Top reasons why you are not reaching your New Year's Resolution weight loss goals
Q and A with Natalie Belt, CrossFit 859 member
Why did you choose to start CrossFit?
Natalie: The biggest reason was for accountability. I had tried the gym thing on my own, but didn’t know exactly what I should be doing. If I’m left to do something on my own, to be my own motivator, I typically don’t do so well. So the biggest thing with going to CrossFit was that I would have someone there to educate me, keep me accountable for being there, and pushing me. Everyone walking around coaching us and pushing us along helps me a lot. Going in on my own, I would throw my ear buds in, hit the elliptical for 30 minutes and think I had a great day. Now I know I’m capable of 20 times more than that.
What were your goals? Motivations?
Natalie: I’m not the type of person that focuses on numbers, I have an idea of me in my head and my biggest goal is to be pushing towards becoming that person. My biggest goal is to be healthy and comfortable with myself.
Where are you on your journey? What have you accomplished?
Natalie: I started CrossFit in July, so it has been about 6 months, and I feel like I have accomplished a lot. Before I would run a lap around the building and be winded, now I can run 200m and keep going. I’ve never lifted weights besides a little in high school and now I can deadlift 300 lbs. Those are big strides but I still feel like I’m at the beginning of my journey because there is still so much I want to accomplish.
What obstacles have you encountered?
Natalie: My biggest obstacle has been the people that don’t understand. For the lack of better words, I have received some ridicule. I’ve had people ask me what am I doing? Why am I doing this? They tell me that I am fine the way I am. I tell them that I want to be happy, healthy, and fit. I feel better after a workout, my anxiety is no where near as bad as it used to be, its helping me a lot. I agree that I am good where I am, but I always want to strive for more. I want to be satisfied, but not comfortable. I feel like people use those words hand in hand. I just want to be a better version of me.
If you want to achieve those New Year's Resolution goals, whether they involve weight loss or not:
Get accountability -- Will power alone never works, create a support network.
Find a coach -- A plan that is well thought out and organized is much easier to stick with.
Block out the negative -- Rid yourself of any negative beliefs that you may have or that others throw at you.