I know how hard it is to get motivated to work and make it part of your daily routine. The first week is the worst! After your workout, pay attention to how different you feel the rest of the day. Not only are you likely to feel good about getting your workout in, but you will probably feel less stressed and more empowered to eat clean. You can do this!
1 – Set Smart Goals
Clear, measurable, time-bound goals are where it all starts. You should start with your ultimate goal, which is usually your goal weight or dress size, but could be something else of meaning to you. Then work your way backwards with a few steps you’d need to reach to get there. Set a time frame and go for it! If you keep your eyes on the prize at all times, it will help keep your motivation up.
2 – Make a Plan
Create a plan for every step. You need to schedule the days and times you’ll workout, make out your grocery list before you go to the store each week, and make a meal plan for the week.
3 – Set Reminders
Don’t allow yourself to forget or get side tracked when life gets in the way. Use post it notes to remind you of your goals and put them around your bedroom and bathroom. Write down why you want to lose weight and get healthy, and re-read it when you find your resolve is wavering. Use your cell phone to set reminders when you’ve scheduled your work out, to drink more water, and to take your Skinny Fiber 30 minutes before your two largest meals (Siri is great for this, if you’ve got an iPhone).
Today’s Words to Live By post will be short and sweet. PUSH. Persist Until Something Happens. So often we start something with excitement and enthusiasm only to quit just before we start seeing success. It is not uncommon to not see results right away, especially when it comes to weight loss and fitness. You have to keep going because consistency and perseverance is key to success. Keep pushing and you will get the results you’re looking for. 🙂
It’s the Monday of the 2nd week of the New Year and many people have already defaulted on their resolutions. Staying motivated can be hard, especially when it comes to fast food and eating a healthy diet.
You know how it goes…
It’s been a long day. You get off of work and head home in a hellacious commute. An hour or so later you’re picking up your kids from their after school program and maybe even making another stop before heading home (basketball practice, karate, dance, etc.)… then it’s time to figure out what’s for dinner! You’re tired and the last thing you feel like doing is cooking. The temptation to stop off at the drive-thru is strong because it’s both easy and convenient. BUT it’s also almost always unhealthy and totally against your weight loss and fitness goals. Don’t do it. Bad habits may be hard to break but it is possible to kick the fast food habit by planning ahead.
Here are a few tips to help you kick the fast food habit and eat healthier:
The New Year is almost here and one of the most common new year resolution ideas is losing weight and getting fit… which is not always an easy task. In fact, for many of us it’s down right challenging! However, it IS possible and more than that, YOU CAN keep your new years resolution if you set your mind to it. Here are few tips to help you stay motivated:
Break Your Big Goals Up Into Smaller Goals
Let’s say one of your big goals for the New Year is to lose 20 pounds. You need to set a realistic time frame and then create a plan of action by breaking up your goals into smaller goals and action tasks. A healthy weight loss is about 1-2 pounds per week, so a goal of 2 pounds per week is a good one. This means your deadline to accomplish your big goal could be 10 weeks to lose those 20 pounds. Now that you’ve got your deadline, you can set your first, smaller goal of losing 10 pounds in 5 weeks. Then you create your action plan, which will vary for everyone based on fitness level, eating habits, etc. Your action plan may be to simply walk every day for 30 minutes a day and to eat healthier. Or you may be a little crazier and decide to do the Insanity program. Whatever your plan, staying motivated to lose weight starts with setting a clear plan and being consistent.
Let Your Friends or Online Connections Help Keep You on Track
Most people know at least one other friend or family member who is also trying to lose weight and get in shape. The best thing you can do is team up with one of them and hold each other accountable.