Hey Keeping My Momentum!
I guess that’s because it varies so much from person to person. In order to stick to a goal, you really have to be willing to be honest with yourself and dig deep to find what works for you. It’s something that has taken me YEARS to figure out, but I’m thinking what I’ve learned along the way could help you out!
So, let’s start with being honest with yourself.
That means figuring out your “why,” and fully understanding why your goals are important to you. Notice I said to YOU. Not anyone else. Think about what you’re getting out of your workouts, better eating, etc. and commit to it. Then, be honest about what has held you back in the past. Do you fail to prioritize the time you need to workout or prep your meals? Do you get discouraged after a tough workout? Are you a stress eater? What is it exactly that throws you off track? I think it’s really important to think through these things (or even write them down) and tackle them head on.
Next, set yourself up for success.
If there are ways to make your goals easier, take advantage! Digging into your why and what has held you back in the past should help you brainstorm some ways that you can create a successful environment for yourself. What does that mean exactly? MOTIVATION. Accountability. What can you do now, to make sure you keep going full steam ahead?
Experiment with things like:
- Leaving yourself motivational quotes
- Tracking your goals and progress with pictures, etc.
- Finding outside accountability if you need it – heyyyy POPster fam!
- Using other tools like a workout tracker, meal planner, etc.
Anything that helps you get into your zone. That mindset that lights the fire under you. Sometimes for me it’s as simple as literally writing down what I want to do for the day. Even if I’m feeling lazy, I know that for me, getting to check things off of my to-do list is just super motivating. Maybe that’s weird? Like I said, different things work for all of us!
It’s so important to celebrate ALL of your wins.
What I DON’T want you to do is set a giant goal with the attitude that you won’t feel satisfied until you get to it. That kind of mindset will only make you feel discouraged, impatient, and honestly a little like punishment. Instead, notice all of your wins. Celebrate every time you get your workout in even though you didn’t really feel like it. Be proud when you realize that maybe burpees aren’t that bad after all, and do a happy dance when you make a healthy recipe that tastes amazing. The small things may not be your ultimate goal, but those are the things that add up and get you there.
Finally, be willing to acknowledge when things aren’t working.
Sometimes, all of the motivation in the world just isn’t enough to stick to a healthy lifestyle. Because you can’t force something to work that just isn’t right for you! Perfect example? During my 90 Day Journey, I started out trying to follow a keto diet. And it DID NOT WORK for me. Did I lose weight? Yeah. But I felt pretty crappy and felt like I was spending all of my time trying to remedy how I felt just to stick to it. It got to the point where I just had to go back to the drawing board.
In the past, something like that would have made me so discouraged I’d probably give up altogether, saying I’d “start over later.” But this time, I just chalked it up as part of the journey. I learned from it, and that pushed me to keep learning until I found what DID work.
And of course, remember that falling off track isn’t failure. Brush it off, and just keep going!
If you take anything from this advice, I hope it’s that “falling off track” IS NOT FAILURE. It doesn’t mean that you have to start over, or that you’re even doing anything wrong. You’re human, and change is hard. Expect those bumps in the road and learn from them!
PS – If you have a burning question you want to ask me, I’m taking questions via text at 510-692-4556. Currently this only works for US and Canada. If you’re outside of those countries, you can leave a question below.