5 Ways We Sabotage Our Fitness Goals


In this social media infatuated society, fitness and looking healthy has not only become big business, it’s become a way of life.

All over Instagram, we see women going for the #StrongNotSkinny look and us mums are not excluded. Whether it’s mummies-to-be sharing their prenatal fitness routines or mums-of-three with their ‘how did they get that’ six packs, it appears having kids is no longer an excuse.

On top of that, we’re constantly being told about the benefits of HIIT training, protein shakes and deadlifts. But, while these mummy influencers seem to maintain their abs and biceps, many of us common folk just can’t keep up. Why is this?

Top Life Coach Carole Ann Rice specialises in making people the very best versions of themselves. Here, she shares 5 common ways we sabotage our fitness goals and what we can do to stay on track.

  1. I’ll start tomorrow – the biggest killer of fitness goals. ‘I’ll start tomorrow’ is something that we are all guilty of saying during our pursuit of a toned tummy. However, deep down, we know that tomorrow will never come. Rather than starting your new regime tomorrow, start it today; that way, you’ll be on the right path from the get-go.

  2. Being too harsh – getting fit is all about changing your lifestyle and learning to make healthy choices. However, for many of us, when we start out on our fitness journey, we crash diet and go overboard on being healthy.While it’s good to integrate smoothies and kale into your life, you’re not going to survive by just consumingthem and nothing else. In order to be successful with your fitness goals, your regime needs to be sustainable, not unattainable.

  3. Impatience – the key thing to remember when starting out on a fitness journey is that results will take time. While social media and advertisements can make you want instant results and abs overnight, the reality is that this is a process and your body will take a while to show the results of your hard work. Relax, trust the process and be patient.

  4. Overexuberance – it’s good to be excited about changing your habits, but don’t become overexuberant and end up being disappointed. It’s all about taking small steps when planning your journey. Rather than focusingon dropping six dress sizes, focus on dropping two, and then another two. You’ve got to walk before you runso set yourself some realistic targets.

  5. Not enough support – you’re always likely to quit if you’re not accountable to anyone. By getting yourself a buddy or a coach to report into at the end of each week, you will put pressure on yourself to achieve your goals and go to the gym or whatever they may be. Even if it’s just a fellow mum friend or colleague, have someone that you have to report to at the end of the week and you will achieve your goals.