Yesterday I almost didn’t get my work out in. I am only half way into the first week of INSANITY and already I am faltering. Why? First of all I didn’t do it first thing in the morning, which was my biggest mistake. So how do you stay motivated to work out? Well, to be honest, it really depends on you, but if you need help, I will tell you what I do.
- Know why you want it. First thing for me was to have an intense hunger for change. I was over 200lbs., had zero energy, and hated the way I looked. Also, our decision to have more kids is still up in the air and I knew I absolutely did NOT want to get pregnant only to gain yet another 60lbs. I had a hard enough time being pregnant as it was without all the complication that can occur while overweight. I remind myself why I want it EVERYDAY! And then I get to work.
- Have a solid goal. Know what you want. Know yourself and know your potential. Don’t look at the cute, tiny mom of five and say I want to look like her… you’re not going to look like her, you are going to look like you and you are beautiful and strong and amazing. You have it within yourself to be your most amazing self. I picked a weight that I knew I had been before (in full adulthood) and knew I could get to again. I didn’t look up online my “ideal weight” based on height and age. I looked at myself.
- Give yourself incentives. What do you want enough to work for? For me… if I worked my butt off and met my goal, I want to buy a new, well-fitting wardrobe that I felt amazing in. $500. That is my incentive. I haven’t reach my goal yet, so I haven’t gotten to go on a shopping spree yet, but I will get there! It doesn’t have to be money. Use your imagination. What will drive you to succeed?
- Invest in yourself! This tip is always a big one when it comes to succeeding in anything. For me, we don’t have a huge budget, so when I decided to purchase a workout program I knew I better stick to it and not go wasting our family’s money. I also knew that if I stuck to it, it would totally be worth it. You are worth the investment! But make sure it is an investment and not just a dream you never take out of the box.
- Competition! Or in a nicer, less competitive way, a workout buddy. In college I had 2 friends who had fitness classes, one on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and the other on Tuesday and Thursday. Every day I had a buddy to workout with, and I was there every day. It was magical. My #1 suggestion is to have a buddy. Support groups are good, too, that’s how I got into 21 Day Fix, but nothing quite compares to an in-person workout buddy. With INSANITY, it’s my husband and it is working very well. If I miss a day, I have to answer to him and I have no good excuse.
- Motivational stickers. You know how for children you make sticker charts to motivate them to do chores, or pee on the potty, or behave at school. It’s just like that. Get a calendar or print one off of word, whatever, just do it. Then get some fun stickers to mark the days you work out. This is my newest motivational tool (lazy girl needs lots of motivation) and it was actually my sister who suggested it, she’s amazing and inspires me to be better every day. So far, so good… I already have more stickers than my husband, the competition (his work schedule is rough) and that makes me feel like a rock star!
- Take pictures. Seriously, I wish I had a before picture from back when I first started this adventure, but I don’t. It makes me cranky. So do it, even if you hate it, when you take a new picture a month from now, or 6 months from now, you will have an awesome visual of just how far you’ve come. THAT is very motivating! Don’t just track your weight progress… I only lost 3lbs., but I also took measurements and pictures and I lost 24 inches and can SEE how my hard work has paid off. (See my before and afters here.) I also take a “sweaty selfie” after every workout and send it to my husband and sometimes to my sister, who is always cheering me on from afar.
- First thing in the morning. When I’m on my A-game, my morning routine is something like this: wake up, drink a BIG glass of water, feed kids, feed myself, clean up while waiting 30 minutes, WORK OUT, drink my protein shake and another BIG glass of water, and shower (usually with the rugrats… and it’s not a big shower). That’s my morning routine. If it’s early enough in the day and I feel like being awesome, I will go for a walk to the park with the kiddos (around 2+ miles depending on my route). If I wait too long or get distracted, like yesterday, it is SO HARD to do it later. But I really wanted to put a sticker on my calendar and not explain why I lazily missed my workout to my competition. Like I said, I need a lot of motivation, so when one things fails, I have a few more to pull me through.
- Put on your sneakers. And your workout attire. I do this almost every morning and it usually does the trick. If you already hang out in yoga pants all day, then this probably won’t work for you, but it might. I got myself some fun new workout clothes just for sweating in and being cute while working out just makes you feel even more awesome.
- Good tunes. I love a chance to jam out to some fun upbeat tunes while I walk and my kids are strapped in. It also helps me to keep a faster pace and really work up a good sweat. Another option is audio books. My husband gets bored running so he likes to listen to books. Whatever keeps you going!
That is what I do and amazingly enough it came out to be exactly 10. Go me! I still fall back into my lazy ways from time to time, but I can always start again and reach my goals and achieve my dreams. Whatever you do…
But if you do, remember that you can always start again and the faster you do, the easier it will be. Now go be awesome!
What are your motivational techniques?