I get the Don't Wants too! This is normal for me, my desire to work out comes in cycles. Thankfully sprints of don't want are few and far between. The only way to shut down the don't want feelings is to suck it up and get it done. I can honestly say I have never ever regretted putting in a work out. Even with don't wants at a ten. Still, I complete simple everyday tasks to keep myself pumped up and focused on the big prize- Health & Happiness for life! Overtime, eating clean and daily sweat sessions have become habit. I don't feel like myself on rest days, although I know they are essential, it just isn't a great day until I sweat it out! Eating well has become habit. It's just what I do! Getting yourself to a place where food loses it's control is powerful and liberating. All these things come with time, however, I do have a few tips and tricks to help ya get there faster!
1. Create a plan- Weekly, I outline a work out and meal plan for myself. I'll throw in no carbs or bread every other day, sometimes I'll challenge myself to no carbonation for a week, no popcorn, or no alcohol, etc. Small, time measurable, and short challenges help me to stay focused, as the end is always in sight. Looking at the calendar and seeing what I'm supposed to do for the day- Jillian DVD Plus 6 Mile Run and Arm Strength (Two a Day Wednesday). I don't have to think about what I'm supposed to do- I just have to do it! Creating a plan will gear you up for success!
2. Demand Success From Yourself- Don't make flimsy excuses! If you're trying to talk yourself out of a work out, it's more imperative than ever that you get it done. This is the motto I hold myself to. There is no I don't feel like it today excuse allowed in my brain. Bad day at work? Oh well- a great work out can turn a day right around! All that laundry? It can wait. I have to cook dinner Put supper on the stove and work out in your living room. I need to grocery shop I'll go after the gym.
You always have time to work out. Taking 30 minutes to an hour to better yourself each day is something everyone can commit to. Wake up early- set cloths out the night before less to think about in the morning, use your lunch break, fit it in after work, just get it done! One of my favorite phrases "If it's important you'll find a way, if it isn't you'll find an excuse". Make yourself a priority! You deserve it!
3. Ignore the haters. Changing your lifestyle will come with kick back from other people. That all boils down to issues they have with themselves. People become negative when they feel defensive. This is their issues, not yours! Stay focused. How you eat/work out affects your life. No one else's. I get the negative phrases daily in my life too. It doesn't affect me in anyway. People dole out negativity when they're uncomfortable with something in their own life. Maybe overhauling your life makes others feel they should be doing the same. Maybe you're now seen as a threat to them in some way. Maybe you feeling great in your own skin makes some feel negative about their own body because they don't love themselves like they should. Whatever the reason, it's none of your business. Kill em with kindness and Do you!
4. It's just food. It doesn't have any power. Seriously, it's just food. We need it to function. We need to operate daily. We need it to be productive. That's it. Don't let a cookie or cake control you. Don't let going out to lunch undo your day! Sometimes I have to remind myself this- it's just food. It ain't got no power! We need it to live. Eat to live, don't live to eat! If you feel hungry, eat! Keep healthy snacks on you so your day won't be rocked by cinnamon rolls in the office or cookie cake for so and so's Birthday at school/work. Make healthy choices! Eating a salad has never made me feel guilty about anything. Just saying!
5. Look at how far you've come, not how far you've got to go When you find yourself beating yourself up over a bad week, or a bad meal, or skipping a work out, think about how you would have handled the situation previously. Think about how far you've come. Acknowledge all of the progress you've already made! Part of the process is accepting that it's slow. It takes time. You are going to make mistakes. You are going to have setbacks. No one is perfect! Getting back on the wagon after falling off is even more essential than the decision to hop on in the first place. Be patient. Stay Positive. Speak kindly to yourself. You are listening to you. Each day is another chance to get it right.
|This took 2 years- Don't give up!|