With everyone, there comes a time where we start to see our gym sessions as a chore, we then skip workouts, progress slows and we feel pretty depressed about it all and go back to a few bad habits, we then feel really guilty and instead of getting back on the horse we sit and wonder why we stopped regretfully. – I for one am definitely that person, things come up an I am distracted from it all, and all the well earned progress stops.
So how do we get motivated?
One goal – It’s probably the most common mistake that people make: they try to take on too much, try to accomplish too many goals at once. You cannot maintain energy and focus (the two most important things in accomplishing a goal) if you are trying to do two or more goals at once.
Find inspiration – I personally find pictures of my ideal body and this helps me a lot, for some though this can be quite depressing or not very motivational. so find which works for you, there are many ways such as: quotes, pictures, success stories, blogs, and articles to help you stay focused.
Post your goal – writing your goal up in places where you will see it often can have a massive impact on your motivation by reminding you why you started etc. create lots of small cards with the goal on it and put them around the house, so when your feeling a little de-motivated you can see why you wanted to change.
One of many peoples set backs with diets, are the people who they hang around or live with, which can be very frustrating because it seems once you’ve made the healthy decision to change they encourage you to ruin your diet. But why do they do it?
One of the main excuses I hear from friends or family is: ‘you’ll waste away if you don’t stop’ or even ‘your too skinny’ as frustrating as it is I ignore it, but at time it can be upsetting as me and many others feel like they are not supported. however if they actually asked about my goals and why I have set them, they would realise that it would improve my health and performance massively.
Main excuses used by these saboteurs:
- Acting insulted. (I’ve have herd this many times before) things such as “so you don’t like how I cook?”
- Making up special holiday rules. “It’s your birthday, one piece of cake won’t hurt!”
- Imparting discouraging news. “I am so proud of you for trying this, even though you know that 95% of people fail to keep the weight off.
- Making you an outsider. “You can’t eat Mexican because of your diet, so we will see you after we go out.”
- Leaving food around. The big candy dish on the receptionist’s desk in an office of dieters.
- And lastly the one I hate the most: food waste. I now only eat until I’m full, however most of the time that means there’s is some left over, so they will give you the guilt trip about how you’re wasting food and how much effort they put in it to make it.
– Don’t let people ruin what you’ve got, you started for a reason.
Always wanted to do yoga, so starting a class next week never been so excited! 😀
With every task there will come a time where motivation levels run low, taking fitness goals for instance: everyone wants the end result but nobody really wants to make the effort to change, Lets say you want to lose a stone in weight.
- You know what to do, the actions to take and at first you do very well.
- You eat the right foods, take a little exercise.
- But gradually your fuel runs out.
- Progress slows.
- The weight loss is minimal.
And you stop, wishing you’d never started.
So why did you lose your motivation?
- Because you didn’t have enough in the first place?
- Because your goal was unrealistic?
- Could you have remained motivated if you had set an achievable goal?
Why do you lose your motivation?
- Because you aren’t sure enough that you want to do this?
- Because you begin to believe the ‘doom and gloom’ merchants?
- Because this is something very new and a bit scary for you?
How can you find it?
- Whatever it is you want to achieve, be very sure about it.
- Set an achievable, realistic goal.
- Prepare as well as you can.
- Find support from positive people.
- Do your research.
- Be prepared to ask for help if you’re stuck.
- Set-backs are not fatal, you can come back stronger and more determined
- Go slowly. There’s no instant success.
- Remind yourself of why you started in the first place
- Set your self up for success.