There’s a lot of information and misinformation out there, about what you can get done when it comes to transforming your body as well as how long that transformation should take.
Common questions are: –
- Can you work on something every day for eight weeks and build a habit?
- How much weight can you drop?
- Can you make any lasting changes?
- What’s possible?
Your surroundings are very important, the more colleagues, friends and family you have on the journey, the easier it can be.
What can you do in 8 weeks?
You have 24 hours in a day, it is down to you as to how best to use that time. It helps if you are organised and prepare in advance. You will be surprised what can be achieved in as little as 8 weeks.
As an example, if I wanted to lose weight or get in shape for a wedding or occasion, I would be focused, even if I was dropping a dress size. After the event things would go back to “normal” afterwards. Basically, I would go back to my old habits that got me out of shape.
In my own journey, I realised that the challenges of everyday life such as children and a professional career meant that my own personal lifestyle was having a negative impact. It took dedication to healthy living to finally break that rut and I focused on healthy eating, dedication to fitness and paying more attention to myself.
The aim of this 8 week challenge is not to lose as much weight as possible as quickly as possible.
The point of this 8 week challenge is to focus on creating lifelong habits and accomplishing small goals. When you can consistently and sustainably do this, over the 8 weeks period, then you are on the road to a lifestyle change.
Getting started is the momentum you need.
I remember the “why” when I first started, it continues to keep me motivated. Know your why and continue to remember it as you struggle during the first 8 weeks.
So yes, you can lose weight in eight weeks, but it might not be as much if you took eight weeks to starve yourself and work out at a ridiculous pace. That’s okay! That’s expected!
Yes, you can build muscle and strength, but perhaps not as quickly as if you worked out seven days a week. That’s okay! That’s not what we’re going for.
We’re not interested in “get fit quickly”, we’re interested in “get healthy permanently.”