Has the excitement of your New Year’s Resolutions begun to fizzle out? We start off January so passionate about our new plans and brand new habits, and the novelty seems to wear off quickly. Suddenly, February is approaching, and we’re left wondering why we even bothered with resolutions again this year.
The cycle continues.
It’s not easy to keep up motivation, even when you’re on the right track, I totally feel that one. For example, when you’re eating healthier, temptations may make you want to go
back to your old ways. If you have a terrible day and reach for a pint of ice cream, that guilt can send you reeling and doubting your ability to make your goals.
But keep up, you must. If you’re not sure how to keep going without calling the whole thing off, let me bring you newfound inspiration.
Here are some of my tried-and-true ways to keep up my motivation when it gets tough…
1. Remember your WHY!
Why did you start your healthy lifestyle? Was it because your doctor warned you about your health? Was it because you were tired of being tired? Wanting to have the energy to keep up with your kids? Whatever the reason, get back to the “why” that motivated you in the first place, visualize how you want to feel and keep that vision firmly in your head.
2. Diffuse negativity
If you’re feeling unmotivated because you gobbled down a bag of chocolates after a crappy day at work or at home with the kids, find some shred of positivity in your life and go for it. This does not make you a bad person, slip-ups are all part of the growing process Put it behind you and look to the future with kindness toward yourself.
3. See it as a challenge
I can tell tell you, as can other Moms that you can get any kid to devour their dinner (yes even that broccoli) with a little challenge. Try the same trick with yourself. When you see it as something to conquer and win, it triggers the need to come out on top. Make
a game out of it and go for the gold.
4. Make a timeline
When you are working toward your goals, aiming to lose 50 pounds can feel impossible, especially when the scale is slow to budge in your favor. Instead of focusing on that end goal, make a timeline of mini-goals to achieve. Be reasonable about them and make them tangible. As you complete each one, you’ll feel closer to the end result, and you’ll be really proud of yourself for going for it. I didn’t get to where i am today overnight, I have been on this journey for 11 years girl!
5. Get support
Sometimes, we feel a lack of motivation because we feel like an island on our pursuit of wellness. If you look around that island though, you’re going to find many other people doing the same things. There are always groups you can join to help stay motivated. Whether you need a workout buddy or someone that loves to share healthy recipes, joining a group with the same types of goals as you can be excellent motivation to keep going. You can use me, follow me on Facebook and Instagram and shoot me a message or comment on my posts if you need a lift. I will be there for you!
I will tell you a secret. Yoga is my thing, it’s like an anti-depressant for me yet I fell off the yoga wagon seriously at the end of last year, and had it not been for one amazing lady in my yoga group supporting me, pushing me on I probably would have walked away. Now I am back to my regular practice and feeling stronger and happier than ever. One person can make all the difference.
Theodore Roosevelt famously said, “Nothing worth having comes easy.” Quitting would be the easy thing to do. Take the challenge, and when you look back, you’re going to see you’ve come so much further than you ever imagined.
Shoot me a reply and let me know what your “why” is — I’d love to hear what is the motivating factor behind your quest for wellness and also what your biggest obstacles are.
If this post has motivated you, and you’re up for a challenge and being part of a great group of supporters, check out my FREE 7 Day Healthy Habits Challenge that starts 11th February. Click here for more details. I even throw in a meal plan with 18 delicious, family friendly recipes!