How to get started and stay motivated along the way!
As with anything, getting into shape or becoming more fit can be just as much, if not more, of a mental game than a physical one.
You have to FIRST get over that mental block of just getting a program started. Choose a program that is at your fitness level, which may be beginner, moderate, or advanced. You will be setting yourself up for failure if you choose a program that is too hard, or too easy.
Consult a personal trainer if you do not feel comfortable in choosing a program for yourself, or need some guidance as far as where to get started.
Once you’ve started your program, set goals for yourself. MAKE SURE THEY ARE REALISTIC! Again, you will be setting yourself up for failure if you do not make these goals attainable. You can also do this with your trainer before you begin you program.
So, now you are on your program and things are going well for the first few weeks. Then you have a wedding, or something comes up, that throws everything off. Maybe you binge and go crazy on the food that you “aren’t supposed to eat” leaving you with a feeling of guilt. This can throw you into a downward spiral and knock you off track.
TIPS TO GET THROUGH THE MENTAL BLOCKS: (How to self-motivate)
- Re-visit your goals and remind yourself WHY you are doing this. Find people who inspire you and follow them, or look at their photos for motivation
- Drag yourself to the gym – there will be days when you won’t want to go to the gym, but MAKE YOURSELF GO! You will feel so much better after your workout and glad you went
- Guilty conscious – You will develop a guilty conscious if you don’t already have one. This is a good defense system against those donuts in the break room! It is OK to reward yourself or have a “FREE” meal every once and a while, but it is more important to be able to get back on track with clean eating that very next meal! Don’t let it be a free for all.
- Workout with a buddy or join a group for support. We, at amptfit have a group on facebook for our clients so they can share their struggles and help motivate each other. It is important to tell someone else your goals and have them help you to stay accountable.
Getting started is the hardest decision you will have to make. Once you cross that barrier, hopefully your results will be enough to keep you motivated. If not, look back at these tips to help you move forward and stick to the program!
RECIPE OF THE WEEK:
Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
4-6 oz Tilapia
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
Tsp Light Mayo
Sea Salt (Lightly sprinkled)
Pepper (Lightly Sprinkled)
Garlic Powder (Lightly Sprinkled)
Mix Parmesan cheese with mayo, pepper, salt, garlic powder, and chopped parsley. Put the tilapia on sprayed foil and brush with the mix. Bake in oven for 12 minutes at 400 degrees.
Protein: 22 g
Sodium: 90 mg