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“I don’t have the DISCIPLINE.”

According to a mini survey that I did last year, this was the TOP 3rd reason why people, in spite of knowing that being active and choosing to eat nutritious food is beneficial to them, do not do so.

In our day and age where information about health and fitness flourish, and personal trainers, fitness coaches, and gyms abound everywhere, obesity and non-communicable diseases still abound.

I’m sure that if I go to a room with 100 people and ask them if it is important to stay physically active and choose nutritious foods, at least 99 of them would say ‘Yes, it is!’
But people still don’t exercise regularly and over-eat more junk, and one reason they would claim is that they are not disciplined.

 

Frankly, I think it’s just a ‘dead-end’ excuse that people say to escape responsibility and taking action.

I say ‘dead-end’ because when people say…

“I don’t have the discipline to exercise.”
“I am not disciplined in my eating.”
“I can’t discipline myself to reduce stress and sleep more.”
“I’m not disciplined to stop smoking/drinking excessively.”
..etc.,

…I don’t think they expect – or want – to be disciplined at that very moment.

We don’t wake up one morning and suddenly become very disciplined.
But there are steps to take to develop self discipline every single day.

So the question to ask yourself is not,
“Am I disciplined to eat right/move more/take care of my health, etc.”

Because it’s not about whether you are disciplined or not.

>>> The better question to ask is,

“Am I willing to take consistent small steps to develop self-discipline so that I can reach my goal?”

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Here are the THREE (3) Secrets to Become Disciplined and Stay Fit:

1.) Clarity.
Be clear about what you want to achieve, and why you want to achieve it. Sure, you might say “I want to lose X amount of pounds” or maybe “I want to gain some muscle and look good with and without my shirt on” but this is not clear enough.

Be specific on what you want to achieve and why. And write it down on a piece of paper or your journal.

People don’t have the discipline to be fit and healthy because they don’t really know what they want. Ask yourself, “What will happen after I lose weight?” or “What are the things that I can do if I gain more muscle/get stronger?”

The answers to questions like these is what matters more than the actual #gains from exercising and eating right.

2.) Direction.
No one ever woke up one day and magically became disciplined. It takes consistent time and effort towards the right direction. Think of it as climbing  the stairs. You want to get on top, but you have to take one step at a time. Otherwise you’ll risk tripping, falling, or not get there at all.

Each single small step is what matters. But you have to determine the SPECIFIC path you should take to get there.

Discipline is about making these small decisions and actions a habit.

3.) Resilience.
Change will never be easy. You will face adversity. There will be challenging and tough times. What matters is not how you don’t face obstacles at all, but how you get past through them!

So expect adversity. Not everything will go as planned. But remember that getting back up EVERY TIME you fall is what develops the discipline.

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Be clear about your purpose.

Establish individual steps that you will take one at a time.

And expect adversity and realize that everything won’t go your way, but what matters is how you overcome each obstacle and continue.

 

I know that YOU already know that you need to stay active and eat nutritious foods 80% of the time so that you can live life to the full for yourself and for your loved ones.

I also know that YOU already know enough about exercising everyday and watching your diet.

So as a Coach, I’m here not to bombard you with more information about what to eat, or exercise videos, or whatnot.
But I’m here to guide you and coach you through these three secrets to get disciplined, so that you can crush your #fitnessjourney and be your finest self.

I don’t just give my clients workout programs to follow. That’s the easy part. It’s easy to do, and it’s easy to miss.

What I do is I provide CLARITY in purpose, direction, and motivation to be resilient. Because with clarity comes power.

If you’re someone who have tried so many things to improve your health and fitness, but nothing seems to work. Or you think you just need someone to guide you by the hand to finally develop the discipline, simply answer the short form below and we’ll see how we can team up so that you can develop the discipline to achieve your goals and more:

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Statistics say that losing weight and staying fit and healthy always make it to the Top 10 New Year’s Resolution list that people make. However, statistics also say that most people do not adhere to their resolution, or if they do, they find it hard to sustain it for the whole year! You may have been one of those who made this resolution once or twice before but can’t seem to keep it up for the rest of the year.

Setting a goal is good. But goals will only be good on paper unless we take the next steps to do them. How many people do you think know what to do next after writing their new year’s resolution? How can you make sure that you stick to your goal to lose weight, stay healthy, and get fit?

Read “Make your New Year’s Resolution WORK.

Direction.
After you set your goal for this year to lose weight, stay healthy, and get fit, the next thing that you should do is to get DIRECTION. You don’t just plan to go to a place without looking at the map to know the best route to your destination. The same goes with the goal to lose weight and stay healthy.

Having a training program is the key to get the direction you need to lose weight and stay healthy. With a good training program, you are sure to get the most out of your workouts and that you are not wasting your time.

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Measurement.
When you have the proper direction, the next thing you should do is to MEASURE. Your goals should be attainable and measurable. How much weight do you want to lose? Or to better paraphrase the question, how much weight can you lose in a healthy way? On average, it is safe to lose 1.5 to 2 lbs a week with regular exercise that includes strength training and cardio workouts.

Honestly though, weight is only a vague measurement of how fit or healthy you are. Your body weight can be affected by water, muscle mass, bone density, and much more! At 6’2″ Hugh Jackman was 198 lbs when he bulked up for the movie Wolverine. His BMI would be considered ‘overweight’ based on standard values.

What matters more is your body circumference or girth measurement. It is a better indicator for losing subcutaneous fat – the stubborn fat under your skin – than stepping on the weighing scale. When you determine which ones to measure, then you can easily track your progress and know how to keep improving in your training.

Commitment.
Lastly, you need COMMITMENT. This may sound cliche, but again goals are only good on paper unless you commit to doing them. I started to work as a Personal Trainer in a gym in the first quarter of the year.

Many of my clients who I trained signed up for Personal Training thinking that it will help them commit to pursuing their fitness goal. They got the best training program specific to their goals and needs, and I helped them determine how to measure attainable results. But only the committed clients stayed for the rest of the year.  Some were always caught up with their work schedule or other errands always seem to get in the way of training. A few realised after a couple of sessions that they were not ready to commit and sacrifice time and energy.

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If you want change to happen, you have to commit everything it takes to get the change you want. In my experience in personal training, there are people who pay big money to the gym for one on one personal training and expect that it will make them commit to their goal. It’s a big mistake and a waste of money.

As a personal trainer I can give you direction; I can motivate you towards your goal; and I can challenge you to push yourself more. What I cannot do is to make you commit to show up every training day and to give your 100% every time.

If you are serious about your fitness goal to lose weight, get healthy, and stay fit, then you just need to motivate yourself to follow these three next steps after writing your goal. Find the direction you need so that you don’t feel lost when you train and so that each training day would be worth it. Get an accurate measurement of your goal and reach for specific, attainable results to keep you motivated. Keep in mind that your goal requires long-term commitment. Don’t be overwhelmed but simply take small steps to develop habits that will help you reach your goal.

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Do you think you can commit to your fitness goal to lose weight, get healthy and stay fit? I can help give you direction and support that you need to be successful in your goal. Send me a direct message or check out the SERVICES page.

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Keeping up with your training can be difficult if you work a regular 8-hour job that you need to juggle in your schedule with other important stuff like family, kids, house chores, the dog, and your favourite TV show. It takes dedication, commitment, and lots of guts to put “Exercise” in your top priority list…and it’s even harder if you think your Personal Trainer is trying to kill you!

The best of us don’t just survive in difficult circumstances (yes, including the torturous training), but succeed and continue growing until we reach our goal.

The Best-Fitness-Client(s)-of-2014 award goes to Danny and Connie who are such people.

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Danny starts work early in the morning and ends late with his split shift. He usually has only a few minutes left to change from his work clothes to his gym clothes. Connie is working a regular 8-hour job that requires a lot of patience. Like for most of us, it’s not easy for the couple to get motivated to go to the gym for another hour of exhausting training after a long, stressful and tiring day.

But they made the decision.

And they are doing quite a great job coming to the gym 3 to 4 times a week! Danny and Connie has been consistently doing their strength training, circuit workouts, cardio routines, and mat core exercises (which they honestly abhor) since they started to train with me in May this year. It has been a great 6 months training with them and every month they just keep reaching their goals!

Great job! Keep it up!

Danny may have driven me straight to the gym if I was a 'nicer' Trainer!

Danny may have driven me straight to the gym if I was a ‘nicer’ Trainer!

 

Connie Killing the Kettlebells!

Connie Killing the Kettlebells!

 

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Never EVER let your mistakes bring you down. They say experience is the best teacher and we can learn from our mistakes. Remember that there is always a second chance – another chance to improve, to do better, and to succeed.

Just look at this soccer player from Maldives, Ashad Ali Adubarey. He had this chance to score a goal for his team with a penalty kick – a one on one match between him and the goal keeper. While running towards the ball, he slipped and lost his momentum. But that did not stop him. He quickly got up and continued a few more steps toward the ball. He proceeded to kick, and scored a goal to beat Afghanistan. Some reporters say that he intentionally feigned the fall, but you could watch the video for yourself to see for yourself if it was a total wipe out or a fake.

The point is that, even after such a bad fall, we can always get up and try harder.

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