How to stay motivated with your fitness

One big thing that I’ve always struggled with when it comes to fitness is staying motivated. Some days or weeks I would be incredibly psyched about it and I wouldn’t have a problem fitting in a workout or eating healthy. Other days or weeks I couldn’t seem to get myself off of the couch to do anything. Through my fitness journey, I’ve collected a few tips and tricks to keep myself motivated and to stay accountable. I know I’m not the only one who has struggled with motivation, so I thought I would give you all my secrets.

Set realistic goals
Your main fitness goal might be to lose a lot of weight or be able to run 10 miles without giving up, but sometimes that can seem daunting or unattainable. One suggestion I have is to set smaller goals. Make yourself a ladder of goals, so-to-say. At the top you would have your large, main goal, but on the rungs of the ladder you would have smaller, more achievable goals that take less time to complete. For example, say that you would like to lose 20 pounds. One way to make that goal more achievable is to tell yourself you would like to lose 3 pounds every two weeks. That way you have smaller goals that don’t seem as hard to achieve. Instead of thinking about losing 20 pounds, you’re more focused on just those 3 pounds and it makes you work harder.

Get a workout buddy
Find someone that is also interested in fitness and stay accountable with one another. Whether or not you are physically working out together, if you know someone else is going through the same thing as you, it generally makes the experience a little easier. That way you have someone to talk to about your fitness journey that knows exactly what is going on. Try to make it a priority to report your health and fitness to each other at the end of the day. For example, make it a point to call, text, video message (or anything) with each other at the end of every day, telling each other how your workout was, what you had to eat, etc. If you feel like you cannot find anyone that would be your workout buddy, there are plenty of accountability groups online that you could join! (Or feel free to contact me, I would love to be your accountability buddy!)

Join a fitness class
This kind of goes along with the last tip. Generally if you join a fitness class at your local gym, you may feel more obligated to attend. Especially if you have to pay for the class up front, you won’t want to be wasting your money by skipping classes. With classes, you also have built-in fitness buddies!

Schedule in a workout
Maybe you’re a stay-at-home mom, a college student, or just a really busy person and you don’t have time to make it to a fitness class (or even to a gym). One tip that is really helpful is to schedule your workout for a particular time of each day as if it was an appointment. You wouldn’t want to cancel an appointment or something you have scheduled, so you feel more obligated to fit in that workout if you have it dictated for a certain time that day. For example, on days that I have to work early in the morning, I schedule my workout for when I will be done with work that day. I don’t physically write down my appointment, but if that makes you stay more accountable, feel free to do so yourself!

Switch it up
Don’t be afraid to try something new! Sometimes you can kind of feel “stuck” in a workout routine and it ends up feeling more like a chore than fun. This is when I advise you to switch it up! Join a new fitness class in town, search Pinterest for different workout routines, or order some new fitness DVDs! Personally, I love BeachBody workouts! I currently have a “BOD (BeachBody On Demand) membership” where I can access different BeachBody workouts online anywhere! I can use my phone, tablet, or computer to access programs that I’ve purchased or the whole array of workouts available on the website.

Download apps
There are plenty of apps these days available through the App Store or Google Play. Downloading some is an easy way to stay accountable, find new recipes, or track your information. Search on your phone’s app store under the health & fitness tab to find one that’s right for you. A lot of apps are free, but sometimes it’s worth the extra couple of dollars to get the premium version of them!

Buy new workout clothes or accessories
This one might be a bit of a stretch, but I know that getting new clothes or accessories (like fitness trackers) get me excited to workout! Sometimes all it takes is actually wanting to put my workout clothes on and then I’m ready to workout! Plus, who doesn’t love and want to wear new things?!

What helps you stay motivated when working out? Were there any tips that I missed that help you?

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My fitness journey

If you follow me on any of my social media platforms, you probably know that I have been very interested in my health and fitness lately. I’ve been posting transformation pictures, recipes, meal prep advice, etc. I figured that it was time to actually write about my fitness journey. Today is always the day that you can make a change in your life, and if this post motivates even just one person to make that change, then I will be very glad I posted this.

So let’s start at the beginning shall we..

This photo was taken somewhere around the year 2011 maybe? My whole life I had been quite active. I would participate in some sport each season and I enjoyed being outdoors and exercising. I still lived at home with my parents at the time so I generally ate meals that my mom would make for me (which were always very healthy). I would occasionally make trips to the gym and generally did cardio related actives. I was in college at the time so I definitely spent a lot of all nighters eating pizza, snacking on fast food when out of the house, and like most college kids, drinking alcohol on some weekends. I wasn’t actively watching what I was eating but it didn’t seem to be making a difference. My weight would fluctuate here and there, gaining and losing 5 pounds every now and then. I never really realized back then how skinny I actually was. I was very lucky and had a high metabolism and never really had to worry.

Fast forward a couple years to 2015, I had just had a baby 5 months prior to this picture. But I really can’t even blame much of the weight gain on him. I had a newborn and I was finishing my last semester of college. I was stressed out, tired, and had no time on my hands to prepare food. That lead to very unhealthy meals and tons of processed foods being devoured. I would eat when I was bored, not portion anything out, and I literally probably made the worst food choices that I could. I felt horrible. I would eat more out of depression and I would think to myself “well, I already gained all this weight I might as well not even care what I eat.” I was so unhappy with how I looked and felt. None of my old clothes fit me, I was incredibly self conscious about going anywhere, and I never really felt like myself.

When the new year (2015) rolled around, the holidays had ended, and I had my college degree hanging on the wall, I decided it was time for a change. I was sick of feeling and looking like crap. I wanted my old self back. So we threw out all of the crappy food in our house and decided to make a change. For quite some time we went back and forth with eating well and then binging again on junk food. We would see little changes and get discouraged that nothing big was happening yet. This lead to bad habits coming back and restarting every couple of weeks. It wasn’t until the summer time that we really realized that change takes time and that we needed to stay consistent to be able to see any changes. We started to follow the 80/20 rule which meant that we consciously ate healthy food and portions 80% of the time. 20% of our diet we allowed ourselves to splurge a little bit on some of our favorite things like pizza, wine, and dessert. It’s very hard to stay consistent if you don’t allow yourself some treats every now and then. No one is perfect, especially when it comes to health and fitness. I have my good days and I have my bad days but I finally found my groove and I am enjoying the journey. It’s definitely a lifestyle change that John and I decided to make but I really couldn’t be happier. Every couple weeks I set new goals for myself and it gives me that little extra push to fight for. It’s been quite the bumpy road but I like where it’s headed.