What I tell myself when I really don’t feel like working out!


I thought I would share with you my inspiration and motivating things I do and tell myself when I really don't feel like working out. Now, it's no secret that I am on a weight loss journey. I currently power walk/jog lightly at least twice a week as well as Jillian Michaels thirty day shred six days a week.I give myself a "rest" day and of course have a treat on the same day. I say "rest" because I still try to reach at least 10,000 steps even on my "day off"because that is better than nothing. I allow myself a rest day because I honestly think everyone deserves one!
Anyway I'll stop waffling and get on with the "what I tell myself when I really don't feel like working out" tips.

So this is what I do when I loose all m motivation and inspiration. When I feeling all "I can't be bothered" and "Stuff it this is too hard, I'll just stay fat and unfit because it's easier" and of course the whole "One bat of chocolate won't hurt" (Can you relate yet?). I remind myself of why I started trying to loose weight in the first place. 

Firstly, I find that looking at my -what I call- skinny photos of myself really does help! I know I am never going to be 110lbs again but it does help to remind myself of why I actually started working out. How good I look and how good I use to feel (Even though back then I was convinced I was fat. There wasn't even half an ounce of fat on me.. What was I thinking?!)

I look at the clothes I use to wear, my skinny clothes. This always, always helps me to get motivated! I have a pair of jeans I try on from time to time and of course they are WAY too small. Do you know what though? This time last year, I couldn't even get them over my KNEES, this year? I can get them over knees AND my thighs and up to my waste. Ok, so they're very tight and the button or zip doesn't do up, no matter how many times I lay flat on the bed trying my darn hardest to get that zip up... I am still too fat. But it's inspiring to see and I know that they do at least do over my thighs, yay!

I am not alone in this whole weight loss journey. I talk to people who are also trying to loose weight, like my friend Laura. She understands. She encourages me and motivates me. She also inspires me, too! She really helps me so much, I can't even put into words. Also reading other bloggers posts about weight loss. I enjoy joining in with blog hops and linkies, (Blogging To Jogging, Weight Loss Wednesday and Fitness Tuesday, just to name a few) reading other peoples weight loss stories, goals, success and even struggles. I like to encourages others too and I hope one day I can be an inspiration with my own successful weight loss story. I know that I am not alone and this, THIS, really helps in knowing other people know exactly how I feel!

Oh I have a problem with food and trying to stay strong and motivated with the whole healthy eating thing but again, I do the above and tell myself NO! "A moment on the lips and a lifetime on the hips" and all that. I also know that everything is ok in moderation and it's about having will power! Eat less and move more! This DOES help when I tell myself it's ok. And it IS ok. A few malteasers instead of a whole packet? Sure! None would be the better option, obviously but it's ok. I will get there in the end.

Quotes!! Motivational quotes also help. Pinterest is a really good idea for this! I quite often head over to pinterest when I'm looking for a quote that describes exactly how I feel (about everything and every situation in life, not just weight loss) which actually, is quite inspiring. In fact searching pinterest for weight loss tips, goals and so on, is also helpful.

I also tell myself (quite often) to stop making excuses. Making excuses will get me nowhere.

And last but not least. I tell myself. I CAN DO IT. And don't stop! Keep going. "It doesn't matter how slow you go, just as long as you don't stop". The last few days have been good, I HAVE stayed motivated.

I also find that weighing myself less frequesntly helps, that way if I haven't lost weight or I've gained a few ounces or not had a very big weight loss, I won't be as disheartend. I seriously hate the scales (or perhaps they hate me, haha) and would rather judge my weight on how my clothes are fitting. Right now I am between a size 10 and a 12! So I've dropped a jean size. I'll go by the way my clothes fit I think!

It's not going to happen over night. I need to have patience, be strong and just keep going with it. I remind myself of all the above, I talk to other people and I read other peoples weight loss journey stories so that I know I'm not alone and it helps. It really, really helps.

And reminding myself of this:

What are your "stay motivated tips"?

Sarah xXx

Super Busy Mum

Fitness 4 Mamas

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  1. What a great attitude to have. Wishing you lots of success. #ThisGirlCan! And I think often, even when you really don't feel like it, you feel so much better for actually getting out there and doing it. Good on you and keep it up.

  2. I love Instagram of a morning - other people making the effort reminds me it's not that hard. I also like to work out in the morning. Sometimes I wake up - maybe the kids have had me up or I haven't slept well while the OH is away with work - and I think 'I fancy going to the coffee shop with the other mums' - but I know if I can just get myself in my workout clothes instead and fit in that swim/run/gym session before anything else gets in my way I WILL feel better - AFTERWARDS! #BloggingToJogging

  3. Great post!
    I definitely find it trickier to motivate myself to eat properly than I do to motivate myself to workout! it gets to the evening and i'm just like SPLURGE! which is HOW i gained this two stone inteh first place ffs lol.

  4. Its great to read about what other people find to inspire and motivate themselves. It sounds like you have a great attitude towards achieving your goals. good luck with it all. #bloggingtojogging

  5. Really good thought processes to have, it's easy to become demotivated and I love the quote about it doesn't matter how slow you go, so true! Thanks for linking with #BloggingToJogging xx

  6. Fabulous and very inspiring post, so pleased you linked to #FitnessTuesday. You are very right about sharing with others help and it's great you are aware it's not going to happen overnight, but losing weight is a slow process and motivation and dedication are vital. Love your quite that reminds you to keep on track!

  7. Great tips!
    Also wow, look at you doing the 30 Day Shred, I nearly died trying to do that!

  8. i can so relate to this! every fast day (i do 5:2) i have a little motivational talk with myself and i often say to myself 'you can fast today and you will fast today' hahaha sounds mad but it helps to get me in the zone. every time i start to feel hungry i tell myself that it's in my head, im not *really* hungry. I think it's really important to stay focused by not losing sight of why we are on our weightloss journeys. i find maintaining motivation hard sometimes but i look to friends and online groups to give me a bit of a push in the right direction when i feel myself slipping. I have also stopped being so hard on myself, im learning slowly but surely the world wont end if i make a poor food choice now and again!

  9. Fabulous piece! Yeah. I tried the 30 day shred. Whoosah! Got about a week through. You've made me wonder if I shouldn't try again. We're off to Croatia in a month ..So I think we all know the answer to that one. xx

  10. I struggle to get motivated when I'm at work, hoping that now the summer hols are here, I'll have some energy for #operationhappymama


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