Hey friends!! I'm Cait from Fit Fierce and Fabulous! Thanks so much to Celia for having me guest post on her amazing blog today! Isn't she fabulous? I thought I would talk to you about some tips that I follow to make sure I'm motivated to work out (and yes I do try to work out about 5 + days a week!) Remember your past
Think back to previous attempts at losing weight or exercising. What made you quit before and are you on the same path now? If so, you've got yourself a pattern. Break it by figuring out what went wrong before. Some possibilities
- A diet that's too strict or too difficult to follow
- Feeling deprived of your favorite foods
- Feeling tired and sore from too many workouts
- Confusion about how to exercise the right way
- Being so busy, you can't figure out how to fit it all in
Make your own list and then figure out how to get around these issues. If the diet is too strict, make smaller changes you can live with every day. If you're busy, try shorter workouts. Change what you're doing until it works for you! Remember, everyone is different so what you may be trying to 'change' may be different then your best friend/spouse.
Pump Yourself Up
Maybe it'll be difficult to replicate the excitement you felt on January 1 when you were so ready to lose that weight or gain that muscle. But, you can get a little more fired up by going back to your original goal and remembering why you set it in the first place. What are you trying to accomplish? Remind yourself that what you do today has everything to do with where you'll be in 6 months.
Something I love to do before I do my morning work out is look at a post it that I stuck to my bathroom mirror. It says "Don't doubt! Go Work Out!" That always helps me to keep motivated, keep going, and know that every time I enter that gym, I am AMAZING to keeping up with my goals!
Track Your Progress
One simple way to stay motivated is to look back on how far you've come. Keeping a simple calendar of the workouts you've done gives you something tangible you can happily flip through, adding up all the days you exercised. Plus, knowing you have to write your accomplishments down may give you that extra push you need to get moving.
Regularly weighing yourself, taking measurements, getting your body fat tested or even doing your own fitness and endurance tests can help you stay on track. This Progress Chart is a great way to track how you're doing. If you have a Personal Trainer, they are more than happy to help you track your progress as well. Ask for copies of what they are doing with you so you can keep your own chart at home.
Be Open Minded
Being bored is the perfect time to try something new. You'll be more willing to try things you may have dismissed because they didn't fit within your definition of exercise. It could be bellydancing, a latin dance class or that spinning class at the gym. Or try something more mind/body like Pilates or yoga. I personally LOVE Pilates and have tried Yoga a few times. I'm still trying to motivate myself to do HOT YOGA with some girlfriends of mine. Having friends to help push you to try new things is always a fabulous thing as well!
However you feel you can pump yourself up, track your progress, be open minded and even MORE, always know that you helping your body. You're helping yourself to stay FIT, FIERCE and as always, the FABULOUS person that you are all becoming. Remember that this isn't something that is going to happen within a few days or maybe even weeks. We're all at different stages of attempting to be in the "best shape of our life" and that's okay!
If you have any other tips that you have to stay motivated I would love to hear them! Stay amazing bloggers! You're doing your body and your friends wonders but changing your life, one work out at a time!