How to stay motivated

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As the mornings get colder and stay darker for longer the temptation to just stay curled up in bed can be all too much sometimes. Everyone loves to train in summer when it’s lighter and warmer but motivation tends to dip towards to winter months. I’m forever being asked how I stay so motivated so I’ve come up with a few tips to help you stay motivated.

• Set your self SMART goals- Specific, Measurable, Agreeable, Realistic, Time (timeframe to achieve your goal)

• Set one big goal- this will be the bigger picture to always keep in mind

• Set smaller achievable goals along the way. Eg if your main goal is to lose 10kg or fit into your old favourite jeans but you only go to the gym once a week, a smaller achievable goal might be to up your gym attendance to 2-3 times per week to start with. Or say you want to be able to do 3 unassisted pull ups in 12 weeks, you might set yourself a target of being able to do one in six weeks.

• Surround yourself with people who lift you up and motivate you, perhaps these people do it without even realising.

• Give yourself a reward for when you achieve your goal. Preferably not food based…. Nice one you’ve lost 12kg here’s a dominoes and a tub of Ben and Jerry’s well done…. No! Perhaps it’s some new gym kit or a spa break or a new dress or activity tracker. I don’t know, something that’s going to make you work that little bit harder.

• Train in a way that you ENJOY! If Boxfit isn’t for you then don’t force yourself to go because you aren’t going to enjoy it and are less likely to be consistent in going and give it your all. If you LOVE the sweat and burn of the Stairmaster then do that!

• Be prepared- prep your food and your gym kit the night before. This way when you wake up you can just grab your things and go. Especially with your food, if you’re prepared you’re more likely to stay on track

• If you listen to music while you train, create a playlist that really gets you fired up and motivated

Most of all make sure you are doing it for YOU!

These are just a few of my tips to help keep you motivated through your training. If you feel a dip in motivation have a look and see what’s changed around you. It could be the weather, it could be a change in your work hours so you’re having to find new times to train but so long as you’re doing it for you and you truly WANT to be training and ENJOY your training, you can make it work.

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You’ve got this, I believe in you!

Love Char xxx

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Reminding myself I’m only human

Here’s a very honest and emotionally driven post for you!

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Today was a horrible day for me. I’m not entirely sure why, maybe I just got out of bed on the wrong side today. It started when I got to the train station and the oyster top up machines weren’t working and the man in the ticket office wouldn’t top it up and got very funny with me about it all. It was unnecessary but all of a sudden I found myself welling up (come on Charlotte get it together!). I think I was just very conscious that I was about to miss my train and the man wouldn’t help me, definitely not worth my tears though!

 

Then I got to the gym, time for shoulders and arms, one set into the first exercise and I was balling my eyes out. SUCH a girl. Involuntarily though, my muscles didn’t hurt, I wasn’t in physical pain but for some reason I was finding it HARD to keep it together. I wasn’t going to give up though. We carried on and pushed through, upping weights where we could and was actually a really good session besides the crying. From the second I cried in that first exercise, I continued to cry the whole way through the remainder of the session (sorry Artur!). What was really lovely though was that another regular member who has seen my progress came over and reassured me how great my progress was and how I’m looking. He also said that it is an emotional process too and he’s right! Blood, sweat and tears are going into this! So it was really great to feel that encouragement from another member here, one of the reasons I love my gym!

However if I’m completely honest I think I’m just tired! I haven’t been sleeping enough because I get in late and then either catch up with my housemates or just faff around! Sleep is SO important, especially in a process like this, those hours are needed to recharge and repair and I’ve been taking advantage of my body completely and not giving it enough time to do that. So, my goal for the rest of February is to get into the habit of going straight to bed when I get home from work and let my body rest- Netflix may be calling my name, but I just need to put it aside for a while and sleep for longer.

 

Moral of the story- LOOK AFTER YOURSELF!

Days like today remind me that I am only human, one bad day is not the be all and end all and doesn’t have to escalate further. In terms of the process, if it was easy everyone would be doing it. I just need to learn to listen to my body before I burn out and trash it, I am not superhuman!

Tomorrow is another day, I am going to give myself plenty of sleep and then smash leg day no.3 of the week tomorrow!

Char x

Photo by Michael Barry for North Four

The Importance of Setting Goals

In Summer 2015 someone sent me this picture:

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Instagram: @elle_fit

At the point that I received a screenshot of this image, I was teaching dance at summer camp. On my breaks/afternoons off/ days off you would have generally caught me either working out on the monkey bars near by or practicing yoga on the grass outside. I had managed to nail forearm stands, chin/chest stands and various handstands and was feeling pretty proud. Then I think it was my sister who sent this to me with what I can only assume to have been accompanied by a message of amazement. Me and my friend Abi, who was with me at camp when I got the message, just looked at the photo in amazement, rotating my phone 360 degrees trying to workout how this position was even possible. Then I gave it a go and couldn’t even get up there; I suddenly had so much admiration for Elle and anybody able to even get into this position- it requires a lot of core strength and well, all over strength to get into it never mind hold it. It was then that I decided that this was something I would work my way towards.

I took a step away from it and started my training for fitness modelling just doing bits of yoga to supplement this training but nothing too advanced. I then came back to this pose with a stronger mind and body and nailed it. I am not at all trying to say that yoga is about just creating shapes because it is so much more than that, but this for me was a goal to achieve and I am proud to have achieved it. Now I can work on moving in and out of it and relaxing in my time up there working through my breathing. That is the next stage for this position for me. I’d also like to be able to lift my straight leg a little higher to a more horizontal line.

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So why is it important to set goals:

  1. They are something to work towards
  2. They will keep you focused and motivated- Long term vision, Short term motivation
  3. It can be easier to track progress
  4. They can turn mountains into mole hills
  5. They tell you what you really want

 

What sort of goals should you be setting?

Sure, make big goals something you really want to achieve but know its going to be a journey to get there. They will keep you motivated long term, but you should also set smaller goals along the way too, trackable goals to mark your progress and spur you on further. These goals help our self confidence, focus, and motivation to stay on track for the bigger goals.

Here’s a personal example for you.

My BIG Goal

To compete as a fitness model in April 2016

My Smaller Goals

  • To improve my posture and stop hunching/rolling my shoulders forward
  • Write for my blog more often, improving my writing skills and furthermore increasing engagement with my blog
  • To be able to sprint at level 19 on the treadmill for all 10 sprints in  my hit training.

That is just an example of what I am working for and focusing on daily. I have other goals I am working on that are and aren’t geared towards my competition prep. I am just happy right now that I have achieved one of 2016’s big goals in that headstand at the top of this post.

Have you got any goals you are working towards? Large or Small, they’re all important. Let me know!

 

Char x