There was a point a few months ago when I looked in the mirror and said, “enough is enough.” My clothes weren’t fitting, I didn’t like the way I looked in pictures, and overall, I didn’t feel like myself.
Over the past twenty-odd years, I’ve developed certain eating habits and didn’t really pay attention to what I ate. But, I did notice that once I hit 28, my metabolism really slowed down – like really slowed down. My stomach was no longer flat after eating dessert the night before, eating a bowl full of rice took a toll on my weight – all these little things that I didn’t care about before, was finally catching up.
Getting the motivation to start was hard enough and three months ago when I was just starting to workout, the struggle was real. These are my 10 ways to stay motivated to workout and I hope it helps you too!
- Make goals: Before I started, I wrote down what my fitness goals were – whether it’s losing 10 pounds or being able to do 10 push-ups, having my goals written down helped me visualize where I wanted to be.
- Record your before & after: Once I started working out with my trainer, we tracked my weight, measured my body fat, my arms, bust, hips, waist, thighs, glutes, and took pictures. Every month, we wrote down my progress and because I saw it written down, it motivated me to stay on course.
- Start off slow: If you’re starting out, don’t set yourself up for failure – start off slow! Maybe workout only 2x a week to get started and cut out one thing from your diet each week (i.e. sugar).
- Plan: Whether you’re doing it solo or with a trainer, make a workout schedule and plan your diet. Scheduling my workouts on certain days and times helped set a daily routine for me and now I like working out in the morning to get it out of the way. Also, when it comes to planning your diet, fitness apps like MyFitnessPal helped me track calories. For example, I had no idea fruit was considered a carb!
- Take a class: Sometimes working out at home just doesn’t cut it, I would get lazy or wouldn’t workout as hard as I should. Ever since hiring my trainer, I’m more inclined to go since my sessions are paid for and the session is not only carved out of my schedule, it’s part of her schedule too.
- Buy cute workout clothes: Invest in workout clothes you love, and trust me, you’ll want to wear them. Not only do I reach for my Sweaty Betty‘s (sale alert!) because they’re super cute to wear and they make me feel good too, the quality is able to handle the type of workouts I do and it doesn’t wear out as easily.
- Create a high-energy playlist: Keep things fresh with your workout by listening to music that’ll keep you psyched during your whole workout. I like to switch it up between EDM and hip-hop and it gets me super pumped to do those extra reps.
- Reward yourself: Whether it’s a cheat meal at the end of the week or a healthy juice after your workout, reward yourself! You just dedicated an hour or so of bettering your health, so you definitely deserve it!
- Be patient and keep going: This is something that I’m constantly struggling with every week, but getting fit takes time. I have to remind myself that there isn’t a magic pill that’s going to instantly slim me down and seeing the progress I’ve made so far is verification that changes are happening.
- Have fun: Joining a program like ClassPass, which offers a variety of workout classes, helped me figure out which type of workout I enjoyed most. It took me a while, but I really like HIIT, circuit training, and cycling. You can also bring a friend along and make your workout a hangout too! Making your workout something you look forward to and enjoy will help you stay on track.
Bear in mind that I’ve still got a long way to go with my goals, but the fact that I’m actually enjoying working out is something I thought I’d never say! I feel so much stronger and I feel so much better about my body than three months ago. If you’re on a fitness journey like me, I hope you find my tips helpful! Just remember, keep tracking your progress and keep going. 🙂
Also, let me know if you’d like to see what I eat in a day or the types of exercises I do.
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