I understand that staying motivated to eat healthy and workout can be really tough sometimes. Like many of you, I get up at the crack of dawn, am away working for the whole day, come home and feel totally exhausted. Laying on the couch and ordering take-out sounds waaay more appealing than working out and cooking. BUT, it is doable if you commit yourself to it! Today I wanted to share 5 tips on staying motivated!
- Meal Plan: This is probably my number one tip for healthy eating in general. Plan your meals and do as much prep work as you can during the weekend or at the beginning of the week. Buy everything you need to make your meals, wash, cut, chop and bake anything that needs prep and enjoy a week of easy healthy meals. You’ll also save money on groceries because you’re buying everything that you need!
- Plan Workouts: If you’re a gym go-er, make a plan before you go to the gym and stick to it. Think about what machines, classes, and/or muscle groups you want to work that day. Also, pack your gym bag the night before and put it by the door (woah that rhymes). If you’re an at-home workout kinda person like me, make a playlist or write down a plan of what type of workouts or what videos you will be using. It takes about 3 weeks for something to become a habit; exercise is no different..it will get better!
- Remember the “Why”: Take some time and brainstorm the reasons you want to live a healthier life. Maybe you have chronic medical issues, want to change your body, or just want to feel better and get stronger. Whatever your reasons, think about why you want to get healthier and write them down. Whenever you are feeling tired, lazy, or unmotivated, take out your list and re-read it.
- Have Short Term Goals: While long-term goals are also a must, having shorter term goals will help keep you motivated. Jot down some short-term goals you have for yourself and celebrate these small milestones while you work toward long term goals. What are small goals? You could add a vegetable with each meal, aim to increase your water intake, replace sugary drinks with water, or take the stairs… small steps lead to big changes!
- Don’t Compare: Nothing will fizzle out your feelings of accomplishment more than comparing yourself to someone faster, stronger, thinner, better, than you. There will often be someone “better” than you at things. Look how far you have come and compare yourself only against where you started. Enjoy the milestones and appreciate all that you have accomplished! You can do this!
How do you stay motivated? Do you meal plan?
Tell me in the comments below!