We all know the feeling of getting hit with a setback that throws us off course from our goals. When it comes to fitness, this is very common post-New Year’s. We set resolutions and start strong, but after a while, life gets in the way and we lose our initial motivation. We end up slacking on our nutrition, missing workouts and falling further and further away from our goals. Our self-perceived failure is often accompanied by feelings of discouragement and anger.
If this is you, you are not alone. We all have days we are not proud, but that is what makes us human. Remember that just because you go over your macros doesn’t mean the day is “ruined” and you should have a free-for-all binge session. Think of it this way: if you dropped your phone and it got a small scratch, would it make sense for you to smash it repeatedly and crack the whole screen? Of course not! If the all or nothing mentality sounds crazy in real-life situations, then you shouldn’t apply it to your fitness goals either. Results will come with time and consistency, but you have to believe in yourself first. These three strategies will help you get back on track when you want to give up.
QUIT PUNISHING YOURSELF!
The pursuit of fitness goals should come out of self-love and feel guilty for slip-ups is just a waste of energy. Re-establish your goals and come up with a plan of action for the week. There is no deadline on your health journey, so just try to focus on one day at a time. Don’t wait for a Monday to jump back into things; every day is an opportunity to begin anew. In addition to restarting your original plan, try adding in new elements to your workouts to keep things interesting. There are many ways to add variety to a workout regimen. For example, switch up your cardio routine (HIIT circuits, outdoor running, dance, hill sprints) or join a new fitness class (we recommend zumba, yoga, and barre). Try a new recipe or two to spice up your meals as well. That’s the beauty of balanced intake: no food restrictions!
Get a trusted friend or Ledbetter teammate near you, to work out with you! It’s easier to stay motivated when you have someone to encourage you and hold you accountable to achieving your goals. Plus, it is much more fun with a buddy!
TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
Write down the weights you use on your lifts, body composition stats, and meals. Journaling is not for everyone, but it is helpful and motivating to keep a recorded history of your progress. Writing down your progress is a great way to hold yourself accountable. It also shows you just how far you’ve come and allows you to explore what’s next in your journey. You can also write about things that you’re struggling with, which in turn allows you to strategize new ways to overcome your struggles.