December 7, 2011

Don’t Wait, Start NOW!

My new favorite person, Kelly Olexa challenged all of the FitFluential Ambassadors to share some motivational tips on how to get started with your fitness goals. Now is the time! No need to wait until New Years to set a resolution you’re not going to finish– start now, while everyone is out running crazy while shopping for Christmas presents.

1. Set your goals. 

Do you want to lose 10 lbs? Tone up? Start eating better? All of the above? Maybe you just want to look smokin’ hot for you high school reunion or perhaps you want to run a 5K or a 10K by summer. Either way, you need to write them down and your plan of action for how to attain them.

2. Start Small.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’s not realistic to think you can lose 10lbs in a week. For me, I set smaller goals within my big goal. I didn’t start running because I wanted to run a marathon. I started because I wanted to improve my cardiovascular health, lose a lbs, and run a 5K. These smaller attainable goals will help you stay on track and stay motivated.

3. Reward Yourself.

When you reach these smaller goals, reward yourself! You’ve worked hard! Maybe it’s along the lines of “When I can do 25 push-ups, I will buy myself a pair of earrings” or “When I lose 10 lbs, I will schedule myself a facial”. You should acknowledge your hard work. Your treats should be non-food items. Don’t reward yourself with food. You are not a dog.

4. Find what keeps you motivated.

Is it a workout buddy? Someone to help hold you accountable? Or maybe it’s joining a gym and meeting new people. For me, it’s finding inspirational quotes or looking on Pinterest or watching certain Alabama Football Videos. You are going to have days when you don’t feel like hitting the gym, but those will be the workouts that stick with you and make you stronger.

5. Don’t compare yourself to others.

It’s taken me a long time to not do this. But you absolutely, can NOT compare yourself to someone else. It will beat you down mentally.

6. Find what works for you. 

Maybe running isn’t your thing. That’s fine! There are too many choices out there for you not to be able to find something you enjoy. There’s spin classes, CrossFit, Zumba, Yoga, swimming, and good ol’ lifting weights. :) The possibilities are endless for you to have that rocking’ bod.

7. Get rid of the junk! 

You know those days where you are mindlessly eating? It’s best to have healthy snacks on hand. No swiss cake rolls or bags of chips. Fresh fruit and veggies, hummus, and granola are all quick and delicious choices for snacks to have on hand.

I hope you have found some of my tips helpful. And of course, I LOVE to motivate people to attain ANY goals. Whether it’s fitness, organizational, decorating, whatever. Feel free to e-mail me! :)

Leave a comment to Don’t Wait, Start NOW!

  1. Love number 5. That can be really difficult when you get started, “celebrate every single victory”. That motto got me significantly when I got started.

  2. The dog comment cracked me up!

    Good tips!

  3. Thank you! Thank you! I love these, I have written them down in my handy dandy EC Planner.
    I am definately one that needs motivitation, like for instance I have not worked out to my Biggest Loser DVD because of lack of motiviation “Oh, I will do it tomorrow”, Well, that is today and it still didn’t get done. I am wanting to lose weight and get into shape and definately can’t do it if I keep putting it off. Thanks again for these!
    Motiviation and Will Power are Key :)

  4. These are great goals and all truths. Writing them down is so important! I really need to write my goals down more on paper in a place where I can see them. Writing them on my blog is great, but they roll away as new posts are created…I’m going to make that a goal to write down my goals…

  5. Hi there, I just recently found your blog – thanks for sharing these great tips! Not comparing myself to others was tough for me too, but I’m learning that I have to focus on my goals and my strengths, and not worry about where I am in relation to someone else…otherwise I will drive myself crazy.

    I also agree that you have to do what works for you. I love running, and a lot of my friends ask me to “make them love running too”. But I usually just tell them that they have to enjoy it, and if they don’t, it’s fine! Find something else you love and you will be much happier.

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