How to Get from Here to the Hot Body You Deserve

I am currently doing Chalene Johnson's PUSH Jump start series and this lesson just made me think of all the people that I work with on a daily basis.  I really hope that this will help shed a little perspective.  We are going to do a little reverse engineering today to help you really hone into what your health and fitness goals are.  We are going to break it down and make sure you are clear about what you will need to do in order to reach that goal.  Are you ready?
To reverse engineer something is to take it apart and study how it was put together. As a kid, I was fascinated by telephones. Remember the old rotary phones with the curly cords?
They’re probably collectors’ items now. I bet I’m not the only one who unscrewed the ear- and mouthpieces to have a look inside. I’d guess the guy who built your house actually took the whole phone apart.

Chalene Johnson said, As I was leaving the gym recently, one of my students stopped me to ask if I thought her goal to lose 30 pounds in 2 months was realistic. I asked her how many pounds per week she was comfortable trying to lose. “I really haven’t broken it down that way yet,” she admitted. Then I asked, “How many calories are you burning on average right now, and do you know what your body fat is?” Again she replied, “Well, I need to figure that out.” I followed that with, “Well, how hard are you willing to work?” She smirked at me, as if to take the hint, and said, “I guess what you’re saying is I need to do a little research first, huh?”

Reverse engineering is common practice in business and finance. Yet when it comes to your health goal, it is equally important! My student’s goal to lose 30 pounds in 2 months might be very doable, or a 3-month time frame might be more realistic based on her individual situation. There’s only one way to know, and that is to figure out what it would take to get there—deconstruct the goal!
Anything you seek to accomplish in the next 12 months, someone has done it before you. That’s great news! It means you too can accomplish the same feat. It also means the blow-by-blow steps you need to get where you’re going have already been mapped for you. In the words of my friend Brian Tracy, “No one is smarter than you. And no one is better than you.” In other words, you can do anything you set your mind to. If someone else has lost 100 pounds or gotten himself out of debt, so can you, but you need the blueprint.
Grab a flathead screwdriver, some duct tape, and a hammer. Before we start out in the direction of a brand-new you, we’ll need to map our course. Today we’re going to disassemble your health goal. We’re going to figure out where you want to be and work backward to determine exactly what it will take to get there.

Before we begin, here’s a reminder: Your health goal needs a relatively precise measure. To list “Have more energy” is fan-tab-ulous, but we need a way specifically to measure it. No sissy goals. Put it out there. Believe! Set your sights high! Make sure your health goal includes quantifications such as a number, a measurement, a body-fat percentage, a number of miles you can run, a number of days you will exercise each week, etc. Measurements give you direction and hold you accountable.

Reverse Your Way to Health
Let’s say your health goal is to lose 20 pounds and cut your body fat in half. You can picture yourself at your birthday celebration next year in a great new outfit and looking toned and sexy. A list that simply states “lose 20 pounds, exercise more, eat less, and join a gym” is like walking into the forest without a map and compass.
Instead, I want you to create a brainstorm list of everything you could possible need to know, do, change, research, buy, organize, and schedule to make this goal happen. Essentially, you’re repeating the exercise of Day 5, but specifically for your health.

Your assignment for today is to create a master brainstorm for your health goal. Create your master brainstorm in a journal or on a legal pad. It can be as long as you want it to be!
I’ve given you a sample brainstorming list below. It’s long, but long lists are good. In fact, long lists are superior! Each line of your brainstorm represents a small step, a detailed guide. Make your list as long as possible.
 I hope that you found Chalene's suggestions helpful.  I know that I sure did!  I am always learning new things and some of the items on this list I am definately going to start doing!  If you need help setting goals and developing a way to reach your goals please message me and I can coach you to your health and fitness goals!  Together we can achieve great things.

Good luck and stay focused!


Beachbody Coach

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