We’ve all been there at some point, when we get so excited and pumped to start a new workout plan, a new "diet" regimen, or maybe even signing up for a new gym membership, then a few weeks later, you lose motivation or somehow get off track with your goals.
You might stop taking your regular workout classes, and even stop going to the gym all together. Sooner or later, if you’re honest with yourself, you will start to feel a little guilty that you’re not sticking to your workout routine. You can see it in your body, you can feel it in your mood and in your soul (lol...) day by day you notice your energy levels are dropping - you’re getting sluggish!
The truth is, we’re all human, and you really shouldn't beat yourself up over it. There are a number of reasons why you may have fallen off track, however what you need to do now is figure out what went wrong, learn from your mistakes and get back to being the bad@ss you once were :) but this time, do it with intention.
Here are some great tips to help you along the way!
1. Start small and set realistic goals
Don’t overwhelm yourself, don’t go extreme. For starters, you want to set a goal that's attainable. you cannot "lose 20 pounds, learn to play the guitar, start a yoga class and go vegan all in one month". You can’t expect to go from couch potato to a fitness ninja babe overnight either. Understand that you really have nothing to prove to anyone and when you try to do too much at once, you might just be setting yourself up for failure and more disappointment without realizing it.
Instead, try setting yourself up for success by focusing on just one goal at a time. Choose something you will more likely to stick to. Start small and changes will happen overtime. You can move on to the next goal once you’ve formed your first healthy habit :)
2. Uncover your weakness
You need to know exactly what it is that made you get off track in the first place. If you are not sure, take some time to figure it out, write down your feelings till you narrow it down to the source. Knowing and understanding what made you quit in the first place will enable you make better decisions this time around.
3. Get rid of distractions
Try to stay focused. If you jump every time a new notification pops up on your phone, chances are you’ll have a really hard time getting back on track with your goals. Instead, trying setting a realistic schedule you can follow, or block out specific times out of your day or throughout the week. This is your personal time - follow it like a doctor's appointment!
4. Have someone hold you accountable
Share your goals with a trusted friend, family member or partner. Perhaps you could make friends in the gym? Simply knowing that a familiar face expects to see you can be enough to get you to show up. Having someone who holds you accountable might just give you the push you need to move forward.
5. Stay Inspired
Surround yourself with inspiration. It’s important for those days when you don’t feel 100% percent. A simple quote, picture or conversation with an individual you admire or look up to has the power to change your mood and steer your focus in the right direction
6. Ask for help
Don’t know where to start? Ask or hire an expert for help. There is absolutely no shame in not knowing what to do next. We evolve and make better decisions by our willingness to learn.
7. Make it fun
Don’t punish yourself with your workouts, Instead, enjoy the process of learning and getting back into a more regular routine. You can do this, you got this! you are here reading this article right now which means you already have a head start.
Dreyah, for Every Fit Girl