Saturday, January 12, 2013

Trying to get motivated!

Doesn't everyone have the same resolution each year? To get in shape. To eat healthier. To lose 10 pounds...

I attempt to set this resolution each year and I inevitably fail within the first month. So this year, I've decided to change it up a bit. Eating healthier and being active are my main goals right now. But before I try to set a plan, I have to point out some things about myself (and I'm sure you can relate to these characteristics as well!).

  1. I love sweets: candy, cookies, brownies, milkshakes, ice cream. 
  2. I am ridiculously busy: 21 hours of class, clubs, group projects, 20-30 hours of work a week and a boyfriend 2 hours away. 
  3. I'm not the biggest fan of vegetables. 
  4. Ever since I quit cheering in high school, the motivation to work out is gone. I just don't want to. 
  5. Also, cheerleading instilled a hatred of running into my mind and also killed my knees making running quite painful.
These may seem obvious or trivial, but they greatly affect the plan I have set for myself. So if anyone else is looking for a plan or some motivation to set a plan, here's mine! 

  1. Plan out my weekly meals on Saturday or Sunday. 
    • Grocery shop on Sunday nights and pre-make anything and everything I can! Also, by planning ahead and actually cooking, I will eat healthier and definitely cheaper. And of course, this helps me always have food when I'm running in between classes, meetings and work. 
  2. Keep only one sweet item in the apartment and hide it from myself. 
    • I've been doing this for awhile. I'll buy a bag of candy or a giant candy bar and hide it in the pantry so I forget about it. This way, I only eat it when I'm absolutely dying from a chocolate craving!
  3. Trick myself into eating veggies. 
    • I make meals and sneak in broccoli or something else into something that tastes great. A good one is crockpot chicken and rice with broccoli! 
  4. Fitness classes. 
    • My school offers group fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates, Zumba, spinning, etc for free. I know that going to gym to run on a treadmill isn't going to happen so I plan out what classes I want to attend over the weekend and write it in my planner and Google calendar so I will force myself to go. It also helps to have a friend that will go with you and help keep you accountable. 
By setting smaller, more attainable goals, it's easier for me to grow into loving working out again, eating healthier and eventually losing the couple extra pounds hanging around and tone up. 

How are you guys getting and staying motivated?

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