What I wish I knew before I started my transformation

Want to change your body for better? Here’s what New Body Plan creator Jon Lipsey wishes he’d known before starting his own body-transformation challenge so you can make the fastest possible progress!

There are a few reasons why people put off starting a transformation plan. For me it was mainly down to self doubt. For others it could be uncertainty about what plan to pick or how to execute it. Whatever your reason, the following seven insights will give you the tools you need to start and complete a plan with confidence.

Ask yourself why
The most important question you can ask yourself before you start a plan is ‘why do I want this?’ The answer is important because it’s something you’ll draw on when things get tough. In my case, I wanted to transform my body ahead of the arrival of my first child, so that I could stop my slide into obesity and, instead, be fit enough to run around with him in the park. I used that image to drive me on during challenging sets. Without it, there’s no way I’d have pushed as hard.

Believe you can change
This isn’t some throwaway Instagram slogan. Psychologists have shown that you maintain motivation when you feel in control and when you believe that your actions will affect your outcome. This is why a lot of people fail to get results: they don’t believe in themselves. But if you believe that you can make a change to how you look and feel (and I’m here to assure you that you can) then, again, you can use that to push on, knowing that the effort you put in will be rewarded.

Think process not outcome
This is something that you can borrow from elite athletes. They don’t worry about ‘what ifs’, they focus all of their effort and energy on executing a plan. It’s a liberating and highly effective approach. So don’t second guess yourself, just take your plan one day at a time and focus on putting as much into each session as you can.

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Imagine eight weeks from now
Sometimes things are simpler than they seem. For example, if you don’t start a plan, imagine how you’ll look and feel eight weeks from now. Pretty much the same as you do, right now. And if you’re happy with that, great. But if you’re not, then think about how you’ll feel in eight weeks time if you follow and complete one of our plans. Imagine the satisfaction you’ll feel. Then think about the likely improvements to your sleep quality, stress levels and mood. Quite a compelling prospect, isn’t it?

Anticipate obstacles
This is likely to make the difference between success and failure. You see, it’s unlikely that you won’t encounter obstacles during your eight-week plan. These could include work pressures or family and social commitments. The point is that if you don’t anticipate them, you won’t have a plan for how to deal with them. If, for example, you go to the pub every Friday lunchtime with work colleagues, you may want to let them know in advance that, for the next eight weeks, you’re doing a training plan and you won’t be able to join them. That way they either won’t ask or, if they do ask, you’ll already have laid the groundwork for how you’ll respond.

Prepare to commit
Commitment sounds like a scary word, right? But in a fitness context it actually makes your life easier. And when you commit to a plan, it becomes easier to stick to. For example, if you commit, you don’t have to decide whether or not you’re going to do a workout. That has already been decided for you. You’re doing it. So all you need to do is show up and follow the plan. If you don’t commit then workout day will come around and you’ll have to wrestle with yourself over whether or not you have the time and energy to complete the session.

Take a step
An eight-week plan can appear daunting at the outset but, really, it’s just a series of simple steps. If you think about it as taking one step at a time, then it becomes less intimidating. Also, with every step you take, you’re closer to getting the result you want – something that can’t be said for inaction. So take that first step. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

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