“Don’t worry about the last step, worry about the next step.” Thomas Plummer
I love this! Thomas Plummer is my business mentor, but this quote definitely applies to those who are striving for health, fat loss, muscle gain, and any type of “getting in better shape”. When we sit down and consider our ultimate, I mean ULTIMATE goal, it can be scary and daunting. It’s actually MUCH easier to give up, in almost every case. Doing nothing is usually easier than doing something, right?
Thom said that many people view decision making in business as an all or nothing game. This seems to be the same for weight loss and fat loss. People get frustrated if they eat right for a day, a week or a month and the scale doesn’t budge, or doesn’t budge much, or even goes UP because they also started working out and have grown some muscle. If you take an all or nothing approach, this could translate to a defeat and eventually transform to giving up, because the healthy approach doesn’t seem to be working. I’m here to tell you with 100% certainty that…it’s working.
Diet and Exercise ALWAYS WORK. However, the timing is not always under your control. Sometimes your body will lose fat and gain muscle simultaneously and the scale won’t change—but your body fat percentage will go down. You’ll be stronger, and more capable of lifting heavier weight, which OVER TIME will increase your metabolism, which OVER TIME will lead to a fat loss result.
So try this for a week or two—focus on a short term goal. Don’t focus on the total amount of weight you want to lose or size you want to be—take your focus off those things. Instead, focus on consuming more vegetables and lean proteins. Every day journal THAT short term goal. Let the rest work itself out. Focus on one thing and only that thing, that eventually will serve as a building block to your ultimate story. Worry about the next step in your progress chart—only the next step.
Consider adding 3-5 minutes of lower body work to your day 3-4 days a week. The Ellipse Lunging series is a FABULOUS metabolism booster! You can do it when you are feeding your kids breakfast, or waiting for a friend to pick you up, or even before you climb in bed. That’s a small step (or series of forward lunges!) toward a bigger result. Good Luck and let me know how you’re doing!