When we all have to balance work, family, errands, laundry, and trying to have some sort of social life, it can be challenging to get yourself to the gym. And it can be especially difficult to stay motivated if you’ve been logging in the hours but not seeing progress as quickly as you had hoped.
On days like this you’ve got to dig deep and awaken your inner tiger, so to speak.
Motivational quotes always do it for me (those who know me know I always recite them, haha). So I’m going to share a few of my favorites to help keep you going through the mid-week hurdle…And if you haven’t gotten going yet this week, hopefully these light a fire under your tushy!
I love this one (I touched on this topic in last week’s post). On days where I’m just not feeling up to working out, I think about people who have loftier fitness goals…who maybe are just getting started and haven’t yet hit a stride…who are recovering from an injury…or who are struggling with depression or anxiety, making it hard for them to get out of bed. Some days, when I do my workout, it’s for those people who may need an extra boost to get going.
Another fantastic one. So many times we sabotage ourselves by saying things like, “well, since I can’t do an 60 or 90 minute workout, it’s just not worth it.” Or “I have so far to go…what’s the point?” The point is, every little bit you do adds up. Success is a journey, not a destination (see, another quote…I just can’t help myself! haha). A friend of mine who was recently struggling with getting back on track finally had an Ahah! moment and she said to me just yesterday, “Taking it one day at a time.. My goal is to merely feel good; I am not focusing on the distance.” I was beaming because I know this is the mindset that will turn things around for her 🙂
I am reminded of this quote almost every time I step in the gym. Yes, there are people there who are real powerhouses…strong as an ox. It’s impressive of course, but just as much as they inspire me, so do the people who I see consistently…week after week. It doesn’t matter where they are on their journey or how far they have to go…what matters is their will and commitment to getting there, and THAT is inspiring.
YES, YES, YESSSSS! This is the difference between looking in the mirror and seeing a kitten…or a tiger! If you think negatively or lack belief in yourself, it will hold you back…in life, and with your fitness goals. But if you believe that deep inside you is a strong, fit, capable person, then that my friend is what you will become!
Is your goal to lose 50 pounds? 20 pounds? 5 pounds? Do you want to gain 20 pounds of muscle? 10 pounds? Training for a marathon? No matter where you’re going, or how long it will take you to get there, it starts with lacing up those sneakers and taking the first step. If you’re just starting out or just getting back into it, you may have to start slow. Do what you can, and remind yourself that this is just a jumping off point, and you’ll get better and better every day.
And finally, once you get started, don’t quit. Remember why you started in the first place. It’s about feeling good, being healthier, and living better. Motivation is what gets you started, but habit is what keeps you going. (Yep just packed in a few more quotes for you!)
I hope this gets you going or keeps you going this week! xox
Ciao for now!