I can proudly say that I am over the hump this week! One, it’s Thursday so I’m well on my way to the weekend. And two, I worked out last night, ate a healthy dinner, got some great sleep, and am feeling much better today. Success!
After yesterday’s post, some of y’all voiced feeling the exact same way… tired, stressed, unmotivated, and sometimes lazy. So what helped me to turn things around? What are my steps to get back on the workout train?
1. For me, it’s a decision. I decided Monday and Tuesday not to workout, so in the same way I had to decide to workout. Making the decision is often the most difficult part. You may be pissed off the whole time you’re working out (because you’re doing it) but I promise you that you wont be mad that you worked out in the end. You will however continue to be in a funk if you don’t work out.
2. Meet yourself where you’re at. Last night I was not in a place to go outside and run 4 miles. I just wasn’t. I also was not in the mood to be around people at the gym. So you know what, I met myself where I was at. I got changed, popped in one of my gazillion workout dvds, and got to work. I was in the comfort of my home and still got a great workout in.
3. Be proud of yourself! You just worked out!! Was last night the most challenging workout I’ve ever done?? No, but I worked out. Did I run 4 miles as planned? No, but I worked out. Be proud and happy that you worked out and remember that feeling so that you’ll repeat your workout tomorrow.
4. Repeat what you do today tomorrow! Don’t allow yourself to fall off the wagon again. It can get too comfortable when you’re not working out, making it difficult to get back on the workout train. Remember, even if it’s a 10, 15, or 20 minute workout you’re still working out!! If you’ve been off the train for a while don’t force yourself to workout for 30-60 minutes. Give yourself some time to ease back into it!
5. Be patient. Be proud. And give your body a chance to adjust and to change. Don’t give up!! I promise that if you stick to your program or your plan that you’ll see changes in your body. Yes, eating is a big part of seeing change but working out is a piece of that puzzle too.
6. Follow your workout up with a healthy meal! You just burned calories… don’t use it as an excuse to eat extra calories or to treat yourself! Have a well balanced meal instead and meet the train moving down the tracks to a happy and healthy life!