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The Power of A Daily Routine

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If you have been following me for a while, or you are one of my magic makers, you know that my favorite part of the Fit Girl Magic formula is ROUTINES!  When you create strong habits, they lead to amazing routines and those routines lead to consistency and it’s the consistency that finally gives us the results we have been seeking! And that is the ONE THING we are looking for, those RESULTS!

Some routines are so elusive that we feel like we are chasing shadows most of the time and routines today are quickly looked upon as “boring”.  Our society is conditioned to want instant gratification.  Right now, RIGHT AWAY!  And this same thing goes for workouts.  We are conditioned to change things every single day, and if you do change then you are doing something right.  But it is in those routines that we do every day over and over again that is what is really going to lead to success.

How are you defining success??

This is the first thing I ask every single client that I work with.  I ask this because years ago when I started working with a business coach, she asked me this question. That question made me take a giant pause because I don’t think many people take the time to define what success looks like for them. You may hear about success for other people and think that you want it, but seriously what do YOU want!! Why are you working so hard? If you aren’t working towards your goal, what will motivate you to take consistent action.  

I ask the question because I want to understand if you have created realistic goals.  And then I follow up with Are you excited about that goal?  Can that goal be planned into your life?  Is that goal sustainable?  And that my friends is what I call my REPS formula!!  As you are building your routine you want to make sure that the end goal is realistic. It’s sustainable and can map it INTO YOUR LIFE!

Many will say routines are boring, but I will say routines are the gateway to success. They help us to establish priorities, help us to stop procrastinating and help us to track our goals. Plus, it helps us to get stuff done! 

So, here is an example of that.

I have defined my goal and in the next 12 weeks, I want to drop a dress size or 6 pounds. I start by putting together a plan and look at my routine to see what I am doing on a day in and day out basis to lead you to my result.  While writing this plan, it is easy for us to procrastinate.  “I have to find the right diet, trainer, coach, gym schedule.”, blah blah blah!  It is not about doing 50 different things to drop that dress size, it is me getting my mindset shifted so that I am going to do this and be so crystal clear about what it is we are trying to achieve.

First, we are going to DEFINE YOUR SUCCESS.  I already mentioned this above a little bit, and I don’t want this to make you feel stressed out.  So, keep it simple and grab out that piece of paper. I want you to go old school and write some things down throughout this blog to help you a little bit better!

Now, let’s LOOK AT OUR ROUTINES.  Do these goals you have set for yourself make you feel good or stressed out?  You should have a little pressure, but not a TON!  What are your current routines day in a day out to lose those 6 pounds?  Am I tracking my food? Am I sleeping? Am I stressed?  It all adds up, it all counts. Write down your routine today on that same sheet of paper and sleep on it. Take out that paper and write what is working and what is not working and go through that routine.  Look at those routines and be very honest with yourself and if you can’t, that is when you hire a coach or get a friend that is not afraid to tell you. This list will be pretty telling because our routines are our guidepost. It’s something that tells you, “Hey Girl You Are off course!” 

Success needs to feel like something you are marching towards. It should feel effortless. As you write this list, I want you to think about this.  What do you look forward to doing and are you excited about it?   And if you are not excited, what can you do now to tweak this, so you feel more excited about it?  With the list, review your daily activities. Are these things getting you closer to your 6-pound weight loss? And if it’s not, start reviewing those daily activities. Weight loss doesn’t have to be a struggle, it doesn’t have to be a grind.  You can choose differently. 

Give yourself 2-week sprints to see where you and how you are doing.  So, the next 2 weeks, what am I going to commit to? Tracking food? Going to the gym 3 days a week? Water?  Small micro-commitments it what is necessary so that you can see that progress. And don’t focus on THE SCALE. Come up with non-scale victories.  Things that you can feel and see you are doing to say you are on the right path.

Now that you see what is working and not working, you can work on a DAILY SCHEDULE.   This isn’t what you think it is either!  Trust me, I don’t like being strictly confined to a schedule… All it means is that you want to give yourself some guidance, but I do not want your day to live by the clock.  Just start by giving yourself 3 things to do every single day. (3 tasks to complete in the day). Start small instead of trying to make a list of 500 things because when you only finish 5 out of the 400, you feel like crap and will be hard on yourself, so start small.

Let’s also be sure to take into consideration flexible accountability.  You are just playing and seeing what is working and not working as you go along.  What do you have to change?  How do you have to change it?  And reduce the scope of how much activity you really have to do!  If you can’t fit in 3 hours at the gym, that is okay, fit in 30 minutes of a workout at home.  As long as you are moving your body than you got this! (And the same goes for food. Create a menu, meal prep, and be prepared.)

At the end of the day, routines help us become the people we want to be.  Start thinking about your current routine, how does it work and how does it guide you to your success?  But you CANNOT miss STEP 1, DEFINE WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE SO YOU CAN BUILD A ROUTINE!!

If you are lost and need a little more guidance, grab my 50 Routines to Start.  And omg, YOU DON’T have to do all 50, this list is just a great brainstorming tool to help get you started today magic makers!!

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