Morgan LaGrue is the creator of MoFitBits, a health and wellness Instagram Page, and co-owner of Trimmed Meal Prep, a New Orleans based company. As a long time friend, I was determined to feature Morgan for the debut article in Black Girl Today‘s Health & Fitness category. As we enter a new year, what better time to offer advice on how maintaining your fitness goals and transforming them into a lifestyle?
Check out Morgan’s 5-steps to a successful fitness journey below:
1. Mental– Before starting your fitness journey, your mind has to be 100% focused on the task at hand. If your mind isn’t in it, you’ll never stick with your goals because you’re telling yourself you’re not quite ready to change your current situation. So, it is important to make sure that your mind is completely made up. This will ensure that you don’t waste time restarting, which only extends the amount of time it will take to reach your goal.
2. Goal Setting– Once you’re in the proper mental state, it’s time to set some goals! If you have multiple goals, divide them into categories. Typically, you categorize into two categories. These are your short-term goals and long-term goals. Short-term goals can be met in a relatively short amount of time. Your long-term goals, however, require more planning and take more time to be met. This can take months or years. Don’t rush it! Accomplishing those short term goals will keep you motivated and on the right track to getting your long-term goals accomplished.
3. Planning– When planning you want to get a grip on your diet as well as your exercise schedule. Cut out processed foods and those that are high in sodium. Including more food items from Whole Foods and lean proteins should be the focus. When planning, prep snacks in addition to your three main courses. This will insure daily success for at least a week’s time. After your diet is planned, create a schedule for physical activity. Here, you can plan what time of day you will get active as well as what activity you will engage in. Examples of this would be going to the gym, walking at a moderate pace, swimming, hiking, playing a sport, and other activities that will accelerate your heart rate and target areas of the body. These activities should occur at least 3-4 times a week for 30-45 minutes per day. That is a great starting point for beginners!
4. Execution/Consistency– You’ve planned out your approach, so it’s time to execute! It is important to take it one day at a time. You don’t want to become overwhelmed. To make sure you execute your plan daily, pack your lunch and snacks the night before the next work day. You may also want to keep your gym bag packed and in your vehicle for your prescheduled exercise session. Research shows that it takes 21 days for something to become a habit, but I, personally, feel that the first 5-10 days of being consistent is crucial. If you can get through the first 5-10 days, which can be the hardest, reaching day 21 will be a breeze!
5. Success– If you have been consistent for 21 days, you will definitely reach some level of success! You should praise your efforts and analyze your progress. Usually, after seeing how successful you’ve been, you become anxious and excited! This typically fuels you to keep going. Remember, you’ve set short and long term goals, so use your newfound success as ammunition to reach your long term.