Thursday, June 11, 2015

Getting back on track and finishing 2015 STRONG!

So, I just realized... We are ALREADY half way thru 2015!  Can you believe it??!  Where does time go?   BE HONEST!!  How many of you are still sticking to your New Year's Resolution??  .....Yea, me either.  BUT don't worry we can still finish the last half of 2015 with a BANG!! 

Here's some tips and tricks to help finish 2015 STRONG:

1.  Schedule your workouts

Treat your workout sessions just like any other business/school/Doctor appointment meetings you have.   I personally schedule my workouts for first thing in the morning.... Yes that means I have to wake up a little earlier but it what works best for me.  :)  The less your schedule gets moved around the less likely you'll be to skip your workout.

2. Publicly tell people what you are doing

For example, post your workout on social media.  It may sounds strange, but if you post these things as an accountability thing, it makes you start thing your being watched and you won't want to "fail" in front of others, right?!    If you don't feel comfortable telling your FB friends/family what you're doing just yet there are all kinds of private FB fitness groups you can join!  My personal favorite is    Request to join if you'd like!  I'd love to help you stay accountable and motivated to reach your goals!

3. Find YOUR "WHY"

Your WHY is what's going to push you thru the tough times.  They say "find a why that makes you cry." Because when you attach emotion to your goals you are 10 times more likely to make them happen.    This may take some thinking... you have to look past the mirror and ask yourself "What do I really want, deep down?".     So let's say your goals is to lose 20 pounds. Ok, great!  BUT WHY?? and whatever that answer is... BUT WHY?? Repeat this a few times until you unravel your ultimate WHY.   This can be a powerful thing, be ready to hit the ground running when you discover your real 'why'.  

4. Set small monthly goals

It is so much easier to stick to something if you don't have 1 HUGE goal hanging over your head.  Start slow with small, achievable goals.  So let's say you want to lose 30lbs by the end of the year.... Set a small goal of 5 pounds a month. Chances are you'll surpass that small goal and feel so much better!   Your goals doesn't even haven have to be about weight loss, maybe you are trying to become a runner and your goals is to run 5 min longer each month.  It's always good to have the big goals in the back of your mind but you can't focus on them or you will get frustrated.

5. Find the right place to workout

Where do you feel happiest and more alive when you're working out?   It could be the gym, outside, or even your living room or bedroom. Oddly enough, the "right" space can boost your energy and performance.

6. Make a game out of it

Competition has a way of getting us reeved up and excited to push ourselves.  Studies show that you push yourself harder when you're competing with someone else.  That's one of the reasons why we do these "Challenge Groups" with our workout programs, sometimes there's $$ prices and other times the prize is in just knowing you finished strong.  But a little friendly competition won't hurt anyone.

7. Keep a Journal of you progress

Write down how you did when you first did a certain workout, then every time you do that same workout keep record of how you do.  You will slowly start seeing progress and that will motivate you to push harder each time.  So, whether you're running, lifting, or doing random workout DVDs keep a record of what you're doing.

8. Give yourself a break!

Being hard on yourself is counterproductive and will NOT get you anywhere!  We all make mistakes, have set backs, or feel like we aren't good enough... you just have to get up, dust yourself off, and try again.   Working out and eating healthy is HARD. period.  Just keep telling yourself 'I CAN DO THIS'.  Stay positive. Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how big or small. Treat yourself like you would treat your best friend or family member. Encourage yourself, don't put yourself down.   

9. Believe in YOU 

 My favorite quote is "Whether you think you can or you think you can't... you're right!" Visualize what you're going to look like when you reach your goal, how you're going to feel, what compliments you will be getting from others.  Believing you can do it is half that battle, once you've got that down nothing can stop you!

10.  Reward Yourself

Focus on those small goals or positive happenings AND reward yourself for them!  I know, when I first started, my biggest mistake was thinking reward = food, which I guess it can be sometimes, BUT you should also think of other ways to reward yourself... like maybe if you lose those first 5lbs you treat yourself to a mani/pedi or a new pair of workout clothes, etc.  Focus on what you DID accomplish rather than what you didn't.  If you can do that than every day will feel like a win!

I hope those tips/tricks gave you some ideas on how to get back on track with your new years resolutions!!  If you have any questions about any of these suggests or would just like some help getting started comment below!  I'd be happy to help you get started or even get finished on your fitness journey!   

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