One of my boot camp clients, Mark Scott, recently lost over 2 stone in 3 months and measure 5 inches smaller around his waist.
I wanted to share with you the three things that gave him the foundations for being so successful and how he was able to stay focused for so long.
You probably never thought about these things, but they are vital to successful weight loss. Or any fitness goal for that matter.
Mark started my 90 Day Boot Camp Programme back in October with a goal of losing 2 stone in 3 months before his Skiing holiday in January.
There’s not many people who start ‘diets’ and stick to them for 3 months.
And, what’s more impressive is that he had big Birthday and Christmas celebrations in between and he still smashed his target.
How did he do it?
Mark got 3 things absolutely spot on from the start. He built good foundations for his success by doing three things:
Number 1 – He didn’t start a ‘diet’.
He learned how to fit healthy eating into his everyday lifestyle. He found out how to cook quick, easy and nutritious meals that helped him lose weight, but also gave him energy throughout the day. The healthy food made him more alert at work and more motivated to exercise.
A diet is something with an end date, it’s something that you can’t maintain as part of your everyday lifestyle.
Shake diets and low calorie diets are impractical, and sometimes dangerous to maintain for a long time. You lose weight in the beginning, but when you finish the diet your calorie intake increases, quickly followed by your weight!
Mark switched his mind-set from ‘diet’ to ‘healthy eating’.
Number 2 – He chose a programme that he would enjoy and hold him accountable.
Losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight, it takes a sustained effort over months.
When you choose a workout programme, it needs to hold you accountable. It needs to be fun, it needs to keep you motivated. The programme needs to stimulate you and keep you going back for more. The energy should be infectious.
If it doesn’t do those things, you will get bored and quit very quickly. So, choose your programme carefully.
You’ve got to ask yourself:
When I’m feeling tired after work, is there someone there to encourage me not to sit on the couch all night? Are there other people there to inspire me when I’m feeling low? Is there anyone to help me with meal plans? Can I speak to someone on the phone if I need help?
You can’t change your lifestyle without the close support and help from others. Which leads me nicely onto number 3.
Number 3 – He surrounded himself with like-minded people and built a support network.
It wasn’t just me who helped him during the 3 months. The other boot camp members played a massive part too.
They encourage each other. They bounce ideas off each other. They help people get back on track after they’ve had a ‘bad day’. They become friends. They form relationships.
That’s what happens when you’re surrounded by other people who are working towards the same goals. It creates a friendly, supportive atmosphere.
It’s so important that you’re not alone on your journey. Make sure there are supportive people around you.
3 simple things!
Make sure the programme provides those three vital things, if you want to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.