Stupid Mistakes We All Make That Stymie Our Transformation Results – Part 2
Dec 28th, 2012
A couple of days ago, I posted the first in what will be a series of articles I’ll be dedicating to the downright stupid things we do that keep us from improving our physiques.
In case you missed it, here’s a link to my introductory article so you can catch up:
Stupid Mistakes We All Make…Part 1
Caught up? Good.
Today I’m going to cover a mistake I’ve fallen victim to on a number of occasions and admit that I’m still not completely immune to it.
So, as I put this mistake to paper for your benefit, it’ll also serve as a poignant reminder to yours truly as well.
Let’s get started…
Unrealistic Anticipated Results
When I set goals for myself I’m not one to just shoot for the sky. No, I shoot for the sun.
This is generally a sound principle. After all, if you miss the sun you’ll still hit the moon and that’s not so bad, right?
The problem comes when hitting the moon becomes a disappointment, instead of being celebrated as a success.
Also, there’s a difference between shooting for the sun and shooting for the stars.
In other words, your goals and expectations should be challenging, but they should also be achievable. Setting out to lose 100lbs in 2 months is almost always a terrible idea (unless you weigh 500lbs and plan on earning a spot on The Biggest Loser).
I’ve received emails from people interested in getting started with my Ripped Out system and they want to know if they can go from being 50+ pounds above their ideal weight to ripped in 2 months.
I’m not one to blow smoke up people’s you know what, so I’m always honest when answering such questions.
The truth is there’s a small percentage of people with the drive (and genetics) to make incredible improvements to their physiques in 60 days.
But, this is the exception, not the rule.
The average person will make significant improvements to their body after 60 days with my system, but getting ripped is a lofty goal for anyone with more than 20lbs of excess fat to get rid of.
Most people setting out to improve their bodies have never experienced a dramatic physical transformation and have little clue what to expect in terms of results.
After determining their ideal weight they’ll make a quick calculation of the time-frame in which they plan to get there by estimating how many pounds they can expect to drop each week.
This estimate is usually along the lines of 3-6 pounds of fat loss per week. If you’re carrying around rolls of fat, like I was years ago, you very well may lose 5lbs a week for the first few weeks.
As your body leans out, however, these results will slow. Weekly fat losses of 1-2 pounds are perfectly normal when get to within 15 or 20 pounds of your ideal weight.
There’s also much less room for cheating at this point as one or two extra cheat meals can negate your weekly results altogether.
Unrealistic Expectations and Disappointment
Have you ever heard rave reviews about a movie that had you all hyped up to see it to the point that it had zero chance of living up to your expectations? I know I have.
Titanic… er… I mean, The Dark Knight. Moving along…
The movie that comes to mind doesn’t matter. The point is, when you place unrealistically high expectations on the results you expect to see, you’re doing the same thing: setting yourself up for inevitable disappointment.
Then doubt will creep in on the stealth like a teenager getting home at 2am and you’ll start asking questions like:
- Do I need that expensive stack of supplements I saw advertised in that popular fitness magazine sitting on my toilet?
- Am I genetically predestined to be fat and unhappy?
- Are the training and diet plans I’ve been using really the best for my goals?
- Is it time to hire a personal trainer?
- Is all of this really worth it?
So what is the answer? How high should we set the bar of expectation and when is it time to worry something we’re doing might be amiss?
Ignoring the Magnitude of Your Short-Term Results
As I explain to all of my clients (and remind myself of often), if your results are moving in the desired direction, there’s no need to stress about it. Keep doing what you’re doing.
Results fluctuate. Sometimes they just don’t come as fast as we’d like. This sucks, but it’s the truth – even if it isn’t what you want to hear.
I’m not here to make anyone feel good by telling their itching ears what they want to hear.
I’m here to do my part in helping people improve their lives by shooting straight and telling them what they need to hear, which is usually not what they want to hear.
If you want someone to lie to you, there are plenty of other sites you can go to for that. Back to my point…
Don’t wig out if you only drop an eighth of an inch off your waist in a week. That’s an eighth of an inch you’ll never get back. Celebrate, stay motivated, and press on.
Over time small results will add up to massive improvement. It’s just too bad that small improvements achieved in light of unrealistic expectations are exponentially more likely to cause people to give up on their goals instead of motivating them to remain diligent in pursuing them.
Don’t let this be you! Set challenging goals, but don’t make them so ridiculous that you wind up feeling as disappointed as the last kid picked for dodge ball on the playground in grade school.
Not that I know what that feels like or anything. But I can imagine. 😉
Stay tuned for part 3 where I’ll break down the mistake that leads to more training injuries than any other.