Whenever I tell people that I’ve lost 6 dress sizes, the first thing they ask me is how the hell do I stay motivated, what is it that pushes me to want to keep going, well I just say, my health is more important, but it’s not just about wanting to fit and healthy, it’s also about being comfortable in your own skin. So this post is going to go through a variety of tips to keep you motivated when you’re working out and eating healthy.
1. Sit down and ask yourself why you want to reach your fitness goals?
There can be a variety of answers for this question, but what you need to remember is that you’re doing this for you, not someone else. I remember being in the supermarket the other day and this girl who couldn’t be anything more than 15 said to her mum I want to go on a diet to make this boy I like like me too, I was horrified about what I had heard, so please remember you’re an incredibly beautiful person and losing weight is about you and feeling confident and happy in your own skin. It doesn’t matter what size you are, as long as you are happy.
2. Make it enjoyable.
This sounds so simple, but if you enjoy it, and you’re having fun, then you’re more likely to continue, if you hate it then that is when you’re more likely to go off track. Now don’t think you have to sit in a gym all morning and hate it, because there are so many different activities that can be done from home. If there is something you want to give a go like Zumba, then there are some online videos where you can give it a try, see if you enjoy it, do you like it, and if you do, you can do more from home or go with friends to a class at your local gym or fitness club.
Before you undertake anything ask yourself a few questions like:
- How can I make this task enjoyable for me?
- Is there anything that you can do to make the class more interesting for me and the people around me?
These questions might sound really simple, but when you’re working out, you need to make sure you’re going to have fun. There will probably be moments during your workouts where it might not be so fun, when you’re shattered but still have another 10 minutes left of the class, but those are the moments when you know your body is going to be changing, leave everything in your workout, and feel pleased about what you’ve achieved. When you feel like giving up or that you can’t do it anymore because it’s boring, look how far you’ve come, there might be a few inches lost, more energy, being able to run further, having more stamina, these are all signs that your body is changing. Don’t just judge your fitness achievements by a scale or a tap measure.
3. Create a chart for your progress
Now you need to chart everything you’re doing, so start off by charting your weight and measurements. It will probably be easier if you had someone take your measurements because then they’re more accurate, it’s not easy try to tape measure your chest while trying to keep it in place.
The next thing you need to chart is something that relates to the type of workout you’re doing. I have a fitness watch which tracks my workouts, steps and calories burned during a specific exercise, you can get one, you can get lots of Amazon or in your local electrical store, and track how many calories you burn. But the best way if you want to get into running or cycling, start off by doing some light workouts and then increase the speed slowly over a few weeks, that way you can feel yourself getting stronger, your stamina increasing, your lifting heavier weights, you’re doing new yoga poses, all of these are signs that you’re working hard.
4. Use your mirrors
This is going to sounds so silly but when you’re not really feeling yourself, you feel like you might have put on a pound or 2, you tend to try to avoid mirrors, you don’t want people to see what you look like, you don’t want people to know you’ve put on a little weight or you try to hide it under some baggy clothes, but don’t do that.
What you need to understand is, you’re beautiful, inside and out, and nothing is going to change that, every inch of you is beautiful, so when you look in the mirror, treat your body like a friend, it’s okay to have stretch marks you’ve earned your stripes, it’s okay to sit down and have rolls, it’s okay to stand up and have rolls, it’s okay to have abs, it’s okay to not have abs, either way,you’re beautiful.
5. Use exercise like a stress release
When you’ve had a long day at work, there have been arguments, there has been drama coming out of each and every way, but you’ve still managed to get through the day with or without screaming at someone, I’m proud of you, working out can help to get rid of all of those frustrations, those moments where you want just 5 minutes peace and quiet, just you, your headphones and your workout. Honestly it’s one of the most relaxing things in the world.
6. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself
This is so important because it’s okay to be motivated, but don’t expect to lose 30lbs in a month, start off by making small changes in your life, so that could be anything from switching carbonated drinks to water, and instead of having normal tea in the morning, you have green tea, or instead of having sweets with your sandwich you have grapes, or if you have a chocolate bar at night swap it with some cacao nibs. All of those are little swaps that you can make.
7. Love the endorphins
When you workout, your body releases endorphins, these make you feel fantastic and completely fulfilled when it comes to your workout, so try not to focus on the fact that you’re trying to burn calories, get that kind of idea out of your mind, focus on the fabulous feeling you’re going to get after you’ve finished your workout.