I hear from people almost every day that say, “I wish I could be fit like you, but I can’t.
[insert excuse here: “I don’t have time”; “I can’t afford it”; “I don’t have exercise equipment”; “I don’t like to exercise”; “It’s just not for me”, the list goes on.]”
I used to feel the exact same way. I was never athletic growing up, and exercise did not come naturally to me. I had to develop motivation after many (many) attempts on my own.
Here are some of the ways I’ve found motivation so that my New Year’s resolution is still going strong, even at the end of the year:
1. Focus on the fact that this is a permanent lifestyle change, not a 3-week “phase”.
If I miss a day or two on my workout schedule or I fall off the nutrition wagon for a week, I don’t quit. I forgive myself (although it can be incredibly challenging), I hit the “reset” button and I move on.
2. Follow a researched and effective workout plan.
I am a fitness instructor, but even I know my limits. I don’t claim to be a certified personal trainer (yet!), and I don’t claim to have researched exercise science. I believe in following a safe, effective plan that I can do from the comfort of my own home. Trying to create my own program does not give the results I want! I’ve found that I see the results I want when I take my ego out of the equation.
3. Follow a nutrition plan.
This is another one where I am humbled sometimes. I don’t find the results I want when I think I know everything about nutrition. However, I do not believe in “dieting”. (refer to #1!) My nutrition plan is exactly that: a plan. If my plan changes because I went out of town for a few days with my family, then I do the best I can. I bless and release, and let it go.
4. Celebrate the little victories. (spoiler alert: They don’t necessarily revolve around the number on a scale!)
Did you follow your workout calendar to a “T” this week? Give yourself a dance party and unwind with a magazine and a clay detox face mask!
Did you do well on your nutrition plan this week? Great! Paint your nails and watch “Parks and Recreation” or whatever you like.
Did you have a crappy week taking care of yourself? Oh well. It happens to literally all of us. Read those quotes I put above (or google some of your own). One week does not have the power to ruin your entire year.
5. Get connected to a team who’s got your back.
Making a permanent lifestyle change for yourself is much easier when you connect with others. I am a coach to help people across the United States and Canada find a way to connect, motivate, uplift, and support each other.
Don’t have time to go to a gym? Pop in a 25-minute, scientifically-researched workout in your living room. Let us know when you’re done, and we’ll be there, cheering you on. Boom.
And there you have it! Some of my thoughts halfway through the month of January 2017.
Want to kick it into high gear, even though it’s not January 1? Not a problem. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s get started. Life is easier when we work towards bigger things together!