Jonny is a personal trainer and owner of 5 Stones Fitness, and the motivation behind my wedding-day weight loss (26 lbs!). Although my journey with Jonny started as "operation wedding dress", it ended up being a true lifestyle change. Jonny is a huge inspiration and cheering squad - his goal is to have you succeed, and he will do all he can to push you to achieve your goals. There's no such thing as a diet pill that is safe, or a crash diet that will keep the weight off forever - that's where Jonny comes in to explain what's healthy and what's not, and help us burn the fat and gain muscle.
I am embarrassed to show these photos but am including them for the mere sake of motivation, and to let you all know that YOU CAN DO IT! Or as Jonny says, "Make it Happen!"
Today is Jonny's first day as our Bridal Fitness editor, so please give him a warm welcome!
"What's your new years resolution?" That's probably the most asked question going around the beginning of January. Well, do you know what yours is? The beginning of the new year is always a motivating time. It's a time where people get that good ole "fresh start" feeling, yeah you know the feeling. It's the feeling of wanting to make a change, to improve, "this is the year!" you say. Well, at least I do.
One common theme around news years resolutions is the classic "Fitness Goal". A few years ago when I was training people at a large commercial gym, the same scenario would play out come January, every year. You could count on it like clockwork. Here was the scenario: The first monday of January you're lucky if you find an available piece of equipment. Treadmills, eliptical machines, you name it, packed from morning till evening. The gym is buzzing with energy and you can see that everyone there is there with a purpose. That is until about the third week of the month. Just like the year before, and the year before that, the members dwindle out, the machines are suddenly available again, and if you're like 90% of the population, you don't even realize this because you're not showing up anymore either. You had plans to reshape your body this year, to get those toned arms, flat stomach and lean legs, only to leave those aspirations behind before February even comes around. Are you seeing this pattern?
In case you've been wondering, yes, I'm about to tell you how you can be the 10% who actually achieve the body they want. In reality, the number is probably a lot less than 10%, I'm being gracious. Just like there is a pattern of what will happen at the gym every year, there is a pattern that the successful follow, and it's simple. Really simple.
Step 1: Write down your "End Result" Goal. This is the vision you had when you decided to make the change. You saw yourself on the beach in a bikini, at the alter rockin your strapless wedding dress, out with friends and you were the "skinny girl" in the group. Whatever your vision is, write it down in detail. I can't begin to explain how important it is to write it down. Just knowing it is not the same as when you actually sit down and write out what you want. Trust me, do it.
Step 2: Short term "Gameplan" Goal. This is where you set a time frame to do something that will lead to your goal. For example, if you want to look like Jennifer Aniston, then set a 1 month goal where you workout at least 3x a week, and limit junk food to 2x week. Will that do it? Maybe, maybe not, but it's a start. It's good to set small achievable goals that will keep you on track to the "End Result" goal. At the end of the month, see if you were compliant with your gameplan. If you were, and still don't look like Jen, then set a new goal for the next month, and continue.
Having a goal is one thing, and having a gameplan to reach that goal is even better. But having both, and sticking to them without wavering is what puts you in that "less than" 10% of the population. I'm not a magician, but it practically works like magic, every time!
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