My Personal Trainer (Ange) told me about the ‘success squiggle’. She explained that to achieve success we need to fail and learn and try again. Eventually you will get there with the right frame of mind and support. I thought that if I worked hard on my weight loss journey I would always be successful, so when I plateaued I freaked out. Ange helped me to understand how to stay positive and get to the next level.
When time is tight, I’m stressed, miss some training or don’t eat right it’s easy to lose focus on the end goal and forget how far I’ve come. I’ve been tested time and time again, but I learn each time I fall, refocus and keep getting better.
Knowing and understanding the success squiggle helps me to put into perspective the plateaus and makes the wins (weight loss, muscle gain etc) even better.
When the going gets tough
Everyone needs help, even a self-professed tough guy like me. I spent my teens and 20’s believing that hard work was the only way to get results. Now I am in my 30’s I know that knowledge and consistency are the most important ingredients when it comes to health and fitness.
When I need legal advice I see a lawyer, when I get my tax done I see an accountant and when I need to take the next step in my health journey I speak to my personal trainer.
I often wondered why professional athletes needed a coach, now I know why. They need a second pair of eyes to give advice when things aren’t going quite right. They need someone to provide them with specialist knowledge and tools and sometimes they need someone to hold them to account.
Having Ange in my corner means I can ask her questions or get her advice whenever I need it. It means that I am not on the journey alone.
I have been reminded this month that I need to be accountable for my own success. If it was easy anyone could do it. I was lucky enough to get a Fitbit for my birthday 2 weeks ago and it has been the best present I could have asked for.
The last 2 weeks I have been trying to beat my daily steps, calories burnt and active minutes. Last week I realised that I had been working in front of my computer all-day and only done 2500 steps for the day. This gave me the kick up the pants I needed to get out and go for a 2.5km jog.
Having a constant reminder of my goals on my wrist (my Fitbit) has helped me to maintain focus and will help me to keep pushing through as I navigate the success squiggle.