Top 9 Reasons Why People Fail With Fitness Goals…And How To Avoid Them

How many times in a year do you start a new fitness and or nutrition plan and fall back into old habits shortly after?

We all have goals and no matter how much you think you want them, we sometimes come up short for various reasons. You see the inspiring before and after photos online and most of us think “why not us?” So whats the difference between you and them?

Effort. Commitment. If you have been giving it an honest shot it comes down to changing your mindset and daily habits. These changes do not have to be drastic and typically you will find more long term success when they aren’t.

  1. A complex workout planSolution: Go back to the basics with your meal plan and workout plan. No need to complicate it to obtain results. You are less likely to be consistent with a complicated program.
  2. Workouts get boringSolution: No one wants to get not he treadmill every day. Find enjoyment in your workouts and the process overall.
  3. Broken promises to yourselfSolution: Build internal trust with yourself by keeping promises and making the commitment.
  4. No motivationSolution: Create a vision for the future. Find a photo that gives you a vision of a body type that you want to achieve something similar to. SIMILAR, don’t expect exact. Make a COMMITTMENT to yourself. Motivation will come and go.
  5. Lack of accountabilitySolution: Fitness can be lonely and finding someone with similar goals, an accountability partner, can be very helpful especially on the days when you are feeling weak.
  6. Lack of consistent habitsSolution: Implement a daily system and build the habits into your lifestyle.
  7. Not enough timeSolution: Schedules are busy and there are only 24 hours in a day, but…you don’t have to workout an hour every day. Don’t get caught up with that. 20-30 minutes of high intensity training can get you results when done consistently.
  8. Misalignment of actions and goalsSolution: Its simple. If you want to change the results, you must change the actions you are doing to get there.
  9. Not tracking your progressSolution: Track these actions and make sure to add actions that are measurable so you can change them as you go in order to obtain the results you wish. Is it your food intake? Track it using a diary or app. You can also do the same for your workouts. Make changes as you go.

TAKE ACTION! Message me on Instagram @fitunicorn007 or at my email if you are looking for accountability, nutrition programs, and workout routines that you can be consistent with.

-Accountability Addict

Thanksgiving Nutrition and Fitness Accountability

The holidays are coming up and everything you may not eat all year is going to be readily available to you…Find a nutrition balance. That doesn’t mean 1 slice of pie per slice of turkey if you get me.

The key is not to overdo it. Also remember, if you over do it one day, its not going to undo all of your progress. When you are eating really focus on your food, eat slowly, leave some on the plate, and drink lots of water.

Find a workout balance as well. There are people who head tot he gym for a 2 hour workout sessions he day after or before Thanksgiving. You do not have to be that person. I REPEAT, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE THAT PERSON. Keep your exercise regular throughout the holidays and eating a few more calories will not hurt you.

Have a plan & Stick to it! Create a plan and stick to it, because we know thats really the hardest part. Make a plan before all of the family chaos starts. Make the plan attainable. If it is not attainable, it isn’t sustainable. If yo have to get up a little early to workout, do it. If you don’t make it to the gym, workout at home. If you are traveling try and make sure your hotel has a gym. If not, workout in your room or outside. Body weight exercises are your best friend.

HAVE SOME ACCOUNTABILITY. HAVE SOME ACCOUNTABILITY. HAVE SOME ACCOUNTABILITY.

Come up with a plan with a family member, fitness tracker, or even join a holiday challenge to keep you on goal. Checkout the shop tab to find the upcoming Holiday Accountability Challenge to help you make it through the holidays!

-Accountability Addict

Nutrition & Fitness Accountability when Traveling

We all know when you travel eating the right foods and keeping your body moving can be a challenge. We wanted to list our top 5 tips to help you stay on track, hold yourself accountable, and reach the goals that you have set.

 

  1. When you can move, move as much as possible. If you are traveling in the airport, walk instead of sit. If you are driving in the car, stop at least every few hours and get out and walk around. If you can walk around your destination instead of drive, thats a great option as well.
  2. Eat local. Eating local no matter where you are going is generally the freshest option and will help yo stay away from the preservatives and fillers.
  3. Be present with your meals. When you are eating, be present. Don’t sit in front of the tv or be working at the same time. Take at least 30 minutes and just focus on your food.
  4. Staying hydrated is very important for digestion, weight loss, and to help prevent water retention (yes, its true!) You should shoot for a gallon daily.
  5. Get at least a short workout in even if it means body weight exercises in your hotel room or outside. Doing pushups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, butt kicks, tricep dips, and sprints are very easy to get in anywhere.

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Post Workout Accountability-Are you maximizing your results?

You’ve been hearing for years to “drink protein immediately after your workout,” but is that it? NOPE.

We are here to share with you the real deal. Drinking protein post workout is only a small component of what your body needs for proper recovery and is not even its top priority after your workout. Drinking a protein shake on its own is better than nothing, but if you want the best possible results, not the “better than nothing” results read on…

The truth…drinking only a protein shake after a workout means that your body will very slowly digest the protein, convert most of it into glucose and push it into the cell as glycogen. Why?

Because when you are training, you are actually doing 2 things.

  1. Depleting your glycogen stores. (Glycogen is glucose that is stored in your muscle cells to be used as fuel during stents of intense activity.)
  2. Breaking down your muscle tissue and creating micro-traumas on your muscle fiber.

Done with training? Your body is focused on 2 tasks;

-Replenish your glycogen stores AND repair the micro-trauma in your muscles

Your body will ALWAYS choose to replenish glycogen stores before repairing the trauma. This is how our bodies are programmed. 

 

This is why drinking protein alone is not as effective as Phormula-1 WITH Ignition post-workout.

Whats Ignition?

It is a pure dexanhydrous glucose the has vitamin complex in it to properly replenish your glycogen and replace crucial vitamins your sweated out during training.

Doing post workout correctly  helps in recovering faster, reducing soreness, and retaining more lean muscle. By maintaining more muscle tissue this helps keep your metabolism high and increase fat loss while dieting.

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-Accountability Addict

Dexa Scan, Calipers, and Underwater Weighing

There are various ways you can measure your body fat percentage, but at the end of the day as long as you stick to one and are consistent you will have a good gauge on your actual results and where to go after each check in. We list several options below and give some detail on the caliper and DXA option, in which we have experience with.

  1. Skin Fold Calipers
  2. Body Circumference Measurements
  3. Dual Energy X Ray Absorptiometry (DXA)
  4. Hydrostatic Weighing
  5. Air Displacement Plethysmography (Bod Pod)
  6. Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA)
  7. Bioimpedance Spectroscopy (BIS)
  8. electrical Impedance Myography (EIM)
  9. 3-D Body Scanners
  10. Multi Compartment Models

 

Skinfold measurements have been used to estimate body fat for over 50 years.

Skinfold calipers measure the thickness of your subcutaneous fat, the fat underneath the skin.

Measurements are taken at either 3 or 7 different sites on the body. The specific sites used will vary in men and women.

For women, the triceps, area above the hip bone and either the thigh or abdomen are used for the 3-site measurement.

For a 7-site measurement in women, the chest, area near the armpit and area beneath the shoulder blade are also measured.

For men, the 3 sites are the chest, abdomen and thigh, or the chest, triceps and area beneath the scapula.

For a 7-site measurement in men, the areas near the armpit and beneath the shoulder blade are also measured.

  • Advantages: Skinfold calipers are very affordable, and measurements can be taken quickly. They can be used at home but are also portable.
  • Disadvantages: The method requires practice and basic anatomy knowledge. You must always be very consistent with placement of these to be able to compare results. (This can be uncomfortable as well.)
  • Availability: Calipers are affordable and easy to purchase online, but can be considered out dated with some trainers and fitness facilities.
  • Accuracy: The skill of the person performing the skinfolds can vary, impacting the accuracy. Measurement errors can range from 3.5–5% body fat.

 

DXA uses X-rays of two different energies to estimate your BF percentage.

To get a DXA, you lie on your back for approximately 3-6 minutes while an X-ray scans over you. The amount of radiation from a DXA scan is very low.

DXA is also used to assess bone density and provides detailed information about the bone, lean mass and fat in separate body regions (arms, legs and torso.)

  • Advantages: This method provides accurate and detailed information, including a breakdown of different body regions and bone density readings.
  • Disadvantages: DXAs are often unavailable to the general public, but are becoming popular in some states and offered in some fitness settings.
  • Accuracy: A DXA provides more consistent results than some other methods. The error rate ranges from 2.5–3.5% body fat.

If you are looking to get a DXA scan and are local or want to drive to Dallas Texas you can schedule a scan here for their new client special of $99 with DexaFit Dallas here: https://www.dexafit.com/locations/texas/dallas 

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Accept a Challenge

Are you looking for a way to hold yourself accountable? Have you thought about signing up for a challenge online or even in person at a gym or with a group? Whether it is a challenge to eat healthier, workout more, lose weight, or  just overall live a healthier lifestyle. There are several challenges you can join or even simply create your own.

Accountability is very important when it comes to reaching goals. Whether it is holding yourself accountable or having others help hold you accountable its the best way to help you reach goals. Writing your goals down is very important on top of finding a challenge to really push yourself. Joining an accountability group or online/in person accountability group is very easy if you know where to look. There are several online fitness specialists that run challenges especially during the summer. Some you pay for and others you pay for with the opportunity to win money and gifts. There are also accountability groups you can find via a google search.

Get started now finding an online challenge using Instagram!

-Accountability Addict

Back to School Accountability

School is starting for most of the kiddos and that means added chaos to our mornings and evenings. Maybe you pack lunches, carpool, drop kids at sports after school, and make the time to actually cook dinner. How could we make all of these things just a bit more convenient?

We really can’t, but by planning you could make your life possibly a little easier. Here are some planning tips to kick off those early mornings and hectic evenings.

  1. Pack lunches the night before.
  2. Pre cook any breakfast items you possibly can.
  3. Make sure backpacks are ready before bed.
  4. Teach the kiddos to lay out their outfit for school the night before.
  5. Prepare ingredients for dinner ideas on Sunday for during the week.
  6. Meal prep soups, casseroles, and crockpot dinner meals on Sunday and freeze.
  7. Get up an hour earlier than everyone else to get your workout in.

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Accountability Without All The Crap

Can you be accountable to yourself without all the fancy things? Yes. Without the fit bits, Apple watches, heart monitors, fitness journals, recovery bands, xyzzy trackers, fancy drinks, BCAA’s, ab belts, and the 1000 other gadgets the answer is still yes.

Most people that start their fitness/accountability journey end up buying all the fancy things, but then what happens? We never start, never use them, and it all turns out to be a waste of money. Start your journey by making small changes and focusing on consistency. Consistency is key to helping you reach your goals, without all the “crap.”

Use a pen and paper to track your food and workouts. Start with bodyweight exercises you can find on youtube, Pinterest, and google instead of paying for a gym membership right off the bat. Meal prep doesn’t have to be fancy, just do it over and over again. Being prepared and consistent are the things that will help you succeed long term. Ditch the “crap” and get consistent.

 

-Accountability Addict

 

4 Habits That Will Improve Your Workout

1. Quality Sleep

Quality sleep produces proper hormone production in return ensures proper recovery. Proper recovery will help with how you feel  and in turn help with your nutrition and improve your workouts.

 

2. Hydration

There is no hard and fast rule on how much you should consume, but a safe bet is a gallon per day. Staying well hydrated will help with digestion, proper muscle function, mental clarity, and prevent muscle cramps.

 

3. Review your workout

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. Having a plan before you walk into the gym is key so you know what you are doing a head of time. Reviewing your workout before you get started with your warmup will help you keep in mind what you are working towards.

 

4. Warm Up Routine

Your warm up routine is very important, especially t o start with an aerobic workout to raise your body temperature, and increase blood flow. A 5 minute warm up is ideal in order for your muscles to work properly and prevent injuries.

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How to Set Realistic Fitness Goals

We all have an overall big goal that we want to reach, but its important to break that goal down into smaller goals so it will be more realistic. We have a few tips to setting more realistic goals that can be sustained long term;

1. Set goals that are measurable, specific, and have time frames.
2. Make it YOUR OWN goal and not because of anyone else.
3. Be sure to focus on 1 goal at a time so you aren’t overwhelmed.
4. Understand the action plan to reach your goal.
5. Understand its a long process and will not happen overnight.
Using these tools to set realistic fitness goals will help you to make sure you are making changes that are sustainable and for long term growth.
-Accountability Addict