We have all been there. It’s night, you’re getting ready for bed, and you set your alarm to work out in the morning. Our intentions are true and we honestly believe we will be waking up at 6am to work out. But when it actually comes down to crunch time, we all have those long list of excuses of why we “can’t” work out. We push it off until later, and then later comes around, and it’s bedtime again, and the cycle just continues.
Like I said, we have all been there. Even the most athletic men and woman have their moments, but what I have came to realize in my older age (😜) there are 5 things that separate us from the ones that work out and the ones that don’t. Sounds easy enough, but let me truly break it down for you.
Feeling confident and comfortable in your work out apparel
Go ahead and roll your eyes, but this is a big one. I didn’t realize it until I just had my first baby and NOTHING fit me. It honestly prevented me from going to the gym. Also I thought why would I buy new clothes if I’m going to loose the weight anyway…? Trust me, it was SO worth it. Go out and buy a couple new pieces that fit you and make you feel confident. After having a baby, wearing “normal” clothes that actually fit was a huge confidence booster and got me active again. I also loved my new sneakers and it really got me out of the house. The same idea goes for the girls that gained a little holiday weight or the ones that let themselves go a bit. Buying clothes that actually fit you, and look good on you, makes a huge difference in your self esteem and it’s a big confidence booster. Don’t worry about the size of the clothing and know that your journey has only begun and you will be back to your normal size soon enough.
Scheduling and being consistent
If you don’t schedule working out into your life, it will never happen. You need to truly make time to do it. Whether it’s getting up early in the morning, while the kids nap, or maybe when you get home from work and/or after you put the kids to bed, you NEED to make a regular schedule and follow through. Think of it as if it’s an appointment and it’s rude to cancel on your appointments! Another key factor is consistency. Find a time that works for you, and consistently do it. If you are the type of person that only can work out 3 days a week, set a schedule for your Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and know those are your work out days and just do it.
Setting realistic goals
We are not all professional athletes, so when you have a goal, it needs to be realistic. That goes for your results and how many times per week you can realistically work out. If you set a goal to work out every single day, but you know you have a deadline, and your baby is teething, and your husband is traveling… working out every day is just not realistic and you are setting yourself up for failure. Start off slow and gradually add to your schedule. When people feel like they are failing they give up all together rather than just adjust their goal. This theory also goes for loosing weight. You are not going to look like a professional athlete in a week and you are not going to slim down in just 2 days. Set small goals for each week, and at the end of the month, reassess. Trust me, if you are consistent you will see results.
Discovering what work outs work for you
Not everyone is a runner and not everyone can lift weights and not everyone has the time to spend hours in the gym. You need to find what activity will work for you. There are SO many out there and to choose. For me, what helped the most was discovering the 21 day fix. It was LIFE changing. It worked with my schedule, I could do it in my own home, it was a quick but intense work out, and I saw results fast. There are so many programs like this, but this is the one that worked for me. Now that I’m at my goal weight, I just maintain, and I like to switch up my work outs! My new thing is trying different classes. There are so many yoga studios, dance studios, Barr studios, Zumba studios, etc around town. Sometimes I bring a friend or I go alone, but I love it and it’s a good way to burn the calories and get some me time.
Falling in love with working out
I played sports since I was in pre k and I was on the high school basketball, tennis, and cross country team. I am an active person by nature, but I never needed to loose weight until I had my babies. Sure! I’ve lost a few pounds here or there, but I never understood the true meaning of working out until I needed to loose 40lbs (that’s a whole other story for another day!). I’ve come to realize that you need to “fall in love” with working out… and that is very hard to do. At first, when you start working out after a hiatus, you want to break up with it immediately. You can barely catch your breath, your muscles are weak, and you feel like you are going to throw up and sometimes the thought of death pops into your mind. The next day is even worse because you are so sore you can barley move. But all of a sudden, you start to see a different number on the scale, and your pants are fitting a little differently, and the work outs are getting easier. The truth is, the work outs aren’t getting easier, but you are getting better. When you actually let it go and fall in love with the process you will start to see results and THAT is worth all the blood, sweat, and tears.