Fitness, wellness, motivation

Motivation Monday

Good morning (well it is morning here where I am). Happy Monday! As we enter the last week of January it is about time to check back in on those fitness and wellness goal we set at the beginning of the year. How are we doing with the goals we set? Are we still eating healthy and exercising regularly? Have we already given up on the eating healthy? Have we stopped exercising because life got too busy? Guess what? Its ok if the goals you set are not working out. What that means is that it is time to re-evaluate what those goals were and what the motivation behind them was.

Was the goal to lose 50 pounds this year? Was the goal to exercise everyday for an hour? Sometimes even with the best direction, we set goals that are not realistic. We at times may think they are realistic and are so motivated to change that we are certain we will be able to do it. However, somewhere in there we get overwhelmed, have 1 bad day and decide its not worth it anymore. Just because you ate the cake does not mean your diet is ruined forever.

Today, I encourage you to look at the goals you have set and see what areas you are struggling to maintain. If some areas are causing more of a struggle than others, maybe it’s time to push a goal or two (or 20) to another time. Are there areas where you are making progress but are having some struggle? Those are probably the goals to keep. One thing I am doing this year is limiting my goal focus in areas to 1-2 things and for a 90 day period. There are many things I want to improve this year, however I know if I try and change too many things at the same time, I will fail at all of them.

What of all things that you are working on are things you feel like you are making progress? What maybe needs to wait a few months before you attempt again? Let”s keep making progress!

Fitness, Health, motivation

Motivation Monday!

Happy Monday! Are you ready for the new week? Have you made your plans and are excited to start the week? This is the week where people start to make the decisions on whether or not to keep pushing. We are entering the half-way point of the month and it is about this point where people stop going to the gym (in normal times) or working out at all. They start to allow back in the poor eating because they get tired or don’t want to deal with saying no to all the things they love.

So here we are at the decision point. What are you deciding to do? Are you deciding to make healthier decisions regarding food? What does that mean (what is the SMART goal behind it). Are you exercising more? What does that mean? Did you make SMART goals for yourself last week? Are they things you can actually do or did you set goals that are unrealistic in the best of times, of which we are no where near. If you set goals that are burning you out already, its time to re-evaluate those goals. Maybe its to make them more manageable and get you on the right track.

People often burn out because they set unrealistic goals for themselves. For example if someone never exercises, they might not set a goal to work out everyday for an hour. The goal might be something like be active for 15 minutes a day (including going for a walk). If there are days where they are more active great! If not they are still moving forward. Even that goal might be too much for some people, for some, maybe it that they will be active 15minutes a day 3-4x a week. Once again, if they are able to do it more often great! If they are not able to do more that they still won’t feel like they failed. It is about knowing your own limits and being able to know how far you can push yourself. For someone that meets that first goal of 15 minutes everyday, maybe after a 2 weeks of consistency they may re-evaluate the goal and say they are going to push for 30 minutes a day or maybe they are going to add a goal where 3-4 days they are active for more than 30 minutes.

Setting the goals can be something that is fairly easy. However staying motivated is another story. What is motivating you? What is your why for making fitness goals to begin with? We are have a reason we want to improve, knowing the why will help us to continue to reach for our goals.

What is your why? Share the why so others can support you and motivate you to follow your goals!