It takes a lot of motivation and hard work to lose 100 pounds!

It takes a lot of motivation and hard work to lose 100 pounds!

Now that you’ve read my book (go read it if you haven’t!), written down your fitness goals, bought all new workout clothes and signed up for a zumba class you’re all ready to go!  You are ready to do this!  You feel so motivated, nothing can stop you now!  At least that’s how you feel, for about a week.  You still want to lose weight, but now the idea of going to that zumba class sounds exhausting.  Maybe you’ll skip it tonight and go instead tomorrow.  And those fresh veggies in the fridge is what you really should be eating, but it would just be so much easier to heat up  that frozen pizza instead.  And so it goes.  What started out with you enthusiastically skipping your way to the gym and gladly munching on raw broccoli has ended only a week and a half later with you back on the couch eating a bag of M&M’s.  At this rate, you are never going to reach your fitness goals.  What happened?  You were so pumped when you first started, how do you stay that way?

Remember Why You Started:

It’s easy to skip the gym when you’re tired.  Especially now that it gets dark earlier and the temperature has dropped.  The last thing anyone wants to do is head to the gym on a cold rainy evening.  But just remember that if you don’t drag yourself to the gym, you’re never going to be where you want to be.  Where is it that you want to be? Why did you start working out in the first place?  And how badly do you want it?  Think about this next time you “just don’t feel like going to the gym”.  If you really wanted to change your body, you wouldn’t let a little rain deter you.  So how badly do you want to reach your goal?  More than anything you say?  Okay, then prove it.

Fitspiration:

Anytime I feel like being lazy or eating an entire pumpkin pie (I’ve really done this before.  It wasn’t hard at all), I pull out every kind of fitspiration I can find.  I buy a few fitness magazines, check my Instagram for fitness bloggers, watch clips of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, whatever gets me pumped to stay on track.  Looking at images of fit, healthy people who look amazing gives you something to look forward to.  We all want to look amazing and be super fit don’t we?  We all can if we workout hard and eat right!  Seeing other people who have already accomplished what you want to do, gives you hope that you can do it too.  Always keep a source of fitspiration close by when you’re losing motivation.

Set Small Goals:

Of course you have your big goal, the ultimate goal which is to have a totally rocking body and feel amazing.  But it is most likely going to be a long journey to get there.  Thinking about how far you have to go can be very de-motivating.  But you can’t think like that.  The time is going to pass anyway, might as well spend that time working towards a goal.  Just to keep your mind off of the long journey to the ultimate goal, set small goals.  Think of an area you need to improve in.  Maybe you need to drink more water.  Set a goal that for one week you will drink nothing but water.  Only able to run a couple miles at a time?  Make it a goal to work up to three miles by the end of the week.  Accomplishing these small victories doesn’t just give you something to do, it also helps build up your confidence and discipline.  When you’ve got a dozen small victories under your belt, the big one doesn’t seem so hard to conquer anymore.

No matter how many times you lose motivation and fall off the wagon, always get back on.  Don’t ever stop.  You will get there eventually, but only if you keep going!

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily”.

Zig Ziglar

 


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