Go to bed with a dream and wake up with a goal that you won’t walk away from. Goals are the key to success and together with full commitment they will lead to positive outcomes. This mantra has worked pretty well for me, wether it’s on a fashion, a personal or on the fitness-level. Every step in the right direction is worth it, no matter how hard and unbearable it seems at first, and breaking even the smallest obstacle is a huge victory in every process. Now how do I stay on track and don’t lose my motivation during my journey?
Being sick of my weight-gain and tired of feeling aggrieved in my own skin, I forced myself out of my comfort zone day by day by constantly working out and by adjusting my nutrition to my goals ( read about it here) There were times were I felt discouraged and wanted to quit because the results were long in coming. But I didn’t give up, and that’s when the magic happened and that’s when I noticed changes in my body and mind.
I spent a lot of time thinking about why I did all of this and once that target was settled everything became much easier. I wasn’t looking at my new eating habits as a temporary,quick fix to lose weight, I considered them as a chance for a lifetime change. I just suddenly knew what I wanted. To become a healthier and a happier person was my initial motivation. And it’s true when people say motivation is what keeps you started, habit is what keeps you going. Once your new lifestyle has become a habit, it will be difficult to fall back into the old,bad ones. The clean, measured meals and the sweaty work-outs hence turned into a routine, a part of my day that was as natural as brushing my teeth in the morning.
There was of course a slight possibility of stranding, but having failed a million times beforehand, I learned from my mistakes, that’s what they’re for after all, and failure simply wasn’t an option this time. I would reach my goal, no matter how difficult and impossible things were or seemed to be. I disregarded this fear of failure and doubt, and that’s when I grew. You simply can’t grow out of the easy, you grow when things start to get difficult, when there’s struggle, when you’re outdoing yourself. And that’s what I did.
Just like many people out there, I also had to face criticism and stupid to mean comments&questions, but I just stuck doing my thing and I did it remorseless of what anyone else was thinking. After all I knew what people were going to say anyway. And the fact that I did it for myself only helped to fight through those dumb statements. And by the way, it’s usually those who doubt you, those who criticize you,that will come at you afterwards asking how you did it 😉
I underlined my positive thinking with a few facilitating bits and bops that I’m, of course, willing to share with you guys.
I often turn to fitness youtubers,such as Heidi Somers and Nikki Blackketter. They’re both bikini competitors and what inspires me the most is that they’re super real. Their videos are informative, fun and there’s always something new to learn. Seeing their toned,close to perfection-bodies is the cherry on top and motivates me every time. Another source for fitness-inspiration is Instagram and I’ve already shared a few of my favorite fit-stagramers right here.
5 quick tricks from my personal treasure chest that helped me a lot :
-Get yourself an agenda,notebook,piece of paper. Simply anything where you can track your work-outs , write down your meals and keep a view on your progress. I tried several apps on my phone but none of these were as efficient as a plain sheet of paper. A Filofax can also be lots of fun as you get to decorate it the way you want it and you can find printables in every design. I like these a lot.
-Prepare your food in advance. If it’s ready in the fridge it is unlikely that you’ll go for something unhealthy. I always have my meals at hand in this genius little bag or in this mini innovator satchel that comes with cooler packs and in pink. Pink makes everything better,seriously.
-Have a cheat meal every two weeks. This is enough to have something to look forward to, but it’s not too much to get in the way of your progress. Personally, I consider once a week too much since it sets me back at least three days. Hence treating myself every Sunday would cost me two weeks of progress in one month. Way too much.
-Get yourself some fancy sports-wear. I’m always so motivated when there’s a new pair of leggings or sneakers waiting to be inaugurated. It just makes me feel so fancy, like I would own the gym and the world,haha. In case you lack of athleisure-inspiration I selected a few pieces from my personal wish-list at the bottom of this post
-Don’t let anyone ever get into your way. Do what needs to be done and if that makes other people feel uncomfortable well then let them be.
Here’s a selection of what’s currently on my work-out wishlist: