Today as I pull into my driveway from work, I asked Lyric if she had any homework. When I get into the house I begin to look for something to cook for supper because I hadn't prepped over the weekend and usually don't. As I go into my room to change out of my professional attire and change into sweat pants and a t-shirt, I see my kicking bag in the corner and weights on the floor. I tell myself, "I've gotta do Legs today". Though after a long day of work I am beyond hungry and need a snack before working out.
After I realize that I have to run to the town produce market to get tomatoes or a fresh avocado for our meal, it is almost 5:00 p.m. I get home and begin preparing our meal and we eat before 6pm like always. Yes, of course, we eat again before bedtime. During the summer time I usually go for my outdoor run around 7:30pm on the weekdays, . So we get into a habit of eating early year round. After supper I spend time with my daughter relaxing, doing homework, dancing around, folding laundry, among other daily chores. Then I realize I have to get my workout in NOW or I wont!
In a perfect world all of our day jobs would consist of working out and posting awesome flex photos on Instagram and making YouTube videos for a living with no worry of a "day job". But with being a working mom or someone who is a single gal who has to work a day job to pay bills, responsibilities come in the way of free time.
I'm not going to lie to you, just because I am a Personal Trainer doesn't mean I always want to workout. It isn't always what I look forward to! In fact, I hate working out some days! After a long day of work, the last thing I FEEL LIKE doing is go for a jog. But when I force myself to do it, it never fails...I feel stronger, happier, and like I have accomplished something. And when I choose not to work out,...I always regret it. That's why I think striving for happiness should be our ultimate goal; because Regret is an awful thing to live with.
Exercise has become an important part of my life because I hate the feeling of regret, depression, and disappointment in myself. Each day I tell myself "I'm going to do this" and force myself to...fighting through the "don't want to"s and just digging deep to find strength to get past the first 60 seconds, which are always the worst.
Drawn in by the music tonight, Lyric comes to my room and grabs the smaller weights or does her sit-ups and push-ups while I do my HIIT circuits. Sometimes she does them with me but usually she just practices her dance moves. Remember, exercise is both a mental and physical task. Just because I LOVE helping other people with their workouts doesn't mean that I don't struggle myself.
If you want to get your head focused on your goals this year use these simple steps to boost your mental prep!
1. Choose activities you LIKE. If you want to develop a positive attitude towards exercise, you have to choose a workout you enjoy. Don’t run if you truly hate doing it. There are so many exercises videos you can watch straight from YouTube! Try different activities until you discover one or more that you find exciting. It is so much easier to stay focused and stick to your program when you enjoy what you’re doing.
2. Practice positive thinking. Spend less time thinking up excuses and more time reminding yourself of the reasons why you want to change your body for the better. Before every workout, spend a few minutes imagining your final goal and picturing how wonderful it will feel when you reach it. Stay positive about your goals and remember that each workout gets you a step closer to where you want to be.
3. Think like a warrior. Don’t expect training for a marathon, building muscle, or losing weight is going to be easy. But it isn’t impossible. You will have to push your body past its comfort zone to see change. Mental toughness can make or break success. Many will quit when they become tired, sore or discouraged by a lack of progress. Mental strength will allow you to continue through these hurdles.
4. Set realistic goals. While you usually hear people say “dream big”, its best to find ways to break those dreams into smaller, more achievable ones. With each small goal you achieve, your confidence will grow. So instead of vowing to lose 30 pounds in two months, set a goal of three pounds a week for 10 weeks. These small successes will help you stay motivated and the bigger goal will come on it’s own.
For more goal setting advice see my blog post getting-fit-fast-3-things-youre-not-doing.html
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