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Don’t Quit: Tips for Busting through that Workout Rut

“Don’t quit when the tide is lowest,

For it’s just about to turn;

Don’t quit over doubts and questions,

For there’s something you may learn.

Don’t quit when the night is darkest,

For it’s just a while ‘til dawn;

Don’t quit when you’ve run the farthest,

For the race is almost won.

Don’t quit when the hill is steepest,

For your goal is almost nigh;

Don’t quit, for you’re not a failure

Until you fail to try.”

-Jill Wolf

I know weight loss is hard. I’ve definitely been where you are now. Tired of working out, tired of eating right, tired of stepping on the scale and seeing no significant changes. It’s important during those moments to remember how far you’ve come. Remember my video about being positive? Positive self talk and positive affirmations are definitely a must on these days. Here’s a couple tips for how you can motivate yourself when your motivation is seriously lacking.

Create a list of accomplishments.

Write down goals that you have achieved so far. Then, whenever you’re feeling unmotivated take it out and read it out loud to yourself. I know that always puts a smile on my face:-)

Take a day off.

Overtraining can definitely discourage you from working out. It can cause injury as well as cause you to lose your love for working out. My crazyness is why I grew tired of working out. I burned myself out by spending hours upon hours in the gym. I am now learning to workout smarter not harder, using my time more effectively and finding the joy again. So, it’s okay to take a day off once a week, or have a couple active recovery days. You don’t have to go hard everyday. So long as your eating is in order, taking a break from the gym won’t stifle your progress.

-Reward yourself.

It’s always fun to have something to look forward to when you reach a certain goal. Of course these should NOT be food-related, and it’s better to reward yourself with things that will encourage you to continue on your path to healthy living. For example, a couple years ago when I ran 3.0 miles for the first time, I bought myself a new pair of running shoes. And as I was jogging around the track, huffing and puffing and contemplating giving up, I kept thinking about the shoes. “Do it for the shoes.” And I did!

Have fun!

Remember that the bulk of your training should be things that you enjoy. Don’t spend all your workouts doing exercises that you hate. What kind of motivation is that to hit the gym? Design your fitness regimen around the things that you enjoy to do. My favorites are kickboxing, dancing, and cycling. Also, since I’m not a big fan of running, I’ll take my workouts outside. Running outside is so much more enjoyable for me than running laps around a track, and the gorgeous landscape motivates me to workout more than a stuffy gym.

 

So, take these tips forward to motivate you to stick with the healthy lifestyle you are creating for yourself. “Don’t quit when you’ve run the farthest, for the race is almost won.”

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