One of the most common questions I used to ask other people who I saw constantly working out and going to the gym was...how do you stay motivated? How do you get yourself out of bed and into the gym at 5 AM? How do you keep going even when you want to give up? I personally woke up one morning and was sick of complaining about the same issue and I realized that complaining never got the job done. No matter how much I complained my body was staying exactly the same and simply could not change until I changed my lifestyle. Here are some things I've tried that have helped me stay motivated when I'd much rather lay in bed and watch episodes of Jane The Virgin instead of run on the treadmill;
1. Find What Drives You
We all have a reason we want to shed some pounds. Maybe you just want to fit into a new bikini this summer, maybe you want to finally accomplish a new fitness goal, maybe you want to impress an ex-boyfriend, or maybe you just want to feel good about your body! Whatever your reasoning is (and I personally think any of these reasons are totally fine!) channel that every time you think about the gym. If you have to tell yourself GET OUT THE BED YOUR EX-BF is laughing at you right now....then do it and show him you're the freakin baddest!
2. Surround Yourself With Positivity
Have you ever heard the phrase "Show me your friends and i'll tell you where you are going?" Now, that doesn't mean your life will be just like that of your friends but surrounding yourself with people with a like minded lifestyle is life changing. My entire instagram feed is full of fitness experts, personal trainers, and foodies (healthy ones) I love it because now when I open instagram I feel motivated about my day instead of frustrated with all the drama in the world.
3. Make It Fun
Now if you're anything like how I was in the beginning of my fitness journey the idea of exercise being fun sounds borderline impossible. I think one thing you have to accept is that working out will NOT always be fun but you just have to do it. So add something exciting to your routine sometimes I make myself a smoothie after my workout, or make a really fun playlist and don't listen to any of the songs until you are in the gym, believe me it'll pump you up when you get there, or buy some really cute workout gear (looking cute ALWAYS makes you want to go to the gym).
4. Channel Your Stress/Worries
Remember in Sunday school when your teacher would tell you to "Leave it at the door" or maybe I am saying that wrong. Maybe it was leave it at the alter? Either way, one of my new favorite phrases to myself is "Leave it in the gym" when i'm doing cardio a lot of times I channel anything that has been clouding my mind that day and I run it out. I let myself think every negative thought I want to think and then I run until its out of my mind. I have no idea why but it helps so much and every time I get off that treadmill every stress and worry is gone. I PROMISE you, just try it!
5. Be Proud Of Yourself
Its so easy to get caught up in not lifting a heavy enough weight, or not dropping pounds as fast at the next girl but pat yourself on the back for TRYING and honestly giving it your best shot. I don't want you to be like me and be too quick to pat yourself on the back and not push yourself to your limits but if things don't go according to plan still pat yourself on the back and be proud of how far you've come. You're doing this....you're so much stronger than the person you were last week!
What do you do for gym motivation?
I've been hesitating on which page to post this on because I feel like this goes more into beauty than it does health/wellness. As I mentioned in my last beauty post, my skin has significantly changed the past few months and I think it is as a result of a few things. A change in my fitness routine (I legit went from never working out to working out 5 days a week), I think I may have had a breakout from a weave that I wore, and I was changing my skincare often freaking out over how my skin was looking. I've also been feeling like i've been slacking a lot in my healthy eating so I decided it was time I try a detox. Now, i'm usually not one for detoxes because I simply hate restricting myself from anything. However, I am not going to look at this detox as a diet or refusing to allow myself to have something i'm going to look at it as my launch to the next level in my fitness journey. I found a detox on LaurenConrad.com (one of my favorite blogs) here are the tips I will be following in my own words;
1. Cut Out Refined Sugar: No candy, no sweets, no sodas.
2. Add Leafy Greens To Each Meal: Kale, spinach, lettuce, cilantro, parsley.
3. Drink A Glass Of Lemon Water Each Morning: When life gives you a gut, make lemon water.
4. Make Your Midday Snack A Healthy One: Say goodbye to yummy granola bars, opt for celery, carrots, or cucumbers.
5. Amp Up Your Parsley & Cilantro: Sprinkle parsley & cilantro into smoothies and/or overtop salads.
6. Cut The Coffee: Dun, Dun, Dun....Starbucks, its not you its my skin.
7. Drink Half Your Body Weight In Water Everyday: Well I might really need to use a pamper this week....because HOW.
8. Don't Skimp On Healthy Fats: Two words...avo...cado
I chose this specific detox simply because it did align very well with my regular healthy eating regimen so I felt like it wouldn't be that hard. It also includes some things i've been doing my best to add to my routine so i'm excited to get started!
Along my journey to the #fitlife i've been trying my best to mix my workouts up as much as possible to have some fun and enjoy this journey. Going to the gym is good but it also can feel extremely boring at times (extremely). When a friend of mine asked me to join her at a kickboxing class I jumped at the opportunity! I love working out with friends so I have someone to laugh at while I struggle through or motivate me to push just a little bit harder than I would if I went alone.
I've been going through some things personally so the idea of punching a bag for an hour sounded just like the therapy I needed. However, boxing wasnt the only thing we did the instructor threw in some situps, lunges, pushups, jumping jacks, high knees, and even monster crawl (a workout i've never done and was severely confused). It was way more fun than I could have ever expected. Working out is a task and I haven't officially landed in the place where working out feels exciting to me.
Have you guys ever tried kickboxing?
This journey hasn't been easy...and more times than not I catch myself beating myself up over the fact that I'm not where I feel like I should be. Trying to lose weight is difficult to say the least and finding a balance where you don't completely feel like you are torturing yourself (which is a real thing) but are also focusing on your goals.
The left is me in August and the right is here in December I can honestly say I do see a slight difference but nearly where I thought I would be. What I can say is that I've truly changed in my thinking and it's amazed me, if you asked me 6 months ago if I would've been waking up at 5 AM to work out, going to the gym 4 days a week, and meal prepping I would've never believed you.
My whole mindset has changed and i've channeled all of my struggles to the gym I can't say its been easy or that I go to the gym and have a great time every day. But what I can say is how proud of myself I am. One. Day. At. A. Time.
I'm the friend that was always "trying" to get on a good fitness kick for yearsssssss and i'm finally settling into one! It has been an amazing experience but of course, an expensive one. From my monthly gym membership to the constant runs to the grocery store to purchase my greek yogurt or coconut milk coffee creamer.
Losing weight or getting in shape isn't easy but its always nice when family or a friend realizes what your doing and acknowledges it. Believe me, she won't be offended if you buy her new workout sneakers. Here is my personal wish list of gifts I'd hope people would get me this year, hope you find some thing you'd like too!
Whether she gets her work out in the morning or after work there is a chance she forgot SOMETHING. A tide to go stick, advil, deodorant, a safety pin whatever she could have forgot her savior is in this adorable little kit.
Life is what you make it and I think you should make it a great one by investing in yourself mind, body, and soul! Follow my journey through the crazy world of fitness/health and make sure to share tips with me along the way.