As with everything in life, when you look back, there are always little things that could have made a big difference had you known about them earlier. Today, we’re diving into some of the things Chrystal wishes she knew when she started her fitness journey, and hopefully, if you are just starting out on your fitness journey, they can help you too. Firstly, progress isn’t linear, the goalposts are always changing. Secondly, nutrition is everything. There is a lot of conflicting information out there, so find something that works for you. Similarly, find a training program you enjoy and stick with it. If you have very specific goals, you might have to enjoy training a little less, but for most of us, exercise should be fun! Lastly, supplements are just that, supplemental to your diet, so don’t use them to replace food, and please, stop comparing yourself to others. Your effort, and your consistency, and your progress is your own and no one else’s, so do what works for you. Tune in to find out more!
Key Points From This Episode:
- Progress isn’t linear – the goalposts change and the different metrics vary constantly.
- Looking good is important, but it is not everything – our bodies are more than our looks.
- Don’t be hard on yourself when you put on weight – be kind to yourself always.
- Just keep looking forward – if you are not where you want to be, work to get there.
- Nutrition is everything! But there is a lot of conflicting information out there.
- Over time, Chrystal has learned to believe in moderation rather than restriction or cheats.
- There are little tweaks you can make to your nutrition that will impact your performance.
- Find a training program you enjoy and stick to it! If you have very specific fitness goals, enjoyment is less of a priority.
- Supplements are just that – they are supplemental to your diet and not meant to replace food.
- What works for one person may not work for another – stop comparing yourself to others.
- Chrystal encourages us to not look at others and wish we were where they are – we don’t know what their journey has been like.
- Use comparison as a mirror, but reframe it so that you don’t make yourself feel bad.
- Your fitness, and your efforts, and your progress is your own, and it will ebb and flow.
“When you understand nutrition and how it works, then you understand that there are little tweaks, here and there, that you can make that will make everything so much better! And not just a weight loss or weight gain, or whatever situation, in performance, and not just performance in the gym, in your everyday life.” — @xtal_rose [0:12:04]
“Be consistent. It’s better for you to be consistent at 80% than go hard at 100% for a week or two and then fall off the planet the rest of the time. Stop comparing!” — @xtal_rose [0:24:38]
“Use [comparison] as a mirror, and not as a way to feel bad about yourself. If it is your goal, you can get to a similar place, but your body will never look exactly like another woman’s body.” — @xtal_rose [0:29:38]
“Your effort, and your consistency, and your progress is your own, it is no one else’s. You can’t have what someone else has, and that is okay. Your progress is not linear – it’s going to go up and down and back and forth and ebb and flow, and that’s okay too. We don’t have to spend every single day counting every morsel that goes into our mouths. We want to live our lives.” — @xtal_rose [0:31:25]
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