Friday, February 22, 2013

HOW TO GET OUT OF A FUNK TO GET MOTIVATED



How to Get Out of a Funk to Get Motivated

Getting in shape takes desire for change, belief in yourself, motivation to get started, and determination to reach your goals, it takes perseverance and a positive mental attitude to achieve success.   I’m often asked how I stay motivated after all these years... I have been a fitness enthusiast for nearly 25 years. 


Staying motivated takes fortitude and dedication to working towards my goals every day.  I visualize how I want to be as though I've already achieved it.  

I stay optimistic and see the good in everyone & everything that I do.  I love myself unconditionally and give to others daily, this enables me to balance my body, mind & spirit daily, which keeps me on track and in line with that which I desire to accomplish in all areas of my life.

To be successful in achieving your weight loss and fitness dreams you must realize where you are and who you are and where you want to go in detail.  You must embrace your goals to begin with.  To be able to master your inner thoughts and beliefs you need to love you unconditionally now.   

When you are in alignment with your higher-self you will be in an uplifted mindset for creating your dreams.  Write down your goals and create a game-plan to reach your dreams.  Having a focused mindset on your goals & dreams will surely lead you to achieve success!

Living a LivFit Lifestyle

Anyone can live my LivFit Lifestyle, its very powerful! Each aspect of your life will improve dramatically. To begin by setting goals for fitness or weight loss success you have to set in motion your dominate thoughts which you desire by transforming you thought process & the feelings in your heart. 

You have to make peace with the past by forgiving and forgetting.  You have to be willing to let go of limiting thoughts and beliefs that have held you back from believing in you by creating new habitual thoughts of love, desire, faith, and allowing.

A great way to start is any fitness routine is by setting attainable goals which you believe you can accomplish within 2 weeks time.  Creating a clear road map to reach your desired destination is critical to accomplish your goals & dreams.  Once you create your dreams you need to stay motivated with your intentions of being, fit thin and happy.

Get Motivated!

Living my LivFit Lifestyle doesn't happen overnight it takes motivation, dedication and determination by following through with your goals daily; unfortunately, too many people lack the motivation needed to commit to starting or staying on track with a fitness routine day after day.  

It takes time to create a new habit, give yourself at least 3 weeks to workout to establish a new way of life and belief system about working out. You don’t have to train long and hard each day, you can start off slow.  If you start off too fast you'll feel exhausted and may lose the desire to stay on track.
  
Starting is half the battle; you can begin by walking briskly for 20 minutes 5 days a week or jogging on a treadmill for 15 to 20 minutes 4 to 5 days a week.  In time you find that you will have more energy and will want to exercise longer than you did the day or week before.

It all comes down to loving yourself enough to want to improve your quality of life.  Living a healthy lifestyle makes for a happier You!  You will feel more vibrant, have better health, have more energy to play with your family and friends and you will be empowered! Motivation is the key to success!  Staying motivated will boost your determination to live a healthier lifestyle.

Below are motivational tips that have helped me stay on track year after year.  These tips have also been highly beneficial for my clients to reach their goals and maintain their ideal body weight.

1. LOVE AND BELIEVE IN YOU

Loving yourself unconditionally will open your heart to believing in you! I always say Dream BIG DREAMS because dreams really do come true!  If it’s your dream to be fit and thin then believe you can be. Visualize yourself lean and strong. Our minds are very powerful in creating our habitual thoughts. So think uplifting thoughts throughout the day. By loving and believing in you all things are possible.

MAKE YOUR WORKOUTS A HIGH PRIORITY

Schedule your workouts on your calendar as you would a business meeting. Pack your gym bag and have it ready to go or place your workout clothes on your dresser the night before. If you can workout first thing in the morning that’s perfect! You will have it done for the day and you will feel proud of yourself for accomplishing your goal at the start of each day--it’s a great feeling! You’ll also have extra energy to get you through your busy schedule.

SET ATTAINABLE GOALS

Write down 5 short term goals in the present tense. Write goals that you know you can achieve within a week or two.  Create a detailed plan for success.  Be specific such as "I workout 30 minutes each day" or "I eat a small balanced meal every 3 hours."  Place your goals where you can read them often, morning & night.  

Keep your goals in mind at all times.  See yourself as though you have already accomplished your goals and dreams.  Feel what it feels like to be at your ideal body weight, imagine your physique as you want it to be.

CHOOSE A LOCATION TO WORKOUT

Choose a gym close to home, you will be more inclined to make it to the gym more often if it’s convenient; or create your own gym. All you need are varies sizes of dumbbells, a bench and a mirror to watch your form (always lift weights in front of a mirror). 

It’s that simple to have your very own gym in the comforts of your own home.  Make your gym a place where you want to be. Make it fun, have a fitness poster to motivate you, have a TV & a DVD player to follow along with your favorite workouts, or a radio/CD player to play upbeat music loudly to add energy to your workouts.

BE THANKFUL

Be thankful for your miraculous body as it is now. Take to your body as though it were a child; speak kindly and softly to yourself.  Give thanks often for all the tender mercies you receive each day. 

Visualize yourself as though you have already accomplished your fitness and wellness goals, do so with excitement!  With gratitude and love in your heart imagine yourself as the size, shape and weight as you aspire to be. Your body will literally transform more easily by focusing on love and appreciation.  The more you are thankful the more you will have to be thankful for!

CREATE A SUPPORT GROUP

Having a buddy system is a huge benefit to assist you in your weight loss efforts. Tell all of your family and friends of your weight loss goals and then you will feel less likely to overeat at a family gathering and social events. Exercise with a close friend, it’s so much more fun to workout with a friend. Surround yourself with people that believe in you and that will support you in your fitness goals and dreams. Avoid pessimistic people and choose to spend time with those that inspire you to be a better person.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP


Getting enough Zzz’s is essential to achieving a lean, shapely physique. Your body repairs worked torn muscle tissues from your earlier workout during sleep. Try to get to bed by 10:30 pm each evening so your body can fully recover. You’ll not only have more energy for your next workout but you’ll feel stronger too!

Commit today to living my LivFit Lifestyle and before you know it you will be out of your funk and wanting to workout and eat clean. Soon you will discover that living a LivFit Lifestyle is empoweing and you’ll actually want to workout each morning ~ it’s an awesome feeling!

Staying motivated is a mindset.  Be true to you by exercising often, eating healthy and believing you can achieve anything that you set your mind to.  

Please share, paying it forward will bring you that much more to be thankful for, including the desire to want to LivFit. 

Please share to help others learn how to get motivated. Thanks for reading. 

Happy training! 

~Carol Whitaker
Lifestyle Fitness Coach


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