Getting and Staying Motivated!

And another summer comes to an end. Where it went, I’m not quite sure but the days are definitely getting shorter and the weather cooler.

I don’t know about you but by winter I sometimes have a hard time staying motivated. The change of seasons always feels great at first, getting back into a routine after a summer of fun. Now is when I like to get my house organized, try out some new exercises, get out for extra long walks with the dogs, and meal prep like its going out of style!

The problem is that I’m trying to do everything at once and tend to get overwhelmed. The key is to focus on one thing at a time. That doesn’t mean stop doing all of the other great and wonderful things that you are doing that benefit your health. Simply focus on adding one new goal at a time.

Say your goal is to improve your diet, try adding a serving of  veggies to each meal or cut out all foods containing processed sugar. Say you want to kickstart your fitness program, schedule your workouts into your calendar and show up!

When it comes to fitness, don’t be afraid to try something new. If you are doing something you love, you are more likely to stick with it. I have been lifting weights for years and love it so much that I get excited when I progress with weight or number of reps. Others may get bored working out on their own and may need the added motivation of a personal trainer or some type of group training sessions.

I’m not a big reader. Before this summer I bet my average was one book a year. Seems crazy because when I was younger I would constantly have a book on the go. I think it has something to do with the springs in my butt (thanks Grandma!), otherwise known as the I-can-get-one-more-thing-done syndrome.

This summer however, I read three, yes count them three whole books from front to back and am now onto another one. One was a fiction novel, nothing exciting there except for the fact that I actually made the time to read it.

The other two were from an amazing new genre that I discovered, self help books. Now don’t shake your head because that’s what I normally would do, you just have to find the right ones like I did. These two female authors were extremely relatable and motivating. Give them a try! (Girl, Wash Your Face and You Are a Badass)

So in the spirit of these inspiring authors, I am jumping into fall with a new energy and hoping to grow as a person as I take on new adventures and challenges. I hope that you will join me and focus on bettering yourself as well. Let’s fight the end of summer blahs together!

 

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