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The six pillars of success

Last week we looked at the four main reasons why most diets fail and you got a glimpse into what can be done to avoid unnecessary heartaches in this area.

By now, you must be asking yourself, what can I do to transform those patterns and develop a fulfilling and sustainable health and fitness routine?

Last week we looked at the four main reasons why most diets fail and you got a glimpse into what can be done to avoid unnecessary heartaches in this area.

By now, you must be asking yourself, what can I do to transform those patterns and develop a fulfilling and sustainable health and fitness routine?

Here at Fitbanker we are big on the psychology of health and fitness, as much as we are on the particulars of our training and meal plans.

So others can bank on you when it comes to health and fitness, you need to follow six basic, yet life transforming pillars or structures, all of which integral part of what we do in Fitbanker, day in, day out.

 

Personal accountability – the starting point

Do you know how much money you earn every month in your job or occupation? And how much you have to spend each month on things like your rent and groceries? Before you pay for something your mind goes into the process of asking ‘can I afford to pay for that, yes or no?’.

We have this accountability with our bank balance, but we don’t want to have the same accountability with our bodies. It’s a big psychological thing where our mind refuses to be dominated by a system such as a diet or a training plan.

Unsurprisingly, you will also discover that if you have the same traits, you have relationships where you find yourself saying ‘I won’t be told what to do!’.

 

 

Goal setting – focusing on what matters most

In the business world you set a goal, a quota of what you are going to achieve every quarter and year, and to keep successful you’d want to review these goals from time to time.

We focus on the goals, but we don’t chase them. And we focus on what measures your health the most accurately: your body fat percentage.

Your real health is not measured by your body weight, but by your body fat percentage. As a high-level guideline, men should aim for 12-14% body fat. Want a six pack? Aim for under 9% body fat.

A healthy body fat percentage for women is between 20 and 24%, and very athletic ladies will have under 20% body fat.

Ladies, it’s easy to be deceived though. You can be slim-looking, but still with a high body fat percentage and not as healthy as you may think you are…

It’s very possible to lose as much as 12% body fat in 90 days and people on our challenges have more than accomplished that.

 

Planning – building personal resilience

What does planning mean? You give your word, and honour your word. Every week you lock in an agreement and make a plan with yourself.

This is going to last whether you are on holiday, well or unwell, travelling, having a baby or whatever is happening around you. If you are eating and sleeping on that day, you’ve got to have a minimum of a walk for 40 minutes.

We’re not saying you have to walk every day for 40 minutes. If you do a Bootcamp class for 30 minutes and then a 10-minute walk, that’s your minimum cardio done for the day.

You will also be giving your word to what you’re going to eat, and apps such as myfitnesspal will support you with tracking your goals and make sure you’re on the right track.

 

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Declaration – surpassing ANY mental block

The biggest psychological block is when you have nothing at risk. A declaration is a statement that put something at stake and brings it into existence. In the FBX90 challenge, it’s achieved by posting your before photo publicly, just before you start your challenge.

We cannot emphasise how critical it is in order for you to shift your habits. People who have not done so, have not completed the challenge.

 

Your greater why – what keeps you alive when you want to throw the towel

We’ve touched a bit about that in our previous last week. I just want to look sexy” or “I just want a six pack”. You heard others, or even yourself, saying this.

Those are great, but solely committing to a health and fitness transforming challenge for those reasons will have you attached to the results. And when they do not show up fast, you will get disempowered and may even quit.

However, if you get connected and stay present to your greater way, a bigger cause that will be beyond 90 days and will have you keep wanting to peruse that.

 

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Your community – the glue that holds everything together

The crème de la crème of any successful structure is the make-up of the people who take part in it.

They hold you to account, they remind you your greater way, they ask questions, suggest tips, offer you a hand and share a moan.

They make you feel like you are not so bad and wrong. They make you feel human. They spring you into action. Admit it, you would not and cannot think of having done it without them.

Surround yourself with those who care – not only family and friends, but like-minded people, like those on our Fitbanker campus, who are on the court with their own health and fitness and are there for you any day, rain or shine.

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