Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fit Wednesday: Staying motivated

I have been through a weight loss journey this past year after having my twins. It has been the hardest journey in regards to weight loss, understandably. I recently went to see a customer after not seeing them in about a month. The first thing she said to me was commenting about my weight. I kind of got emotional which completely surprised me. She was paying me a compliment, but at the same time she knew how hard that journey had been. I think the biggest thing for me was just feeling like my "old" self. I always liked being healthy and fit, but most importantly, I am proud to have carried my twins to 35 weeks after 15 weeks of bed rest. So I have to remind myself that the weight gain (and complete muscle loss) was worth every single pound!

Trying to squeeze in a workout after a day of work is tough. But I remind myself of the benefit to my health to work out. I want my kids to know how important it is to live a life that involves good choices when it comes to living healthy. Anyways, here are a few tips to keep you motivated:

1) Schedule your workouts. One of my goals was to work out in the mornings. I have to give it to moms who work out at 5am. Babies still wake up at times during the night. I need 7-8 hours of sleep. So I have decided that I stay more motivated by working out in the evenings.
2) Tell yourself that you are going to work out and keep telling yourself that. Your mind will try to remind you of how tired you are. Don't give yourself that choice!
3) Set a goal to work out 4, 5, 6 days a week and stick to it. My goal has been 4 days a week since January. I want to go up to 5 days. You guys are going to have to help me stay motivated for that one!
4) Plan a trip to keep you looking forward and motivated to stick through your work out routine. We are going to Hawaii in May. I would be lying if I said that was not my motivator in losing all the baby weight.
5) Eat small meals. I don't have any off food. If I want pizza, I eat it. I just try to order thin and veggie pizza. If I want a cookie, I'll eat it but limit it to 1/2 cookie instead of the whole thing.
6) Give yourself a break. Don't beat yourself up for skipping a workout or eating that entire cookie. Get back to it the next day.

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