Are you trying to lose weight, eat healthier, get fit, or just want to take better care of yourself?
Motivation is key in determining your success! You can have all the information and tools in the world, but if you aren’t motivated, you won’t get anywhere.
Keeping motivated, plus timing is everything!
Recently I have found that it’s not only knowing what keeps me motivated, but having a strategy in place to be doing these things at specific times of the day/evening when I need it the most. For me, the late afternoons and evening are my “weakest hour(s),” where I find myself having cravings and temptations, procrastinating, making excuses, having the lowest amount of energy, and sometimes even doubting myself. Let’s just say this is the time of day where I’m looking for the biggest boost, and naturally, sugar cravings start setting in.
To counter this, I know exactly what keeps me motivated and on track – I find it’s activities that make me feel the best, and invigorate me, especially the activities that remind me that I’m alive. Examples of this is playing with my daughter (especially making her laugh!!), walking on the beach with my husband and daughter, exercising, gardening, exploring places I haven’t been to, drinking a fresh green juice, eating a big salad, taking a hot bath, reading, cleaning the house (for some reason cleaning out the refrigerator I find to be super motivating to eat healthy!), listening to music, catching up with a friend, etc. All these things help to shift my energy from fantasizing about chocolate bars, to getting up and doing something healthy, and that feels good.
First, know what activities will help keep you motivated. Then figure out the time of day (or evening) where you will need them the most.
My New Year’s goal was to get back into shape and get fit again! I was all excited about it, and I was even trying to exercise in the morning (which I’m not a morning person!). That obviously was short-lived, as I just mention, I’m not a morning person! Even though I’m not a morning person, my mornings are pretty straight forward, taking care of 1.5 year old keeps me busy, so I have no room for distraction, and cravings in the morning are very minimal, even non-existent. But come afternoon, especially when I hit a dip in energy, this is when I need help. At this time of day is when I actually need exercise the most, so why was I thinking of doing it in the morning when I needed it the least?! The same thing with my daily green juice. I used to drink it in the morning, but recently, I’ve moved it to the afternoons, at around 3pm when I would be craving chocolate. It works like a charm, I have the green juice, the chocolate cravings disappear, and next thing you know it, I’m getting my running shoes on for my afternoon exercise routine. It’s a domino effect of healthy activities, and amazingly enough, at a time of day that used to be my weakest.
Have you switched around any of your routines to a different time of day, and did it make a difference? What keeps you motivated?
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