#whatcomesnext – Billy Mitchell
Coached by Joe Parish
As you scroll through Instagram or Facebook, it’s likely that you’ll see one person or another posting a #TransformationTuesday showing their fat loss achievements. After posting my fat loss transformation and having spoken to people about my journey, one question I was asked a lot was,
“What is your plan now?”
And my response to this every time was to be consistent.
Throughout my 20 week journey I picked up a number of habits that I have been able to take through with me that I now stick too every single day, even though my goals have changed and my focus has shifted on building muscle.
By continuing to consistently stick to these habits I am able to feel that all my hard work and everything I’ve learned on my journey hasn’t gone straight down the toilet the second that barriers are lifted and I eased off on cutting calories.
It’s common that after spending a long period of time prepping for a goal, having set routines and being fairly regimented with training and nutrition, you tend to feel lost and end up just going through the motions with no drive. This is definitely something I experienced post photoshoot. Having spent 20 weeks with a clear end goal and powerful drive, I was the most organised and structured I have ever been. And as soon as I didn’t need to do those things anymore, the bare minimum would suffice, just to tick the box.
So, how do I suggest you overcome a lack of drive?
Aim for small wins everyday.
This could be hitting a step count goal, upping numbers in the gym (weight/reps) or prepping and tracking food for the coming week.
For me, keeping a log of my training sessions and my weights/reps was a huge driving point. Especially when there is no significant, clear cut goal at the end of the tunnel, it’s still me against me – the focus is on beating previous lifts instead of just going through the motions.
This also ensures I’m applying progressive overload and constantly progressing and moving forward.
The aim with these small habits is consistency.
What I mean by this is, in order to adhere to something you’ve got ensure that it fits in with your lifestyle. For example setting yourself a daily goal of 25000 steps while working an office job is going to prove challenging and likelihood is, you’re not going to stick with it for very long. So by setting the bar slightly lower but to something that is achievable is going to mean your adherence to it is much more likely.
As someone once said, “I’d much rather do 1 press up 365 days a year, than 20 press ups a day for 1 week.”
Don’t overset the bar. While you may no longer be in a strict dieting phase, allow yourself to enjoy life. Enjoy social events track food loosely in order to still move towards your goals but it’s better to be 90% successful 100% of the time than 100% successful 50% of the time. From this adherence to any plan will come a lot easier.
There is a huge need to look past a before and after picture and think about the habits that have been created from that process. Then ask yourself, can these habits be transferred beyond the after? Likelihood is, the answer is yes and you can use these habits to hold yourself accountable once a goal has been reached.
Check out Billy’s Transformation here