Hello divas! I hope that your week has gotten off to a great start so far. Mine has been super busy since classes have started back but not too bad in general. I want to be real with ya’ll right now. This summer has been rough for me. I have been so super NOT motivated to do much of anything related to healthy living. My workouts have suffered (including a not so great half marathon), my healthy eating has suffered (so much traveling!) and I have just been feeling blah for the last few months. So what do you do to get back on track when this happens? Well I am glad you asked lol. Today I am talking a little bit about motivation. When you first start out on your journey, it is easy to get motivated to eat right, workout and generally just live a healthy lifestyle. But it is inevitable that you will hit a roadblock at some point and your motivation (and energy) just disappears. What do you do at that point? Well today I am sharing 5 ways that I use to stay motivated.
Create attainable goals and write the down. I am passionate about this one. You will want to set achievable goals to get yourself to where you want to be (see how to make goals stick). Start small and work your way up to the big ones. And be sure to write them down. This allows the goals to become real and yourself accountable. I started this blog as a way to stay accountable and it has helped quite a bit.
Take it one day at a time. It has often been said that Rome wasn’t built in a day. In other words, you are not going to achieve your goals in a single day. It takes time to lose 20 lbs. or train to run a marathon. One bad day is not going to totally derail what you are working towards. But you do have to keep going to reach those goals. It is so easy to get discouraged when a race does not go well or you gain weight instead of losing it this week.
Take some time away. Now I’m not saying that if you are trying to lose weight to totally pig out and undo all your hard work. But maybe don’t count calories for a week or 2 and relax a bit. Or if you are unmotivated to workout, take some time off of that particular activity and try a different activity (see how to learn to love fitness and make time to workout). Sometimes you just need a break to restart your system.
Celebrate milestones and reward yourself. When you have achieved one of your goals, be sure to acknowledge this achievement and reward yourself. This will help keep you moving forward. After completing a half marathon, I always ignore the diet and treat myself to a yummy burger. Big or small, acknowledging that your hard work has paid off helps you want to keep on going.
Focus on how you feel. It is important to put your focus on the right things. Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t worry about what the number on the scale says or how you look. Instead, focus on how it feels to reach those goals and how happy you are. Focus on how far you have come in your journey.
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What are some ways you stay motivated?
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