Ever since starting my full-time job in May, I’ve found it harder and harder to get myself on a consistent fitness and diet plan. I feel like I get the best workouts in in the mornings, but I find that I want to sleep in more often than get up and exercise. And if I put off my workout to the evening, there’s a 99% chance that it won’t happen. When I’m not working out regularly or on a consistent schedule, then I’m less motivated to be eating a healthy, balanced diet. This all leads to an overall feeling of sluggishness and me being unhappy!
Lately I’ve gotten so down on myself for not sticking to my workout and diet plans that I’ve been motivated to stick to 5 easy ways to kickstart my fitness and healthy eating plan back into action!
Here’s what I’ve been doing that has helped re-energize me:
- Opt for a workout outline instead of a strict schedule: As a Type A person, I live by my routines and function best when I have a routine in place that I can stick to. But this can have its drawbacks because I’ll feel really guilty if I bail on something I had on my to-do list a.k.a. my workouts. To avoid this shame train, I now set out a goal outline of what I want to achieve with my workouts each week. I like to alternate week to week with 3 days of cardio and 2 days of strength training or vice versa. This helps me to better achieve my workout goals that I can accomplish on any day of the week. This outline is better for me than setting workouts for specific days of the week and then feeling guilt when I had to readjust a workout time.
- Determine a fitness budget that works for you and take action: Now that I have a big girl job, budgeting is the name of the game. I tried things like StudioHop or memberships at studios around Dallas, but I just ended up cancelling classes more than I ever went to them which just ended up costing me more money. I couldn’t afford that drain on my bank account anymore, so that’s when I turned to my Pinterest app to research circuits and other workouts that looked challenging but feasible for my fitness level. Not to mention, these workouts are FREE and there are so many at my fingertips. I don’t have to drive anywhere or go to a gym if I don’t want to! I’m pretty gym-shy, so I prefer to workout at home with free weights etc. I really love the PopSugar circuits – they’re so easy to save to your phone and give you a good workout in an hour or less. Follow my fitness Pinterest board here so that you can check out which workouts I’m loving! For me, I knew that I had to take my fitness into my own hands at a cost that made sense for my bank account. I recommend really thinking about what you can afford and what you can commit to and then taking action to make that fitness plan a reality.
- Grab some B12: Earlier during the summer, my doctor informed me that my bloodwork had shown that my B12 levels were extremely low. This explained a lot of symptoms I’d been having for many months: extreme fatigue, irritability, feeling excessively lethargic. I just felt like I couldn’t motivate myself to do too much other than sleep and go to class (this was in May so I had just graduated and had felt these symptoms while at school). Once I started actively treating my B12 deficiency, I noticed a major difference in my energy levels and my motivation to exercise and cook healthy meals. You might not need as intense of a dosage as I did, but a B12 lozenge or pill every week or couple of days might do you some good to get motivated to get active in building your weekly fitness plan.
- Try eliminating 1-2 inflammatory foods for 7 or 10 days: For the most part, I feel like I am able to stay in shape (as much as possible, lol) by eating a healthy diet. I have lots of food allergies due to a stomach issue I had a few years ago that compromised my stomach’s ability to process various foods. I’m currently on a lectin-free diet per my doctor’s recommendation and I really have seen great results from the recommended food list. Google the Plant Paradox if you want more info! There’s a lot to be said for removing inflammatory foods from your diet, even for a short time. You’ll see positive results almost immediately – trust me. Is there a specific food that you’ve noticed upsets your stomach or leaves you feeling heavy or bloated? Like wheat, dairy, or grains? Try avoiding that food for a week or 10 days to see how things improve and how you start to feel. Without inflammation in your system, you’ll feel healthier and more energized to workout.
- Update your workout playlist: There are FEW things in this life that get me more amped than a bumpin’ playlist. Music can seriously make or break a workout in my opinion. Put together a playlist of your favorite hype jams (or follow a workout playlist pre-made on Spotify) and try to only listen to that playlist when you workout. If you listen to it all the time, your love for the song will start to fade and you’ll potentially associate it with that set of lunges you always struggle to get through at the end of a circuit. It’s also important to invest in a great pair of headphones! The team at Sudio Sweden recently sent me the Vasa Bla wireless model, and I’ve really been enjoying them. Working out with headphones connected to your phone just doesn’t make sense anymore if you need to move around a lot! You can manage the volume and pause/play right from the buttons on the headphones, and they go nicely into your ear while the short cord just loops behind your neck. If you’d like 15% off a pair of your own, use the code NVRWOLIPSTICK.
Are there ways that you motivate yourself to stay active and eating healthy? I’d love to know in the comments below!
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