1. Be Realistic.
Don’t try and obtain the same results in 30 days of someone who has been working out for years. When setting your expectations, be sure to aspire to not just someone who is where you want to be, but also someone who is at your next level.
If you’re trying to loose your baby bump, don’t saturate your mind with images of 25 year old and younger, childless women who workout. Instead, seek out groups and social media accounts of women who have had children and figured out the best exercises for moms.
If you want people to follow, I’m a fit mom of four who’s figured out how to find time to exercise while racing a family and look amazing while doing it. There’s also another great blogger, my friend De who shares fitness inspiration and challenges on her blog Faith Fueled Moms.
2. Be Specific.
When setting your goals, be specific in what you will do and what you want to achieve. Start by figuring out what you plan to accomplish by the end of the month. Then write down specific actions that will get you closer to that goal. Instead of writing “workout’, specify how often you’ll work out per day, how many days per week and which days. Instead of writing “leg day” get specific, write out your exercise routine and use it when your at the gym.
3. Be Informed.
Fitness results aren’t something that is achieved on accident. In order to reach specific results, you’ll need to know what specific eating habits and exercises will help you contour into the shape you desire.
The biggest myth I’ve ever heard is weight lifting makes you look like a man. That is an absolute lie. Weight lifting paired with cardio is one of the best things women can do for their bodies. Done properly, you’ll burn calories, shred fat, build muscle and become stronger. Whatever your goals are, make sure you do some objective research and talk to people who have achieved the results you are looking for.
4. Be Consistent.
The worst thing you can do is set your goals and not follow through. What will happen is in a few months you’ll look back and find yourself in the same place and you’ll be bitter.
You have to fight for this…no joke.
There’s a price you have to pay to break old habits and replace them with new ones, but gurl when you do, you’ll be so proud of yourself.
The way I stayed consistent in the beginning was to set a reward in front of my face.
You see…I’m a recovering shopaholic who has cut back tremendously. So my reward for being consistent was a new workout outfit at the end of the month. I’d set a goal to work out 20 days out of the month and if I did that I’d treat myself to some yoga pants and a tank. You may already shop like money don’t have no end so this may not motivate you, but you have to find your motivation.
5. Be Accountable.
The purpose of writing out your goals is it becomes and accountability tool, but you should also have a living, breathing accountability partner. Your accountability partner doesn’t have to be someone you work out with, but they should be someone who works out.
Most of my accountability partners were members of my gym. When you make connections at your gym those people begin to look for you on your gym days and will often mention it to you when you’re slacking.