How many of us at this time of year recommit to our goals to lose weight or increase our fitness? It’s a new year – we’re pumped, motivated and ready to workout and eat well! We’re looking for ways to stay fit in 2017, but also ways to stay motivated to workout. It’s important to address the second question at the beginning of our new fitness journey so that when we are less motivated (eg. in a months time when work has picked up again) we know what to do. Then, it is simply a matter of reinforcing the positive mindset you set out with, rather than trying to learn a new idea when your brain is beginning to fill already. This post will address this and to help you in your 2017 fitness and health journey we are giving away two 2017 Collins Lifestyle Diaries!
Identify, track and refine goals
Reaching our ultimate goal of changing our bodies fitness or look will take time, so we need to set mini achievable goals that we can reach and reward ourself for reaching along the way. This helps keep us moving towards our desired ultimate destination. You can track your goals by things like measuring distance, time, repetitions, weight but more preferably the way your clothes fit (I don’t have scales because it distracts me from my goals and tends to make me negative). Note your progress on charts you stick on the wall, in riding/ running apps like Strava, the ‘notes’ app in your phone, in my daily planner (subscribe here and receive in email), or in an old fashion notebook.
Reward yourself when you reach your mini goals (try not to make these food related rewards). Remember it’s ok to plateau or have to refine and reset your small goals if you haven’t reached them yet. Life happens, it can be busy and you might lose focus for a time, but it’s ok – don’t stop moving forward. If you’re just feeling really exhausted or even depressed – read these tips.
Make fitness something you enjoy. Ask yourself are you enjoying this still? If not, change it up. For example, try something outdoors or with a group. Reset your mini fitness goals to different things that will help you reach your ultimate goal. If you’re out of ideas on how to change it up – seek out the help of a health/fitness professional. If you need a rest day or have injured yourself, try these low impact exercise ideas.
The fittest person I know is also the most positive person I know and I don’t think this is a coincidence. Don’t get down on yourself. Be kind to yourself, like you would to a friend. Always be positive and thankful to God for all good things. Be positive about TODAY not just where you will be tomorrow. Diarise the negative thoughts to get them out, but end your journal entry with a positive thought and leave the negative thoughts in the diary.
Don’t compare yourself to where others are at in their fitness journey. What’s the point? It’s more likely to pull you down than it is pump you up, so as mentioned above, set your own goals and stay focused on these.
Eat Pray Workout features in Collins Lifestyle Diary
I am very excited to share that I have two articles featured in the 2017 Collins Lifestyle Diary. I love this diary because it also helps keep you motivated by sharing healthy recipes, workout tips and inspiration to keep you living well. It also has monthly sections to notes your goals, challenges, inspiration, mottos and things your grateful for (see photo above). Most importantly for me, it has my essential feature for a diary – each day is noted with the hourly time slots. This diary is now available for purchase in Nextra stores and some local newsagents. I also have two to giveaway below!
Win 1 of 2 Collins Lifestyle 2017 Diary
Sorry, this giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Desleigh and Ariane, our winners!
- Follow @eatprayworkout on instagram;
- Comment below with your instagram name and what is going to motivate you to exercise in 2017?
Competition ends midnight 11 January 2016 and is open to Australian residents only. Winners notified via email and announced on this post.