Happy Fri-yay Nerds!
The second week of the year is coming to an end, and by now statistically speaking around 30% of those that made resolutions have already given up.
Was your resolution to get fit and eat right? Did you join a gym? Buy new gym gear? Went out and bought containers and all this food for meal prepping? How many times did you go to the gym this week? How’s the Meal Prep going?
According to Forbes, only 8% of people accomplish their New Years resolution. To make things more dramatic, that’s only 80 out of 1,000 people. I know, how depressing. I genuinely wish more people took their health and fitness more serious but I do understand is that life gets in the way.
The truth is, I never make resolutions. They are meaningless to me, and you’re setting yourself up for failure. When I want to do something, I do it and the time of the year really doesn’t matter. Actually, it was April when I changed my life. I didn’t wait until January 1st to take the step. Sorry y’all but those things to me sound like excuses. How many times we’ve said, “I’ll start on Monday.” Then Monday comes and nothing happens.
But ok, rather than shame you because you may be slacking, I want to encourage you to keep going. Because after all, you are only doing it for you, and you can not fail yourself. So I am going to share with you a few of my tips on how I keep myself going and motivated.
GET READY THE NIGHT BEFORE. The night before I get everything ready for the next day: clothes, gym bag, and my meal prep. That way in the morning I pick up and go and I don’t run around like a chicken without a head getting myself together. Yes, I take my gym bag to work with me and head there right after work.
Granted I can go straight from work to the gym but a lot of you may not have that flexibility. Even if you work out at home, leave it all ready for when you get there. Because once you see it there waiting for you, all you have to do is change and get your game face in place.
SET ATTAINABLE GOALS. Once at the gym, I give myself small goals I want to accomplish. It could be a new PR (personal record), more reps or weight, improving my sidekick or spin kick, going faster, perfecting my form… what ever it is, I work on small changes that I know I can accomplish. I have never told myself, “Dee you will loose 40lbs in two months.” That’s crazy talk and completely unrealistic.
Advice is, work on things slowly, and trust me you will get there. And when you do, allow yourself to celebrate. I mean I just PR’ed in squats and I broke out dancing in the middle of the gym. Who cares if people stare, allowing yourself to celebrate your little goals is what’s all about.
CREATE A GYM FAMILY. The truth of the matter is, your friends will never understand that Thursday night is your second leg day and no you do not want to go out drinking. You want to go to the gym and destroy your legs. Is that so hard to believe?
Slowly but surely, I’ve built a gym squad. They are all like me, people from all different fitness levels, trying to better themselves. Like me, they have taken a vow to lead a healthy life. And I am so greatful for each of them for not allowing me to slack, and always push me to do it right, harder, and better. So look around you, it’s ok to say hi to people. Strike up a conversation. Spot each other. Anything. It helps having your own squad and support system to push you further.
BUY NEW GYM CLOTHES. When I am in a rut, I go out and buy myself a super cute gym outfit. Nothing gets me through those doors faster than when I know I am slaying in my new tights, and my gym boyfriends will eat their hearts out.
HAVE GYM BOYFRIENDS. Speaking of gym boyfriends, they are SO motivating. I swear to goodness that there have been days, that I have no desire to step foot in the that place. But the thought of seeing my No.1 has me skipping with joy. The man is perfection, and I’ll take any chance I get to creeper watch him. So what if he probably thinks I am a big ole weirdo, the point is the possibility of being a creeper, gives me the boost to get in there myself. And that’s all the motivation I need.
To answer you’re wondering mind, I do have more than one gym boyfriend. I used to have 5 but I am down to only two. It’s all about the quality and not the quantity. But for sure my No.1 has always been the same. Mentally we are engaged and eloping at Haiku Mills in Maui.
Motivation is all around you, you’re just going to have to want it. Remember this is for you.
How do you keep yourself motivated? Share with me! I could always use knew ways, and maybe some new gym boyfriends.