The Revolution has begun...

rev·o·lu·tion noun \ˌre-və-ˈlü-shən\
a: a sudden, radical, or complete change
b: a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something : a change of paradigm

This is Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s non-political definition of a revolution. I don't know about you but this sounds a lot more compelling than a resolution. A resolution is a decree, a declaration. Declaring you are going to make a change is not the same as making the change.

Anyone who has ever been successful at going from fat to fit or sloth to Superwoman did so by making a radical change in their lifestyle. They took revolutionary action!

Cleaning Up Your Diet, Eating A Little Less, Adding Some Cardio And Doing Some Weight Training Just Doesn't Cut It.

Sure, you may lose a few pounds but you will soon find your progress coming to a grinding halt. At this time you are either going to throw in the towel or continue what you're doing but fail to make further progress. The latter scares me more than quitting altogether because of all the frustrations that come with it.

People think because they “eat healthy” or exercise daily that all their wildest fitness dreams should be coming true.

Not true.

If it were my job would be a heck of a lot easier and personal trainers could be personal trainers instead of PhD level psychologists who do therapy sessions while people exercise.

The truth is our bodies are quite adept at adapting. And this evolutionary attribute is both a blessing and curse. Without it we wouldn't have survived this long as a species but because of it losing additional body fat or building muscle and strength beyond a certain point is challenging.

Is There Any Hope?

Yes. But it requires a revolutionary approach. It means doing things differently than you’ve done them in the past. It means setting bigger goals, breaking the rules and moving well outside your comfort zone (at least for a short while).

The question is, how bad do you want it? How important is it to you?

If it is not important enough for you to make some radical lifestyle changes (at least for a short while) or step up your training then I am afraid you can’t be helped. But if it is important enough to you then let’s do some game planning!

As much as we talk about goal setting, setting the goal is the easy part. What you need to do after the goal is established is Results Planning. I do an entire workshop on this but the gist of it is that you determine what you will accomplish over the next 90 days, the 90 after that, the 90 after that, and the 90 after that. After your 90 day milestones are in place it’s time to figure out what actions need to be taken, what changes need to be made.

Think Outside The Box.

We here this all the time but what does it mean? It does not mean you need to be most creative thinker and design a ground-breaking diet or exercise program, you just need to think differently than you have been. It will likely require some help and the feedback of others (eh-hem, eh-hem) because you likely have been seeing things only through your own prism.

Once your revolutionary plan is in place the only thing left to do is take revolutionary action.