I am often asked, "how do I get my motivation back?" I wish I had a simple answer. I have a feeling most people hit this bump at some point or another so I figured I would give some pointers.
Motivation isn't something that just comes and stays. It tends to come and go every so often whenever it feels like it. It is important to remember why you started your program and WHY you want to continue it.
When someone gets motivated to lose weight they are "pumped" for a short time and then their drive dies down. After their drive dies they can easily be sucked back into their beginning stage. However, I am going to let you in on a secret. It takes 21 days to form a habit. If you stay consistent for 21 days it will be a lot easier to just DO IT. Now, I'm not saying every day will be a piece of cake or a walk in the park but you need to make it part of your schedule, your routine and your life. If you wake up everyday knowing that you are going to eat a healthy breakfast of egg whites, fruit and almonds (for example) and your gym bag is packed for before work, then you DON'T have an excuse. Excuses are what ruin our motivation and rhythm. Our mind is a powerful machine and it can easily take us the easy way out.
Here are some tips and tricks to stay motivated ESPECIALLY during the holiday season! DON'T let that be an excuse!!
1) MAKE A PLAN. Have a plan of action that you are going to execute everyday, every week, every month. If you miss one day it won't kill you but DON'T make that a habit.
2) BE PREPARED. I always tell people, "fail to prepare, prepare to fail." If your goal is to lose weight, have healthy food all packed in the fridge/freezer for the week. Pack your meals the night before and grab it in the morning before going to work. BAM. No room for error.
3) MAKE TIME. There is no such thing as "I didn't have time." This is one excuse I will NEVER tolerate. You did have time, you chose to use it somewhere else. If you aren't getting the results you want its because you're not making TIME for those results. Hard, consistent work = results.
4) GOALS. Have a goal. If you don't have a goal you will find excuses. Have something you want to work towards. As humans, we are breed to complete goals. We go to school and have a goal of completing each grade. We go to work and have a goal of finishing our work and most likely being promoted. We play sports because we have a goal of become better and stronger.. etc. Make a goal of completing a run, do a fitness competition or complete a mud run.
5) RETHINK YOUR MOTIVATION. It's important to never forget WHY you started in the first place. What drove you to start being healthier? What made you want to cook cleaner meals or go to the gym? Was it because you lost a close one to unhealthy habits? Do you want to show your children how to live healthy? Do you want to be around when your children are older? Do you want to increase your life span? Whatever your motivation really is... DON'T FORGET IT.
We all have our days. Some days you really don't want to wake up earlier and go to the gym. Some days you don't want to go home and cook a healthy meal when you could just order in. Some days are harder than others but the ones that stay consistent are the ones that will succeed. Try not to think about what motivates you but who YOU motivate.
In good health,
Cristina Walterman, owner of CW Physique, let's you in on fitness and nutrition tips, recipes, exercises and much more. With over 8 years of experience in the industry, she loves to inspire and motivate individuals. She always practices what she preaches and leads by example.