You have set yourself a target to lose 10 kilos in 5 months. You decide to include going to gym regularly and working out to reduce your weight and improve your fitness level. Based on a variety of advice received from various experts, you form an exercise routine. However, it is 2 months and you have lost only a kilo. While you exercise on four days a week, doing it daily has been a challenge. Your plan was to exercise between 6:30 AM and 8:00 AM but you fail to get up before 6 AM, which makes it difficult to start exercising on time. You are happy with the trend of weight loss and decide to continue the same routine. Another month goes by without any loss of weight.
What would you do?
There are levels in which this objective can be looked at.
Reviewing the routine for objectives:
Why do you want to lose the 10 kilos? Is it for better fitness, better looks, or some other reason?
With the deeper objective in mind, let us review the routine.
Let us say, it is for better health. Does the routine remain still valid? Was there any aspect overlooked while setting the objective, like diet control?
Reviewing the routine for adherence:
It was decided the routine was ‘going to the gym regularly and working out’. Does 4 days a week qualify as ‘regular’?
What comes in the way of getting up before 6 AM? Is there any other adjustment needed for your sleep routine? Is that practical?
May be you are getting to bed too late? Can you get to bed earlier?
Did you adhere to other supportive actions like diet control? Are there changes needed to those assumptions?
May be controlling the diet in office is not working out because you have regular client meetings. In which case, what can you do to manage your diet?
So, a thorough review helps in course correction of routines to reach your goal.