1. Set a Goal Body for yourselfNeedless to say, the perfect Goal Body is Kayla Itsines's for sure -She is a constant inspiration and motivation to me! I hope this does not sound too creepy, but I find that by setting my Goal Body photo (aka Kayla's Itsines's awesome abs photo) as my iPhone Background helps to motivate myself a lot especially when I am feeling too tired/ lazy to go to the gym/ during a workout. This is my goal and what I want to achieve one day - and no matter how tired, sleepy, or demotivated I feel, it is just nearly impossible not to get motivated and determined immediately when I see this photo. I have worked so hard for this for the past few months already - no way to give up now!!
2. Make it a HabitIf you have read my earlier post about my daily workout schedule (http://stayfitandtravel.blogspot.hk/2014/11/my-daily-schedule-workouts-and-diet.html), you would know that I wake up at 5ish everyday to prepare my breakfast, go to the gym and workout before heading to the office for work every single weekday. Basically this is how I look every morning:
So yes, I was never feeling motivated/ pumped up in the morning at 5am - I mean, who could be?! But I have already made it a part of my daily habit and routine - it's like brushing your teeth/ showering - even when you don't feel like it, you will still do it because you know you have to (with very good reasons of course) and your day is not complete without doing it.
3. Keep Track of your ProgressIt is extremely important to keep track of your own progress throughout your fitness journey so that you can see how far you have come to. Depending what your goals are, you can track your progress by weighing yourself/ calculating your body fat - but for me, I find that taking progress photos work the best for me. I take them every single week - and most of the time when I just compare the photos to the previous week's ones, I often cannot see much progress but when I compare them with the ones that I took 4/6/8 weeks ago, I am often amazed by how much progress that I made without realising it. When you see such obvious transformation, you will know that all the sweat, hard work, and persistence are worth it! And the feeling of achieving something is just indescribable.
4. Think back why you first startedWhenever you feel like you want to give up, think back why you first started. Why did you start your fitness journey? Why did you decide you wanted to start investing time and effort into this? Today I got some questions about whether I ever feel defeated and that I want to quit this lifestyle. Is this what life is all about when sometimes you feel like it is consuming your whole life? I love this question because it is something that I constantly think about myself. Yes, many of us "fitness and health girls" spend huge amount of time and effort on this in our daily lives and yes, fitness and health has become the centre of my life now. But I always think back the reason I made the decision a few months ago to start doing this and I compare my life right now to my life before my fitness journey. I see a huge positive change - my life now is filled with goals, motivation, determination, inspiration and purposes, and I am constantly driven to achieve different goals that I set for myself. I am proud of my progress, confident about my body and more importantly, I now have a passion and meaning in life. THIS is what I wanted 3 months ago, and also why I started my fitness journey. By constantly reminding myself this, even when I feel defeated, I know that I want to keep going and keep striving to achieve my fitness goals.
5. Think back how far you have already come toWhenever you feel like giving up, think back about each one of the Kayla's workouts you have done - we all BBG girls know that every single of her workout is a killer LOL. The fact that we have pushed ourselves through all those workouts - if we give up now, all of our hard work and time we invested before would go to waste. Well, I don't know about you but I am not okay with that. I have already seen progresses on my body, and a bit of the abs actually showing - I do not want to imagine my body going back to the way it was before I started! so NO, I AM NOT GOING BACK THERE.
6. Think ahead and set Short-Term GoalsFor me, I find this very helpful to keep myself going and pushing through the workouts. An example of this is I am going to Vietnam in less than 2 months with my boyfriend and it will be a sun and beach holiday - meaning I will be wearing bikinis! So yes, whenever I feel like I just cant do it anymore during the workouts, I tell myself, "DO YOU WANT YOUR BIKINI BODY OR NOT BY JANUARY IN VIETNAM". Yes I do, so I push through the workouts! :D
7. Think ahead and set Long-Term GoalsApart from short-term goals, long term goals are equally important. Think about where in life you want to be at/ how you want to look like in 10/20/30/40 years. For me, I want to be super fit even when I get older (and one day a fit mum hahahaa) and I do not ever want to settle for an unfit body because of my age. Apart from appearance, I want to be healthy - and it will get even more important as I grow older. I know that one day I will be glad that I start this healthy lifestyle so early on in life.
8. Find a Place that is Motivating for you to work out atThis might not be application for all of you because I know many girls work out at home, but for me, I love the gym because it is where I find motivation, determination, drive, dedication and hard work whenever I look around me at my gym. Whenever I arrive at my gym early in the morning as my usual zombie self, feeling like I just want to lie down and nap, I would see many other people already working out so hard towards their own goals and their determination and dedication immediately fuel me with motivation. Another thing is that, I also find it very motivating to workout in front of a huge mirror so you can see your muscles i.e. your arms/ abs/ legs flexing when you work out.
9. Invest in Workout Clothes and GearsWhen I first started my fitness journey, I remember I bought a bunch of gorgeous cropped sports bras and I promise myself, I will work hard and one day when I have abs (hopefully by Week 12) I can then look good enough to actually wear them at the gym! So whenever I feel too lazy to do my abs workout, I open my wardrobe and look at the sports bras that I already spent money on - I do not want the money to go to waste do I?
10. Reward myself with Cheat Meals and Rest Days
Finally, this might not be necessary for everyone, but it works for me. I would always reward myself with a Cheat Meal on Friday Night and Rest Day on Saturday - so during the week, I would push myself hard in order to "deserve" the reward when weekend comes! I hope this does not sound too stupid haha
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