Hey Thrivers! ~ So it’s not the new year, there’s no wedding coming up, and neither is my birthday. But what better time to work on those fitness goals for yourself then now. During this COVID-19 pandemic, I know it’s difficult to find a balance in your everyday life to say the least. But for those of you that wish to opt for a healthier lifestyle, I want to talk about different ways you can work towards your fitness goals. When I think of fitness goals now, I think of healthier living and the choices I make each day that contribute to that.
It’s been about a year for me now since I have been on a healthy lifestyle journey. It started with a bet amongst my siblings to see who could lose the most weight in a month. Proud to say yours truly won that bet. What I didn’t anticipate is how that month was going to kickstart my fitness journey.
I’ve mentioned on my blog before that I had been diagnosed with PCOS so I generally find I have a more difficult time losing weight and crushing my fitness goals. However, because I was so focused on winning this bet and working towards my health for once I was able to overcome that hurdle.
Here are the things I did in the beginning that worked for me that I believe will help you crush your fitness goals:
- Structure – I needed guidance on how to structure my workouts and I know I perform better with a routine so I began an 8 week workout program even though the bet was for a month. The program focused on different body parts each day and was structured to allow your muscles to rest. I also started spinning classes during this time as my cardio day to keep up with the program schedule. Because I invested in that program and stayed consistent, I completed it in its entirety. I had developed the habit of consistent exercising.
- 3-4 Week Challenges – This concept ties into the first one. If you find that you have a hard time going through with a longer term workout program that is for example 3 months long then I would recommend doing workout challenges. There’s many out there. I recently completed a 21 day quarantine workout challenge. The reason this will be beneficial is because you won’t be so focused on how early you are in the process. It would be an easier short term challenge that will allow you to build consistency and you will feel amazing when you complete it.
- Create realistic goals for yourself – A lot of times the reason we fail to crush our fitness goals is because we set too high of a goal or too unrealistic of a goal. Since I started my fitness journey a year ago, I dropped 30 pounds. Now I have found that despite changing up my workout regime I have hit a plateau and there are now new challenges I have to face. I would like to lose more weight so instead of constantly feeling demotivated I set up an action plan. I set up small achievable goals for 1, 3, 6, and 9 month duration. I created a schedule for myself that I follow. This leads me to my next tip.
- Research and educate yourself – I have learned so much over the years from watching youtube videos, looking up articles, and following fitness influencers online. There was a lot of trial and error in the process but as time goes on you are more efficient with filtering out what is beneficial for your health and your particular needs. If you find that something isn’t working for you, research what you can do to fix it. If you’re unsure about something or want to learn how to get better at a specific exercise then educate yourself on it.
- Get smarter with your choices – Crushing your fitness goals requires consistency and discipline, there is no denying it. There is this idea that you have to completely deprive yourself of foods in order to meet your fitness goals which is untrue. You should be able to enjoy foods that you like from time to time as long as it is in moderation. I found that I was able to do so when I started my health journey. The fitness influencers I follow have a similar philosophy which resonated with my journey and my goals. If you notice that you are gaining weight for some reason (which happened to me in quarantine) ask yourself are you making the right choices towards your health and if not what can you do different? Self awareness is key
- Progress pictures – I am notorious for NEVER doing these BUT progress pictures are such an amazing way to see how far you have come and pushed yourself. I know we usually look for motivation from others because we may have a hard time finding it within ourselves. But they are a great way to motivate yourself even on your off days.
The last few things I want to share is to celebrate your body everyday. It does so much for you. Appreciate all the little wins. I can’t tell you how great I felt everyday after my workouts because I felt stronger and I pushed myself past my own limits. Don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s. This journey is unique to you. It takes time to see results so remember to be patient with yourself. Don’t focus on how far you have to go – focus on how far you have already come. Just keep going!