Hi Everyone! Every now and then we need a little extra shot of motivation, inspiration to keep us going and today felt like one of those days.
I know it gets tough sometimes to stay motivated when progress slows down and it seems like nothing is happening at all.
Know that even if you can’t physically see the results every effort, every healthy choice is changing your body from the inside, never give up!
PRESS. PUSH. PERSEVERE.
I strongly encourage my clients to keep fitness journals. I do understand that everyone is not a fan especially those who dislike the idea of recording every single thing that they eat, drink or do. Personally, if I were told to record everything I ate, I would probably not last a day.
However, I believe that it is not the accuracy of the details recorded that makes keeping a fitness journal important. The real value of journaling is that you become mindful of your actions. Just the process of thinking about what you have eaten or what activity you’ve completed forces you to stop and reflect on your behavior.
What does that mean for those of you who don’t like the idea of tracking everything you eat or do? It means you don’t have to obsess over the details. Just make a quick note in the evening of whatever you can recall eating or doing during the day to help keep you on track and to make you aware of your progress or where you may need to work a little harder.
Lastly, you don’t have to do this for the rest of your life unless you really want to. You can stop journaling when you start thinking automatically about what you are eating, drinking and doing. When it becomes a behavior a lifestyle!
A Fitness Journal…
One of my favorite quotes is “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” There has never been a more accurate quote, but what happens if you become un-motivated before what ever you are doing becomes a habit?
Sometimes, no a lot of times people become discouraged or frustrated because reaching their goal is taking longer than they had expected. As a result they stop performing the specific actions that are needed to reach their goal and those actions do not become habits, which leads to nothing changing.
Therefore this post serves as a reminder that the health and fitness goals you choose should be part of a bigger picture, HEALTHY LIVING! Everything you are doing is a process, a lifestyle change, not a quick fix.
It is not going to happen over night or over a week, but it will happen if you stick with it, be patient and maintain an attitude (and behavior) that moves you in the right direction!
Staying motivated, to reach your goal, is no easy task. It is possible, even for the strongest of willpower, for one’s determination to slip as time passes. However, there are endless ways of giving yourself a little push as you progress. Here are 4 things you can do to help yourself stay motivated on your health/fitness journey…
Envision yourself enjoying the fruits of your labor. What I mean by that is if you are training to run a marathon, envision yourself crossing that finish line and how excited and proud you will feel.
Obtain positive reinforcements from your peers and family members. Surround yourself with positive and encouraging people. The people in your life can act as a very powerful tool to give you a boost, both mentally and emotionally.
Take it one day at a time. You must tell yourself that Rome was not built overnight, or something like that. Developing healthy habits, changing behaviors and reaching goals take time, be patient with yourself.
Be optimistic. Keep your spirits high. Tell yourself everyday “I can do it!” To reach your goals you must stay positive and believe in YOU! It can be done!
How do you keep yourself motivated?
Today I was inspired by a friends Facebook post, which spoke to the supposed ideal beauty that women who are skinny are considered beautiful more often than women who are not.
That’s Ridiculous! Beauty has absolutely nothing to do with size! Being healthy has absolutely nothing to do with size! Don’t focus on being skinny, because being skinny doesn’t always mean healthy.
Health comes in all shapes and sizes and people are different and beautiful. Focus on becoming a healthier version of you! Strong, Fit and Beautiful!
Staying committed to your health and fitness goals when you’re stressed, when it’s cold or rainy outside, or when social or work obligations arise can be difficult, but what is the alternative?
When you are healthy, fit and strong is when you are best able to deal with all of life’s circumstances.
It’s time you start believing in YOU! What are you committed to this week to make yourself as healthy and fit as you possibly can. I want to know what you are doing for you! Share in the comments below!
Happy Monday! This Monday as with every Monday I want to share some motivation, some inspiration…Make it Happen! When in comes to your health you can’t sit back and wait for things to happen. You must first devote yourself to an idea, intention a goal! Next, plan it out; write it down, overcome your fears and own it! Once you’ve done that you MUST act on it, work hard and make it happen!
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, some make it happen.”
Go Make it Happen!
Happy Monday! I’ve been thinking a lot about healthy living and making healthy choices lately! Not just eating more fruits and vegetables (we all know that is important) more like balancing my time, reducing stress and being happy!
I figured it was time to visit and update my Healthy Living Manifesto! Here are the first 15, which was composed mostly on making healthy choices.
Now I want to add some words to the list (eventually turning them into phrases) that focus more on behavior and mindset. Practicing these words these four words will take time and require patience – let the practice begin!
Do you have a healthy living manifesto? Please share!
Here is some motivation to move you through the week… Healthy Living Tips for Monday and Beyond:
3 Ways to help kids focus on eating mindfully…
- Ask your children how hungry they are before a meal so they begin to develop an awareness of true physical hunger vs. emotional hunger.
- Eat without distraction, which means not in front of the TV or computer, while on the phone or in the car.
- Teach children to put their fork down between bites so they eat more slowly, allowing their bodies to feel full.
Try this Mindful Eating Exercise…
Move it Monday…
What is your Monday motivation?
Here’s to a great week! As you move through Monday strive to make choices that nourish your mind, body and soul!
Menu Plan Monday – Let’s make it a Theme!
Nourishing the whole you sometimes can be difficult if you don’t have a plan. One thing we like to do is plan out our meals for the week by theme. Here is an example…
Meatless Monday – for example Red Beans & Rice (protein)
Taco Tuesday – no explanation needed.
Wacky Wednesday – new food to try or mix it up like, breakfast for dinner, yum!
Turkey Burger and Thirsty Thursday – turkey burgers and we make are favorite drinks (smoothies, lemon ice…)
Fun Friday – go out to dinner!
Saturday Stir-fry – again, no explanation needed.
Salad Sunday – we love Salad Sunday in spring/summer (Soup Sunday in fall/winter).
What are your family’s favorite theme nights?