Let’s keep it real, we all have seasons in our life where our health takes a backseat. Do you know the feeling? Your just so busy focusing on a million other things that your left with with no energy or motivation to think about eating healthy and working out…
You’re working late, getting ready for the holidays, it’s cold and rainy out, you’d rather watch football or stay in bed watching Netflix and eating cookie dough ice cream… We all have these slumps and feel unmotivated at times.
We acknowledge that our jeans are tighter, our energy level is lower and our cravings are out of control, yet still just can’t seem to get that fire inside that will cause us to actually do something about it. I’m here to tell you it’s okay. It’s normal. It happens! But don’t let it happen for too long, okay?!
With baby steps you can get started on the road to positive change and get out of that slump. Let’s discuss some ways to break out of the rut. These are tips that have helped me personally and I hope will be beneficial to you as well.
- Set Goals & make them S.M.A.R.T.
Without a goal, how do you know where you’re going or what you’re working towards? Choose just ONE short term and one long term goal you hope to achieve. These goals must be specific, measurable, attainable, results-focused, and time-bound.
For example, my long-term goal this year was to run a half-marathon in November. My short term goal was to begin running just once a week and work my way up to 4 times a week. Track your progress and make your goal visual (write it down or create a vision board).
- Find Your “WHY”
Ask yourself what the reason behind your goal is. Why is achieving a particular health & fitness goal important to you? Why do you want to get out of this funk and get back into shape? What is the motivation behind wanting to change your life? If you lack a strong connection to the reason why you’re doing something, you will lose motivation quickly. You have to change your mind before you can change your life. When things become difficult, busy, or tiring, remembering your WHY will empower and inspire you to keep going.
- Get Support
Whether it’s your family, friends, or an accountability group of some kind, be sure to get support DAILY. Lean into you support net to maintain motivation and stay on track. Celebrate your victories and lift each other up during difficulties. Find a workout buddy and plan to meet at least once a week for a workout. Get involved with a live or online support group to keep you accountable. Check out local health centers or meetup groups too. Email me anytime or join my wellness club. I’m always willing to help as an accountability buddy because I know how much it has & still does help me.
- Make it Fun
If you don’t love it, you won’t stick with it! Find a way to make health and fitness lifestyle fun for you. This will make you more likely to stay motivated and reach your goals. Find out what works better for you: working out at home, in a gym, or in a class? Do you prefer exercises focused on stretching, strengthening or intense high-impact workouts? Learn new ways to make your favorite recipes healthier, take more walks, you’re your bike, share your journey on social media… Whatever you choose to do, get creative and make healthy living FUN.
- Don’t Quit
Regardless of all of the tips and habits you will incorporate to help you keep the motivation burning, there will be times the wind will blow at you with such a great force that your fire may begin to diminish. The most important thing to remember is DO NOT QUIT. It’s in the moments where you feel like quitting, that your usually about to have a breakthrough. If you slip up for a few days or a week, remind yourself it’s okay. Remember to be gentle with yourself and love yourself. Get back up, continue to try again, and don’t quit. We all fail at one thing or another, what matters is that we learn from it and move forward. Don’t let a small bump in the road, keep you from continuing your journey to a healthy, fulfilling life.
I have now given you the tools to start building a healthy lifestyle. It is up to you to change your mindset and begin practicing healthy habits. Remind yourself of all the benefits you stand to gain from achieving your goal. Realize there are seasons & slumps & bumps in the road where motivation comes and goes, but remind yourself that your motivation won’t go away permanently. Commit to making your health and happiness a lifestyle. Set goals, know your WHY, find your fitfam, make it fun and don’t quit! I believe in you. You can do this.