It’s almost the end of the year and I’m starting to look into my 2018 goals. I started taking my lifting and nutrition seriously this year, back in January (2017), and I have learned a few things along the way.
I will never ALWAYS be motivated. Yes, I have learned to push through the hard times, and keep chugging along with my workouts, despite the lack of motivation. However, I know how hard it can be during those challenging times and what it really feels like to not want to work out or keep up with my nutrition.
Even though you may feel this way – change is still happening. Get up and get that workout in, even if it feels like a crappy one. One bad workout is better than no workout, so push through! Try to keep your nutrition as best as you can, and stick to those macros! This time will pass shortly and you’ll be so glad that you pushed through!
When I’m feeling a little unmotivated, I like to do a series of different things.
1. Write out your goals
First thing I like to do is organize myself, and write down my goals on paper. I like to see them and look at them often to remind myself of why I am doing all of this, and what my goals are! This alone helps me to stay accountable and motivated.
Start with daily goals that you want to accomplish, and then move into weekly goals. Eventually you can set up monthly/yearly goals! But for now, just focus on the now. Focus on one day at a time. Write out your daily goals, and cross them off as you accomplish them. This alone will help you feel more organized, and a little bit more successful with your goals. Give it a try!
If you want more on goals, check out my post Let’s Talk Goals!
2. Progress pictures
Taking your before pictures is a MUST for any transformation journey. Not only because you want to show people how far you have come afterwards, but to keep yourself accountable! Take monthly progress pictures to keep yourself on track and focused. If you take monthly photos, you’ll see the changes in your body and you’ll want to keep going. However, if you’re slacking a bit and ignoring your macros, you might see a different change in your pictures. This usually will light a fire up under my ass when this happens, and makes me get back on track and start to push a little harder!
If you want more on taking good progress photos, check out my post 5 Tips for Great Progress Photos!
3. Support system
I like to surround myself with awesome, supportive people in my life. Having that support system to fall back on when you’re feeling down or unmotivated, makes all the difference! If I didn’t have a supportive husband, or my supportive family I don’t know where I would be right now! I can talk to them about my goals, how I am struggling and they’re there to give me words of encouragement or to remind me why I’m doing all of this!
Even having a workout buddy can make all the difference! You can motivate one another in and out of the gym every single day. I work out alone in my garage, but I have a few peeps that I check in with every day and we all talk about our lifts, and how it’s going! Its so fun to have that connection with someone who is going through the same thing you are!
4. Track everything
When I see myself falling off the ol’ macro wagon a bit, indulging way too much or just my care level is down on if I hit my macros at the end of the day or not, I check in with myself and PROMISE myself to track everything. Even those little bites here and there or
that sugar cookie that you ate.. track it! You’ll see how much of a difference it makes in your macros, and how many precious carbs you’re wasting on those sneaky bites.
Doing this always reminds me that I have a choice to make, and if I really want to stick to my macros you have to DECIDE what is important. Stay strong and stick to your daily macro goals and you’ll find that your tracking habits will come back! It may take a day or two to get back on the wagon – but it’ll come! Give it time.
5. Remembering your “WHY”
With all of that being said. Remember WHY you are doing all of this. Is it solely for you? Do you want to get healthy for your children? Grandchildren? Do you want to compete in the future? Are you trying to gain muscle? Lose fat? Whatever it may be, just remind yourself of the reason you are doing it. If you lose that WHY factor, you’ll start to question yourself what all this is for, and fall off of the wagon.
“When you feel like stopping, think about why you started”
Write down sticky notes all over your house, set alarms on your phone that say why you’re doing what you’re doing. Just write it down somewhere, often, so you are reminded. You want it fresh in your mind, at all times. I’ve found that this really helps me to stay motivated and to stay focused!
When all else fails, just please do NOT give up. The worst thing you can do is give up on yourself. Just keep pushing, and keep chugging, even if it’s ugly. All we can do is put one foot in front of the other and keep trying every single day.
I hope these tips and tricks can help you out if you’ve been feeling unmotivated, or if you feel like you need a little kick in the butt to get you going again! It happens to everyone, so do NOT feel like you are alone in this. Reach out to someone and just keep trucking, my friend. You got this!
“A little progress each day, adds up to BIG results!”
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