Staying Motivated for the Gym

Motivation is very hard to come by when starting a new habit. It is said that to start a new gym routine. It is said that you need to be consistent for at least 2 months! 2 MONTHS!!!!!! I have tried very hard to be consistent with the gym but I think it is safe to say that finding an excuse not to go is a lot easier.

I began my fitness journey (again….) September 2018. However, I was never consistent. I would go to the gym one week and not go again for a week or two, sometimes even a month later! YIKES!! I was becoming very frustrated over the fact that I was not seeing any results. I had no one to blame but myself. So what I did was take a moment and re-evaluate my goals and really ask myself why was I doing this? My first initial response was, I need to get skinny for a Music Festival in May. Although that was my main focus, I also knew that the second that festival was over I was going to be able to eat everything and anything in sight! I was going about this the wrong way, restricting my diet and trying so badly to create a deficit in my calorie consumption and what I burned at the gym.

I finally made a list of my long term goals and my short term goals. Starting my journey I was at the heaviest I have ever been without being pregnant. I was weighing in at 168 lbs!!!! But hey, we all have to start somewhere right?! Finding the right balance between meal preps and the gym was very overwhelming that I found myself easily giving up and saying “My diet starts again Monday!” NO! Your diet does not have to start Monday, your diet can start any day of the week. You just need to be determined and have a clear focus of your plan. Becoming fit is not just a goal, this is LIFESTYLE.

HERE IS MY DAILY PLANNER AND LONG/SHORT TERM GOAL LIST

Now, I am by no means an expert at this whole fitness thing and I am by no means anywhere near my ideal fitness goal. But I think this is why it is considered a fitness “goal”, goals are meant to be met and later revised to set a new goal and keep pushing forward. Since my official start date, I have lost a total of 10 lbs, but once again I was never consistent until March 2019. This is when reality really set in and I realized I only had two months to get myself in some sort of shape before my vacation. I made a list of ideas (I make a lot of lists) that I could use to motivate myself and actually get up to the gym.

I attempted to go to the gym in the morning time but I am just not a morning person at all. I NEED MY SLEEP!! So, I tried to go like around 9 PM once I knew the kids were asleep and I had no excuse because I was already awake. Going at night worked okay for a few months but I slowly began to stop because I would blame “my homework” and how I needed to study. So there goes my commitment. Once again I decided I need to reorganize my life and figure out a schedule where I could make my mommy/student/wife/employee life work. Here is an idea of how I decided to plan out my days.

Typical Day for Jess: Mon – Fri

4:30 AM – Wake up for the Gym
5:00 AM – Be at the gym
6:00 AM – Get home and get ready for work
7:00 AM – Get to Work
4:00 PM – Get home and do wife/mommy stuff…
6:00 PM – Homework
8:30 PM – Start getting the kids ready for bed
9:30 PM – Be in bed and S L E E P
& REPEAT

Saturday’s & Sunday’s

I work hard during the week to give my children and husband the dedicated time over the weekend to have fun! I only add in a workout or homework time if I wasn’t able to complete it during the week, because ya know life happens and not everything goes as planned.

Now, is the plan ideal? It wasn’t at first but you are able to achieve anything in life as long as you put your mind and soul into it. Will this daily schedule work for everyone? No, because everyone has different life events going but I do think anyone is able to plan out a productive day to achieve their goals? YES!! That is why I have created a PDF list that will allow you to write down your long & short term goals and allow you to plan out your day. Even if not everything goes as you planned, you at least have your master plan to go back and refer to.

I have also included a list of motivational ideas/tips that have allowed me to become a morning person and actually get up for the gym:

  • Charge your phone far enough to require you to get out of bed and hit SNOOZE!
  • Have your gym clothes/bag ready to go the night before
  • Get pre-workout
  • Plan your favorite body part to workout on Monday’s
  • Get a gym buddy
  • Have your husband/boyfriend/sibling put an alarm on their phone too & help you wake up. (I only did this while I was trying to get into my habit)
  • Get an Apple Watch or Fitbit to help track your workout progress

I feel confident with my daily routine and I am proud to say that I am consistent with waking up on my own and getting to the gym on time Mon – Fri. Now that I have that down, I am working towards meal prepping and calculating my macros. Once again, no pro here and this is all definitely a learning curve. But if you have any questions, need more tips, or are needing a boost in motivation, PLEASE feel free to send my a message through my contact me page!

Being a mommy is a full-time job even with a full-time job. Your babies will get sick, injured, or just simply want mommy and sometimes you aren’t able to adhere to your plan and that’s ok. Part of accepting change and allowing for new things in your life is to be flexible when there are minor set backs. Motivation is key mommas!!

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C4 RIPPED SPORT – Artic Snow Cone

Here is a link to the pre-workout that I currently use. It works great and I do not feel jittery at all! When first starting this pre-workout, I would suggest starting with just half of the cap and slowly work your way to a full cap as you build tolerance. My favorite flavor is Artic Snow Cone.

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Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 42mm) – Space Gray Aluminium Case with Black Sport Band

I am a little out of date with the latest technology and I have the 1st series of Apple Watch. However, this is my favorite watch because it syncs right to my iPhone and also allows for all my tracked workouts to sync right to MyFitnessPal app and recalculates my calories.

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Fitbit Versa Smartwatch

Before purchasing an Apple Watch, I had a FitBit. This is a more budget friendly alternative to the Apple Watch but it still has the same comparative qualities that an Apple Watch offers. Fitness trackers, SMS notifications, music, waterproof, Bluetooth, and even ability to make purchases through your Fitbit!

The main difference would be if you want to pay the extra $$ to fit in with the crowd and have the latest technology product then the Apple Watch is for you! If you are wanting a more budget friendly smartwatch, go for the Fitbit Versa Smartwatch!!

-xoxo
Jess M

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