5 Tips to Stay Motivated

5 Tips to Stay Motivated

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!

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28 thoughts on “5 Tips to Stay Motivated

    • It’s so hard to force yourself before things are a habit! Also, so easy to get out of the habit and then have to re-train yourself again!

  1. These are basically what I think of too! Great tips! I meal plan a lot when I have long days of classes and rehearsals at school, but I honestly prefer to anyway. Then I don’t have to waste time thinking about what I want because it’s already there! Have a great day Heather! xo

  2. Thanks for all the great tips! Meal planning is definitely something that I always try to do. I can tell a huge difference in my week when I do it and have one less thing to worry about which is great!

  3. Short terms goals are HUGE when it comes to success in my mind. I think people get so lost in the big goal that they deem it impossible before they even start, which definitely does not help in terms of progress and motivation! Great tips girlie!

  4. I try to meal plan as best I can. I usually plan out dinners before going to the grocery store and then each morning, I’ll plan out the rest of the day’s meals. To stay motivated, I get myself into a workout routine. I find it easier once I stay in a routine. My running buddy is my dog, so I often will run with her because she deserves a little exercise too–she keeps me motivated 🙂

  5. YES! Love this post. While I was on a roll with workouts and healthy eating, even through my wedding week, since coming back down the literal mountain from Vail, I haven’t even stepped foot in the gym. Being a person that’s always been involved in healthy living (heck, my full time job is a healthy living blog!), this is totally foreign territory for me.

    I set my mind that I was going to make the trip down the also-literal 1 block today to get in some fitness, so I love your idea of a short term goal.

    Goal: Making it to the gym.

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    XO, Jessica
    http://www.semisweettooth.com

    • It can be so hard to get back in after you’re thrown off your regular schedule for a while. Yeah, girl! You got this!

  6. These are all great tips! Another thing that I do is keep accountable! Since I run nutrition & fitness accountability groups, I can’t expect my challengers to check in if I’m not doing the same! So coaching definitely keeps me motivated on my own health and fitness journey!

  7. Great tips! I agree with the meal prep. I do so much better when I meal prep and plan workouts. I also agree with the comparisons. But I find that really hard not to do. But, I keep that in mind and also that whoever I’m comparing myself to may be a lot further along in their journey than I am. And, that everyone’s bodies are different so I have to be realistic. Thanks for sharing!

    • It’s definitely hard. For me, it has helped to acknowledge when I’m having self-hating or jealous/comparison thoughts and kind of letting them go. Once I started noticing when it was happening, I was able to kind of turn it off. I usually try and replace the thought with a compliment about the person I can see and a compliment toward myself.

  8. I 100% agree that having a plan is half the battle! This summer has been nuts for me and I’ve barely had a plan any week. I know it’s short term, but I can’t help but crave that routine. I am trying to enjoy it for what it is right now!

    • Yes, enjoy the season! I’m sure having some more flexibility in your schedule right now is enjoyable despite the weird schedules and busy times. Enjoy the rest of the summer season!

  9. These are great tips! I love the idea of having small accomplishments and milestones to celebrate. Often with my clients, they need mini motivators on the way to their ultimate goal. And meal planning is a HUGE time savor and makes eating healthy so much more attainable during the week!

    • Yes, the smaller goals definitely work for me too if I’m feeling frustrated! I also try not to celebrate any fitness accomplishments by eating junk food. I feel like thats a bit contradictory haha!

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