10 Ways To Stay Motivated To Get Fit

Hello Loves,

I will be beginning my meal prep and, workout journey this Sunday and, I am beyond excited. As you know from my previous post I will be going to Arizona in 48 days which is about five weeks away! I am so excited and, I have come up with ten ways to keep myself and you motivated! Of course, I will be continuing my weight loss journey after Arizona but, if I could drop 15-30 pounds in five weeks I am going to give it my all! I have tried something similar before but, never with this intense of a meal prep and, workout plan. When I’m all in, I am all in!

  1. Have a place where you check in and, hold yourself accountable

I use my YouTube Channel, Blog and, instagram @thatsabangsfitme to check in and, hold myself accountable. Try using your social media to keep you in check.

2. Plan all your food and, workouts ahead of time

Planning is super important to me especially because I have so many different jobs that I actually don’t have spare time to rummage through the pantry to see what I will be eating, this is a bad habit for me. I never plan for my food and, am always in a pickle about what to eat. As a vegan it is important for me to prep my meals ahead of time so, I know how many calories I will be getting a day as well as, nutrients. Workouts are important to schedule out as well because you can work on different parts of your body to help you gain strength as well as, lose fat. It took me two days to plan out all of my meals and, workout for the next 45 days. It is well worth it and, less time consuming in the long run.

3. Get New Workout Gear That Fits

No, do not buy clothes that you think you are eventually going to get into, been there done that and, it is a bit depressing especially if you haven’t actually taken the time to meal and workout prep. Don’t leave yourself in a disappointed state get something that fits. Workout gear needs to be tighter so, it is not falling down, getting caught etc. while you are working out. A few new workout outfits can help inspire you to keep at it. I have bought workout clothing from Prana an ethical clothing site or, from thrift stores/Poshmark if you are on a very tight budget like myself. Also, buy proper footwear for what you are going to be doing do not wear walking shoes to a zumba class and, vice versa. Do not set yourself up for failure.

4. Pop On Those Tunes

Create a playlist on Spotify, Pandora or, YouTube for the morning. When I wake up I like to listen to energetic music that will put me in a positive mindset.   Create a few playlist for different workouts and, switch out your music. Listen to music that inspires you, brings you joy and, keeps you motivated. So, pop on your headphones hit play and, have a five-ten minute jam session before work/school/or at home stuff.

5. Create A goal & Journal

Some of the ways I stay motivated is setting goals for the week. I will set a certain amount of steps or, to smash a certain yoga move. I will also, journal about my day or, how I am feeling which, I usually do on my blog or YouTube. Writing is always a motivation for me. What kind of goals do you want to accomplish for the week write out a list and, check it off when you accomplish your goals. If you don’t want to write on any social media including a blog or make videos on a YouTube get a journal and, write it down. If you take 10 minutes out of your day when you need to release some emotions make sure you write it down.

6. Set a morning workout

When I mean morning I mean something like yoga that will stimulate the mind and, muscles while also, giving you a sense of calm. You can try meditation or a stretching workout that won’t be overwhelming to your morning while still waking up your body.

7. Your Phone Is Probably Attached To Your Hand

If you love quotes like me then, this should really move you to get working. Set an uplifting and, motivational quote as your lock screen or home screen. You can also, write a quote and, set an alarm 30 minutes to an hour before your workout. This will motivate you to continue and, complete your workout.

8. Make Your Workouts Fun

This is something I have learned for myself I will push myself to complete a workout I hate but, I won’t repeat it to often. If you are already having trouble getting yourself to do a workout you do not want to do anything else to discourage yourself. Pre watch workouts and, see if you would actually enjoy doing it. Toss in 3 workouts that you love into your routine because why should you do a workout you simply hate. If you are a beginner to working out try simpler workouts for beginners. It also, helps to go to the gym and, workout in classes with other people. Once, I hear the music I get so pumped and, always have a great group workout. Make sure you mix up your workouts so your body doesn’t get used to it and, you don’t get bored. Every now and, then throw in a workout you might not like and, make it your goal to be able to do the whole workout by the end of the month. You have to build up your body strength do not get upset if you can’t do a push-up eventually you will be able to but, you must work at it. I am in the process of working on my upper body strength so, I will be able to do more than one push-up.

9. Eat Creatively

The worst mistake you can make is having the same two meals every week. Your body will eventually have a bunch of cravings and, you will have trouble eating it after awhile. I always recommend eating vegan and, I have found some great and, adventurous meal preps from this YouTuber:

10. After a month or two buy yourself a new outfit

Show off your amazing bod to all your friends and, family in a new outfit. Praise for what we have accomplished is always inspiring and, keeps us going. Once the compliments start coming make that your inspiration to push that much harder! 70% Of your work starts in the kitchen with what you are eating and, 20% is work you put into those workouts. Remember you are in charge of yourself and, you can do it! I will be here to hopefully inspire you all through this amazing transformation and, journey. It is not only physical but, a mental transition. You can, you will!

FitBit, Gym, & Passing Out

Hello Ladies & Gentlemen,

Holiday Hunny is back!! If you didn’t get to share this exciting time with me last year don’t fret, I chat about the ups and downs of my fitness life. After two weeks of being sick going to Italy and, chaos of being home my feet finally made their way to the gym. I am not only working out to lose weight, I am working out to gain strength. I don’t know what has happened but, the upper body strength has left the building and, made me pretty week. I am starting out with six pound dumbells when I used to be able to lift ten but, no biggie I will get back there. The only thing I get frustrated about is everytime I workout at the gym lifting weights etc.. I always get light headed and, feel like I am going to pass out. Today I didn’t feel that I worked out that long however, boom I was hit with the feeling… This is the worst one I have experienced where my vision was blurry, I was seeing spots and, felt like I was going to throw up. This is extremely frustrating because how am I suppose to workout when all this happens every time.. I do usually have electrolyte water or coconut water which helps a lot but, my goodness it’s annoying. When I am home I can have a fan on me to cool me down and, take breaks. Last night I decided I was going to take on a Pinterest 1,000 calorie workout it probably took me about 20-30 minutes with my fan on however, I did not fell lightheaded once. I am wondering what triggers this at the gym and, how to fix it. Oh, before I get into that I wanted to let you know I am keeping an update on my fitness progress on my instagram @thatsabang if you want to see pictures and, follow me I’d be glad to have you! I have a few theories as to why this is happening :

  1. From Low Blood Pressure
  2. From Low Blood Sugar
  3. Something Heart Related
  4. The florescent lights

I may have that vertigo type of thing but, I need to get it checked out again. I also, get randomly dizzy for no reason but, that just happens on random occasions. Oh well, it will get managed sometime soon. Back to the Pinterest workout, it says you can burn 1,000 in doing this workout in under ten minutes. I thought why not, as I said, the workout took me about 20-30 minutes to do but, with practice over the next couple of months maybe I could get it done quicker. On my heart rate monitor it said 444 calories and, then about two hours later I had burned over 1,00 calories. I was wondering if this gimmicky Pinterest post failed to mention that you will continue to burn and, not burn 1,000 calories right away. Never the less, it was challenging and, defiantly a workout that I will pursue and, hopefully master. Please let me know if you have any fun workout routines that you like or YouTube workout videos. I like to mix up my workouts because your body is constantly in shock and, it’s not fun to keep doing a handful of workouts. I find some workouts really challenging which makes me not like them as much and, I may hit a wall with trying to get fit. Instead, of frustrating myself with a workout I don’t like I switch up and, try something new. I usually take zumba, aquatics, yoga and, pound. I will have to wait another week before I can go back to all those fun classes. In the meantime I’m hitting the home workouts and, gym when I can. I have a very good feeling about this year!

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

 

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Fit Me Holiday Hunny Week 2

Ciao Tutti,

I hope to find you all well this week and to let you know I have found a few new YouTube workouts that I am trying to conquer. This one video I found is for your gluts and abdominals although, it is only a ten minute video I have yet to get through all ten minutes. I know, this sounds crazy…. but, the video is really that hard. I also, have been neglecting working out and am starting to slowly make my way back into it. I have started little routines for yoga, kick boxing, and then incorporating specific body part workouts such as, the one I was explaining about previously. My new series will be coming into place called “What is in that?” I plan to go through an entire menu of all fast food restaurants and help you figure out what you are actually consuming. Along with this will come recommended food to consume as well as, workouts that I am loving each week. Getting back into my workout routine is especially hard when I have a messy workout area. So, my challenge to you is start cleaning your workout areas and get ready to bust a move because we will motivate each other to get into it. I have never regretted a workout but, I have regretted not working out. Do not forget to follow @thatsabangsfitme. Tag me and we can inspire each other to get into the workout groove.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie