Summertime is the season of vacations – cottages, lakes, boating, BBQ, drinks, and sunshine. It’s also the time of year to walk around in our swim suits and show off all the hard work we have put in since New Years Eve, when we vowed to lose the last 50, 20, or 10 pounds.
So, why is it that once summer arrives, our workouts tend to take a vacation right along with us?
I don’t know about you – maybe I am speaking for myself – but I know I have become very lazy the last few months when it comes to fitting in my sweat session. Once I completed one round of Turbo Fire in May, I felt great and was ready to conquer the next big thing – I bought hand weights, tried live classes and considered new workout programs. Then, my motivation came to a halt and my workouts grew farther and farther apart.
I did the Turbo Fire 5 Day Inferno before my vacation with Eric as a means of keeping myself interested and changing things up. That went pretty good although I cheated a little, the point was that at least I was getting my workouts in. The main thing during the inferno that helped me was having an accountability partner. I would text Britnye everyday and we helped each other stay focused.
Recently, I’ve decided there is no excuse to let my workouts go to the wayside – I made the decision to be healthy and that takes commitment 100% of the time! Ok…maybe like 85% of the time if we are being realistic. So, if you are like me and have found yourself finding an excuse not to workout – let’s shift gears and get our heads back in the game because well, we deserve it!
1. Find an Accountability Partner
When I have plans to workout with Ashley or Britnye it is so much harder to cancel because I know they are counting on me to show up and workout with them. If I cancel I feel guilty. So, find a partner and make plans at the beginning of each week for which days you are going to workout together – make it nonnegotiable.
2. Get a Guest Pass to a Local Gym
I got bored of doing Turbo in my basement, not to mention it’s also Ashley’s bedroom and not a very spacious area for a workout. I knew I needed a more workout friendly area to get my Turbo on. So, I printed out a guest pass to Urban Active where I knew Turbo classes were held and I fell in love with live classes and the energy I felt from everyone around me. It’s good to change up your workout environment once in a while.
3. Take Before, Current, and After Pictures
I know when I look back at my before pictures I am instantly motivated to go workout. They make a great resource to stay motivated. I also took pictures after TurboFire and those work in the same way – I like seeing what results I achieved and it makes me want to do more. So now, I am going to take a current picture and use that as drive to keep working toward my goals.
4. Think Ahead
Sometimes I decide what meal I am going to have before I workout. This way, if it’s something more calorie dense, then I tend to workout harder. Or, if I am going out to dinner, I know I will be consuming more calories and I need to burn way more at the gym to offset what I eat.
5. Reward Yourself
Set a goal for yourself. Then, when you achieve it reward yourself. I have a goal weight in mind and when I achieve it…these babies are mine!
Sometimes, it just takes a little kick in the butt to get back on track. Don’t thrive on the past – go put your tennis shoes on and start fresh. We can do this!
I’ll keep you posted on my workouts and when you see those boots posted again, they’ll be on my feet and you’ll know I achieved my goal!
What are some of your goals!? How can I help you reach it!?