being accountable, I believe it’s important to have S.M.A.R.T. goals (for those that haven’t heard this term before, it stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. With what I’m working on right now, I’m focusing on building chest & arm muscles, as well as tightening up the core. So, my workouts coincide with that.
If You Fail To Plan, You Plan To Fail
It’s all well and good to have the intention of working out and eating healthy, but if you don’t act then there’s really no point. Right now, this is working for me because I have set times with my trainer. I have to show up and I have to plan my schedule accordingly. Suddenly I have more time for the gym now? No, it’s simply because I am planning to have time for the gym. I have made it a priority, to be incorporated into my routine. Another critical factor with fitness & nutrition is your eating/drinking habits. What you eat can make a night and day difference in your results. I’m still working on this one, getting back into the habit of eating regularly and making smart choices. Cooking for yourself isn’t always easy :/ , but – I’ll make it work.
One thing I’ve learned from Rick, is that I should have more fun with my workout routine. Switch it up more often, and include days for doing something different – soccer, hike, bootcamp (I’m going to one on Saturday!)etc. Not everything has to be on the treadmill and with weights. This year, I am going to change up my routine more often, keep my music fresh, and get outside more.
Well that’s all. I hope that sharing my experience will perhaps help motivate you guys or give you ideas, and – I hope to learn from you guys as well!
So here are my pictures. Hasn’t been that long so no huge results, but at least there will be something to compare to as keep at it.
Progress So Far – January 4th – January 19th
Hmm – like I said, diet hasn’t changed that much (lol- abs), but the rest is starting to look bigger! (yeah?)
Next time I should get a haircut before doing a picture update – haha!
I’ve noticed the most difference so far in my arms and chest (and felt it a lot in by butt and quads from lunges and squats)
- How often do you change your workout routine?
- How important is music to you at the gym and how often do you update your playlist?
- What time of day do you workout?
- Do you workout with a partner?
- What is your workout routine?
- What are some suggestions for quick/healthy meals to have? (Both at home, and for bringing to work)