We all go through those times where we don’t feel very motivated. We let our training and eating habits slip, and just can’t seem to get back on track and in a consistent rhythm. I’ve been there many times.
Well here are some helpful tips on how to stay motivated! These are tips that I have found work well for me and have definitely helped me in times when I’ve needed it.
1. SET GOALS
Make sure you set both short and long term goals. This will definitely help you stay on track and motivated. If you have an event coming up, your short term goal could be to fit into a dress for that event. Your longer term goal could be to lose 6 kilograms in 2 months. And your long term goal could be to have the body you had a few years ago.
Make sure your goals are specific and that you are measuring them. Take progress photos and body measurements. When you are working towards something, it is much easier to stay on track.
2. BE ORGANISED
Have a workout and eating schedule and stick to it. Schedule in your workouts and make them dates with yourself that you can not change. If your friend wants to catch up for dinner, re-arrange for another night/time that suits or arrange a later dinner after your workout. Make your workouts your top priority!
Plan all of your meals for the week. This will prevent you from buying unnecessary junk food at the grocery store and also prevent you from eating out. Eating out a few times a week can be costly and can also slow down your progress. I like to try and plan every meal for Monday to Friday and try not to eat out during the week.
3. GET A WORKOUT BUDDY
Get yourself a workout buddy and schedule in when you are going to work out. That way, it is much more difficult to skip your workout as you won’t want to abandon your friend! And you can help motivate each other, but during your workouts at the gym, and outside of the gym too. Plus it’s a great way to bond :)
4. HAVE REMINDERS
Print out your workout and eating schedule and stick it on the fridge. Write out your goals and stick them on the fridge with it! Print out photos of people who inspire you or older photos of yourself (if this is your goal) to keep you motivated. I have a whole folder of photos on my phone of people who inspire me, as well as older photos of myself when I was in better shape to help keep me motivated. Look at these when you need some extra motivation!
5. KEEP BUSY
I find that I am actually better at sticking to a workout and eating schedule when I am busy. When you are being lazy at home, the last thing you feel like doing is getting up and going to the gym, or cooking a healthy meal. It is much easier to relax on the couch and get take away. Keep yourself busy and your mind distracted so you don’t even have to think about working out and eating. It just happens and it becomes a part of your daily schedule.
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Love Rachael xx