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What’s your excuse??

What’s your excuse??

I already know all the excuses because I was the queen of them for years… It’s raining out, it’s too nice out, my workout clothes are dirty, I forgot my headphones at home, I don’t have time, I don’t want to get bulky, I’m too tired…blah blah blah. The real question to ask should be what’s your REASON?

My before picture is just after finishing my doctorate. I did not regularly exercise. I held baby weight after each pregnancy. I was constantly exhausted and used the excuse that chasing the children around was enough exercise. I came down with every cold and virus that could fester and spread on the grocery cart handle. I was miserable and avoided any pictures with my children – which now in hindsight is just plain sad for them and me. I went to bed miserable every night because I failed at what I had sworn that morning I would do – which was to make better food choices and get to the gym. It was an ugly vicious cycle and the effects of my misery did not go unnoticed by my family. 

Finally, one morning I woke up and said I am done talking about it -(I felt my back fat jiggle) and from that day on I started living it and being about it. There have been setbacks, struggles and tears but the truth is, once I started getting up and consistently working out in the mornings, it made me want to make better choices all through the day, including in the kitchen. My energy levels became increasingly better and I slept like a rock all night. My moods were much happier and instantly improved my family life and relationships. It would be a straight up lie if I said I wasn’t motivated to rock a bikini at my age but I also realized these kids in my life really were MY WHY and they needed and deserved a happy, healthy, active mom who could step up and be their healthy role model. When I found my reasons why, I simply lost all of my excuses.

My decision to coach keeps pushing me further, keeps me motivated and providing goals but it is very far from my reason why I continue to live this lifestyle.

So instead of looking for your excuse, are you able to dig deep and find YOUR reasons WHY? When you do find your why and your passion, your results will follow. Message me for help.11042942_947364438631658_7105274840541815394_n

How do you keep the motivation going?

 

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You have decided to exercise and hit it at full speed, but now the enthusiasm is dwindling and now its work to keep your energy going. 

Let me start off by saying, “Don’t quit! You have made good choices and there are tricks to help.”

  1. Set realistic goals.  Don’t start a program when you’re new to fitness thinking that you’ll run a marathon in 3 months.
  2. Vary your workout program.  There are some workouts that have 15-20 min options (HIIT routines). These are short for days when it is hard to fit everything in.
  3. Visualize how you want to look when you have reached your goal.
  4. Schedule the workout.  Make this non-negotiable and stick to it.
  5. Find your “soul-mate” workout.  It’s one that you love and can fall back on when you don’t feel like doing anything.
  6. Allow yourself some rest breaks.  It really is ok to take one or two days off. This may actually refuel the engine and help you get back on track. The key is not going off the deep end nutritionally and getting back into the groove after your rest break.
  7. Find out why you’re not interested in working out.  Are you bored? Do you need some support or friends to work out with? Reach out to people who have the same goals and support each other.
  8. Limit distractions—do not work on your ipad while trying to do P90X.  You’ll lose focus and not give your best effort. Find a time of day when the kids aren’t running in and out of the room for things so that you can give your full attention to your workouts. This will help keep you focused and get you results.

 

If you need help with finding your “soul mate” workout or other tricks I’m here to help. Just send me a comment.


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