Ok, so from the Facebook competition last week, it seems that most of you were concerned about how best to maintain your motivation and stamina. This is actually linked in to my most recent top 10 tips (see separate tab on home page for videocam, or the IsoWhey website), where I talk about how to keep resolutions going. Let me expand on that here and hopefully give you some inspiration!
I think its important to acknowledge that we all have highs & lows in any given situation, so don’t beat yourself up if you occaisionally fall down. I am also a strong believer in the power of the mind – it is said that we only use around 10 per cent of our capacity – imagine then what you are really capable of – literally anything!
This is no secret, but a ‘vision board’ can be a very powerful thing – and it can be made out of anything, a scrap book, photo album, a corkboard or just pictures stuck inside the wardrobe or on the fridge. I try to encourage my clients to visualise what they want to achieve and look like, even take a photo & have it photoshopped into your ideal shape, or buy that new dress or outfit that you want to fit into – give it a timeline (but make it real and achievable) – it could be a wedding or anniversary or a friends reunion, whatever suits.
Other things you may consider to keep you going…
- write things down, both goals & achievements, its helps to solidify things in your mind
- make your goals definite, not I will lose weight, but “I will lose 5 kilos by so & so date”
- take your partner or a friend to your w/out sessions, push each other
- get motivation from others, the ‘Biggest Loser’ TV show is a good example
- don’t say “i should” say ”I am”
- try something different and fun e.g go to a Rumba class..
- do it daily, once its a routine, its much easier to keep
- …but also allow yourself a break or treat now & again!
BUT, the main thing is don’t give up, you’re trying to run 5kms, but struggling on the last bit, say a mantra over and over in your mind ” i’m a winner, i’m a winner” and you will get there, don’t be a couch potato, do sit ups or push ups during the adverts, no more i’m too tired, or too busy – change your thinking, but don’t forget plateaus are part of the process.
Keep up the momentum, & you’ll be amazed your results!