It happens, we all occasionally fall off the wagon. I’m there right now, two busy weeks and a mind full of excuses. We just got married, we are potty training our oldest, I was sick. The list could go on and on, but the excuses will only put you in a bigger rut.
So what do you need to do? First of all breath. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Now think of two goals. First goal, something attainable in a short period of time, the second a more long term goal. Why should we do this? Because goals are the workout motivation that you need. You are probably feeling down on yourself for missing a couple workouts, but dwelling on the past will only push you down further. So stop thinking negatively, and think to the near future and the more distant future. What are you hoping to obtain? My short goal will be to work out at least 5 days a week for at least 30 minutes for the next month. My long term goal, tone my arms, legs and booty for New Years. (Que- that sultry dress) The husband and I have not gone out for New Years in a very long time, pregnancy and kids have put a damper on that. So this will be my ultimate goal, and I have about 5 months to get to where I want to be.
Did you write down your goals? (Please write them down, seeing them on paper or in your phone proves to be a better motivator than just thinking about them occasionally) Great! Your goals are down, now what? Drop what ever it is you are doing, get up and workout. (unless you are at work or driving a car- drop the excuses) But as soon as you get home, put on those work out clothes and get to it. Yes! Today is Friday, and a common statement I hear is “I’ll just wait until Monday to start my week fresh.” Why? Don’t make your health or your goals wait. And putting off your workout is what got you in this rut in the first place. So stop reading this, pour yourself a tall glass of water and get to it. Whether you just go for a walk, a run, do a little yoga, or lift some weights. Whatever it is that you can do right now, do it. You will feel better and you will fill more motivated to continue this journey. It is time to get back into your routine, or if this is all new to you NOW is the time to begin a routine. Excuses will not lead you to meeting your goals, your actions will.
Let’s do this, and lets do it together. I highly suggest getting a calendar or a planner. Writing out your workouts in advance increas
es your odds of following through. No one wants to look at a calendar that says “run two miles at 6pm”
and then cross it off because they didn’t do it. If something is staring you in the face it will push you to do it. So go buy a cheep calendar or set an alarm in your phone whatever you think will make you want to get up and get to it. Do it, and do it now. (I will say I recommend writing it down, a lot of people will quickly turn off their phone alarm and then it is “out of site out of mind”)
Working out is not the only thing you need to make a priority. Eating healthy is equally if not more important. So after you finish your workout head on over to the recipe tab and find a healthy breakfast, lunch or dinner option. Whatever time it is it is time to workout and start eating healthy. You can do this, I believe in you and now it is time to believe in yourself.
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