I think one of the most commonly asked questions I get is, “How do you find the time, motivation, determination, etc?” It’s easy, for me, I want it that badly. I decided a long time ago that I wanted to be around for my kids for a very long time, and I was going to do whatever I had to, to ensure that happens. So, I start out by setting my goals. Here are some essential guidelines when it comes to setting your goals –
- Your goal must be well defined – being vague or unspecific won’t work here. Example: “I want to lose 5 lbs by July 31” instead of “I want to lose weight this month”
- State your goals in writing – Writing down your goal and posting it somewhere that you will see it every day will keep you accountable. It’s right in your face, and you won’t be able to forget it.
- State your goal in a positive way. Your mind doesn’t understand negatively stated goals as well as positively stated ones. Instead of “I won’t eat junk food any more” try “I will eat healthy foods every day.”
- Set a definite deadline for your goal, give it a sense of urgency. Unexpected situations may arise that set you off of your goal deadline, and if/when that happens, reset your deadline and keep on track.
- Your goal must have an emotional appeal. Why are you doing this? What is driving you?
- Your goal must be challenging, yet realistic. Set your goals in such a way that with a sustained, concentrated effort, you know you can get the job done.
One trick that you can use when setting goals, is to also set a reward for yourself. “If I hit goal x by date x, I am going to buy that pair of shoes/pants/makeup/etc that I have been wanting.”
Now that you have the tools to set your goals in the most effective way possible, we move on to the time aspect of it all. I hear a lot that “I don’t have the time to meal prep, go to the gym, get a workout in, etc” Listen, I’m a wife to a husband who works CRAZY hours, a momma to two toddlers, and I also work full time. I get the not having time part, but it again goes back to how badly you want it.
Meal prepping: Set aside one day a week to do your grocery shopping and meal planning. Write out your menu for the week based on your goals and go buy the foods to make that possible. Then either that day, or the next day I will prepare all of my meals for the week. Meal prepping can seem like a lot the first couple of times that you do it. Find a system that works for you and stick to it. If you ever need help or tips with meal prepping, PLEASE feel free to reach out to me! I am always happy to share the things that work for me!
Gym/Workout time: Find that time in your day that works best for you and try to use that time consistently. For me, my lunch break is the most ideal time for a quick 1.5 hours at the gym. If you don’t have access to a gym, or a gym makes you uncomfortable, that’s TOTALLY fine. There are so many resources for at home routines. Youtube will become your best friend! Or better yet, find a coach that can write you a good plan. I have plenty that I can recommend to you!
Have a plan in place, and follow it. Consistency is key for achieving your goals. Starting something can be hard, and sometimes it can be a little scary in the beginning. Once you get in a routine, it becomes like second nature. Like brushing your teeth in the morning, or putting on clothes. Find yourself a good support system. Find somebody or a group of somebodies who will have your back, and support your goals, and be your cheerleader. Find somebody to hold you accountable, because there will be times where you will want to throw your hands up in the air and quit. I have had many times where I have “fallen off the wagon”, but I always got right back on it.