How to finally achieve Fitness Success

Tired of starting over? Tired of quiting and feeling like you’ve failed? We’ve all been there and sometimes it takes several attempts to get it right.

I have been around the fitness block a few times and through trial and error figured out what works for me. I’ve accomplished fitness success and I have also failed miserable at it. I’m going to share some tips with you so you can be successful too!

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1. BE REALISTIC!

2. BE REALISTIC!

3. BE REALISTIC!

If I wasn’t clear let me break it down for you. We all want to shed dozens of pounds and get the body of our dreams overnight… right?

Wrong!

I wish it were that easy, however here are some tips to help you succeed.

1. Be real with yourself.

If you didn’t put the weight on in a week you won’t lose it all in a week. As one of my clients said “I didn’t get this luscious overnight, I know it’ll take time”. Don’t expect a quick fix, it may take months. But it’ll be worth it!

2. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

If you are new to the gym or even home workouts don’t commit to 7 days of working out. Most people get burnt out and quit after the first week. Schedule it! Just like any appointment plan it. Start with 3 days tops and work your way up. With as busy as I am I even I have to schedule my workouts!

3. A workout buddy can help.

If you lack motivation get a workout partner that is committed. If you have someone relying on you, especially to
hit the gym, you won’t want to be the slacker that cancels. But remember it is YOU that will get you results no one else.

4. Literally, don’t bite off more than you can (or can’t) chew!

Diet… the dreaded 4 letter word. Again BE REAL with yourself. Do not start something you cannot maintain more than a few weeks. Example: eating fish and green beans 6 meals a day. Yes you will lose weight fast BUT depriving your body physically and mentally will lead to binge eating and you’ll gain all the weight you lost back (plus more)!

5. Visualize your success.

Create a vision board with motivational quotes and pictures to keep you focused. I personally print out calendars and pencil in important dates. I am constantly uploading positive quotes and sayings. I know several people that print out fit bodies they wish to look like. I’m not against that but I personally don’t like to compare myself to others. Even though they inspire me I like to use my own pictures. To help me push myself to better MY best.

6. Have a trainer teach you proper use of the equipment and machines.

If you have the drive and motivation but are completely lost in the gym. Hire a trainer. It doesn’t have to be forever. It can be a few sessions so they can show you workouts and how to use the equipment. Knowledge is the key to success. You can also make a list of all your gyms equipment and look them up online. There are several sites that show animated movements.

Here’s a site I personally like. It has a great app you can download on your phone too.

http://www.jefit.com/

7. A coach keeps you accountable.

Last but not least if you tried every other approach and are still struggling you can always hire a coach. A coach is different than a trainer. Typically trainers put you through your workouts and that’s it. You have to check in with coach via progress pictures, update on weight loss or gain. They give you nutrition guidance and workouts along with moral support to keep you going and motivated.

Happy Training!!

The Protein Princess
Cody Lawyer 💕

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Finding Fitness Motivation is a lot like Dating

Fitness-Motivation

It seem as if everywhere we turn there is fitness motivation all around us. At first we jump on board and order P90X or the latest ‘kill you in 45 minutes’ at home workout. Or we get really serious and go join a local gym. We create a fitness Instagram where we post all our fit foods, new workout clothes, and for some silly reason lots of fitness fanatics like to take pictures of mirrors. I still haven’t figured that one out.
At first it’s like dating, new and exciting. It has our attention 100%, it’s all we talk about, think about, we live for it.

Then a few weeks, or maybe even months go by.

Now it’s not new, not as exciting, and sometimes we are just down right sick of it. That spark that made you fall in love, that lit your fire inside, that gave you drive and ambition, that motivated you, is now gone.

But wait! You can have that spark again. You can be motivated all over again!

I’m going to share some things I personally do to re motivate myself.

1. Find a Fit Buddy

Working out is always more fun with a partner. Having a fit buddy keeps you accountable and they are always there to give you an extra push when you need it.

2. Change of Scenery

Sometimes we get fish bowl syndrome. Getting out of our environment can make a difference in our attitude. If you workout indoors switch outside a few days a week.

3. Change Workouts

We can lose motivation if we’re doing the same things all the time. Switch your workouts. Try new things. If you don’t know what to do the Internet is a useful source. If you’re still confused you can hire a personal trainer to put you through a session or two.

4. Get New Gym Gear

This is probably my favorite haha! Who doesn’t get motivated or excited to show off or try our new gear out?! A new gym outfit can boost your confidence. Accessories can help improve lifts and workouts. Not to mention new clothes, shoes, straps, gloves and belts don’t have to set you back a ton of money. You can always find great deals.

5. Supplements

One reason people lose drive and motivation is because they lack energy.
If you are lacking energy a preworkout could help you tremendously. I remember the first time I took a preworkout  (half a scoop ProSupps Mr. Hyde) I felt like wonder woman! I finished my workout and went home and cleaned my house.

If a preworkout is too strong or you’re not wanting the caffeine. BCAA’s is a great option. There are several drink mixes that are wonderful to use during your workout. They help with not only energy but recovery as well. Win win if you ask me!

6. Switch Workout Time

If switching scenery isn’t an option. Changing up the time of day you workout can also help. You’ll be around new people and your body might like the change!

7. Take Progress Pictures

Motivation can be lost if you done see the changes you want. Especially on the scale. Taking weekly progress pictures. Keeps you accountable. It also gives you a third person view as to how you look. So you can see the changes you made from week to week. Sometimes the weight on your scale won’t change, but inches lost will show. I recommend taking full length, head to toe pictures. Use the same location and same lighting every time. Front, side, and back pictures are best.

8. Music, update your Playlist

I was lacking motivation and I switched my Playlist and added in some newer songs that pump me up. You want to pick songs that fire you up and get your adrenal flowing. Sometimes even if we like the song it isn’t one to listen to while working out.

9. Take an Instructed Class

This goes along with switching it up. Taking a class is a great way to get motivated. You have an instructor telling you and showing you what to do. As well as peers around you so you won’t want to be the class slacker, you’ll push yourself harder than normal.

10. Just do it! Get up and go!

All else fails, JUST DO IT!  As they say “the only bad workout is the workout that didn’t happen”. Even if you only have 10 minutes. It’s still something!

I hope these ideas help you rekindle your love for fitness and help you find motivation! Just like anything  you plan to do long-term you have to keep it exciting and fun. Once it becomes a chore it is no longer fun and we lose our motivation. We lose that spark.

Cody Lawyer
The Protein Princess

Comment below what your favorite motivation is. Share to motivate your friends!