If you started the New Year more motivated than ever, but now a month in find yourself struggling to stay on track- read on! Today I’m busting up all the excuses keeping you from reaching your goals.
Lack of Time
The number one reason people give for not sticking to an exercise routine or eating healthy is lack of time. Yes, we are all busy. But the truth is you have more time than you realize. How much time a day to you spend surfing the internet or watching TV? Do an audit of your time and be honest with yourself. Can you be using your time more wisely? Eliminate the distractions and put your time towards being more healthy and fit.
Secondly, plan for it. Just laying your clothes out the night before or packing your lunch and gym bag ahead of time can save precious minutes during the busy work week.
Also, you don’t need as much time as you think. Keep your workouts short but intense. Fitting in 10-20 minutes a day or even 4 to 5 days is so much better than nothing! And if you really focus and work hard those short workouts pay off big.
Another problem many people have is they can’t conquer cravings. They give in every time they are tempted for sugary or salty snacks.
Here are some ways to fight cravings: first, when you get tempted, drink a glass of water. Wait ten minutes. You might be surprised to find your hunger actually goes away. That’s because we often confuse dehydration with hunger.
The second plan of attack is what I call replace the taste. Instead of reaching for a cookie, have a cup of tea with lemon, a piece of gum or even a piece of dark chocolate. These are just enough to satisfy the palate (especially after a meal) but won’t derail your diet.
Sometimes cravings aren’t really about food at all. Try to identify the real reason behind your hunger or sweet tooth. Are you tired? Stressed out? Emotionally drained?
Sleep deprivation, stress and even nutritional imbalances can all lead to cravings. It is important to identify the *real reason behind the craving and address that as well.
What if your problem is just pure lack of motivation? This is maybe the easiest to tackle, Motivation comes from within. You have to get tough on yourself. If you want to change, you’re going to have to put in the work.
I love visual reminders. For example, I have a photo of myself at my heaviest. I keep it around and any time I don’t feel like putting in the work, I look at that photo and I remember how I felt in that body. I never want to feel like that again.
Also- buddy up! Find a friend or family member and work out together. You’re much less likely to skip a session if you know someone is waiting for you!
And finally- make deal with yourself. Tell yourself you’ll just do ten minutes and if you aren’t feeling it, you’ll stop. I almost guarantee once you start, you will finish.