It has been said with fitness and nutrition that the hardest part is getting started. While that may be true in a lot of cases, it is also challenging to keep it going when things get tough or when life happens. So how can you stay on track? Here are three things that can help you get started and keep the momentum going.
1.Seek out internal motivations: Getting ready for a vacation, bikini season or any other “event” are all external motivators. When the path to your goal gets tough these motivators will quickly fade and it is easy to lose focus and get off track. Challenge yourself to look deep inside for your personal “why”. Do you lack confidence? Are you missing out on time with family or friends because you are tired or feel defeated? Coming to terms with what your true motivation is will ultimately carry you through anything.
2.Find a tribe: You need to surround yourself with people who get it, who understand the difficulty of making a transformation to the best version of themselves. Anything worth achieving is going to take determination, perseverance and awesome people around you to cheer you on and pick you up when you’re down. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them and they will change your life.
3.Track your progress: People begin a new workout routine, try a new gym or begin a nutrition plan with different visions of what success looks like for them. How many actually write down these goals or definitions of success? Not many. Even if they do, while in the midst of these new things they fail to record objective things that allow them to see their progress. A lot of them rely on subjective things like; I “feel” better, my clothes seem to be fitting differently, it looks like I lost weight, etc. Track your nutrition with apps like My Fitness Pal, write down your workouts, have your body composition measured. When you see actual numbers going down your confidence and motivation will sky rocket.
You put in so much effort and overcame your fears to get the ball rolling, don’t stop now. Find your “why," your tribe, write down the numbers and always remember…
YES. YOU. CAN.
-Written by Kiel Holman, Together We Rise CrossFit coach
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