I get asked maybe 3 times a week, what motivates you? How do you stay so focused? Well the answer is simple. I got tired of starting and restarting over and over again. I got fed up of looking in the mirror and not liking what I saw looking back at me. I got tired of being tired and feeling run down all the time. Every month was a new diet or a new workout that would make it stick this time and magically give me the will power that I didn’t have on my own. The truth of the matter is, it wasn’t until my mindset changed, that my body began to change as well.
In order to win this battle, I had to be consistent and look at the overall picture. Was I doing this to get into a bikini or to look good at the next big event? Or was I doing this, to be a role model of health for my daughter and to ensure that I would be around to see my great grandchildren graduate from college and walk down the aisle.
My journey to weight loss started 10 years ago. I know what you are thinking. “I don’t have 10 years to get in shape. I want to look good next summer”. Just because it took me 10 years to get my act together, doesn’t mean that it has to take you that long. Here are some tips that I found helpful to keep me motivated and stay on track:
- Set small goals-Sometimes it is difficult when we try to tackle goals that are too large. For instance, I have to lose 50 pounds in 3 months. Instead, set small increments like 5 pounds and don’t put a time limit on it. I find that putting a time constraint on a weight loss goal can hinder progress if the goal isn’t met in that time frame. We tend to get defeated and give up.
- Don’t adopt the all or nothing approach- if you are like me, this method can lead to major binge fests, which can often be difficult to recoup from. Instead, tell yourself you are going to prepare all meals all week and then perhaps have one treat meal on the weekend. 1 treat meal, not a cheat day. This way you won’t feel deprived and you want end up binging. Keep in mind that treat meals are not free game. Make sure you practice portion control.
- Don’t go all in at the beginning- Going all in at first can lead to burn out. If you are new to fitness routine, 3x a week is plenty to get started. There is no need to go from being a couch potato to trying to tackle 3 spinning classes a day. Going all in too early can lead to you quitting soon after you start. Instead, slowly ease into a maintainable fitness routine.
I have now adopted the motto that slow and steady wins the race. Remember, this is a marathon not a sprint. You are in this for the long hall. There are no short cuts or quick fixes. You may as well enjoy the ride, speed bumps, ditches and all.
Fitmark Ambassador 2014