The Best Ways to Sabotage Your Health and Fitness Goals: What Not to Do

The not-so-obvious behaviors that can hinder your progress and hamper your success

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It’s no secret that exercising and eating well are two of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle. No matter what your goal is, these two elements will be essential to your success.

Of course, as many of us have experienced firsthand, there are many obstacles that easily get in the way of maintaining these habits, which are typically so much easier said than done.

As BeFit trainer and CrossFit coach Maddy Curley explains it, one of the first steps towards success is commitment.

“You have to commit to your goals,” she said. Though, even she admits it’s not an easy thing to do.

An important part of committing to your goals and overcoming the obstacles, though, involves knowing what not to do: being mindful of the not-so-obvious behaviors that can ultimately sabotage your success.  

To help you understand exactly what it takes to reach the results you’re aiming for, Curley shared ten common ways she sees people sabotage their health and fitness goals and tips to help you avoid them.

Comparing Yourself to Others

Curley said this is one of the quickest ways to sabotage your goals. “This transformation has to be about you and you alone,” she explained. “Perhaps you and your husband/boyfriend/friend agreed to start this journey to fitness together. Great! But now he/she lost five pounds in a week and you didn't lose anything. Don't compare. Look at what you did do instead and celebrate it!  You started a new healthy pattern of going to the gym three days a week. You ate broccoli instead of a Poptart. You ran a mile. Yay you!”

The same goes for veteran exercisers too, though. Curley explained, maybe you’ve been working a lot longer than someone that was able to get the results you want much quicker. Don’t let this sort of situation defeat your mindset. “Be happy for that person and maybe even try to be friends with them,” Curley said. “Maybe you'll learn they struggled too or that they had to cut out sugar. Don't judge too soon. Tell them you think they’re fabulous and you'd love to hear their story. After all, they say you are the company you keep.”

Wanting Too Much, Too Fast

“Real weight loss takes time. Most people can really see their body change after about 40 to 90 days,” Curley said. “Ever given up something for Lent? 40 days is a long time! Write the days out on a calendar starting from 40 and going down to one, usually a pound a week is a reasonable weight loss goal—unless you're more than 50 pounds overweight, then two pounds per week is a reasonable goal.

“I know! That's so slow, right? But that's the kind of progress that lasts. We get caught up in shows like The Biggest Loser where we see people losing 15 pounds a week. Most of us aren't going to have the luxury of just working out for a living for six months with Bob telling us we can do it all day long. 

“Instead, believe in yourself and be proud of the process. Again, everyone's journey takes a different amount of time. Use a tracker like My Fitness Pal that congratulates you at the end of the day for logging your food and exercise and then tells you where you'll be in five weeks if you keep up the good work. Knowing there will be a reward to all your daily hard work can keep you going!”

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