6 Ways to Stay Motivated

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!

 

XOXO,

Tiff

 

 

 

 

 

Supplements

Have you ever been so frustrated from not seeing results from training hard in the gym and eating clean? Let me tell you, RESULTS WILL COME! It may just take a little longer without the correct supplements or correct way of eating.

There are tons of women (and men) who think that pills and shakes are a way of life and a way to get lean. This is not the case. It is actually dangerous to live off shakes no matter what some companies tell you. Don’t buy into that nonsense. I’m speaking from experience! You have to consistently put in the work DAILY! You have to eat right, drink your water, and exercise. Supplements are a very good tool to fast track your progress, however. So, this is where a good list of supplements come in. I am a supplement FREAK!! I have tried everything under the sun and if you follow my Instagram, I am always posting about supplements I like! Below are the ones I take and LOVE! I won’t steer you wrong!

MULTIVITAMIN ~ A good multivitamin is so important for overall health whether you are working out or not. But when we workout we tend to go through our body’s nutrients much quicker. If your body becomes deficient in certain vitamins and minerals, all sorts of things can go wrong. My very favorite is  Opti-Women.

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WHEY PROTEIN ~ Get a good quality protein. Protein is so good for building muscle and an easy way to get it into your body is protein shakes. I drink protein shakes as snacks or after a good workout. NOT for a meal replacement. And NO protein will not make you bulky or fat. There are so many different yummy flavors so these are good if you are craving something sweet as well. Below is my favorite.

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FATTY ACIDS ~ Omega-3 fish oil has many benefits such as minimizing the fear of heart disease, assisting in building strong joints, improving skin quality, providing the body with a healthy dose of required fat and it reduces depression also with improving immune system function.

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BCAA’s ~ Branched Chain Amino Acids are amazing for Recovery during and after a workout. They help aid in weight loss. The amino acids are delivered directly to your muscles thus help tremendously with muscle soreness.

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FAT BURNER ~ I use these over pre-workout drinks. Only take these if you are comfortable with them and read the directions carefully. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about them. I absolutely love fat burners and when taken correctly, they can fast-track progress! I am very picky about these and my favorite is below.

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These are the only products I take now that I am not prepping for competitions. Remember, supplements are to be used as just that, Supplements. Keep your diet clean and train hard. Your health should always be a priority over your looks!

Let me know if you have any questions.

XOXO,

Tiff