It is around this time in February where you might start to see the gym quieten and the busy periods that once were in January, are no longer occurring! Is this a blessing for you or are many of you losing interest in going to the gym? Are you sticking to your New Years resolutions of achieving a healthier you? If you are finding it difficult at the moment or you are losing interest in staying healthy, here is some motivation that is going to make you think otherwise, BELIEVE me!
Why You Started...
I want you to remember why you started your journey in becoming a healthier you and why you set yourself this goal? Do you want to lose weight? Is your goal to eat better, healthier and balance this with regular exercise? Your goal is what you made and it was important to you then so it is still important now. I want you to take a few minutes right now to re connect with your goal and remind yourself why you chose it....
Every year I will witness the gym quieten in February because getting fit and losing weight is no easy task. Staying motivated is not an easy task either but every day you need to remind yourself why you are trying to achieve your goal. Were you going to the gym most days in the week in January?? If this is the case what has changed? We are nearly 8 weeks into the new year and your goals will not happen a few weeks before your summer holiday. Each and every day you wake up you should make a conscious effort that you will put in 100% effort and not make a single excuse.
Mix It Up
Is the reason you are not sticking to your resolutions because you are bored with your workout and eating plans? Have you gone completely strict that it has put you off entirely from sticking to it? Do you resent the lifestyle change you have made? If this is the case again, then I want to put your mind at rest as this shouldn't be the case. This is a lifestyle change for the better first and foremost, so with this in mind it is crucial to remember to not deprive yourself of things. Granted, 80% of the time you will need to be disciplined but you can still have snacks and enjoy your foods!! This is the same with exercise, you don't have to kill yourself in the gym every night. Give yourself rest days and be sure to include other routines like joining in on an exercise class which is fun and social.
Just like when you set your goal you had a belief and a sense of fulfillment to go out there everyday and make your goal happen, it is time for you to take similar action once again. The best way to get back into your routine of achieving your goal is to have a written plan which you can follow. Write down the days you are going to exercise along with your nutrition so that they both work together. Include rest days away from exercising and include meals/snacks which you will eat which aren't so healthy. This plan is what will help you stay on track and keep you from questioning why you are doing it?