You know when you have one of those days where you just don’t feel motivated to do anything?
You may have started a new fitness program and was super excited in the beginning, but now you’re getting tired of it and want to give up. Even as a trainer, there are some days where my bed feels extra comfortable in the morning and I really want to hit that snooze button and skip my morning workout or I just want to be able to eat whatever I want without thinking about my health.
But over the years, I’ve learned that if we only worked on the days when we felt like it, nothing would get done and we would never reach our goals. I want to share some strategies that help me keep moving forward.
1) Envision yourself as who you are
“I’m fat.” “I’m lazy.” “I’ll never make it.” Stop telling yourself these lies. We all have the potential to be great. Start seeing yourself as who you really are – a motivated individual.
Make do with what you have, where you are. You already have exactly what you need to be successful. If you believe that your health is important to you then you will make it a priority.
2) Grab a Buddy
It’s true that two is better than one and it can get tough when we do things by ourselves, especially when building new habits. Find a community that can keep you accountable and encourage you when you feel down. If you scheduled a workout with your friend, you’re less likely to skip out. Surround yourself with positive people who see the best in you, even when you don’t see it yourself.
3) Make Things Easy
Being healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. If you keep things simple, it’ll be harder for you to fall off track and use laziness as an excuse.
- Sleep in your gym clothes so you can workout first thing in the morning.
- Keep your gym bag in the car so you can go straight to the gym after work.
- Cook large portions of protein & veggies for the whole week so you won’t be tempted to buy an unhealthy lunch.
- Prepare your breakfast the night before (eg. put all the ingredients in your blender so you can just press a button in the morning)
4) Write Your Goals Out & Revisit Them Often
Schedule a time to write out your long term and short term goals and then decide how often you want to reflect on them (monthly, weekly or even daily). Place your goal list somewhere where you can see it all the time – on the fridge, as your phone background, your computer background, on your door, wall, etc. If you’re constantly reminded of your goals, it will help you remember how much you want to achieve them, then you’ll be less likely to give up.
5) Repeat & Practice
Habits take time to form. If you’ve been doing something the same way for most of your life, it will be mentally and physically challenging when you decide to change your habits. But you should give yourself full permission to make mistakes! If you stumble, it’s just another chance to learn. You do not need to beat yourself up. Remember that anyone who is an expert in anything was once a beginner, so keep pushing through. As you practice, you’ll get better!
**Here’s also a little bonus – sometimes we just need someone to give us a pep talk to kick us in the butt so we will get back on track. If you don’t have a friend who can do that for you today – I found an awesome playlist with motivational speeches that can pump you up. If you’re feeling uninspired and need some drive in your life, listen to this!
By Jacquelyn Son