5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Fitness Journey

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to shed a few pounds.

In fact, when I started my fitness journey back in college, that was my goal. Over the past few years, my focus to lose weight is gone as I’ve reached a point in my journey where it is no longer a concern and I am just fine with how I look and feel.

I feel like many fellow fitness friends I know and follow are at a similar stage of their fitness journey. They’ve attained a figure they’re pleased with and rarely feel the need to confirm their progress using a scale. They’re more concerned about achieving certain fitness goals such as running a marathon (like me), being able to lift a certain weight, do a certain number of pull ups, or even practicing to become an instructor of some sort.

Common themes in today’s fitness world sound a lot like…

Screw the Scale.
Life is about balance.
“Progress not perfection.
Focus on feeling comfortable in your own skin.

I have to say, I absolutely love these messages and think your health is so much more than a number on a scale. However, it didn’t occur to me until recently that most of us preaching these values ARE comfortable and confident in our own skin and don’t feel the need to change (much). While I don’t want to criticize these views, I want to speak to those who have yet to reach this point in their fitness journeys.

If your fitness goals currently entail shedding some pounds, I’m going to share with you some things I’ve had to learn the hard way throughout my journey so you too don’t make the same mistakes. Let’s dive right in.

This first one is the key to it all. Listen up.

If you know me well, you know my favorite book is The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy (which highly recommend because it was a life changer for me). The premise of the book is that “success” comes from small and consistent acts opposed to drastic random ones.

Think of your fitness journey along those lines. Losing weight does not mean you need to eat less than 1,000 calories and hit the gym hard for an hour 7 days a week. Small but consistent decisions that are helping you towards your goal will be much more effective than the opposite. If you’re unable to keep up with a certain meal plan or workout system for a long time (let’s say a year for example), it’s my belief you shouldn’t be doing it at all.

Below is a list of seemingly insignificant things you can do that if done consistently, will add up to astronomical results.

  • Take the stairs
  • Do 10 [insert exercise here] a day
  • Walk an extra 1,000 steps
  • Cut down on sugars
  • Take your coffee black
  • Swap your tea out for lemon water
  • Stretch for 5 minutes a day
  • Park your car further away from your destination
  • Eat out one less time a week
  • Drink one less glass of wine a week (Or not… I won’t take that away from you)

Next, throw away that damn scale.

I’m serious. Walk into your bathroom right now and place that horrendous scale where it belongs, the trash can. There are so many bad things I can say about scales, but I’ll keep it simple. A number should not dictate your happiness and having a scale creates an unhealthy relationship between you and progress, one that many of us would obsess over.

Throughout your fitness journey, look for the non-scale victories. More energy. Looser fitting clothes. (Let’s be honest is both good and bad) Better sleep. More strength. A toned physique. Being healthier. Craving exercise and clean foods. There are so many more things to celebrate other than a number.

Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20. 

I’m even still guilty of this one and I understand how hard it is with everything we look at on social media. Remember that your journey is YOURS. It is unique and you will see progress at a different rate than others. Stop comparing yourself to other people because they were likely at a similar stage at one point in their journey. Just stop it.

It’s all about QUALITY. 

Quality food. Quality workouts. One of the best things I’ve ever done along my journey was to complete the Whole 30 Challenge. It was hard as hell and certainly not sustainable, but it changed the way I look at food. I learned so much about the sh*t in the food we consume on a daily basis and I now understand how to create a quality meal with quality ingredients. It’s important to know that it’s not about the amount of food you eat, it’s about the quality of the ingredients in your food.

On the exercise side of things, I once read that if you took two people, one that used the elliptical 5 days a week for an hour and one that did a resistance training workout 3 days a week for 20-30 minutes, the second would see better results. Resistance workouts are the best kind of workouts you can do if you want to see drastic results, which is what explains why Kayla Itsines’ BBG Guides have created amazing results all over the world.

Lastly, focus on creating a healthy LIFESTYLE.

If you’re trying to lose weight, lose weight once and never worry about it again. You’re in this for the long haul, so focus on creating a healthy, yet sustainable life. That means to focus on balance. Don’t rob yourself of the foods you love, don’t beat yourself up for not getting in that workout you planned. Live your life and just focus on making more healthy decisions than not.

There are so many more things I could share, but these tips are the best lessons I’ve learned throughout journey, so I hope you find these tips helpful! To sum it up, focus on how you feel, pay attention to what you eat, incorporate resistance type workouts into your routine, and get quality sleep. Just remember, it all comes back to making small, seemingly insignificant changes consistently.

Good luck! Shoot me a message or leave a comment below with any questions you have!