Sunday, December 29, 2013

What you NEVER want to see!

You've been doing so well, and you are so proud of your accomplishments, then something happens....Maybe it's an injury, maybe it's stress, maybe an illness, or maybe it's just life in general...But something got in the way of you keeping yourself in shape.

Maybe you feel it in your clothes, maybe the pounds are creeping up on the scales, or worse yet......someone makes a comment to you!

We've all been there, and I know it can be hard to not focus on it, but you will come back...You can achieve your goals!

First, make sure you are setting realistic goals. It's easy to get discouraged when we are focused on unattainable numbers or we are trying to look like someone else. Visualize and focus on you....You and only you!

Secondly, make sure you are managing your time wisely. We all make excuses for not working out or not eating healthy....we don't have enough time, we don't have enough money, it's too hot, it's too cold....No more excuses! You may not think you have 90 minutes a day to work out, but start off small. Take a quick walk around during your lunch break. Wake up 15 minutes earlier....Every little bit helps! If you had an injury, check with your doctor, but even stretching can be greatly beneficial to your body. I've always been a fan of yoga and water aerobics. These activities are great for all ages and ability levels! A great instructor can modify for all participants in a group class. 

Third, try not to get too discouraged. So what if you ate that piece of cheesecake....or whole cheesecake....Don't focus on the negatives and give up just because you may have over indulged- especially around the holidays. Tell yourself that you are strong and you will get back to eating healthier....and actually do it!

Fourth, don't let anyone drag you down. Don't let the comments of others make you feel bad. Some times we are our worst enemies. Take a look in the mirror and tell yourself you are beautiful. Maybe you're not in love with every inch of your body, but you should thank God you are there to see it!

In conclusion, at some point in all of our lives, we fall off that health and fitness wagon. Some of us get right back on...Some of us need a little boost...Some of us need to be thrown on there by a loved one- and we'll kick and scream and make excuses, but it all comes down to motivation. I'm motivated to see where I can go....What I can do...How about you?