Newsflash: you’re GOING to fall off the horse. And I have two words for this: Oh well! Get back on the horse and keep going! Here’s the deal, once you’re aware and understand this concept, getting healthy is less stressful.
Another question is, are you really aware of what you’re doing when you do it? If not, those pounds will creep up on you like it did me. Yes, it’s important to recognize when you’re taking negative steps, but more important when you’re aware of the positive steps you’re taking.
How you motivate yourself matters.How you motivate yourself really matters. Are you the type to be jealous when you see someone with a smokin’ body or can you look at another woman and use her hard work as motivation to improve your body and health? Same action, different perspective. And just because you see a skinny person doesn’t mean that they’re healthy.
We ALL have health struggles. “Skinny people” like me included.
Don’t torture yourself.Why workout in ways you hate? If you hate running, so? You can get your cardio in through brisk walking, dancing or playing a sport like tennis. And if you really suck at tennis like my friends and I do, I promise you’ll get your cardio in for sure! Don’t forget to mix things up to keep yourself from getting bored. Take a class on the weekend, go to a fitness event. Also, a part of not torturing yourself is giving yourself grace.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, giving yourself grace is one of many ways to stay motivated in the gym.
Progress over perfection. Always.Staying motivated in the gym is hard when you’ve had long gym breaks, but easy tricks to stay healthy really do exist. It took years for the pounds to pile on so don’t expect it to come off in weeks or months. If I woke up, ate a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner, worked out, but forgot to drink my water, it’s still progress!
Your daily progress is the goal no matter how small your wins are!
More than just a number.Numbers on a scale doesn’t matter. Your sleep and energy levels do. Everyone’s body is different so instead of looking on the outside, focus on what’s happening on the inside. Are you sleeping better? Are your energy levels rising? If so, that’s amazing progress! If you need further proof, here are women with different body types yet weigh the exact same. Keeping this perspective has been one of the top ways on how I’ve stayed motivated in the gym.
Once you stop caring about the numbers on the scale and start paying attention to your energy levels, that’s when things change for the better.
Set yourself up for success.Rule of thumb: Don’t wait until January 1st or a Monday to start changing your habits. There’s nothing special about January 1st. Whatever changes you need to make, do it NOW. Take baby steps and start off by creating yourself a workout music playlist. I made mine on Spotify so I can switch out songs any time I want. It’s much easier to throw iron around now (so funny for me to say that) when the playlist is matches my energy level. Another thing I do is tell myself, “Do it now! Do it now! Do it now!” and physically move. Whether it’s putting my workout clothes on to getting ready for the next set, I never let too much lag time occur otherwise procrastination will set in and I’m done for.
Here’s a tip: understand and know about intentional living and about the 5-second Rule and you’ll be improving on epic levels!
Good workout clothes really do help.
Investing in a set or two of workout clothes that lasts a long time and makes you feel great is worth the money.
I hope you’ll take these tips and apply them to stay motivated in the gym because the side affect of consistent action is weight loss, better sleep quality and increased energy.And who wouldn’t want that? I hope to fall in love with exercising some day. Wow, that was a really weird sentence to type out, haha! I’m not there yet, but I secretly hope to get motivated in the gym and love it like crazy.
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[show_shopthepost_widget id=”3176975″]On a side note, can you believe this is my 300th blog post here on She Sweats Diamonds?! Thank you for your support and for following along on my journey. Without you, this blog would not be possible. Here’s to the next 300 posts!