A few of you recently asked about this and the timing is perfect. I think we can all agree, quarantine has taken a toll on the overall motivation department. Whether it comes to cooking, exercise, eating right, work, children or family, it’s a little bit harder to get going these days.
Thankfully, for me, I just went through a big life change (We moved!) which helped set the reset button for me and get me motivated again. It gave me the feeling of a fresh start, which is exactly what I needed. However, I realize that might not be the case for everyone. So hopefully today I’m going to share some tips to help you get motivated again as well. I know you have it in you, just like I did, we just have to find it!
+ Starting Small
The worst thing you can do is overwhelm yourself. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed I just do nothing, which is not the goal. Make a few little daily changes and see how they make you feel – Make your bed in the morning, drink more water, go on a walk, or stretch your body.
+ Make a Schedule
Be intentional about when you’re going to move your body, even if it’s just going for a walk or an at-home workout. I find that putting something on the calendar helps to hold me accountable to make sure I get it done and I don’t schedule anything else during the time when I’m supposed to be exercising. I do find that the morning is the best time to do it though, so you don’t have time to think about ways to get out of it. You know!
I don’t overwhelm myself with dieting, ever. It never ends well for me. So, I try to eat clean most of the time but I’m definitely not afraid to indulge myself. But, when I’m working out or being active consistently, I don’t crave as much of the “bad stuff” (like, pizza, cheese, fried food, and even wine) as I usually would. So it’s a real win-win when it comes to working out. After about a month of working out and eating well, my bad cravings start to subside and it becomes an overall lifestyle change.
+ Think Big
Speaking of – Whenever I want to start working out again, I try to think big. Rather than having an end goal in sight, I don’t make one at all. To me, it should be more about a lifestyle change, with no real set timeline and no big goal at the end (like, loosing X pounds). This also helps me to not feel overwhelmed or rushed in the process.
+ Do it for YOU
And, lastly, I would really encourage you to think about why you’re choosing to exercise or eat right and make sure it’s for the right reasons. Do I want to look great in a bikini? Yes. But, to me, my mental health and overall happiness is the most important thing and what motivates me to life a healthy lifestyle.
If you have any other questions for me, feel free to comment below or DM me on Instagram. Also, I listed 6 things I do daily that make a big difference in my overall motivation here, so be sure to check that post out as well!
I needed to read this today! I was in such a healthy habit with exercising for the first half(ish) of this year, but for the past 2 months I’ve completely fallen off the waggon. Motivation is needed!
Kathleen / http://www.madeinthe1990s.com
So glad this was helpful to you, Kathleen! I know the feeling! x Natalie