When it comes to sticking with a fitness regime and/or new diet, there is a lot more of a psychological aspect to it than most would think. Your head has to be in it to win it! People who have a goal, or something to work towards are far more likely to succeed. However, when you have been working towards that same goal for a long period of time without seeing any sort of progress, it can get discouraging.
When I was in school, we learned a lot about setting up workout plans and making goals. Switching things up every once in a while, or evaluating what you are doing currently, can really help gain a new perspective. Our bodies are really good at adapting to changes and if you keep things the same for too long, it’s going to adapt. Take a step back and see what is working and what needs to be changed.
No one is perfect and even I admit my motivation has been shot a few times during this current weight loss journey. I have struggled with the same 5 lbs over the last few weeks on my way to my first milestone goal. I know what I need to do or should do to get there, but how do you overcome the stalemate blues?
- One method I liked using when I was in university training for the half marathon was posting motivational quotes all over my walls. I would look at it every single day and on days when I didn’t feel like going to the gym those words made me feel good. Also, there is a reason why most of my workout playlist contains strictly motivational songs. Working out can be fun, but for the most part it can be pretty hard. Motivational music, I find helps me push a little farther… plus confidence guys… confidence.. 🙂 [You can find my workout playlist here: –>here <–]
- Have a goal, whether it be to lose weight, be healthy…It doesn’t have to be a huge goal, just something small. Make small goals or milestones on your way to a bigger goal or destination.
- Be realistic and patient with yourself; please don’t compare your progress with someone else’s – you are on a different journey. As I mentioned in my last post, everyone wants a quick fix but very few are willing to put the work into it. Know that it is not going to be instant! Also know that everyone’s bodies are different and are not going to change at the same speed. I have known a few couples who have gone through weight loss journey’s and one gets upset when the other loses more than them. Focus on you but also celebrate each others’ victories! There are going to be f-ups, learn from them and move on.
- Do it for yourself – there should always be some sort of self aspect. Similar to rehabilitation for addictive habits, if a person doesn’t want to change for themselves, as much as people try, nothing is going to change.
- Switch things up (this ties into number 2). With fitness planning, you should be changing up your workout routine every month or so and making it more difficult. Challenge yourself! You are capable of much more than you give yourself credit for! Our bodies are amazing and have the ability to do so much – don’t limit yourself just because of fear.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help! No one has all the answers 100% of the time. There are people out there that may specialize or have knowledge about certain things. Reach out and keep an open mind – other people’s knowledge is your learning opportunity. Also, this works in some cases (not all), working towards goals in a group – whether it be as a couple, in a running group…be each other’s cheerleaders, as I mentioned in number 3 – celebrate your victories and learn from failure.
- Keep yourself surrounded by a supportive and influential bunch – Nothing hits your motivational psyche harder than being surrounded by a bunch of Negative Nancy’s or Downer Daves. Surround yourself with people who are good influences and associate yourself with those that will be supportive to your goals. Friends and family who are truly supportive, will support your best interests and cheer you on; they should want you to be your best and truest self. Don’t get bogged down by toxic relationships and as I said in my last post, don’t ever feel bad for putting yourself first once in a while – especially when it involves your health!
This post turned into more of a rant and a bit of self-reflective activity, but this is how I have been feeling lately. I doubt I am the only one…I know most fitness bloggers/lifestyle bloggers will only post about the good.. the victories – journey’s are not all about sunshine and butterflies..there is no journey without the bad and the struggles.
Thanks for reading this far and I hope this post has helped you!
Until next time,
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