This felt like an appropriate blog post to start again with because I have quite clearly fallen off the blogging wagon…. However, with this post I want to help any of you who have fallen off the fitness wagon.
Make no mistake, EVERYONE falls off the fitness wagon every now and again. We start off so full of promise with high expectations, huge plans and glistening body goals ahead of us and then suddenly we find we haven’t put our trainers on for 5 months. Sometimes you skip a work out because you’re too tired, you’ve got too much work on, you’re stressed out, something else came up, so and so wants to go for a drink/meal/movie….. Before you know it you’ve been paying your gym membership for a year and you’ve not stepped into the place once. It happens so easily and the hardest part is trying to motivate yourself to pick yourself up and start again. I know I’ve been there, got the t-shirt, and the duvet cover with the matching curtains…..
The fear of how hard it will be sets in and you make more excuses and more times passes and the harder it gets to even start thinking about working out again. If this is you right now, I want to motivate you to get past this. YOU CAN & YOU WILL!!!
We all know how easy it is to get distracted. Have you ever thought that one of the reasons you may have stopped making the effort is because your dream seems unattainable? At the beginning you felt so motivated but perhaps the realisation of how much work you needed to put in prevented you from continuing. Staying motivated is initially one of the hardest parts of working out, I think. Unrealistic body goals, extreme work out plans combined with God-awful diets, it’s no wonder you gave up – that’s not what life is about!
You want to feel motivated to get back on it? Stop over promising yourself! Set realistic goals. It’s not your job to get fit and look good in a bikini, this is not why you are doing this. Ok, you may want to look good eventually and you will but to ignite your motivation just do it because it makes you feel good about yourself. I’m sure you’ve all heard it before but no one ever regrets a work out. Start off small, plan to do 30 minutes and work yourself up to more time per week, until it becomes a habit again. Personally, I find if I miss a week even the first day back after is hard but once you are in a rhythm and you realise how good it makes you feel, this will be the feeling you remember and that will make it easier for you to start making it a habit again.
With regards to the diet: WHAT DIET??!!! Don’t diet! Just clean it up, drop the processed convenience food, plan ahead a little, save your large glass of vino tinto for Friday night not Monday and get the week started off on the right foot. But remember again, don’t deprive yourself, this is possibly why you fell off the fitness wagon in the first place.
Perhaps you stopped going because you got bored? I know I get bored if I find myself doing the same thing every damn day. Switch up your workout routine. This is crucial anyway so that you are constantly surprising your muscles and your body doesn’t become too accustomed to your work out. Get a work out buddy!! This is hugely motivating, find someone you can exercise with and egg each other on (with the added pressure of not letting the other down by cancelling).
So, if you want my advice to get motivated again, don’t make any grandiose plans initially because that makes the thought of going even harder. Also stop saying “diet starts tomorrow…..”. Just pick up your trainers and wander down to the gym and just test the waters. Do a class first, perhaps that might be easier? Walk fast paced on the treadmill for 30 minutes on an incline. Make a satisfying meal filled with lots of goodness, do your weekly shop while you’re in this mode. After you’ve taken the initial step, going back next time will be even easier.
I think the below quote is a good one and I hope it motivates you all too.