How I Managed to Stick to My Fitness Goals

I’ve been underweight for the most part of my life. I’ve never been bullied, but I did get the occasional teasing from my aunts about how I was “nutrient deprived”. 

I decided to bulk up. I didn’t want to get massive … all I wanted was to fit in my clothes nicely and achieve that “athletic” look. It wasn’t easy for me, however. Trying to gain weight as a hardgainer is probably just as hard as an overweight person trying to shed some pounds. I did pick up some neat little tricks that helped me reach my goals very quickly, after years of unsuccessfully trying to gain some size.

Here are some minor adjustments you could do to help you stick to your fitness goals! They have worked for me, and if I can do it, so can you!

1. Recording Your Progress!

Out of the few tips I’m giving you, nothing has improved my mindset and motivation as much as recording my progress has. My goal was to get my weight to a healthy BMI.

Every morning, I would wake up, immediately head to the scale and write down the digits on a piece of paper. I did this religiously everyday for 2 months and have notice a huge increase in my weight! Every time my weight increase, so did my satisfaction levels and self-esteem!

I don’t know what it is, but I felt extremely motivated to keep on doing what I did when I’ve felt the satisfaction of making progress! There were days when my weight dropped a little. It became a bummer, but I was quick to jump on my feet to regain the weight I lost!

2. Tell Someone About What You’re Doing

It’s a great idea to tell someone or a group of people about your fitness goals and what you’ve been up to. This is especially true if you tell this to people you have weak ties with. If you tell your best friend, he or she is most likely to be more forgiving when you don’t stick to your plan.

I was on my semester break when I announced on Twitter that I’ve been trying to gain weight and have made some progress along the way. It wasn’t to brag, and I kinda doubted anyone who followed me would really care. But it was to keep me accountable. If you don’t stick to your word, people’s impression towards you will shift, and most likely in a negative way.

In a way, I knew I was going to disappoint myself if I made a bad impression. As much as I didn’t really care about what people thought of me, I really didn’t want them saying “I thought he was gonna look bigger this time” behind my back. So, I worked really hard to reach my goals and ended up getting a lot of compliments when my goals became a reality.

3. Working Out HARDER!

Prior to this drastic period of weight and muscle building, I have been going to the gym for a few years. Yet, I wasn’t building as much muscle as I wish I had. Some of my colleagues who started weight training later had caught up with me, and some even surpassed me in terms of overall strength and muscle gain.

I decided to invest in a pre-workout (PWO) powder and it had completely changed how I workout. I was able to push through even though I was already tired. I didn’t do the regular 4 sets of 12 reps. I stopped the set when my arms couldn’t lift anymore. 

I made sure I worked out so hard so that I would be sore when I woke up the next day. If I wasn’t, I considered the workout the day before a failure. Scientifically, we know there’s more to muscle-building than just feeling sore, but I took being sore as a token of improvement in my weight training, because I was so used to stopping halfway or when I was “tired”. 

Like Arnold said, “The mind always fails first, not the body. The secret is to make your mind work for you, not against you.” 

Now, I’m not telling you to buy a PWO. If you can push yourself to your limits when your mind is telling you to stop, then carry on. You’re doing great! If you need that boost in mental focus, PWO will help greatly! 

Conclusion

There are many other methods you can use to help you stick and reach your fitness goals, but this post covers what I’ve done and how it has worked out well for me. 

There will be times when you feel like giving up and you’re not making any progress. If you’ve felt this way, don’t succumb to the negativity. Take a deep breath, pinpoint the issues you face, and use some creativity to look for a solution!