When motivation wanes, follow these tips to get back on track
Motivation is always at a high at the start of the year. We see it as a fresh start to achieving new goals and leap into new diets and heightened activity – but sometimes this burst can start to dwindle as we head into February.
Our holidays are over, we are back at work and all the activity that makes up our daily life. We can suddenly find ourselves feeling time poor and finding old excuses to go back to old habits. I know for me it I s the days when I am the least motivated that I push myself to workout and then I feel so satisfied once I’m finished.
For this week, let’s take a look at simple steps you can take to stay on track with your motivation and new year goals.
Be realistic – Reassess your goals and make sure they are attainable. For example, if you are trying to lose weight or get healthier then resolving to never eat your favourite food again is setting you up to fail. You can still enjoy occasional treats and make sure you eat smaller portions.
Outline your plan – You should have already planned your goals and how you are going to achieve them but maybe it is time to outline a plan on how you are going to achieve them but maybe it is time to outline a plan on how you will stay on track when the temptation to skip a class or eat a piece of cake arises. You could phone a friend, practise positive thinking and self-talk and always remind yourself how it will affect your gaols and that feeling of accomplishment.
Talk about it: Don’t keep your resolutions a secret – tell sportive friends and family about your goal. They will only be too happy to support you, especially if you want to improve your health and fitness.
Track your progress: keep track of each small success by setting short-term gaols to achieve along the way. Celebrate accomplishments and stay motivated.
Reward yourself: Rewarding yourself to celebrate each little success along the way is always a positive way to stay on target. Try treating yourself with things you enjoy but don’t contradict your resolution.
Stick to it: Remember to stick to your guns and don’t give up. Remind yourself that it only takes 21 days to create a new habit, so you are well on your way to success.
If you are already finding yourself off track and those old patterns are creeping back into your lifestyle, don’t despair, just start again. This time think about not only the things you need to do to achieve your health and fitness goals but take the necessary steps to keep on track. We have 11 months to achieve this and all things are possible.
Shelley Myatt is the owner and operator of Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-Being, Columnist, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker based in Toowoomba, Qld.