I wanted to share a fitness update and provide some motivation for those of you who are currently riding the struggle bus! Now that summer is full-fledged here, I know that many of you are hastily working hard at your health & fitness goals, as am I. But before I get into all things inspirational, I want to share a quick progress update.
Fitness Progress Update //
In my last post about my fitness goals and aspirations, and I shared with y’all what my journey has looked like throughout the years. It was such a vulnerable post! So if you need to get caught up, read that post first!
Lately, I’ve been doing awesome with my workouts, but my healthy eating has been kinda meh lately bc I’ve been a social freakin’ butterfly now that school is let out. I’ve been having so many brunch dates/lunch dates/ ladies nights, etc. The struggle has been real trying to eat healthy at restaurants (more on that later- I’m planning to write a post on this!) Anyway, I have a solid summer workout routine down, which is half the battle. The glorious thing about working in education is that we get summers off (and I say this loosely, because, well, educators are basically always working, even during summer), and it throws our whole routine off. Last summer, I learned the hard way that I do NOT do well without a routine. My productivity was at an all-time low, especially when it came to my workouts.
This summer, I am coming down HARD on myself. I made myself a strict summer schedule that includes every little detail from the time I wake up, to the time I eat breakfast, to the time I walk the dog, to the time I get to the gym, to the time I pee (sorta kidding, but thanks, type A personality.) This is my first week off, and even though I’m only three days into my new schedule, I feel it working out very well.
Anyways, things have been going great!! But enough about ME. Today I’m hoping to provide you ladies with a little inspo for the days you’re just not feelin’ the workouts. Bc let’s be real, there are NO excuses! So throw those excuses out the door, read my tips on how to stay motivated, and then get after it, girl.
Not feeling your workout? Let’s troubleshoot.
If you’re lacking energy….
- Look at your nutrition. You can’t have a killer workout on an empty stomach, and likewise, you can’t have a killer workout after eating a bunch of garbage. Abs are made in the kitchen. Workouts are just a supplement! Make sure that you are putting wholesome, fresh food in your body. (Read my healthy eating tips HERE if you need motivation on that!!)
- Create a routine and follow through with it. Ugh. It’s hard to work out when you’re feeling sleepy and or sluggish, but honestly, working out will give you the energy you need to combat this feeling. The most important advice I can give to you ladies is to set a routine and stick with it. Then, you aren’t negotiating your workouts in your head.
- Get more sleep. If you are seriously feeling soooo tired to the point where you can’t get your butt out of bed, you may need to look at your sleeping schedule. Are you getting enough rest?
- Find your “WHY.” Let’s face it. It’s hard to get up in general when we don’t want to get up. This is why it’s important to find that intrinsic motivation deep within your soul. Find a reason to get out of bed every morning. Ask yourself the “WHY.” Why do you want to work out? Tuck that goal in your heart for inspiration. Whether you want to lose weight, be healthier, have more energy, feel sexier, whatever! Just keep that “WHY” with you at all times, and let it motivate you!
- Create a bomb workout playlist. There is nothing that a little Drake can’t fix!
- Just freakin’ do it. The guilt of NOT working out is so much more painful than the actual workout!! Think of how good you will feel after you get it done!
If you’re struggling finding the time….
- Get real with yourself. Realize that you’re just making excuses. The dreaded “I don’t have the time” excuse. Don’t feel bad, because this is often the #1 excuse that I use, but that’s just what it is….an excuse.
- Identify your excuse, and then combat it. Maybe your excuse is that you’re too busy running around with your littles. Perhaps your excuse is that you work 10 hour shifts and you’re too exhausted when you get home (been there.) Once you identify your excuse, you can work through it, challenge it, and change your self-destruting belief system.
- Just do 20 minutes. Even moving for just 20 minutes a day has astounding health benefits for the human body. I’m pretty sure that you can wake up 20 minutes earlier, or sneak a workout in your day somehow.
- Create a routine (again). Again, I can’t stress enough the importance of creating a routine. Once you establish a routine, the time is already built in for you. It’s a non-negotiatble.
- Honor your commitments to yourself. Pretend your workouts are like dates with your significant other or lunch dates with your bestie. If you set the time aside for yourself, honor it. Hold yourself in the same high regard as you would others.
- Weigh your priorities. I always say that if you take on one “big rock,” you have to let go of another “big rock.” Prioritize your tasks and activities. Perhaps working out for an hour at the gym means that you are no longer able to put in that extra hour at work, or you’re not able to volunteer at an event. What’s more important to you? For me, my health is a non-negotiatable. When you are feeling energetic and healthy, you will find that other aspects of your life will thrive, as well. It’s time to take back your life and prioritize your health and wellbeing.
If you’re feeling discouraged….
- Don’t give up. I have a sign that is hanging in my counseling office that says “365 new days, 365 new chances.” Ain’t that the truth? Maybe you recently put on a little weight and you’re struggling to get it off. Or maybe you are recovering from an injury that set you back (again….been there! Still working at strengthening my ankle!) Maybe something happened in your personal life that is making it hard to focus. Just remember that the most difficult times of our life are also the most defining times. Use this discouraging trial to motivate you to come out better and stronger, both figuratively and literally.
- Workout with a friend. Having a friend to push you will help you stay focused and determined.
- Write your feelings in a journal. Not to get all counselor-ish on you, but fitness is just as mental as it is physical. Work through some of that discouragement and dig deep to your core.
- Let your disappointments motivate you. How will you let this trial define you? Decide to commit and take charge.
If you feel insecure at the gym….
- I’ve totally been there. Maybe you feel like others are judging you; maybe you are working through your own guilt and shame, or maybe you just don’t know how to properly exercise. Although it’s hard, you just have to find a way to get over this insecurity. I will tell you that it gets easier each time you go.
- Ask for help. Go out of your comfort zone. Meet new friends who share the same goals as you. Make goals together. The gym can become a new community and a new safe haven for you, in time. You just have to give it a shot.
Quotes that will motivate you //
I love finding inspiration through quotes, so I feel like reading these words will help you ladies when you’re not feeling motivated.
- “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn
- “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
- “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”
- “I am only in competition with myself and I can only strive to be the best version of me.”
- “You get what you work for, not what you wish for.”
- “The moment when you want to quit, is the moment you should keep pushing.”
- “3 months from now, you will thank yourself.”
- “When you feel like quitting think about why you started.”
- “It always seems impossible until it is done.” – Nelson Mandela
- “A little progress each day adds up to big results.”
- “Once you control your mind, you can conquer your body.”
- “It’s actually pretty simple. Either you do it, or you don’t.”
- “Your fitness is 100% mental. Your body won’t go where your mind doesn’t push it.”
- “You get what you work for.”
- “Fitness isn’t a seasonal hobby. Fitness is a lifestyle.”
- “Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson
- “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
- “A one-hour workout is 4% of your day. No excuses.”
Photos by Shaunae Teske // Wearing: Hoodie: Nike / Leggings: Underarmour (old) / Shoes: Nike / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Remember that ONLY YOU can get in the way of your own success.
There are no excuses.
Once you change your mindset, you will change your life. Continue to work on improving your mental strength, because that will ultimately be the key to your success. Start small, make consistent goals, and don’t cheat yourself. Follow through with your time commitments and be kind to yourself during the process. You can seriously set anything your mind to! I believe in you, and you should believe in yourself. Believing in yourself is truly half the battle!
Did you find this post helpful? I’d love to hear from you. How do you motivate yourself when you juuuuust aren’t feeling it? Leave me a comment below!
P.S. Are you guys liking my health & wellness series? Lemme know!! I’m having so much fun with it!
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