Still on Track with your 2011 Fitness Goals?
Meet David McGarry, creator of Working Mom Workouts. He has some great information on staying on track with your goals. Over the next few weeks, we will post more guest posts by Dave to keep you motivated and on track!
You can read Coach Dave’s bio here.
Are you too tired to go to the gym after work to workout? Are you still trying to lose weight that you gained from pregnancy but can’t find the time to fit in a workout? Have you tried fad diet after fad diet without successful weight loss? Well, you are not alone, millions of people struggle with weight loss and being a working mother does not make it any easier. Working moms typically have two full time jobs, one being there day job and the other taking care of the kids when they get home. So, unfortunately the last thing that gets done is something for mom herself. In this case we are talking about working out and focusing on fitness. Now, is it hopeless for moms when it comes to losing weight and regaining their pre baby body back? No, there are so many options and easy ways to fit working out into your schedule to start on your weight loss journey. Over the next several posts a step-by-step guide will be provided to you, so that you can start living a healthier lifestyle and reaching those fitness and weight loss goals. Here is what you can expect the next several posts to include:
- Step 1 Determine what stage of behavior change you are in
- Step 2 Set a SMART Goal.
- Step 3 Build a support system.
- Step 4 Have someone hold you accountable.
Okay, let’s get started and introduce you to the first step in your weight loss journey.
Physical activity and eating are behaviors that are shaped and driven by multiple biological, psychosocial and environmental influences. Because of these reasons it is important for you to understand what stage of behavior change you are currently in. Now, since you have chosen to read this article we will assume that you are not in the stage of Pre-contemplation and you are either in one of the remaining four stages, which are contemplation (thinking about change), Preparation (preparing to change), Action (taking action -6 month training), or Maintenance (more than 6 months into a program.) Knowing which stage of behavior change you are in is important because it will determine how to set up your goals, which is step #2. Let me give you an example of how to figure out what stage you are in.
First of all, as I mentioned if you are reading this you are not in the first stage of change because Pre-contemplation means you are not intending to change, therefore, I will assume since you are taking the time to read this post you are wanting to change something about your lifestyle. Okay, now that we have that done let’s figure out where you might be. The easiest way to do this is to ask this question. Are you just thinking about change or are you preparing to change? If you are just thinking about changing your lifestyle or thinking about losing weight then you are in the Contemplation stage of change. If you have purchased a gym membership or joined Working Mom Workouts then you are in the Preparation stage. Now, you may have already moved through the previous two stages and you fall into the final two categories of change, which are Action and Maintenance. When you enter into the Action stage you have been actively pursuing your goals for less than 6 months and when you have been pursuing your goals for more than 6 months you are in the maintenance stage. Each stage requires different levels of motivation and different methods needed to take for maximum results. So, by knowing what stage of change you are in will allow you to set what is called S.M.A.R.T goals. This is the second step in the process of achieving long-term success with your lifestyle change and weight loss goals.
In the next post we will go into more detail and explain what S.M.A.R.T goals are and how to set them up. Having the right S.M.A.R.T goals can be a make or break for you in terms of your weight loss and lifestyle change, so you will not want to miss it. Until then start thinking about what stage of change you are in and what your short and long-term goals might be.
Make sure to visit Coach Dave’s website and get his Free 5 day course: Five proven ways to start losing weight faster!