You’ve decided to start your new fitness journey! Woo hoo!! You’re feeling nervous yet excited!
Maybe you’ve decided to workout at the gym, or do some youtube videos or train for a 5k race. Or maybe you’ve just bought your first challenge pack! An investment for sure so you want to make sure that it’s going to be worth it.
As a previous gym rat and a certified Beachbody junkie, I have done dozens of fitness programs. And due to pregnancy, injury, illness and life getting in the way – I’ve had to start over. Several times.
Going through a beachbody program is challenging! Having done it myself and helped others through them, I know what it takes to complete them. Here’s my ___ best tips
CREATE A VISION
Beachbody programs range from 21 – 90 days. You need to create a vision of what you want to achieve and why. This vision will help you when hit a bump in the road. To help you out I’ve created a Motivation Mojo Workbook. You can download it for FREE by clicking here and entering your name and email.
This is a step that is hard for many people. Especially if you’re a B personality type like myself. I like to go with the flow. But I also know that if I’m not prepared and I go out and get hungry, I will be forced to buy take-out and there’s very little healthy options for take-out. Know what you’re eating really prevents overeating and unhealthy food choices.
So let’s get this part done!
- Go to Pinterest and search for meal plans (clean eating meal plans, 21 day fix meal plans etc) – there are TONS there
- Make your grocery list
- Go Shopping
- Prep your food for the week.
- Know what times of the day you’re eating.
- Know when your weekly YOLO meal is.
You also need to schedule your workout. Schedule it like you would any important appointment. And it is an important appointment. After all, this appointment is about taking care of YOU. It’s your health and well-being we’re talking about so it shouldn’t be missed!
This step can be annoying. While this step may be tedious, tracking is really it’s about being self-aware. Cause if you continue to do mindless behaviours, your behaviours won’t change and neither will you. This isn’t something you need to do forever. But I do suggest it at the beginning to help you learn about portions and calorie intake. Once it becomes a habit, you don’t really need to do it as much – unless old habits start to sneak in.
Track what you do have control over and base your progress on that. Track your workouts and your healthy food choices. Track your positive self-talk. Track your water intake.
STRIVE FOR PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION
As women, we tend to get obsessed with the numbers on the scale. The reality is the number on the scale can go up or down 3 lbs in a day. Lots of factors can affect your weight including your experience in the bathroom in the morning!!
If you step on the scale and the number you see makes you feel:
- Like quitting
- Like stuffing your face
- Like a failure
Then get off the scale and throw it out!!! The scale is not a measurement of how hard you work or how you should feel about yourself. If you can’t detach emotion from the outcome on the scale then don’t use it as a measurement.
Instead, focus on what you do have control over and base your progress on that. Like what you’re tracking.
For example, if you made a goal to stick to the eating plan and workout 5 x that week, and you stuck to it – that’s awesome and should be celebrated!!
And notice the things that make you FEEL different – looser pants, greater energy, better skin. These are all awesome results of working out and eating clean that have nothing to do with the scale.
At the beginning, you will feel excited and energized and ready to go. But usually by week 3 the excitement wears off. This is where your vision from step 1 will come into play. This is why I suggest once a week take a good look at why you’re on this journey in the first place. Really dig deep and find your reasons why. Write out these reasons once a week and place them in a spot where you can see them. Once again The Motivation Mojo Workbook can help you out in this area!
Don’t go through this alone. This is where joining a challenge group comes in handy. By going through all the above steps with others going through the exact same thing, the social aspect will help keep you motivated. You can get a taste of what it’s like to go through a free online group challenge. Just click here to sign up!
Or you can share your story on social media. You’d be surprised how many people you can inspire by sharing your own journey. And there’s no better way to stay motivated, then to motivate others!