Like anything in life that you want, having a plan to achieve it increases the chance of getting the right results in the quickest way.
For example, when trying to transform your body, knowing what you want to achieve is the first step of your plan. Make the goals you have specific, as the more specific your goals are the better sense of direction you have.
Rather than saying 'I want to lose seven pounds' you should say 'I want to get down to 10.5 stones', this is also known as starting with the end in mind.
As well as making the goal specific, making it measurable will tell you how long your plan needs to be and will help you gauge any progression you are making.
Not knowing where you are going makes any journey hard work. Give the goal a time frame, this helps set short and mid term steps, also this can help decide if the goal is realistic in the time.
Knowing why you want to achieve your goals is important. Think of what achieving your body transformation goal will mean to you. For example; would transforming your body help you improve your health, or make you feel more confidant.
Whatever the reason, knowing why you want to transform your body more than just losing weight, can help you stay focused when things get a bit hard.
With any body transformation plan the following three areas have to be taken in to account:
When planning your exercise try and take into account the following:
The time you realistically can give per week and each time you exercise
What type of exercise you will do and what environment and time will allow you to do
What you have been doing 24 hours previously e.g: did you sleep well, have you eaten the correct foods, are you dehydrated, and how stressful your day has been
When planning your nutrition try to take into account the following:
Know what you specifically need to buy when food shopping, before you get to the supermarket
Plan and prepare, as much as you can, each meal for the day the day before
Plan around any special events that come up
If you know you are going to have a poor quality meal make sure the other meals in the day are as healthy as the can be
What are the people in your life going to eat and will they fit in with you
When planning your lifestyle try to take into account the following:
Manage your time so you don't end up having to complete a lot of tasks at the end of the day, so you can unwind and relax before going to bed
Who do you have that can help you implement the changes needed and whom do you have that will make change more difficult
Include periods of time for yourself
Think in advance what stressful periods are likely to come up in the week and put things in place to lessen the stress
For any plan to work successfully it has to be written down. Just thinking of your plan opens you up to forgetting what it is you planned as well as not having the right things in place to execute the plan.
The most successful people always write their plans down or update and change the plan according to different situations.
A written plan doesn't have to be that in depth, it might just be bullet points, or you can have a comprehensive plan that has a step-by-step approach for each day.
Having it written down allows you have more focus and direction on a more regular basis.
When you have written the plan leave it in a place where you can easily refer to it, to help remind yourself what you have promised to do.
Now you have a plan written down, you now need to have and make the time to implement it.
The words 'time management' can bring up feelings of control and restrictive schedules.
But it's a common term for how we organise our daily tasks to do the things we need to do and provide a balance between work, family and personal activities.
With competing demands on our time, it's understandable that time for healthy eating and regular physical activity often takes a back seat to other commitments.
By being aware of how you manage your time, you can then choose from a range of effective time management strategies that can make a real difference to your daily routine and feeling of wellbeing.