So you were ‘balls to the wall‘ when you started in January and now the romance is gone… you have to convince yourself to get the workout in, the cheats are growing in number and you are finding more reasons to rest than rise.
Don’t beat yourself up about it – you are human – it’s what you do now that matters.
I have some tips to help you get your fitness mo-jo back but first you need to remember WHY you started in the first place. Was it a pair of jeans you’ve been hanging onto that you hope to be able to fasten again? An upcoming reunion where you want everyone to be super jealous of your fit bod? Do you want to be less winded when climbing the stairs? Are you travelling and have a goal bikini in mind? Is it a big birthday and you’re feeling nostalgic for days past? Do you want to beat the bulge so you can chase your kids at the beach this summer?
Don’t forget – your reason can change – just like you do – maybe it’s time to revise the plan.
So now you know your WHY – here’s the how.
Schedule it into your day. Making health & fitness a habit is key to success. If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. This means not only scheduling a time to get your workout in, it also means meal planning and meal prep so you have the right foods on hand and ready to go when you feel ‘peckish’. Nothing will sabotage your good work like a hungry belly on the run. You can’t out work a bad diet so if you really wants to see changes it has to be the food and the exercise.
Stick to your schedule even when you aren’t sticking to the schedule. Life will get in the way, but how you deal with it will be a key factor in seeing results. If you really don’t have time for a full workout today take the stairs, do some squats in your free few minutes, eat a salad at the restaurant if you can’t home for dinner (dressing on the side). Allow some deviations from the plan and learn how to modify recipes so it doesn’t become to hard.
Find a partner that keeps you accountable. Whether it is a workout buddy, a personal trainer, or my personal favourite – an online fitness accountability group – you will always do more and work harder if others are watching, listening and in the same boat as you are. In my groups we check in with each other daily to make sure we get our workouts done, share recipes that fit the meal plan and when one of us falls we help lift them back up again.
Don’t over-do it on Day 1. Starting again is sometimes even harder than starting in the first place because you know what’s coming… you know – trying to go pee the day after leg day, trying to bring in the groceries for the first time after you’re worked your pipes – I know, it sucks – but that’s how you know it’s working. When you start again don’t be so hard on yourself – push it but don’t over-do it – you’ll be more likely to quit again, or take a few days off, if you’re sore. Stretch it out afterwards and I cannot stress enough the importance of HYDRATION! Drinking water helps replace the fluids lost during the workout, helps you feel more full to reduce the likelihood of overeating, it aids in digestion and helps flush toxins from the body.
STAY OFF THE SCALE I know its hard but you have to, nothing is more disheartening than not seeing the the needle drop in the way you had hoped. Instead of the scale, do your measurements! Its amazing how your body can change while still maintaining the same weight. Now if you simply HAVE to hop on the scale then show some control – once a week at most and make it the same day and time each time.
Finally – if you stumble remember that tomorrow is a new day – pick it up where you left off and KEEP GOING. You’ve got this.
If you want to know more about online accountability groups and what the 21 Day Fix is all about please reach out – I am here for you.
I have a website that can give you more info on all the products available through Beachbody and a Facebook group that shares all kinds of fit tips and tricks as well as recipes that are great for you and taste even better!