Monday rolls around and you are probably one of two people. First one being that “yay it’s Monday, fresh start, let’s kick ass, wooo” kind of gal. Or, you might be more of a “f*** you, Monday… and your mom too” kind of gal.
Personally, I’m a little bit of both… a hybrid, if you will. There are some Monday mornings I wake up and I’m like “YAAASSS! Let’s rock this bitch!” and I’m mentally counting down the hours until I get to go to the gym and rock my workout. And then there are Mondays when I wake up and I’m like NOPE.
On those “nope” mornings, sometimes I need a little extra motivation and a little assistance to put that pep in my step.
These are my 4 tips to help you stay motivated when it comes to fitness goals.
Find what works for you
Comparing yourself to others is going to lead yourself down a path of unhappiness.
I’ve been the girl in the gym just side-eyeing every hot bitch in there. Green with envy, I’d wish I looked like them, could run as fast as them, lift as much as them, etc. Eventually, I’ve finally figured out that it makes no difference what other girls look like and what they do with their fitness journey because… well, they ain’t me.
Not only do we not have the same physical makeup, we also probably have completely different fitness goals that require different workouts and a different number of weekly workouts.
Just because some girl (with no kids or husband) works out every day of the week, doesn’t mean I should expect myself to make it to the gym quite as often.
I have learned you have to do what works for you.
Perhaps you can only manage an at home workout three times a week using your toddlers as your free weights… Girl, you do you.
Don’t be so hard on yourself
I am notoriously hard on myself and I always have been. One of my biggest goals for this year is to remember to forgive myself when I don’t have an A+ Amazing day. It’s unrealistic to think I can eat clean and perfect every single day. It’s also unrealistic to think that every workout will be a killer, knockout, can’t walk out of the gym workout.
There are going to be days where I say fuck it, I’m eating ice cream for dinner. And there are going to be days where I choose an extra couple hours of sleep over working out, and that’s completely ok.
Over the past years, I have learned that the more forgiving I am with myself, the more success I have achieved. When I hold myself to impossibly high standards, I eventually give up because I tell myself I’m going to fail anyway. Of course I’m going to fail when I have impossible standards.
Take progress pictures and reference them often
Personally, I LOVE looking back on pictures and seeing the difference I have created. **Check out below for some more up-to-date progress pictures of me.**
I have worked so so hard to stay on track with my fitness goals and looking back and seeing how far I have come is incredibly inspiring to myself.
The scale is my enemy and I pretty much NEVER step on that asshole. Seeing my numbers fluctuate have an extremely negative impact on my mentality, so I avoid it. Besides… as long as I like what I see in the mirror, I don’t give a shit about what the numbers say.
Remember why you started
Anytime I think about giving up, I try to remember why I started.
This fitness journey of mine was started because I was tired of being uncomfortable in my own skin. I have spent years of dieting and trying new workout plans. And I have spent years of giving up.
When I finally decided I’m going to do it… not give up… I spent many days reminding myself that I wanted to be comfortable and confident in my own skin.
The process was slow at first and of course I wanted to give up quite often but I kept pushing through.
Some of my favorite motivational quotes that I’d remind myself of were:
- It’s hard being uncomfortable in your own skin. It’s hard putting the work in. Pick your hard.
- Don’t let the time it takes to achieve a goal stop you from achieving it. The time will pass anyway.
Now, I’m at a place in my fitness journey where I genuinely like to workout and I like eating healthy.
I look back at the pictures of where I started and I am so thankful and so proud of myself for putting in the hard work and never giving up.
Updated progress pictures of me