It happens to all of us, we get all of our workouts in, our meals are clean, our days go as planned and then BAM. ALL MOTIVATION IS LOST. You go through the motions during your workout (that is if you even workout), you cheat on your meals (often), an illness strikes, a holiday derails your hard work or you feel completely burnt out! Does this mean you should stop? NO WAY. Trust me there are soooo many excuses why you shouldn’t get that workout in or eat healthy but there are also more reasons why you should. I get it, at the end of the day you are tired, motivation is lagging, the kids need supper and to be put to bed, and all you want to do is sit and watch tv. Been there, done that.
What gets me up and going again? Lots of things. My baby, my husband, my love for working out quickly returns, a quick reminder of how crappy eating crappy makes me feel, a good nap, a good nights sleep, and most of all support from the people around me. Here are some of the things that keep me on track or get me back on track.
1) Have a plan. If I step into the gym without a program I waste way too much time deciding on what I am going to do next. If this is you, hire a personal trainer or have one design a program for you, find a free program on the internet or write one up yourself. But don’t get into the gym and wonder around aimlessly going from one machine to the next. Have a game plan. This will help you reach your goals a lot quicker.
2) Enlist a partner. It doesn’t matter who, it can be your husband, boyfriend, friend, partner, girlfriend, wife, parent(s), kids, of even your dog. Yes, take your furry friend for a walk! Enlisting a partner keeps you accountable. There are many days when I DON’T want to work out. I have had a long night, and just want to eat pancakes, drink tea and sit and relax. But I have my husband to kick my butt into gear. We are there for each other. We don’t do our workouts together anymore, but we do the same workout on the same day just at different times. We are competitive, so I can’t let him do his workout and not do mine! Enlisting a partner keeps you accountable. Make a plan to meet at the gym at a certain time a few times a week, or attend a fitness class together. You won’t want to back out several times a week on someone!
3) Meal Prep. I don’t meal prep a lot of food at once but I do make enough for a few days at a time. I keep it super simple. Brown rice and quinoa mix, pancakes, mixed greens, have all of my vegetables and fruit washed and if needed, chopped, I make enough chicken, turkey,beans or whichever protein I choose for a few days. Don’t over think it. Eating healthy can be very simple and easy. I find when I have a few good recipes in my arsenal it helps in prepping some really yummy dishes quickly. If you aren’t able to get into the kitchen everyday, take time on a Sunday to prep your meals for the week and freeze some of them. This way you won’t be able to say you don’t have time to cook. If you are on a budget, there are some really great foods that are lower in price. Beans is one of them. Meat can be very expensive, and beans are a great replacement. They contain protein, carbs and fiber. For snacks, make your own. Don’t be that person that stands at the vending machine at 3 pm waiting for that Snickers bar to fill you up. Bring some easy snacks with you! Apples & nut butter, veggies and hummus, hard-boiled eggs, homemade granola bars, homemade muffins, fruit and some almonds, protein shake, plain yogurt and berries, there are so many options.
4) Plan for your day. If you are going to be out and about for the day, pack some snacks or a meal with you. If I have to do errands for the day and won’t be close to home I pack a lunch and snacks. Road trips are no exception. I don’t leave my meal choices up to the gas stations. I know my choices won’t be as healthy as if I pack my own lunch.
5) Surround yourself with like-minded people. I find I am most successful when I surround myself with people who share the same interests as me. I love being able to swap meal ideas, share workouts and motivation and help each other out when that motivation is lagging. Positivity is one of the biggest keys to success. You don’t need anyone bashing your journey and questioning why you are eating a certain way or can’t understand why you would want to subject yourself to exercise. Always remember why you are doing it and those like-minded friends will always be there to help remind you of why!
6) Don’t overwhelm yourself. Setting goals is great, and a must in my mind, but setting unrealistic goals is a sure-fire way to burn out. If you are getting started and you want to lose 20 pounds in one month, that isn’t realistic. Set goals that are challenging but that are attainable. Don’t start working out 6 days a week, for 2 hours a day. Start by working out 3-4 days a week for 1/2 hour to 45 minutes at a time. You want to enjoy exercise, not despise it. Choose an activity that you like, walking, biking, weight lifting, crossfit, running, boxing, bootcamp, swimming, whatever it may be!
7) Remember why you started. This is one really important. If you are burnt right out, want to throw in the towel and eat a 12 pack of donuts, just remember why you started. You started because you wanted to live a healthier lifestyle. You want to be strong for yourself, your kids, your family. You were fed up with how you felt and needed a change. You were unhappy with yourself. Your jeans weren’t fitting anymore and you weren’t going to buy the next size up. If you are having a bad day, think of all of the reasons you started.
What helps you stay on track??
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