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!
Today I wanted to reach out to tell you once again about my Jaybird Reign fitness tracker. When the trackers first started getting big I had no desire to have one. I figured I push myself enough I don’t need to keep track of steps. So after a long time I finally began to research them and the Reign stuck out to me. It really did things that the others don’t offer. It has a go zone that every morning you do a heart rate test and it tells you how ready your body is to workout. They also offer go zone reps that you can call and they will help you meet your goals.
The Jaybird customer service people have been so so helpful to me and so generous. If you are thinking about a fitness tracker please check out this one!
It’s the weekend! Stay on track. Do your shopping and cooking for the upcoming week.
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.
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.
Music speaks to me! This song is amazing to me. Let it empower you! Put it on your iPod. Turn it up in your car and sing along. Dance. Listen to the words. Relate.
Love yourself. Love yourself so others can love you. So others gravitate to you. Nothing is better than a confident woman. Be the woman you want to me. Be the person you should be, regardless of your past. Regardless of your rocky journey find a way to be positive. You are worth it!
Rise up! Tomorrow is Monday! People love to Start their journeys on Mondays. Regarded of when you start never stop working towards your goals!