When it comes to weight loss, strength development, or general wellness, you come to realize that guiding a client through that journey is much more about lifestyle management than just nutritional strategies and what exercises/rep scheme you should be deploying.
A prospective client does not sit down for a consultation simple because they’re not happy with their current health status. There’s a reason they are in that place in the first place; a series of developing behaviors that put the overall balance and ability to sustain desired results out of whack. The discussion becomes, how to we identify and adjust those behaviors to re-align with the ideal-self they wish to achieve.
For that reason, an emphasis on PREPARATION must be addressed. I bet you anything, that if you look at the average patterns of an incoming client is more REACTIVE than PROACTIVE. It’s no wonder that when “unexpected” situations pop up that individuals struggling with their health needs lean on less-than-favorable choices (whether it’s the endless cycle of fast-food consumption or neglecting training sessions or forgoing stress management practices).
This is an effort to give a simple 2-Step plan of action that can be utilized at the start of every week to set you on the path to maximize your chances of success. Go down this checklist on a day/time you carve out every week for the next month and see how it impacts your success:
- Set a schedule
- Look at the week ahead, block out the times you will be working out. Treat this as a doctor’s appointment and plan around it. Nothing gets in the way. Warren Buffet strategy on savings is “Save what you need first, spend what is left.” This emphasis on depositing into your physical wellness “savings” leaves you with “resources” to best interact in your other efforts (family time, work obligations, etc.)
- Meal Prep
- If you’ve already made meals, you will be less likely to succumb to temptations when the inevitable throws of the week rain down. Stress and emotional eating are real, and if you know that you have a tendency to fall back on those habits, this is the best way to get ahead of it. As the proverbial “they” say “don’t shop for groceries when you’re hungry,” simply because your focus is not clear and your risk of making less favorable choices is increased. The side benefit of this, you’ll probably end up saving a bunch of money from avoiding frivolous expenses.
They’re you have it. It’s nothing magical, and it’s seems too simple. The hardest part is in the execution. Get yourself an accountability system (best if it’s a coach) to keep you focused to your path and you’ll increase the odds of success.