1. To feel better about myself.
2. To increase my feelings of self worth.
3. To be able to run and jump without worrying about hurting myself.
4. To look good in a tight dress.
5. To be able to wear shorts in the summer.
6. To be able to go swimming without being self-conscious.
7. To feel I can go swimming at all!
8. To be able to run with my grandchildren
9. To be healthier.
1. To feel better about myself.
I have a tough time working out – especially in the morning – but when I do workout in the morning it sets the tone for my day. There are some really good reasons why you should workout in the morning, but my favorite is that I feel like a rock star when I’m done. 😉 The hardest part of getting motivated to workout in the morning is making it a routine and doing it consistently. Once you make it a routine to start your day off with exercise, your body will adapt, and you’ll end up feeling more energetic throughout the day.
Here are 10 tips to give you motivation to work out in the morning:
#1 – Get everything ready the night before.
Lay out your workout clothes, socks, shoes, ipod (or mp3 player), headphones, and put your water bottle in the fridge.
#2 – Set multiple alarms.
I set the alarm on my phone and make the title something motivational like, “I am Thin and Strong” and then set another alarm in another room. Hitting the snooze button is too tempting, but once you physically get up to turn off that other alarm it’s easier to get going.
#3 – Make it a daily commitment.
Treat your workouts like it’s an appointment. You get up everyday and go to work, right? Or you get up and take your kids to school, don’t you? I bet you don’t give doing those things much thought because it’s your routine. You have committed to doing those things and even though some days are tougher than others, you still do it. Commit to your workouts and your health in the same way. You deserve it.
It’s true of many things when you first start doing them… you may not see results right away. It can be hard to stay motivated, but then you see some slight changes! That’s awesome, right? I think so, but for some people the progress is not fast enough… it’s not good enough. I want to remind you that slow progress is better than no progress! Losing 1-2 pounds per week is progress and it’s the general standard for healthy weight loss, so if you see that and get discouraged because you’re not seeing those mammoth numbers from the Biggest Loser weigh ins, don’t be. If you lose the weight the healthy way, you are much more likely to keep it off.
Just two words today to compliment the words above: YOU CAN!
I am a master at over complicating things! But as I learn and grow, I realize it’s best to just keep it simple whenever possible. I’m re-starting the 90 Day Challenge today and am going to focus on the words above. Eat well (healthy), move gracefully (committing to move my body at least 3 times a week), sleep deeply (7-8 hours a night minimum), and taking the time to refresh myself (for me this means a few things, like unplugging from my computer, going to church every week, spending time with my kiddos, and more.). The most important thing about this Words to Live By Wednesday is to Love Your Body. It’s ok to not be happy with the way it looks right now and want to change it… but remember, it’s your body and if you’re like me it has probably served you pretty well so far. It’s the only body you’re going to have in this life, so if it’s not perfect, that’s ok – IT’S YOURS! 🙂
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).