It’s been two months since I’ve stepped foot in a gym or moved in a way that resembles any fitness activity. I can blame it on #momlife, the holidays, and an insane travel schedule – but I won’t. Truth is, I simply did not make it a priority. Am I disappointed with the physical outcome of this hiatus? A little. Am I beating myself up over it? No. What’s done is done and all I can do now is either continue on this road I’m on or give myself the push I need to get myself back on track. If there is one thing I’ve learned in the four years of my fitness journey, it’s that the road is not a linear line. Your path will be riddled with fork roads and detours but, as long as you don’t lose sight of the ultimate destination, you’ll be alright.
Whether you find yourself here for tips on how to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions or for inspiration to get you back on track, I hope you find this post helpful! I’ve found myself in this predicament more times than I can count but I always find myself back on track. Here are a few of my tips for motivation after fitness setbacks.
1. Get yourself some fresh active wear.
To me, there is nothing more motivating than new workout clothes. There is a term called “enclothed cognition” that suggests that what we wear influences behavior and attitude because it carries symbolic meaning. So dressing in active wear can subconsciously give us the extra push to begin a workout. I’ve recently discovered Gordman’s and I love their selection of fitness attire. As a mama on a budget, I love that you can find great brands like Reebok, Nike, and Puma for a fraction of the cost at other stores. The prices speak for themselves.
Thank you Gordman’s for sending my new active wear! I am obsessed with my new leggings and sneakers!
Tank: Heathered Function Singlet Tank by REEBOK // $12.99
Sports Bra: Women’s Taschime-Print Sport Bra // $12.99 – alternate option
Leggings: Mesh Insert Capris by Reflex // $16.99
Shoes: Pulse XT Training Shoes by Puma // $51.96
2. Set small goals.
Sometimes I find myself getting caught up and overwhelmed with the idea of the end result. I think that’s the reason why a lot of New Year’s Resolutions fail; people put too much focus on the big picture that we get intimidated by the steps to get there. So my tip is to break it up into smaller, achievable goals. For example, instead of saying “I’m going to complete this 12-week program” focus more on “I will workout 4 times this week.” Eventually, those little milestones will yield great results.
3. Set performance based goals.
I hate the scale. I think most people share my sentiment. People put too much focus on the number reflected on the scale and get discouraged when it doesn’t move the way they want it to. I’m not going to sit here and perpetuate the lie that “muscle weighs more than fat” because it doesn’t. Pound for pound, muscle and fat weighs the exact same thing. The difference is that muscle takes up less mass than fat does. So when you’ve been busting your butt for weeks and don’t see the numbers move, don’t be discouraged! It means absolutely nothing. So instead focus on performance goals. If you can’t do push-ups, resolve to be able to do five in a few weeks time. Work on shaving off a few seconds off your mile. If you weight train, set a goal of being able to squat your body weight. There is nothing more motivating than getting stronger, faster, and becoming the best version of yourself.
4. Find someone to hold you accountable.
Whether it’s a friend who’s already consistent in their fitness routine, a personal trainer, or complete strangers – find someone to hold you accountable. If you don’t know anyone personally, take it to social media. This is one of the many reasons I love Instagram. I posted my very first progress photo on IG 170 weeks ago. I allowed myself to be completely vulnerable on the internet and in turn, I’ve been able to connect with like minded people who continue to inspire me and push me towards my goals.
5. Take an honest look in the mirror.
This is easier said than done. We are our own worst critics and we all deal with individual insecurities. But realize that no one but you has the power to to change your current situation. Look in the mirror, if you don’t see something you like – either learn to embrace it or work your ass off to transform it. You got this!
On January 14th, Gordman’s will be hosting an in-store event at all of their stores (store locator here http://www.gordmans.com/store-locator) where you can get $6.99 Women’s fleece jackets and register to win an iTouch Watch. Be sure to check out your nearest store. Aside from a great selection of fitness gear, lots of great finds for your entire wardrobe and for the the home can be found at Gordman’s! Happy shopping!
This post was sponsored by Gordman’s. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.