Maybe like me you have several reasons of why you train and why you want to live a healthy lifestyle. For some we need to find our ‘why’. The following are a list of reasons ‘why’ you should stay focused and hungry for your goals.
The list can go on and on. My top three reasons why I train and follow my meal plan is 1. To be more confident, 2. To de-stress and 3. To be proud. I love the feeling after a hard core workout when I look back and say “Wow, I did that!” It makes me feel so good about myself and it gives me a good mood for the rest of the day. If your reason isn’t on this list but you have one then PERFECT. As long as you have your ‘why’ you will have NO EXCUSES.
So today, meditate on your ‘why’ and push yourself
So you’ve started your fitness journey and you are KILLING it. Eventually you are 10 days in, 3 months in, a year in… Somewhere along the way you start falling back.
The holidays hit
There’s a bad break up
You are in a ‘comfortable’ relationship
Stress is getting to you
a new job changes your ‘normal schedule’
… and so on…
So many things can gear us away from our diet or workout plans. So many things make us want to quit. But if there is anything I have learned along the way that I would want everyone else to take comfort in is that RESTING is okay.
But, learn to REST not STOP!
Resting means not going to gym when you have a fever. It means when you are on vacation work out 3 days a week instead of 6. Resting is eating that one piece of pie on Thanksgiving, and then working out the next day. It’s staying with it but still being consistent. You still need to put in that work at the gym but if you miss a day it doesn’t mean you are a failure and it doesn’t mean you should give up. There are nights that I’m up the entire night with my two children and I sleep right through my alarm and I make every effort to work out in the evening but when I get home my kids are begging for my attention. So, what do I do? I don’t work out that day. But the rest of the week? I stick to my diet and I make it to the gym or my at home workout every chance I get. We all have those days and it’s okay, but make sure that you jump right back into it and don’t make it a habit, because once it’s a habit it’s that much harder to start over.
So stick with it, give yourself rest when needed and don’t beat yourself up over it. You are doing great. You’re a rockstar!
NSSB by Brit
I really do believe it’s incredibly sad how society has made beating yourself up so customary.
“I’m so fat”
“I hate my hair”
The list goes on and on. We live in a world where we tear ourselves down over and over. We are trained to compare ourselves to other people. We are trained to find all the “bad” and to ultimately hate ourselves.
When we look down upon ourselves it makes it even harder to create and achieve fitness goals because we find that we are never good enough. Or in some way, our goals are unrealistic. Making a goal to look like celebrities or models needs to be scratched off your list and changed instantly. Because, guess what? They aren’t real. Those pictures, they are modified and contoured and filtered and FAKE. When we begin to compare ourselves to these individuals we are setting ourselves up for failure. Trust me, I have spent several years breaking myself apart by nit-picking everything I felt was “ugly” about myself.
I can’t pin-point the moment things started to change for me but eventually I started to realize that I needed to stop. I needed to stop hating myself. I started to look in the mirror in a different way. I started to look at my ‘flaws’ as ‘assets’. I started to love the squishiness of my belly and my stretch marks my babies gave me. I started to wear clothes to flaunt my small chest and started to embrace my tooth gap and small lips. All these things that society would probably find unflattering, I decided were beautiful.
I encourage you, especially mothers of little girls to talk kind words to yourself. I encourage you to show others that it is OKAY to love yourself. It is OKAY to flaunt large hips and a full figure. When you start to love yourself you start to take care of yourself better. You begin to treat your body kind with healthy foods and good rest and a clear mind. And it becomes contagious to others. So today I encourage you to start thinking of yourself as the beautiful human being that you are and flaunt it!
NSSB By Brit