Getting Back In Shape

It’s a new year and out come the fitness goals. I gained a couple of pounds during the holidays, and I did not maintain my 4x a week workouts. But now that’s it 2013 I feel reenergized, ready to tackle the world, and dominate it!

So how do I stay motivated?? Hmmm…I would love to say I’m always motivated, but there are times when I don’t feel like doing anything. I’m sure you’ve felt that way???

Here are some tips I use to keep going:

  • Set a weekly goal of minimum trips to the gym. My goal this month is 4 time a week! So far, this week I have made it to classes twice! I’m going to be making a weekly post keeping track of my fitness and weight. I think this should motivate me to keep working out. 
  • Do fun workouts. I think the biggest road block for staying in shape is getting bored with your workouts. You end up not wanting to them because you can’t even get through them. I tend to vary my workouts by switching them up. I go to cardio kickboxing, pilates, bootcamp, among others. I’m going to start integrating some running into my week. Plan is to do 4 fitness classes, and go out for a run. It’s not great, but it’s a start.
  • Eating healthier. Now this is the hardest for me. Since I don’t cook very often, it’s hard to find healthy foods while you are eating out. My in-laws got us a kitchen aid panini grill and we will be grilling some food on it! I already did two steaks, and they were amazing! I, also, realized when you are working out a lot, your body doesn’t like junk food. I automatically eat less bad food because I will feel it during my workout later in the day.
  • Wear nice workout clothes. I know I’m a bad pf blogger for suggesting to go out and spend money on new workout clothes. But I recently did that, and it’s helped improve my self image, which motivates me to workout more. I, also, just bought a new swim suit on sale at Victoria’s Secret. :) I can’t wait to get it and try it on. This will motivate me to get ready for the summer!

And if all this fails, there is always pinterest. I have a fitness board where I pin inspirational pictures. Follow me and check out my board! :)

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6 comments

  • Try using the app Gympact and you can actually make a little money from it and it keeps you motivated to go to the gym. I’d use it but I don’t belong to a gym. I also struggle with eating better. I don’t eat junk, but I don’t watch my portions. Good luck with your fitness goals!

  • I second the plug for Gympact! I use it and it’s definitely an incentive to make sure you’re getting out there and working out.

    Also, beware of “inspirational” pics. A recent study just came out that showed pics of skinny models can actually be demotivational for women trying to lose weight. Basically they gave two groups of women food journals – one had pics of a skinny model, the other had pics of flowers – the ones with the skinny model pics actually gained weight, and the flower pic women lost it.

    • I think it all depends on how you react to things. I know for me it does motivate me, especially at the beginning. Plus pinterest usually has a bunch of pics with workout ideas, which I love. I think you should always have a role model in mind when it comes to losing weight. Maybe Shakira isn’t your right model. After all, she’s 5″1. But you can look for other role models. Of course, I never promote starving yourself. That is a sure way of ruining your metabolism among other consequences.

  • If you don’t cook much it is much easier to move more than try to change your eating habits. I try to limit cooking by doing batches and freezing, and also doing all the “junk” food myself. Burgers and pizza are much healthier when homemade.

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