Maintaining Your Results (Part 2 of 3)
Today I am going to be taking you through my next three tips for maintaining your results.
If you didn't read part 1 already, you can check it out here >> https://becomeaplantbasedbabe.com/blogs/news/maintaining-your-results-part-one
4. Be Prepared For Setbacks
When we lose weight, do a challenge or follow a diet, we can keep that up for a little while and see some results.
But, inevitably there will be things that will pop up that will stop you from being perfect.
Whether work gets busy, you get sick, you injure yourself or life throws you other curveballs, it is impossible to be 100% perfect indefinitely.
Even elite athletes have setbacks and have to either stop, or alter their training and nutrition.
And that's people who are performing at the highest level.
Having a perfect or nothing mindset is the quickest way to set yourself up to fail.
You should always aim to do the best you can, given your circumstances at the time. Sometimes that will mean giving 100%, at other times that will mean giving 40%.
But as long as when a situation resolves itself (you feel better, work becomes less stressful, etc) you start building that routine back up again you will be able to obtain and maintain your results indefinitely.
Having a contingency plan to for when your circumstances change also helps. For example, when I broke my leg and was unable to walk for 12 weeks I couldn't do much at all, let alone exercise. So what did I do?
I drastically changed my eating habits because of the fact I was not moving or being very active at all.
And for the 12 weeks I was laid up, I didn't put on any weight. My body composition did change and I had a lot of muscle wastage, but I didn't blow out.
So just realise, it is perfectly normal to not be perfect all the time.
It is normal to slip up, eat vego bars and to have a week off from the gym.
But as long as MOST of the time you are consistent with your diet and exercise and your actions are in line with what you want to achieve. You will succeed and maintain your results.
5. Create A New Set Point
Creating a new mental set point is a great way to align your mind with your goal.
For me, mine is 68kg. So I fluctuate down when I do a comp, and if I start to go up and get close to 5kg over that point I know I need to up my game and tighten up my diet again for a few weeks.
(Obviously now I am pregnant I have gained more, but I am still being sensible with my diet).
Creating a Set Point is a great way to stop yourself rebounding the full way back to where you started from.
I did that for years, and every attempt got worse.
So I knew I needed to break that habit.
I told myself that I would always keep things within my happy range and do the work necessary whenever I started to verge into unhappy territory.
This means I feel happy and confident most of the time (yes I still have days where nothing looks good - but now they are fewer and far between), and never allow myself to get to a point where I feel disappointed in myself.
Obviously this is subjective and you need to work out your happy point.
But if you enforce this with yourself and make a promise to yourself to keep within that range, it will do wonders for your health, your happiness, your confidence and self esteem. Not just because you look great, but also because you are living in alignment and following through on what you said you were going to do time and time again.
6. Have An Exercise Regime You Love (Or At Least Like)
When I see people training and doing something cause they believe it will get them the results they want, but they don't actually enjoy it, nor do they have any intentions to keep it up long term, I feel worried.
Because pretty much what you do to achieve your results, is what you are going to have to do to maintain them.
So if you go into something and you absolutely hate it, and after a few weeks you still hate it.
You aren't going to stick with it, unless you are a sucker for punishment.
Yes it's true, you may not like exercise when you first start out.
I admit I didn't.
But I found things I was okay with, and experimented with other exercises and some of them grew on me, and some I stopped.
If you ever see me running you better bet something is probably wrong and you should run too 😂
Cause I hate running.
But I tolerated weights in the beginning, I love walking, I enjoy yoga and pilates so I built my regime primarily around those things.
Weights definitely grew on me and I loved the challenge of gradually improving now.
Obviously if you have a specific goal or look you are going for, you may need to do some exercises to achieve that.
For eg, if you want a huge booty - you are going to have to do some type of weight training. But if that's your goal and you are dead set on achieving it, you will love the challenge of gradual improvement with each weights session.
But if you just want to lose a few pounds, tone up and be healthy - you have so many options.
Resistance exercises - yoga, pilates, reformer pilates, barre, crossfit, calisthenics, weight training, pole dancing and more.
Cardio - walking, team sports, swimming, running, spin, hiking, bike riding, rowing and more.
Recovery - yoga, pilates, stretching, foam roller, roll and release classes, yin yoga, massage and more.
I recommend a combination of one from all three types, but what you do is totally up to you!
So don't be afraid to try some exercises out and give it a shot. If you hate it, move onto the next thing. Eventually you will find ones that work for you, that you enjoy and help you maintain your results and that is the winning combination!
So I hope you have enjoyed these next 3 tips!
If you are struggling and need a bit of a gentle nudge or a kick in the butt (metaphorically speaking) to help you achieve or maintain your results (cause you can feel yourself slipping), you can get some one on one help HERE.
You can find part 3 here >> https://becomeaplantbasedbabe.com/blogs/news/maintaining-your-results-part-3-of-3
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