Friday, November 14, 2014
Staying Motivated- Guest Post by Mary
Hey Guy's!!! Happy FRIDAY!!! You made it!
Okay, enough with the exclamation points...
Today, I am guest posting for my friend Jess. I have been blogging for about 7 months now, over at Other Side of the Lens, and have also been a Beachbody Coach the same length of time. One of the biggest struggles I see with people is they buy the product after watching a promo or those late night infomercials and they decided now is the time to change. They are pumped for about a few days, maybe telling everyone you know that you are going to ripped soon, and started you Motivation board on Pinterest. Atleast, that's what I did. haha Then the day comes and you now have the program, in all it's glory. Today is the day you'll look back and say that was the last day I ever wore a size XX in pants. Then life happens and you never really even start the first disk, and it just sits there on your entertainment center taunting you every time you are trying to watch Game of Thrones......for the next few months.
The real problem here is that I....I mean, other people, were relying on short term motivation to carry them through a lifetime of change.
What I mean by that is those little "tips" that people talk about to get the motivated to get up at the butt crack of dawn to run a half-marathon 4xs a week. For example, wear your workout clothes to bed so all you have to do is put your shoes on in the morning (well, jokes on you- I wear my workout clothes ALL day!), or put your alarm clock on the other side of the room (yeah...I feel like that would just make me angry), or keep your shoes by the door (so when you decide to sleep in, they can taunt you for missing your workout).
I call those things the 5-Hour Energy of motivational techniques. I'm not saying they don't work but for those of us that are great at making excuses about our workout, they don't fly.
I have told people who have had issues with finding their motivation to workout (or anything for that matter) is to really self-reflect on what matters to you. Do you wish that you can live long enough to see your great-grandchildern? Or does setting a good example for body-loving for your daughter, so she doesn't fall into the trap most young girls do of body-hating or shaming? The point is to find something that to your soul gets you excited and creates a sustaining emotion. Then that is the thing that will carry you through a tough workout or week 3 of your plateau or even just STARTING the workout program.
Then I like to add what I like to call "The Oh-Shit List". This is where you list things that will get you energized for your workout. Because lets face it, you can be motivated but straight up exhausted at the same time. So what this list is, is 3 or 4 different things that you know gets you energized.
1. listen to Jay-Z (yup.....that's really on my list lol)
2. Watch 1 transformation video online
3. press play and watch (and when I feel pumped enough to join, I restart the workout video)
Hopefully, you can do atleast one of these things to get you movin and grovin and kill that workout. I find motivation soooo important to keep you going. Without it, you are alot more likely to stop when things get hard or you aren't seeing the results you want. But if you get both of these things down (true motivation, and your list) then I think you will be unstoppable!
Have a Happy Friday Lovlies!!!