Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness here, your Amarillo personal trainer. Today we’re going to be talking about leaving challenge mode and moving into real life. This is going to be the first part in a four part series, so be on the lookout for part two coming soon. And if you have any questions about today’s blog, then please give us a call at (806)-322-3188

Leaving challenge mode and moving into real life. Have you ever had that experience? It can be kind of crazy, right?

I had a client come in not too long ago, and this person was pretty panicked. They had been doing pretty good for the past four weeks during a six week challenge that they had been a part of. And this person had been through challenges like these over and over again.

They hit up pretty much all of the challenges in the area, whether they be dietary or physical, and that usually came with things like shakes and pills and all of that other flashy stuff. They have been going through all of these challenges for about two or three years, so they kind of got into that challenge mindset of “this is what I need to do for this amount of time to get results”. Have you ever felt that way? That thought that if you want to lose weight you have to go and do some challenge?

So this person came over to us and thought that it was finally time to break free from the challenges and to start moving towards what they really wanted to do. So they had been with us for about four weeks, and as they come in at their four week check in we go through and do their body scan to get all of the measurements and body composition results. While we are waiting for those results to come in I’m hearing things like, “Well, I haven’t really been on track the past three weeks. I mean, I did well the first week, but then I fell off of the wagon, and I don’t think I’m doing very well. I’m only working out like four days a week instead of six…”, it was just a lot of them being hard on themselves.

Anyone that knows me knows that I’m kind of a positive person, so I try and turn that around and talk with them about the different things that are going on and what’s probably happening. So a lot of the time when people are working with us they don’t see that strict behavior from us that people usually find when in challenges. So then people start to think that they aren’t doing very well because they aren’t killing themselves in their workouts and they aren’t completely miserable with their diet. Then we go over results, and we bring them in after they feel that they have been so off track and haven’t been doing anything, and then when we go over results they see that they are actually losing more than they thought.

With this person, they had lost about 2% body fat, lost about 5-8 inches, and lost some weight in there. And the cool thing about our scanner is that it actually tells you where that weight comes from, whether it be fat or muscle. So we had seen that they had lost fat, built muscle, lost inches, lost body fat percentage, so the body was responding to what they were doing even though it wasn’t on the intense level of one of these challenges that they are used to.

Where does that come in? Well, our mentality is that we do the work and then we get the reward. Isn’t that kind of how society works? We do the work so we have to get a reward, and if there isn’t a reward in sight then why would we do the work, right? And so while challenges can be good-don’t get me wrong I think challenges are a great way to start people up and reinvigorate people, but eventually we have to move back into living life.

Now, we did another video recently on creating your vision, and that really is important, so feel free to check back in on that. So the idea of creating your vision kind of goes with this. There is this life move, and where you are going in your vision for your life and your health is going to be tweaked based on what you’re doing.

So, let’s look at the challenge mindset for a minute. First off, a challenge is short term willpower, right? It’s restriction and working yourself hard in order to win, and a lot of times it is also unrealistic. A lot of times the diet and the nutrition side of it with the exercise is not realistic. These things are not maintainable through life. You can do it for a little while, you can really mentally force yourself through it, you you cannot typically maintain it for very long.

So i’m going to end part one here. In part two we’re going to be talking more about challenges and how they affect people.

If can’t wait for part two, or you want to know more about Custom Fitness and what we do here, then please give us a call. If you’re wanting the accountability and help with creating an action plan to see results, or are wanting to someone to help create a workout plan to push you to your greatest potential, then that’s what we’re here for. Our trainers are here to look out for you and make sure that you are meeting your goals in a safe way.

At Custom Fitness, we customize a plan for you. We sit down with you and find out what your needs are and then build a health and fitness plan around that. We have an entire team of dedicated professionals to help you with your health and fitness goals. To get your consultation set up, give us a call at 806-322-3188 or email us at info@customfitness.biz At Custom Fitness, we are YOUR personal trainers in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day.