We all know that we can’t rely on willpower. It only works when your mind and body are willing to do it. We live in a society of instant gratification. Now-a-days you can go on your lunch break, lay on a table and someone will wave that magic wand and presto you have a flat tummy, bigger butt and anything else without breaking a sweat. While others are putting in work; carving out time in their already busy schedule to workout, prepping their meals on the weekend and packing lunches to stay on track. After a week of staying on track you are excited to see how much you have lost and when you step on that scale, look down you think your eyes are playing a trick on you, so you step off to try this again. This time when you step on that scale you just stand for a second then you look down, nope your eyes are not playing with you, you’ve lost half a pound. Trust me, I know that feeling, disappointment, frustration even appalled. You are working hard, doing your part but it seems like it’s all for nothing. You start questioning yourself. What am I even doing this for? How do I stay motivated? Well, no worries I got you. Here are a few things that will keep you motivated in those dark times.
Remember your why – When you started this journey you had a goal, a reason why you were doing this. (If you don’t you may want to get on that). Take a time out and just think about the reason you started this journey. Was it to be able to run a 5k or lower your cholesterol? Whatever is your why, focus on that. Go back to your reason and remember why you started. Think of all the benefits that comes with you reaching your goal.
Your Crew – When you surround yourself with people who are working out and eating well they will keep you motivated. Even when you don’t feel like going to the gym today and you ask your friend if they want to go eat, they won’t be able to hang out right after work because they have to go the gym. You might as well go too. However, if you are the only one who is trying to live that healthy life, it gets difficult to go workout when everyone you know just don’t feel like it. But if you had a friend to call or know you are meeting someone at the gym it makes it easier. Remember that old saying “Birds of a feather flock together”? Like-minded people stick together and support each other.
Reward yourself – It is important to acknowledge your dedication to staying on track even if you only lost half a pound. You put in the work, you deserve a reward. It doesn’t have to be anything big. It could be something as small as a gold sticker on your calendar every Friday you complete your workout week. Imagine, you glance at your calendar and see stars. You are not only going to feel great but also elated that you accomplished your task.
Staying motivated can be done many ways but by staying focused, surrounding yourself with like-minded people and rewarding your hard work you are on your way to achieving your goal!
Get more info about Elizabeth Colen, Confidence Coach on http://www.MsFitOne.com. Fit Mind, Fit Body and Fit Spirit.