#MotivationMonday – 5 Reasons to Keep Going

It’s almost February. Almost. January is the longest month of the year so it’s not surprising that most people who have committed to getting in shape (in some form) are slowly falling off the wagon. It happens to the best of us. Here are five reasons to keep plugging away at your new healthy lifestyle goals…

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1 – Think about WHY you started…

Did you want to get in shape before your summer vacation? Did you just want to lose a couple pounds? Are you planning to run a race? Are you in a wedding this year? What was the initial motivator that moved you to set your goal? Think about whatever that is and allow it to continue to push you. That event is going to happen whether you achieve your goal or not.

2 – There is joy in the process…

While on your journey to become a more in shape version of yourself you will have lots of victories to celebrate. You’re going to drop pounds and inches. You’ll be able to fit into clothes you haven’t been able to wear in years. People will start to notice your success and they will compliment you. You are going to chase after your goals even harder once you start to feel and see those results.

3 – It’s the right thing to do…

Keeping a promise to yourself is one of the best things you can do. When you commit to change and actively work towards it you unlock so many endorphins. You become more positive and that will trickle over into other areas of your life. You will be unstoppable. To put it quite simply, keeping this promise to yourself is not only the right thing to do but it’s probable one of the best things you’ll do this year.

4 – You’ll discover new adventures and opportunities…

It is my sincere hope that you are currently living your life to the fullest. If you’re one of those people that wait until they lose the weight to do the things then sticking to your goals is huge. There is literally a whole new life on the other side of your goal. Stick with your journey but please do explore some new passions while working towards your goal. Live the life you want today and let your goals meet you where you are.

5 – Your goals will be met…

Well, this is obvious but if you stick with your goals you’ll get the results you want. Hard work definitely pays off. Over this year you will see yourself change in a way that you may have thought was impossible but you made it happen. This is the most rewarding reason to stick to your goals. I want you to win. When things get tough throughout this year think about the feeling you will have when that goal is met. There really is no better feeling (other than the love of Jesus). You did that! You made that happen. It was all you! 

Keep going until you get there. When you feel like quitting, remember why you started. What’s your fitness goal for the year? Share them with me and I’ll cheer you on.

 

5 Ways to Develop Fitness Discipline

Alright, so the New Year is officially here. We’ve all wrapped up family visits and vacations. Now that kids are back in school (mine start tomorrow) it’s time to get serious about these 2019 goals. Let’s talk about how to develop discipline within your fitness routine. Today I’m sharing 5 ways you can develop discipline and crush your goals too.

Getting started is no doubt the toughest part of any fitness journey. Creating a routine built off discipline will push you forward when your motivation lacks. We chatted a little bit about that the other day. You can read that post here. Checkout my 5 best tips for creating discipline and keeping your fitness goals a top priority in your life.

1 – Plan your workouts and your meals

There are situations in life that you can “wing it”, “fake it til you make it” or “finesse” until you’re successful in your efforts to achieve your goals. Getting in shape is not one of them, unfortunately. To get in shape you actually need a plan. You must have a roadmap that aligns with your goals. 

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Try setting aside time one day out of the week (I do Sundays) to plan your meals and your workouts. Take a peek at your gym’s class schedule and plug your favorite classes into your schedule. If you have a personal trainer, plan your day so that you are on time for those workouts. If you’re like me, and having a PT isn’t something in your budget right now head to Pinterest because it is full of all types of workouts. 

Print out workouts that you’d like to try and attach them to your planner for the week. When you’re ready for the gym pull out the workout and get to it. 

Get into that #plannerlife, y’all. You’d be surprised at what you can do when all the things are planned.

The same goes for your meals. Select a week full of healthy meals that you’re excited to eat. Don’t forget to make enough for leftovers! (Leftovers = Lunch)

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2 – Get an accountability partner or a gym buddy

Listen, teamwork makes the dream work. A good gym buddy helps make your time at the gym more enjoyable. You’ll look forward to going (and be less likely to skip your workout) when you know someone is meeting you. You’ll have someone to spot you, record you for IG (cause you know it doesn’t count if it’s not on the ‘gram) and you’ll have someone to share the highs, lows and plateaus with.

Also, who else are you going to talk to in the sauna?

3 – Get your butt in gear! Cute activewear gear, that is…

I have never met a good pair of black compression leggings that I didn’t buy. There is something about new workout clothes that makes me want to head straight to the gym. I mean, where else will my new dri-fit cut out top be appreciated for the greatness that it is? Now, I’m not saying to spend your mortgage payment on the new Kelly Rowland x Fabletics collection (I need all of it) but I am saying to treat yourself to something new.

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After all, part of being disciplined is having a #noexcuses attitude. We can’t let that whole, “I don’t have anything to wear” thing keep us from seeing results. Set a monthly budget for activewear to keep your selections fresh and ready for your workouts. 

4 – Pick a gym close to your HOUSE

Not your job, beloved, your house. See. The thing is when we pick a gym close to where we live we can always go. Cause it’s close to where we live. If you can get a membership that covers a location close to your house and your job, great! If not, always choose the location close to where you live. When the gym is easily accessible to our homes we are more likely to go.

5 – Feed your brain healthy and inspiring images

I don’t follow many celebs on social media but you know who I do follow? Fitness pages, fitness magazines and lots of healthy meal pages and hashtags. My brain is always being fed positive images of women seeking healthier lives or pretty bowls of healthy foods. Constantly. Social media gets a bad rep but in this case it helps so much.

When I see these images I am reminded about my own goals. I am inspired to try some of the workouts or meals I see. I’ve gotten some of my favorite moves from videos I’ve seen on Instagram. While I may not be very consistent about posting on IG myself (I plan to get better about this btw)  I am always using it as a source of fitspiration. 

I also subscribe to magazines that feature healthy meals and workouts. I’ll share my favorites at another time. Try filling your mailbox, inbox and TLs with content that will propel you to the next level. Your subconscious mind will have you seeing results in no time!

Have any tips for developing new habits you’d like to share with me? Leave them in the comments below. I’m always looking for new ways to hold myself accountable.

 

 

 

 

Discipline > Motivation

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Starting a new fitness journey can be tough. So often I hear people talk about lacking motivation and how that impedes on their efforts. Being motivated is great but what happens when you lack motivation?

How do you stay on track?

 

You stay on track by choosing to be disciplined. Discipline isn’t a fun word but it is a goal saver.

DISCIPLINE SAVES GOALS.

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Am I right? Discipline is the foundation for any fitness journey. I am not always motivated. I don’t always feel like working out. There are days when I just want to drink wine, eat Chinese takeout, listen to my children play and soak up all the coziness of my couch.

But I can’t do that. Because discipline. And habits.

Discipline keeps my goals at the forefront of my mind.

A new year has started so this a great time to buckle down and get serious about our goals. This week I want us to focus on becoming more disciplined in our journey.

Schedule your workouts, plan your meals and create a routine that keeps you moving toward your goals. Even if that means there’s less variety in your meals and free time.

We are in the process of building new habits.

Become so disciplined in your journey so that when motivation lacks you’re able to keep it moving.

Don’t forget to tag me in your healthy meals and sweaty selfies. I want to cheer  you on! Use the hashtag #tiavfitness!