You’ve started! You already decided that you’re ready to get healthy and in shape and are somewhere on your way when…..dun dun dun…. you begin to lose your motivation.What do you do? What CAN you do? Here are a few tips on what I do to keep the mental momentum.
- Journaling– Do you remember doing this when you were younger? You’d be shocked at what a good tool this is when you’re on the road to fitness. Just like every monumental event, your story about getting from where you are to where you want to be is an important one and should be well documented. This is a great place to write why you have decided to get in shape, what your goals are, and anything else that’s involved with the process. I write inspirational quotes, notes on my workouts (ex. “I did 10 squats and wanted to puke”), about my progress (ex. “I was able to get into a pair of jeans I haven’t worn since before I got pregnant”), setbacks I may have had (ex. “I was sick today and decided to skip the gym”), and just about anything else that happens day to day. Journaling is not only therapeutic but reminds you of everything you’ve overcome along the way!
- Media– I buy just about every fitness magazine I can get my hands on. I read blogs on fitness by some of my favorite fitness models like Jamie Eason, Kim Dolan Leto, and Kelsey Byers. I subscribe to Skinny Mom on Facebook and I follow some of my favorite athletes on Twitter. For me, media is a vital part of this process. Not because I’m a media junkie but because everyday I need to surround myself with positive, motivated people who are on the same road I’m on even if they’re miles ahead of me. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t read something that reminds me to continue to pursue my goals and stay on course. I need this kind of motivation daily and have utilized my resources in every way I know how to make that possible.
- Music– Sometimes it just comes right back to the basics. A good playlist is essential for me to get fired up. I try to buy about 3 new songs a month ranging from old to new to keep it fresh. I also like to look up some of my favorite athletes or fitness models’ playlists online. I’ve discovered a lot of good, motivational music this way and have been surprised at times as to what gets people pumped up. It’s an easy fix and I love music, so it’s a win win for me!
The bottom line is this, as you go through your journey it’s completely normal to feel more or less motivated from one day to the next. Kris Getthin, an amazingly motivational bodybuilder, says the mind will give out long before the body will. In my experience, this is 100% true. Being prepared for that moment before it happens will be the thing that makes you different from the quitter on the couch. There’s a reason we started this to begin with, and everyday we’re given new reasons to continue. It’s time to relight the fire once again, ladies! Let’s Go!