Finding Your Baseline
Working off of a previous post about “starting where you are”.
So let’s ask ourselves a question:
“Where am I?”
In this case, where am I positioned in starting to work toward my goals?
Let’s use my own situation in August as an example:
11 weeks ago, I weighed 200 lbs.
I felt: Slow, tired, sad.
Nutrition: Inconsistent. 2-3 “good days” with 2-3 (or more) “bad days”*
Exercise: 4+ days per week.
With the fitness part of my goals being to lose around 6% Bodyfat, Get stronger in Major Lifts, and improve my conditioning, knowing where I was to start off this process was a good place to be.
It was the first step toward being honest with myself.
Before you undertake anything, there needs to be an “assessment”.
- Where am I right now?
- What tools do I have?
- What tools do I need?
- Can I build a plan?
Moving forward, I started to answer these questions for myself.
1.) Where am I right now: See above. 200 lbs with about 21% Bodyfat.
2.) What tools do I have:
- Training: Equipment
- Nutrition: Use my own Nutrition Company to build a simple plan to fit my needs
- Time Management: Gym is running in such a way that I can schedule a session to workout at 7am.
3.) What tools do I need?
- A plan to take action on my goals.
- A way to track all daily action taken (Seeing progress)
- Access to a facility to workout (The plan that I wrote required a gym. Not all plans need this)
- Daily plan (icalendar) to make sure that I have all my other obligations organized.
- Meal Prep plan. Written by me to keep good food ready to go, to make meals quick and simple.
4.) Can I build a Plan?
Short answer, yes—simply lining up the tools that I had and the tools that I needed “Pre-wrote” my plan.
With these questions answered, I could move forward with the plan that I wanted to write with my goal in mind.
Next time, I’ll cover the plan I used in more detail.
For now, here are two action steps:
- Think about your goals.
- Identify where you are in relation to those goals (Baseline)
- Ask yourself the 4 questions.
- Take action!
All the best,