Have you ever been struggling with your motivation to live a healthy lifestyle? You know you want to start to eat better, lose some sizes and, tone up and have a regular training routine. It works for some time, but then you get off track. Struggle. So how will you find motivation that lasts?
I think the word and topic of motivation is one of the biggest obstacles for sisters to reach their fitness goals. Because when you’re motivated, and motivated for the right reasons, you’ll just keep going. Then you cannot be without the things you do, because you know how good it makes you feel.
Are you doing what you do for you? Or for others?
Motivation can be divided into external- and internal motivation. Reasons for external motivation are for others; such as to look good for someone else, because someone else told you to be in a certain way or because the society tells you to be in a certain way. An example of this could be the mindset of having to lose 5 kilos because you should fit into a dress for an event. You decide to cut out on all carbs and dairy products, while also setting unrealistic expectations. Sometimes unhealthy expectations and goals too.
A too low calorie intake will make you feel low in energy. That will then most likely include a too low protein intake as well, which will result in not having enough energy for efficient workouts or to simply feel well in everyday life. You’ll sleep worse too. It’s also difficult to build muscles, or maintain muscles, which is important for a high and effective fat/weight loss as well.
Find a way of living that makes you feel well
When you’re too low in calories, you might think, “this is good, I must lose weight now, I’m not eating so much”. But this normally results in rejecting the body signals, of being hungry. Instead of starting to eat proper food and give the body what it actually needs, like 2 grams of protein per kilo bodyweight, good types of fat in sufficient amounts and some good, slow carbohydrates; you end up eating something sugarish. Because you were so hungry.
Then you end up being sad, because you feel guilty that you ate too much of unhealthy stuff. And you’re not reaching your goals, so the motivation goes down.
I call this a negative pattern, because normally you’re not happy when you live like this. Honestly. It’s tiring, with physically and mentally.
How to find motivation that lasts
Here are my top 3 advices:
- Know your food. Find out how much food (how many calories, and how much food that actually is) you need per day approximately to maintain your weight, for fat loss or to gain weight. Learn what a good balance is for you between the macros protein, carbohydrates and fat.
- Know your real “why”. Find out what your important goal actually is. Why is the goal important to you? What’s your inner goal? What’s the goal that really matters to you?
- Know what works every week. Consistency is key. You need to establish routines, with both food and training, that works every week. It’s about your routines. It’s about our habits. This is a big thing, because there are so many actions included in it. But also a reason why many sisters get off track. Just because they put unrealistic goals and too big expectations that don’t fit into their lifestyle or are just too overwhelming. So start small. It’s better to have shorter training sessions, but do them regularly. Similarly, start with small positive changes with your nutrition. Make it sustainable and get one habit after another into place.
Now I’ve shared my best tips about motivation that lasts, and I hope you benefited. What is your take-away from this article? I’d love to know, please share with me.
Finally, please remember that a healthy lifestyle is about you and your wellbeing. Nourish yourself and explore the idea of thinking that a healthy lifestyle is about boosting yourself with healthy food and inspiring training. Yet being relaxed and enjoying treats in between as well. How does that make you feel?