Something I get asked a lot is how I stay motivated to continue a healthy lifestyle? Well, to be honest, I DON’T! I am just like the next person. I love donuts, candy, pizza, cake, you name it! I struggle every day with wanting to stay committed to my health or “treat yo self”! I absolutely love food, and I love being lazy and lounging around.
The secret for me is allowing myself NO RESTRICTIONS! When you are constantly restricting yourself from things you can’t have, it can have a reverse effect and make you want it even more! If I want a cookie, I will eat a cookie. I don’t obsess about it anymore and I won’t kill myself doing cardio to try and burn that cookie off. I don’t want to be a slave to this lifestyle and the things I enjoy.
There are days I don’t want to go to the gym. I will tell myself a million excuses to try and talk myself out of it even. Too tired, busy, too sore, other things I need to do, people to go see, etc… I have said it all. BUT, I have NEVER regretted a workout! It’s a great feeling when I leave the gym feeling accomplished. Being proud of myself for pushing through the doubt and the pain is worth it all.
So how can you stay motivated? What do I do when I am feeling unmotivated?
I’ll give you some tips and trust me they work!
~ What is your why???
Why are you doing this? Why do you want to lose weight or change your lifestyle? Do you have kids you want to set an example for? Do you have health problems that you need to get in check? Do you just want to have a kick-ass body? There are so many reasons people want to change and it should never be for anyone but you. We all have a different WHY. Think about that reason when you want to quit.
~ Look at inspirational pictures
I always do this…and not because I want to look like someone else but because it sets a certain tone for me. I follow so many fitness accounts on Instagram because those women inspire me to be better. They may push a little harder than I do and document it making me want to work harder. They may have an awesome six pack of abs that I myself am working toward. They may just have a nice quote that really gets me thinking.
~ Plan ahead
It’s so easy to say you aren’t prepared so you will just start tomorrow…. until that tomorrow turns into the next day and then the next. It’s a vicious cycle. Make a plan and stick to it!
~ Set Goals
Whether you have just a little bit of weight or a lot, always set small, realistic goals. Once you reach that goal, reward yourself (NOT WITH FOOD) and then set another one. Then smash that one! Keep going and make it a sustainable lifestyle.
~ Reward Yourself
Like I said under goals, stop rewarding yourself with food. You are not a dog. Once you reach a goal, buy a new piece of clothing that makes you feel good, new workout pants (my go to), a bikini, something that you have been wanting.
~ Take Pictures
Oh my goodness, this is where it gets good! You may not see the scale budge, you may get discouraged but ALWAYS take pictures because there is usually significant changes! I used to weigh 140lbs and dropped to 99lbs show weight. I now weigh 130-135 depending on the day but my 135lb look now is completely different because I changed my body composition lifting weights. Pictures show those changes! It is always so much fun to watch the steady changes also. You will wake up each day and want to look and see the differences.
Always remember fitness is a process. It takes discipline and it takes consistency. You have to continue to put in the work even after you have reached your goals. Your mind will give up WAY before your body will. Fitness is about 80% mental. This is a lifestyle change.
Commit to your health and be your own motivation! Compete with yourself and no one else!