Trying to get healthy isn’t always an easy task, especially as a busy mom. That’s because it takes time, persistence, and consistency in order to see results, and that makes it very easy to lose track and stray from your goals.
And now, with the stress of COVID-19 and the many changes we’re all experiencing in our daily lives, it can be even more challenging to stick with our health goals.
If you’ve been wanting to lose weight or improve your health, but can’t seem to get started, here are a few tips to help you get and stay motivated:
1. Know your WHY
The first step to getting motivated is to understand not only WHAT your goals are but WHY they’re important.
Do you want to lose weight? Why? To be healthy? To feel more confident?
Do you want to be stronger? Why? To keep up with your kids and have more energy?
Understanding the reason behind your goals will be a strong tool to fuel up your motivation.
2. Pre-plan your workout schedule
Finding time to work out isn’t always easy, especially with how busy life can get.
However, if you really want to stay focused on your goal and make sure you have enough time to exercise during the week, then you need to pre-plan your workouts. Sit down on Sunday, check your calendar for the week and insert when you plan to workout.
Treat these workouts as you would any other appointment. Block out the time and make the commitment to show up. This is what I do- and it works!
3. Prep your meals for the week every Sunday
When the week gets busy, you’ll find you don’t have enough energy to cook healthy food after a long day at work or even run to the supermarket and get the groceries you need to prepare a healthy meal.
Every Sunday, take time to make a plan of what you’ll be eating throughout the week. Go grocery shopping to make sure you have all the items ready, and start prepping for the entire week.
You can wash and cut all the items you need for your salad.
You can marinate any protein and have it ready to be cooked when you need it.
This early prep work guarantees that you have healthy options with minimal effort and will help you keep on track.
4. Set realistic goals
Having a target is very helpful to keep you motivated.
However, when it is unrealistic, it can lead you to fall off the wagon.
When it comes to fitness and weight loss, it takes time to see results. That’s why you need to be patient and set realistic goals that you know you can achieve within a short time frame.
If you have a big goal you’re working towards, choose a smaller goal that will help you move forward, but that you can reach pretty quickly. These small wins can go a long way towards keeping you motivated and on track.
5. Give yourself rewards
Celebrating the little achievements will help you enjoy the journey and keep you going without feeling that you’re too strict on yourself.
If you want to celebrate after doing a full-minute plank by having a small bar of chocolate with your coffee, go for it.
When you feel you’re not deprived, it’s more likely you’ll get right back on track.
Having a strong reason to work towards your goal can be pretty effective; however, it still takes a lot of effort, motivation, determination, and patience.
Once you start seeing results and make eating healthy and working out a part of your daily life, you’ll be able to reach your goals faster and be even more motivated to make it a lifestyle change instead.
I am here to cheer you on every step of the way, mama!