How To Get Motivated, And Stay There!
“I can accept failure, but can’t accept not trying”
This time of year when we can finally say winter is over and we get a glimpse of the summer sun many people want to get motivated for their summer holiday on the beach or to look good in that dress you brought for a friend’s wedding or you’ve decided that enough is enough and 2017 is the year you are going to have a health kick and look and feel the best you have ever felt! But after deciding you want to get motivated to be the best version of yourself, then what?
The fact you’ve decided you want to change (no change is too big or too small) is already the first step.
I’ve been in exactly the same position as you, deciding I wanted to make a goal of losing weight (a lot of it!) and being the happiest version of myself by getting fit and leading an every day active lifestyle and as soon as I made this goal, I wanted instant results. I hate to break it to you, nothing worth having comes easy and if three years down the line I’m where I am today having achieved everything I set out to do by hitting my goals and keeping the weight off then you can do exactly that! You hear so much in the Media and on Social Media about quick fix fad diets, well that’s not what I’m here for, I am here to let you in on a secret worth knowing, 7 useful tips that if you put into practise whatever you goal may be you will achieve your goal and continue to hit bigger and better goals throughout 2017 by staying motivated.
If you want to get motivated to be the healthier version of yourself this Spring/Summer then my 7 top tips are for you…
1. Set Goals
Set small, measurable goals that will help you achieve your overall goal
It may sound obvious, but by setting a clear goal in mind of what you want to achieve you are more likely to stick to achieving it. Make sure it’s achievable so that you don’t get disheartened by not being able to hit the goal you set out to do. If you have a bigger goal in mind, why not set mini time limited goals leading up to your big goal. At Glorious Food we are here to help people live happier and healthier lives by making small, long lasting changes to their lives. Nobody is perfect, so everyone can work towards goals in their day to day lives to make them healthier. Maybe 2017 is the year you’re getting married, going on your first summer holiday in years or hoping to rock a bikini on the beach then this blog is perfect for you.
When it comes to setting goals, why not get your partner, family, friends involved? You can either set goals together or set personal goals and tell each other what they are, swap ideas of how you can achieve this. You are your own motivation but moral support or a kick up the bum when needed along your journey is always appreciated.
2. Take On A Challenge
Signing up for a walking/running challenge is another way to give yourself a goal to aim for. For example, you could sign up to do a walking event for Macmillan, or another favourite charity.
Having an event to aim for and people sponsoring you will give you the encouragement you need to get training by exercising more day to day.
3. Make It Fun
Find sports or activities that you enjoy, then vary the routine to keep you on your toes. If you’re not enjoying your workouts, try something different. Join a class you’ve never tried at the gym. Take up swimming at your local leisure centre. Check out a health club or martial arts centre. Discover your hidden athletic talent. It doesn’t matter whether the form of exercise you do is at the gym or outdoors, aslong as you are enjoying what you’re doing and getting off the sofa to go and get active you’re doing the right thing.
I’ve personally always been a member of a gym and a couple of years a go I found one of my friends who was willing to try all these different classes with me that they had to offer, if all else fails and it’s really not for you atleast you’ve spent an hour burning calories (even if the burning calories was you laughing at each other embarrassing yourselves!) and I soon found that I loved spinning, the spin instructors are amazing at keeping you motivated throughout the class to really push yourself and my second love is running, something that can be done on a treadmill or anywhere outdoors. Running can be very relaxing when taking it at your own pace and with a good playlist on your phone to get you feeling motivated. I decided because of my love for running I would then enter different run’s to set myself an exciting challenge I can work towards, there are 25 days until my first 10K of 2017… Not that I’m counting! So who knows where the new form of exercise you have just started doing may take you?
Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be boring, and you’re more likely to stick with a fitness program if you’re having fun.
4. Get Active – Make It Part Of Your Every Day Routine
If it’s hard to find time for exercise, don’t fall back on excuses. Schedule workouts as you would any other important activity.
You can also slip in physical activity throughout the day. Ride a bike or to work instead of driving. Take the stairs instead of the lift. Take your kids to the park to play football. Take a walk during a break at work. Pedal a stationary bike or do strength training exercises while you watch TV at night.
Research has found that sitting for long periods of time may negatively affect your health, even if you otherwise get the recommended amount of weekly activity. If you sit for several hours a day at work, aim to take regular breaks during the day to move, such as walking to the staff room to get a drink of water or standing during phone conversations.
5. Put It On Paper
Are you hoping to lose weight? Boost your energy? Sleep better? Manage a health condition? Write down your goals. Seeing the benefits of regular exercise and writing your goals down on paper may help you stay motivated.
You may also find it helps to keep an exercise diary. Record what you did during each exercise session, how long you exercised and how you felt afterward. Recording your efforts and tracking your progress can help you work toward your goals, and remind you that you’re making progress.
6. Join Forces With Family and Friends
You’re not in this alone. Invite friends or co-workers to join you when you exercise. Work out with your partner or other loved ones. Play some form of sport with your kids. Organise a group of friends to take fitness classes at a local health club. Family and friends can be a great source of motivation and will make exercising a lot more fun than having to do it on your own. Even better, they’ll benefit from working out with you too!
7. Reward Yourself
Eat and enjoy your favourite foods in moderation
Deprivation often backfires so if you really want a treat and feel like you’ve earned it, then eat and enjoy it! What I’ve come to realise is that long lasting changes involve balance. You can’t forever stay in a dieting bubble where you don’t take up offers to eat out with friends or go to a family members party just because you are counting calories or the food won’t fall within your meal plan for that day.
If you are really ready to make changes that’ll stick for life, then what’s one day, one weekend off plan out of the month going to do in the grand scheme of things?… Not a lot. Don’t miss out on all the exciting things happening in your life to weigh a few pounds less on the scale. If you’re leading a balanced healthy lifestyle then this will bring happiness and if you’re happy with the changes you’ve made, these good habits will stick and become part of your every day routine. Balance is key to stamping out cravings which will stop you reaching for every naughty thing hiding in your cupboards.
How about if losing weight is the goal you’ve set yourself, why not initially set yourself one “Treat Day” a month, it’s not a “Cheat Day” as you’re not cheating anybody, a treat day is all about balance. That way you have something to look forward to if you’re struggling initially with the changes you’ve made to your diet or the things you’ve had to cut out and remember, don’t let one set-back keep you from working towards your goal, don’t get down on yourself if you slip-up just make sure your next meal is a healthy one!
I look forward to seeing all our Glorious Food readers achieve their goals this summer we’re coming for you! I’ll be back next month with more top tips…