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Don't Jack With Your Program!

Friday, December 28, 2012

You know what I think is one of the biggest reasons people don't lose weight on a program? Because they don't follow the program in it's entirety. They do part of it, but not all of it. They hire a coach and do the exercises he says but don't follow the eating plan. Or do a pretty good job of following the eating plan 5 days out of the week, but go off the rails and eat whatever they darned well please two. Or follow the eating plan perfectly but don't exercise the way he tells you to. Or decide they're going to have rice with dinner even though the coach told them to just have asparagus and fish. You get the idea.

Here's the thing: With most programs, whether they are a company-owned plan like Jenny Craig or a pricey one made by a coach personally for you, your best success is dependent on doing ALL of said program. It's made to work as a whole. You take one part of it out, and like the gears in a watch, either the whole mechanism stops working or it isn't nearly as effective as if you did the program in it's entirety.

Particularly i you are working with a coach, I would advise to put blinders on and just DO it. Don't read Weight Watchers material if you are following Julie Lohre's program. Don't decide it's time to brush up on the Paleo diet or read "The New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women" when you are paying Mike Davies to make a program for you. Why? Because in there somewhere is going to be something that isn't going to be what your coach or program has lined up specifically for you. They have you doing a particular program, either completely made or heavily tweaked for you, because in getting to know you a bit their instinct is telling them it will work. By taking in information from other sources you run the risk of doubting the effectiveness of what they have you doing. And with doubt comes lack of enthusiasm. And with lack of enthusiasm comes lack of adherence. And with lack of adherence comes lack of results. And who wants to pay someone the big bucks to create a program for them and not get results?

Commit to whatever plan you are doing in it's entirety. Focus like a laser beam, block everything else out, and just GO! Pick a plan, follow the WHOLE plan, and stick with it. You'll be the one getting the results while others are saying "This plan just doesn't work for me."
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  • IRP1114
    So true. We need to have patience and give the plan a chance to work giving it 100%.
    1836 days ago
    I agree with you and since starting P90X, I am trying to stick to the diet and everything. It's a little harder though because I dont' have the shakes or meal replacement bars but I'm trying to stick to the macro percentages. I know I won't get the best results if I don't.
    1849 days ago
    Guilty emoticon
    I never follow any of the diet plans from my workout videos. But I did lose weght because I tweaked my own food plan for food that was healthy, easy and that I like.
    1849 days ago
    You are very right. I tend to have program ADD and my lack of results speak for themselves.

    TIme to pick a plan and stick with it!!
    1849 days ago
    Here I disagree with you. Every plan must have room for flexibility because one size does not fit all. Using the Weight watchers example, I many time had to change things up to jumpstart things when they weren't working anymore. It's like a tool box, but I don't have to use all the tools all the time.

    In fact, I think Weight Watchers is the one of the more flexible plans. Paleo, for example, would fit in if I count the points and track everything.
    1851 days ago
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  • JULIA1154
    I'd been coming to the same conclusion, that I was undermining my commitment (subconsciously) by just reading too many different fitness gurus.

    Thanks for spelling it out so clearly and forcefully, Nancy. I think a bunch of us needed to read this!
    1851 days ago
  • 1EMMA2011
    I couldn't agree more. Brilliant.

    1851 days ago
    Great advice and so true! Thanks!
    1851 days ago
    You are so right Nancy. I always want to rush the results and switch things around too often which makes the progress slow down instead. Patience!
    1851 days ago
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