What motivates you? What keeps your motivated? We all wish it was easy to lose weight and get into an exercise routine. There has to be something that motivates us. Is it that your clothes don’t fit? Is it what someone said to you or how they looked at you? It really doesn’t matter what it was that brought you to this journey. It is what keeps you motivated to stay on this journey. It is NOT a diet. It is a journey to a healthier you. It is a fitness and healthy food journey. Learning how to do what is your normal routine of shopping and cooking will be your first hurtle. You crave what you know. Your mind and body needs to be retrained. You have to learn what is healthy and what good portion sizes are. Finding different ways to cook that are healthy and new recipes that will be exciting. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. Dreaded exercise…I say dreaded because so many people tell me they don’t know how to get started. Just start by moving! Take the dog for a extra long walk. Use half of your lunch hour and take a walk around your work parking lot. Join a gym that works for your life. Make sure its affordable, that you are comfortable there, they have a childcare so you can commit to going without excuses. Don’t be intimidated. Walk into the gym and be confident. Hop on a machine push the green start button and start moving. Commit to staying on the machine a little longer every time. Put the resistance up as you get into a routine.
I used to reward myself with food. I still do occasionally but before you can start with food rewards you have to meet your weight loss goals and really be in a good head space about your journey so you can have perspective. In the beginning that is just not something that is easy. No cheat days! Let your reward for weight loss be to get higher goals and set aside money to buy yourself a article of clothing or fun piece of inexpensive costume jewelry. Reward yourself with time..set aside some time to just sit and watch a mindless show, read a book or take a bubble bath! This journey you are embarking upon can be so rewarding! Just stay the course and if you veer off get right back on track. Don’t let any time go by…not a minute! The longer your off track the more weight you put back on or gain and gaining is so much easier than taking if off! I believe in you!
So it’s been a while. Sorry about that! It is a new year and many make resolutions or promises to themselves. A lot about weight loss and fitness. Don’t set yourself up for failure! Do the research…don’t be lazy! You can only change if you do the research and pick and choose what will actually work with your lifestyle. Get on the internet, go to the library! Read up on recipes, find out how many calories you should be taking in to lose the weight you want. Read up about different programs that you can apply to your life. Find out what foods you should be eating. The only way it will work to lose weight and keep it off is to learn how to shop, cook and eat healthy. Learn balance so you can enjoy the things you love but still stay on a healthy journey.
Fitness is another key factor to this journey. You will lose the weight faster if you incorporate some sort of fitness to your daily life. Everyone has a level that they need to begin at. If money is an issue and you can’t join the gym then get outside and walk, go to the mall and walk. See if your cable network offers exercise programs. Find alternatives to the exercises or moves to fit your level. No excuses!
Drink your water! Half your body weight in water a day!
So you started your journey. You can do this strictly with your diet or you can incorporate working out into this journey! I suggest both. Let’s say you choose to hit the gym. Now you are there…the real struggle begins. It may be out of your comfort zone or intimidating. Do not zone out. This journey is for you. You have to want this. You have to want it more than your afraid of it. Get on a machine push the green quick start button and set a short term goal! Challenge yourself to get to that short term goal and surpass it! Crushing your goals will become the only thing on your mind instead of the laundry you have to do or the errands you have to run. Doing this will keep you accountable and motivated. You will be able to say you did it and hopefully want more!
I don’t believe in a cheat day but if that is how your journey is set up I suggest you work out on that cheat day because if you get on the scale or out your pants on the next day and they are tight….was the cheat day worth it? We all know how hard it is to loose a pound or two so that crap you ate on your cheat day I am guessing wasn’t worth it. If you balance your diet and exercise plus do not deprive yourself you won’t feel the need to go over board on one single day.
So I am in Orlando on vacation with my children. It’s vacation so we indulge a bit but I always keep perspective. I have been on this journey for a long time now. I have not gotten to where I am to begin to ruin it in a few days! I had groceries delivered to our villa so I could make the best decisions possible. When I am away from the villa I comb the menu for the healthiest choices I can make. As you all know by now I am big on dessert so I would rather make a healthy choice for my meal and have dessert! I have also been waking up every morning and working out! I normally put in 45 minutes to an hour at home but I committed to at least a half hour of cardio everyday while I am here. My day off was the morning we arrived;). I have been walking around a lot too so all my fitness goals are being met and that allows me to have the ice cream or treat I really want.
The holidays are upon us! Do yourself a favor and eat what you love. Eat what you really desire in moderation. Have a taste not a plate or two full! I don’t believe in deprivation because I truely believe that sets us up for failure! So eat the special appetizer your aunt makes that you love or your favorite Christmas cookie…have one not 10! Workout! I don’t care if the gym is closed for the holiday…get outside and take a walk or a jog! Do a video in the house or check your local programming for an exercise program. This is your journey…you can live but you can also achieve the body that you want to be healthy and fit!
What will your “ah ha moment” be? Will it be something someone says to you? Will it be reading this blog? Will it be when your jeans no longer fit? What is it that motivates us?
Today, when I was preparing to leave the locker room to work out this woman who is at the gym almost as much as me stopped me. She said she is in awe of me and that she wants to attach herself to me. She wants my drive. My motivation to push myself on my own. I don’t always give myself credit for all of my strengths! In this quick passing moment I realized take a second to pat yourself on the back for staying on this journey and for my self-motivation. As I have told you before I prefer to push myself on my own rather than attend the classes my gym offers. I took the time to research different strength training exercises and incorporate this into a routine. Cardio is easy because all you have to do is jump on a machine and move. The challenge is pushing yourself to limits that will allow your body to change. Last challenge is preparing and consuming healthy meals and snacks that are portioned properly.
This woman only does classes because she believes she doesn’t have the ability to push herself and create her own routine. I don’t believe in “I Can’t”! I don’t want to hear I can’t come out of anyone one of my followers mouth’s. Say I can and try! If you try you will eventually succeed. Allow any failure to motivate you to try again. Keep trying till you get it right! When you want something bad enough you will find a way to start! Push through your fears and the pain! Start and do not stop! Be proud that you started. Continue on this journey and find the motivation within yourself to never say “I Can’t” again.
So after a year of contemplating the possibility of getting a tattoo I finally did it this weekend! Because I Can! I also tweaked my left knee and it is swollen and bruised. So between the two things I had to take two days off from the gym and went very easy today feeling like there wasn’t much I could do. I am just so used to really going hard and dripping with sweat when I am done with my workout. I realize once again how much exercise is a part of my life. It is a release for me. It makes me happy. It makes me feel good about myself.
I hope for you that you can motivate yourself to find an exercise routine that works for your life and stick to it. It will make you happy, it will bring out a confidence you might not have had before. There is nothing negative it could bring out in you!
I will go to the gym tomorrow and try to go light but as long as I get there it will be a mind over matter for me. My withdrawals will ease up and I can get some form of exercise in:)
The best motivator is yourself. If it comes from within it has the potential to be forever. Because You Can:)
Having been very sleep deprived for the past couple of weeks I have had to work very hard to stay motivated. As we all know this journey isn’t easy on a daily basis. You are all getting to know me but those who do know me know that when I set my mind to something there is very little that can get in my way! I work very hard to eat well and on a schedule. I very rarely drink alcohol and work out 6-7 days a week. Lately with the labor day weekend and enjoying time with friends I have been drinking more than normal. I always drink clear…vodka and club. I eat before I go out so that I am not hungry to eat crap. If I do eat out I make the best choices possible. I went to the tiki bar and looked at the menu and it was almost laughable but then I saw grilled chicken wrap and it was the perfect comprise! The no eating after 7…um well that has been broken recently too. All of these broken promises to my journey have reflected in no negative changes to my body. I attribute that to when I can I stay the course and work hard on my fitness. I actually weighed myself and am happy to say I am 148. I think that is my number. Less than 150 which is all a head game for me but as long as I realize that I know where I need to be for me. When I look in the mirror or try on my clothes I feel good. What is it all about people? Feeling your best! So if you feel your best you will reflect that and people will be drawn to you. Your number on the scale doesn’t make you the amazing person that you are. Your happiness that you outwardly exude is what draws people in and keeps you feeling your best. So the point of this blog is sometimes we have a bad eating day. Sometimes we have a bad eating meal or skip the gym a day or more. This all is normal stuff. Life is busy and our daily life can force us to not stick to our routine. As long as you are constantly aware of your journey and never give up you will be ok.
Stay motivated. Find motivation within yourself. Take motivation from the person on the machine next to you at the gym. See someone walking or running down the street and let that motivate you to get out there too. Go grocery shopping and pick up the right things that you love to fuel your body properly. Allow joy in your life. Tell yourself you are beautiful because you are. Exercise because you can. Tomorrow is another day and as long as you wake up you have the opportunity to make it a good one!