Hiiii! I am so excited about sharing this series with you all! Let’s take an honest pill and agree that all of us need some motivation at one point or another. I, like many others out there, love fitness. I love working out, I love finding healthy recipes, I love the feeling I have at the end of the day knowing that I followed the 80/20 rule AND got a great workout in. But every now and then, the slothful me loves to come out and hang around and I forget those good feelings, or I simply don’t care and want nothing more than to bite into that extra cheesy pizza and spend my entire day watching netflix on my couch. And so,with that in mind, I decided to create this motivational series. This will probably be a lot of things you’ve heard before; but who said repetition is bad? I know I could use many reminders on a daily basis, so without further ado, let’s get started.
1. MAKE A PLAN!
–I don’t know how many of you out there are like me, but I LOVE lists. I, on occasion, have even made a list of all the lists I need to make for the day. My grocery lists are scary organized, but that’s a story for another day. Make a plan or a list of what you want to accomplish in the way of fitness for that day. BE AS SPECIFIC AS POSSIBLE! Write out a small workout plan for either at home, or at the gym (I know sometimes I will go to the gym and just stare at all the equipment and have no idea where to start. It can be overwhelming!) If you are working out at home, plan a time that you are going to workout and write it down in a place that you will see! Once again, be specific, don’t say, “in the morning or afternoon.” Say, “at 8:30 A.M. or 2:05 P.M.” Maybe you need motivation to eat better; so write out everything you are going to eat that day.
2. PACK UP!
–After you have made your plan, start packing! Whether you are a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) or a working mom you can pack a bag or follow your list of everything you need for the day. If you want to work out before or after work, pack a bag the night before with all your workout clothes and things you need if you need to “primp” after your workout. Leave it by the door so you don’t forget it if you leave in a rush, or lay out your clothes and shoes so it’s the first thing you see, or maybe trip over when you wake up. Knowing that everything is set and ready to go makes walking out the door or lacing up those shoes that much easier. Pack your lunch and all your snacks for the day. Don’t rely on “grabbing something”. I know I’ve done that and promised myself all day that I will pick the nice crisp salad over the hamburger, but once I get into the restaurant and smell those french fries, my good intentions fly out the window and I hear myself saying, “Yes, I will have fries with that.” Packing everything before hand takes all the guess work out of it so no bad choices need to be made, your menu is set and ready to go!
Now, I know what you are thinking, “Okay Jamie, but are you forgetting that we are busy mom’s out here?” The answer is no. I’m a mom myself. I know every day isn’t going to work out like we plan and we have to readjust. That is totally fine! We are not going to be perfect at this everyday. But also remember that you need to make some sort of time for you! Taking some time to focus on you and your health and happiness makes you better all the way around. You are worth it. =)