How to Staying Motivated When You Don’t Feel Like It
My head certainly hasn’t been in it the last few days.
On wednesday evening I started feeling ill. I’ve never felt like it before in my life. There I was enjoying a nice meal out with a friend and, all prepared to share some inspiration about eating out and enjoying it. Then I ate out and did not enjoy it. So, yesterday I stayed in my PJ’s all day, my parents took Danny out for the day and I focused on catching up on some sleep and relaxing.
There was loose women, a chick flick and I had some bread & butter (the crust which is IMO the best bit) some strawberries and some chocolate.
Today I wanted to share some little bursts of knowledge and inspiration. Stuff you can use when you are feeling demotivated on your weight loss journey.
The best laid plans
Sometimes things don’t go to plan. When this happens you just have to roll with it and do the best you can. You may have a small hiccup but deal with it and get back on track when you can.
It’s OK to take time off
If you’re feeling unwell, listen to your body and do what you need. Rest, sleep, drink plenty and don’t stress out about it.
I’ll be honest, I did get a bit stressed about not working or being in the support group with the girls, but I made a quick post to tell them and guess what….they understood. Don’t push yourself to exercise – give your body the rest it needs.
Don’t worry about only fancying toast – if that’s all you can stomach, have it….the protein and veg will be ready for you when you are.
- If your head’s just not in it ( I know many in this place right now), put things into perspective and take even the smallest step to focusing on you and your goals.
I’ve had a few girls reach out recently who are finding it hard to stay consistent.
- Feeling tired and stressed
- Family issues and problems
- Work stresses and deadlines
- Concerns about their health
- Relationship challenges
All of these can be used as reasons for not focusing on healthy habits.
Exercise goes out the window because we don’t have the time.
Healthy food goes out the window because of stress and can’t think about it right now.
Sleep isn’t a priority because watching a boxset helps to switch off but it keeps you awake.
Wanting to lose weight and feel better but going to wait until things are better and it’s the perfect time to stay focused. There is no perfect time.
Perfection is the enemy of action
All or nothing thinking will only lead to frustration, depression and feeling miserable. We’re all human and instead of feeling disappointed that things aren’t going perfectly, only aim for progress – no matter how small it may be.
Each small step will get you closer to where you want to be…which is much better than doing absolutely nothing because the time ‘isn’t right’.
Make the Time Right
As I type this up, it’s a Friday. Trigger day for many as the week comes to an end and that well deserved ‘open the wine’ time is getting nearer. You could look at Friday as NOT he right time to get focused on your goals and wait until Monday….but this week – it’s not for me. It’s focus Friday. After a week of birthday celebrating, picking up goodies from the garage (usually a tube of pringles, 2 pepsi max and some choccy) I’ve decided it’s enough!So I went to the market I bought 5 kg chicken, some fresh fish from the Market Plaice and I’ve made a plan for our food and exercise over the next few days.
I’m not waiting for the perfect day (Monday), progress starts today. My head is in it because I’m not letting another few days of goodies get in the way of feeling good.Do the same today. Whatever is going on right now….do you want to feel miserable & tired as you take it on or do you want to feel strong, empowered and positive as you take it on?
Do one small thing today that will make you feel better (even if you need to send an SOS to me – do it!)
Keep it fit and fab