A question that gets bandied around a lot in the world of fitness, is:
‘How do you stay motivated?’
Motivation is just the thing that gets us started.
The motivation to fit into a dress for an event.
The motivation to enjoy a beach holiday without having to hide under a towel or MooMoo.
The motivation to be able to run around with your kids.
The motivation to feel happy being intimate with your partner.
There are lots of different things that spark our initial motivation to start eating healthier, or to start exercising, or to stop drinking alcohol, or to stop having weekend blowouts.
But attaining actual results, that stick around longer than a week after you finished your crash diet, is all about consistency and habit.
And there’s no getting around it.
Motivation fades very quickly and so it’s up to us to form a consistent habit and create a consistent lifestyle that will anchor our ability to not only achieve the results, but to continue to enjoy them.
The question is, are you ready to commit to a new lifestyle?
And before you clam up in fear that you think you need to throw everything out of your fridge and pantry, you don’t have to be strict and restrictive, or become one of those people you never want to invite to your dinner party!
You just need to get back some control over your choices and think about what you CAN do to improve your Healthy Happy vibe.
So what do you need to do consistently to get Healthy Happy and achieve long term and sustainable results?
consistently make the choice to get at least 3-4 sweat sessions per week out of 7, combined with other more gentle forms of movement like walking, yoga, stretching on the other days.
consistently eat a healthy diet 80-90% of the time.
consistently eat to 80% full.
consistently cook meals from home MOST of the time.
consistently moderate your alcohol intake, including having alcohol free days, or even alcohol free weeks.
consistently say NO to crappy food that leaves you low in energy.
consistently get 7-8 hours sleep per night – yes, I know this may be difficult but set up whatever practices you need do to anchor this habit.
If you do these things consistently, there IS room to enjoy some of the things in life that we love to indulge in.
Whether that be eating out at restaurants.
Eating hot chips.
Skipping workouts here and there.
You know that what I’m saying is true.
You only need to think of what happens when we go on holidays, or at Christmas time.
We eat way more than we burn and we end up putting on 2-5kg in just a few days of overindulgence.
And man, it takes A LOT OF EXERCISE to burn through all of those extra calories. And damn that’s hard work!
Ditch the Old Habits.
Nurture the New Habits
Live the life you really want to live.
And PS if nobody has told you this in a while, you’re beautiful xo