It’s just another Monday. Another start to a busy week, the to-do list starts getting longer by the minute and the last thing on your mind it getting to the gym and staying focused on your diet. I get it. I feel the same way, and not just on Monday’s…It’s most days for me. I always have every intention of doing better this week than last. You know, go to the gym one or two days more, eat one less cookie or treat James and the girls are tempting me with. It’s hard, but over the last several months I have had a completely different outlook on the entire idea of working out and dieting. So, today I’m sharing a few of my tips for staying motivated, even when you don’t feel like it.
I have talked before about my struggles with weight, see here and here, and my hang ups with food and dieting. But, I haven’t talked a lot about fitness, what I do and truthfully how I have a love/hate relationship with the whole thing. I grew up an athlete. I played sports starting with tee ball all the way through college. But, being an athlete doesn’t automatically mean you’re this person who love fitness and loves getting up everyday to workout. And vice versa, you may not be very athletic at all so you feel the same way.
NO matter the type of person you are, we all need a little motivation here and there. We also need to know it’s ok if you fall off the wagon for a day or two or even a month. Things happen and we start telling ourselves we don’t have enough time, or you’re too tired, healthy food doesn’t taste that great. These are ALL LIES. Ha no but, really you can do this and here are some of my tips for sticking to it
Tips For Staying Motivated
- Have a plan. If you have a workout scheduled planed out you’re more likely to stick to it. There’s no wondering what you’re doing each day. Certainly things come up and plans change, nut having a plan gives you an idea of where you’ll be able to fit it in each day.
- Accountability is so important. This seems like an obvious one, but really it’s key to success. Tell your spouse, friend, sibling or whoever you can count on to ensure you’re sticking to your plan to meet your goals. Also, make sure this person is a positive accountability buddy. Any negativity or too much competition could actually have the opposite effect.
- Meal Prep and planning. So this may take a little extra time to think through all of your meals, but you’ll thank yourself later. When people start bringing in the donuts, cookies and candies into work you’re more likely to decline them, or at least eat less if you already have your meals and snacks with you an planned.
- Stay Positive. Some days are just hard, you’re tired and the negative thoughts start weighing you down. Remember, it’s ok if you miss a day or veer off your meal plan. Just stay positive and get back to it with the next snack, meal or workout.
These may sound simple, but they really things that have been helping me lately. What are you’re tips for staying motivated? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks below!
Thanks for stopping by and hope you’re off to a great start to the week!
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