Motivation Monday! Fool Proof Ways to Get Back on Track

Hello Fit people!

February is nearly closed out and by now we have realized a few things right? First, that fad diet really doesn’t work. Second, maybe we were over-ambitious with our goals. Third, time really does fly by quickly :)

Don’t write off those health and fitness goals yet! You can still reach them with a little tweaking (not twerking) and some added motivation.

Here are my top tips for getting back on track:

  1. Find your inspiration…and make it good. If you’re waking up at 4 a.m. every morning just to hit the gym to your butt looks better, you’ll be amazed how quickly your butt starts to look “good enough”. Physical goals can take us off the couch, but we need more inspirational goals to keep us going. So, consider who or what you really are working for. Take an example: I work out to be healthy for my family. My kids can relax knowing that I take care of myself and my hubby can show off the rewards. They are way bigger than me and that is my inspiration.
  2. Think less about calories and more about nutrition. Anybody can drop weight by changing up their workout and moving more. You want to drop fat. Dropping fat isn’t a numbers game. Calorie counting is old school. Think in terms of nutrition to help get your food on track with your goals. For example, Oreo cookies may fall into my calories, but are they as good for me as a large mixed green salad? No. And all that excess sugar leads to lose skin…so choose your foods wisely.
  3. Reverse engineer those goals! I cannot stress this enough. You have to walk backwards from your overall goal and set small, attainable goals. For example, if you want to lose 50 pounds in 1 year, you need to know what that will take. So, that would mean losing a little over 4 pounds per month…which takes a little over 1 pound per week. A pound of fat is equal to 3500 calories. In order to lose that pound, you have to consistently burn that amount of calories. So what does it take? Consistent clean eating and moving at 6 days per week. Knowing what it takes to reach your goal is half the battle.
  4. Enlist a support team. Find a person that will NOT baby you! You feel a little dumpy so you don’t want to work out? You need a true friend who reminds you that working out has nothing to do with your “feelings”. Lean on them when you can’t kick your own butt. Expect them to be your realistic radar and not feed the flames of excuses that you try to come up with each week.
  5. Try something new. 2 months into the new year your body is ready for something different. That’s exactly why I don’t offer the same classes all the time…they become ineffective. Are you always kickboxing? Lift some weights. Yoga everyday? Try adding Pilates or barre work. If you run everyday, consider taking on some bodyweight strength training. Think outside the box to create a more functional body.

Your results are there for the taking, but you have to move towards them every day. Don’t give up now! There’s still work to do ;)

Michelle

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