Personally, I have started and finished (and started and restarted) so many fitness plans over the years, sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated. I love new concepts, and I’m often switching up my routine to learn something new or just to “up” my game. Thinking about getting into a new routine or habit can be daunting. It’s important not to be too self-critical. The very fact that you’re trying to better yourself means you’ve already put your thoughts and intentions into a place that will lead to your highest good.
Here are some tips for along the way, to help you take that first step into a new you!
1.) SET A REAL INTENTION
Consider the obstacles you already know you’ll be facing in your first week. Imagine yourself standing still while all of these barriers and variables are flying toward you. Take a deep breath and imagine yourself taking a step forward and another and another until you’ve stepped out into a sense of calm. All the things that scared you safely out of sight and mind. You can do this! It just takes a little positive thinking.
2.) SET YOURSELF UP TO BE SUCCESSFUL
I cannot stress this enough! You can’t set yourself up to fail and then have the gall to be surprised about it. Throw out the beer (or play beer faery and give it to a friend). If you have a hard time waking up, set an extra alarm and set your coffee machine to have it ready when you wake up.
3.) DON’T GIVE IN TO HAPPY HOUR
It sucks to be invited to Happy Hour when you’re trying to change your nutrition. Instead of biting your lip and contemplating how you can do both, try acceptance. Let your friends know that you’re taking it easy instead. If you are the type of person who is strong enough to not enjoy a margarita when it’s in front of you, well good for you! In that case, as long as you’ve fulfilled your commitments to yourself, hang out and drink some club soda!
4.) BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE
I know you’re a real strong-willed group, but hear me out. Let a close friend or family member know about your attempt to get into better physical shape. Ask them if they wouldn’t mind asking you how you’re doing with it every day (or at least a few times a week.) This will help you feel supported and also give you a sense of accountability so you’ll remember to get your booty in gear! No one wants to have to fess up to a Taco Bell night, trust me.
5.) SOCIAL MEDIA HASHTAG FITNESS
This can be a slippery slope too, obsessively scrolling through pictures, but it helps me. Set up an individual account to use as either a motivational kind of electronic vision board or begin anonymously posting your progress photos. Encourage others! See how they’re finding success. Strength in numbers, after all!
6.) FORGIVE YOURSELF
No one is perfect, and you might slip up. That’s okay! The point of self-improvement isn’t to go from being an imperfect human to having an entirely curated life in a day. Be real and be honest with yourself about your fitness. You’re going to have pizza again in your life. Why? Because you LOVE pizza! Moderation is not about depriving yourself of anything but rather to aid in strengthening your foundation so that one night of pizza doesn’t turn into a month of pizza 🙂
7.) NEVER MISS A MONDAY
Mondays are naturally full of intention. Ruled by the Moon, Mondays are dealing with emotion and intuition. In the back of our minds, we set rules and guidelines for ourselves on Monday’s that outline our expectations or renewed goals for the future. For this reason, Mondays are ideal for meditation, sleep, introspection/quiet time, rest, and relaxation. No matter how much you mess up or stumble on your journey, try to always show up for yourself on Monday’s. It will propel your motivation as you’re able to mark the day as complete and look forward to what the rest of the week has in store.
My hope is that these tips help us to develop our fitness further and stay on track! Wellness is a lifelong journey. There are peaks and valleys in everyone’s path. Don’t be discouraged by your valleys. Take in the view, take a deep breath, and push forward to the top.