***I was sitting in front of my blank computer screen trying to come up with ideas on what to write about for this post and had NADA, NOTHING! Nothing was coming into my brain. I had originally thought I might do a Vlog but decided I didn’t feel like listening to my graveling, congested voice and I was pretty sure you didn’t either. So….what’s a girl to do when she has no ideas. She turns to her Facebook friends and poses the question, “What should I write about?” And a post was born!!
I am following the Whole30 plan this month and sometimes I need some motivational tips just like you do. As I’ve mentioned a few million times lately, I’m following the Whole30 plan this month to try to get some things figured out with my body, but let me tell you it isn’t always easy! Sometimes I need a few motivational tips to keep from chowing down on the chips and salsa or having Chick-fil-a nuggets while I wait for my son in karate! And oh my, the coke at Chick-fil-a is so yummy. But, so far I’ve had success with sticking with the plan while using a few of these easy to implement tips that I am going to share with you. These tips could apply to any kind of plan that you are following but for this post just remember that I am following Whole30 through the first week in February, at least, so that’s what I’m going with.
Motivational tips to get you through the hard times! (My hard times of Whole30, your hard times of “fill in the blank”.)
You’ve heard it a million times before, I’m sure, but PREPPING for the week over the weekend is so important. I prepped my meals last weekend by cooking a bunch of meats that I could throw together some easy to prepare meals and it was amazing how much smoother my week went, in terms of meals. I mentally prepared myself that occasionally I would need to eat out so I started looking at menus and nutritional information, closely! I discovered that there are a few places and things that I can eat and still be Whole30 compliant. This was a huge preparation for me, but also very motivating since I don’t usually think things through enough to plan when I am eating out. Prepping doesn’t necessarily apply to just food prep but it could also apply to getting a plan for the week for your exercise, too! Whatever you are needing to work on in your life if you just make a plan, it will work better. **Sit down this weekend and make a plan for your food and your exercise for the week. Write it out or mark it down and you will have better success this week.
I’m sure you have heard the quote, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Remember this over the weekend when you are trying to decide what your upcoming week is going to be like. It will help! I promise….because none of us really want to fail, right?
Set a short term goal date, and don’t get too hung up on anything beyond that date. SET A DATE and don’t look past that date with your goal. I think sometimes we set these huge goals and expect to continue working toward that goal but the big picture is so far out there that you can’t see what you want to achieve because it’s so big. Does that make sense? My short term goal date for is February 11th. I want to follow the Whole30 plan strictly through February 11. Why that date, you ask? Because I have plans for the 12th through 14th and don’t want to specifically worry about what/how/when/why I am eating during that time. The 12th will be my reintroduction to food group off plan and although I won’t be eating whatever I want, I want to not worry about it while I am out for these three days eating in restaurants, etc. That will also put me at just over 30 days being on the Whole30 plan and I didn’t set out to be on the plan long term, but long enough to make a difference in my habits. What do you have coming up that will allow you to “set a date” for. This is your short term goal date and it will give you the extra motivation if you look at the calendar and see that you have accomplished it for a length of time, but not too long. Having long term goals is important too but sometimes they are so far off that we get discouraged about how hard it is to stick with them. With short term goals we can break it down into small sections and then reach them easier.
If you have a short term goal it helps you see where you have come from, look forward to what you want, and still see where you are today.
Another tip for you (and me) is to continue building up your community of good friends that will support you, cheer for you, and give you a swift kick in the butt, if you need it! The other night I went into Chick-fil-a while my son was in karate (free WiFi, good iced tea, and a quiet comfortable place to spend two hours on a cold winter night) and I caught a whiff of their waffle fries and suddenly wanted them BADLY!! Like would have been happy to throw down my Whole30 plans to sit down to a large order of those hot fries! But….I knew how I would feel afterwards and I am determined (my word of the year) to follow through with this, so I sent a text to one of my good friends. She immediately replied back telling me how terrible they are and how miserable I would be if I ate them! It was enough to keep me from eating them (or anything else). I highly suggest you build up your friend base that will help you keep you motivated in your goals. There is nothing better at keeping me on top of my game plan than a friend or two
or fifty to keep me motivated!
My last tip to help you stay motivated is to remember YOU ARE BEING WATCHED! Since I have started the Whole30 plan, my eleven year old son has been watching me closely. Even before I started on the Whole30 when I am consistently watching my food intake my son takes notice and makes comments. This past week while we were at the pediatrician for his well child appointment, the doctor asked him about his fruit and veggie intake. At first he was hesitant, but then he responded that he’s working to improve them, just like mom! She grinned and then asked about soda. He quickly responded that he has stopped drinking them, because he wants to be healthy for his karate black belt preparation and testing. He also happened to mention that it was easier because I wasn’t drinking them. See….we are being watched!! People all around you are paying attention to what you are eating and drinking. I have a friend who has made numerous comments and asked several questions about the changes I have made over the past few weeks. It makes it easier to move and eat right when we know we are/can influence someone else to do the same! It’s a great feeling to know that the domino effect works in this area, too!
One last thing to motivate you and make you think is that when you eat better, you want to exercise more. When you exercise, you want to eat right. Whatever good and positive, healthy improvement you make in your life will pay off in other areas. It all works together and will affect the people in your life, too! So…start small but get started. Don’t keep it to yourself and remember you aren’t alone in this journey.
If you ever need a little more motivation or a swift kick in the booty, feel free to ask some of us! We are all in this journey together!