Planning Your Fitness Makeover 

Whether you want to fit back into the great wardrobe you have hanging in your closet, summit a mountain or simply make it to the top of the stairs without being winded, it sounds like you’re ready for a Fitness Makeover. And I can help you try a different approach to fitness and weight loss—one that’s Fun, Sustainable and Delivers Results.

Your program starts now. Here’s how:

  1. Commit to changing your lifestyle so you can attain the body you desire
  2. Discard any shame or disappointment you may be carrying about where you are now or how you got here
  3. Explore and embrace your power to change
  4. Reread steps 1-3 until they sink in
  5. Build a plan
  6. Begin

If you spend some time with steps 1-3, your success will improve dramatically. I know it might be easier said than done because these obstacles can be deep-seated and emotional in nature. In an upcoming post, we’ll feature Transition Coach Barbara Robitaille, who can help you identify and overcome any hurdles that may be holding you back. But if you’re already committed and ready to embrace your power to change, then let’s go!

Your Plan

Your plan is based on your responses to three simple questions:

  1. Where am I now?
  2. Where do I want to be?
  3. How do I get there?

Where You Are Now

Sometimes we get stuck thinking we will only be happy once we weigh X amount or have a certain waist or dress size, when in fact, the truth may look quite different. Establishing a baseline creates an objective starting point that informs what goals to set and how to achieve them.

To define your baseline, we will go over your health history—injury, illness, medical issues—and establish your body’s current profile through:

  • Body composition analysis—percentage of lean body mass vs body fat mass
  • Circumference measurements
  • Core strength, balance and range of motion assessments
  • Cardiovascular testing
  • Taking stock of what you eat, how much and when

Not only does knowing where you are starting from allow us to measure your progress over time, it helps inform what it’s going to take to get you to your target.

Where You Want to Be

Whatever your goal, we will use the results of your initial assessment as a guide to build a program that leads you in the right direction.

Sample goals from previous clients include:

  • Drop a dress size by spring
  • Build strength and fitness level in order to snowboard with confidence and avoid injury
  • Achieve a level of fitness that supports mountain biking over rough terrain
  • Overcome the anxiety of being in a gym and work out confidently
  • Regain trust in your body post-injury or accident
  • Develop core strength

It’s easy to get caught in the spin cycle of fantasizing about Where You Want to Be, and then beating yourself up about Where You Are Now, not knowing How to Get There. By taking the first two steps above, you will lay a really good groundwork for change and be ready for your How.

Up next week: We’re digging into the powerful impressions that keep you from going to the gym and discussing how to make fitness fun.

Until then, Go Well!