Staying Motivated

staying motivatedThis is a question that is inevitable.  How do you stay motivated?  How do you stay on track with your workouts and nutrition?  Yo-yo dieting and falling off the workout bandwagon is extremely common and can be hard to combat.  But I think it’s important to address because I want you all to make changes that last longer than just 60 or 90 days.  I want you to get healthy and stay that way.  So here are some tips that help me stay motivated.

Have A Plan

I can’t stress this enough, and this is one of the top reasons that I can stay motivated.  One of my favorite quotes is, “If you fail to plan, then you’re planning to fail.”  You need to have a plan!  What do I mean by that?  You need to:

-Have a routine of workouts picked out, don’t just go into each day and try to figure out what workout you’re going to do.

-Have a nutrition plan.  Know what you’re targeting for calories and percentages of protein/carbs/fat.

-Know when you’re going to workout each day and put it on your schedule.

These are all incredibly important aspects of staying motivated.  I pretty much create workout blocks of 90 days.  Obviously Beachbody is a big help here because most programs are 90 days long.  But whether you’re doing P90X, another program, or a hybrid of programs, it helps a lot to have your workouts planned out.  There’s no guess work.  I find it extremely easy to stick to my schedule when I have one.  I don’t miss workouts and I really look forward to it each day.  When I give myself more than a week between rounds, or even during the recovery weeks, I find myself being much less motivated.  It’s a lot harder to get myself to push play because I don’t really know what workout I am going to do.

The same goes for the time of day I workout.  When I know exactly when I’m working out and have it on my calendar it is very easy to stick to that commitment.  And that’s what I recommend everyone do.  When people just plan on fitting their workout in sometime during the day things inevitably get in the way and the workout does not get done.  Nutrition falls into this category too.  When you just try to “eat healthy” what does that even mean?  If you’re not following a nutrition plan and tracking it, you’re most likely going to let yourself indulge from time to time or have a few too many cheat meals which can hamper your results, which leads to you being frustrated and losing motivation.  So bottom line is, have a plan.

Have Goals

This is crucial as well and I’ve talked about it several times before.  You should be setting goals for yourself on a regular basis.  If you’ve never set goals before, here is a good way to set SMART Goals.  Goals help keep me motivated because it helps me know where I’m going and it helps me form my plan.  If I’m looking to cut some body fat and get lean, that affects what workout I do and how I eat.  If I’m trying to put on some muscle and size, then my workout and nutrition plan are going to look  different (see my Body Beast Nutrition Plan).  Goals give you something to work for and can help you compete with yourself.  One of the hardest things about working out at home can be that you lack competition and others to push you.  But if you’re competing with yourself to do x amount of pull-ups or lose x number of pounds, then you can let those goals motivate you.  Goals should be an intricate part of your plan.  If you don’t know what you want to accomplish, how will you know if you’ve been successful?

Your “why” falls into this category too I think.  Your “why” incorporates your goals, but it goes beyond them.  Why do you want to workout in the first place?  Do you want to get off some medication?  Do you want to have energy to keep up with your kids?  Are you constantly getting sick and want to change that?  Do you want to make sure you’re around for a long time for your family?  Whatever it is, that makes you want to get healthy and is the true reason for wanting to make the change to a healthier lifestyle is your “why”.  You need to write that down along with your goals and look at it often.  When you are laser focused on your “why”, nothing can stop you from accomplishing that and your goals.  If you’re struggling with motivation and haven’t thought about this, you need to now.

Be Part of a Team

This can be the hardest part of home workouts.  You can feel really isolated at times.  If you’re not working out with a family member or close friend, it can really feel like you’re going it alone.  And when you feel isolated, it’s easy to lose your motivation.  I can relate to that too.  When I started Insanity, I didn’t even know about the Team Beachbody community.  I had no idea what Coaches were and I didn’t even know Insanity was made by Beachbody in the first place.  But when I heard about the community that Team Beachbody offered I joined up right away and found a Coach and team that I could plug in with.  What motivates me about being a part of a team is seeing other people succeed.  When I know my team is pushing hard, it gives me the edge to push hard too.  Plus I know it’s a place where I can ask questions and people will genuinely care about helping me out.  Even though I’m working out alone in my living room, I have a whole team behind me, which is a major factor in staying motivated.  If this is an area you’re struggling in, then check out how to Join My Team.

Being a Coach

This one might sound weird at first, but being a Beachbody Coach is a huge motivator for me.  Why is that?  It’s because I know I have a whole team counting on me, asking me for advice and looking to me for direction.   I have to lead by example.  If I completely fall off the bandwagon and slip into bad habits again, how is that supposed to motivate anyone else?  I love seeing people succeed and want to be a source of inspiration to my team.  So part of that is sticking with my workouts and nutrition.  If I’m not seeing results and reaching my goals I don’t think I could be an effective Coach.  So as odd as it sounds, being a Coach is a huge motivator for me.  It’s part of the reason I signed up to be a coach in the first place.  If you’ve been using Beachbody products for a while and think helping out others sounds like something you would like to do and will help keep you on track I invite you to join my team of coaches!  Just leave a comment here or shoot me a message.

So there you have it.  If you’re struggling with staying motivated, these are my tips on how to fight that.  Seeing my team succeed is important to me, and I know that if you lose motivation it can be hard to get it back!  So hopefully these tips are helpful and you can learn from my experience.

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