As I approach my 5th year working in the fitness industry, I’ve been recently thinking of all the different types of clients I’ve met with and trained over the years. All different in their own way, whether it was personalities, body types or goals. Each individual had one thing in common though- they were ready (and motivated) to make a change, and they all had the exact same question.
“Will I see results in the first month?”
That question is so hard yet so simple to answer.
I like to be 100% percent honest with my clients, so I’ll always respond with –
“That is completely up to, if you put in the work and work hard, take this serious and be consistent, you’ll see results sooner than later.”
Your first month will be the most exciting and the most motivating. But also probably the most wavering.
There’s a lot of different things that will happen and you’ll feel during your first month of your new lifestyle. Below are the most common that I’ve seen, and the best ways to deal with them.
-You’ll be very motivated at first
Do: Get excited about this new journey and start to incorporate exercise into your weekly schedule. Find solid times that work a few days a week and write them in a planner.
Don’t: Rely solely on this new found motivation to get to the gym. There’s going to be days when you are not motivated at all- those are the days you need your workout the most.
-You’ll want to change your eating habits
Do: Start with one small change a week and stick to it!
Don’t: Try to change your diet completely all at once or cut everything you perceive as “bad” from your diet. It just won’t work.
-You’ll want to track your progress
Do: Take measurements, progress photos and weigh your self- ONCE a month. If you really want to, weigh yourself only once a week, if you think it will keep you accountable
Don’t: Weigh yourself everyday, even once a week may be too much. If you get frustrated because you’re not progressing at the rate you want to, you’re more likely to stop exercising and eating healthy.
-Life is going to get in the way, and your gym time might conflict with other obligations
Do: Immediately find a time to reschedule for a different time, or day. You might have to wake up a little earlier or go to bed a little later.
Don’t: Make excuses. Missing a day here and there is fine but once you get in the habit of putting off that YOU time, it’s going to be hard to get back to it. Consistently is the only thing that’s going to help you reach your goals.
-You may consider hiring a personal trainer
Do: Your homework. Find a reputable trainer. Look for quality, not the best price. Be sure to ask tons of questions and be honest with your prospective trainer. If you think they are a good match for you, make sure you trust them completely and listen to everything they tell you to do.
Don’t: Use money as an excuse. Your body and health is the best investment you can make. Good trainers can change your life. It’s definitely worth every penny. Even if they are there to just help you get started.
-You probably won’t see crazy results in the first month.
Do: Focus on how you feel.
A lot of my clients come to me with goals of losing 30+ lbs. They most definitely do not hit that goal in the first month, but they’re always pleased with how much better they’re feeling and moving.
Don’t: focus on “THE GOAL” too much. Discounting all the progress you’ve made will just keep you disappointed and nothing will seem good enough.
-There might be a time you just want to give up
Do: Keep going- whatever you do, do not give up for any reason. Whatever excuse you might have, whatever the reason may be, you can ALWAYS work around it. Hiring a trainer works wonders as well *wink