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What’s Your Motivation?

By: Avigale LaGrass

Have you ever said: I am going to start exercising this week? Or how about this one: I am going to bring my lunch to work instead of eating out.

The follow up question I have for you is: How many times have you failed miserably?

We must find our motivation in order to achieve any lifestyle goal.  Why do you want to exercise or eat better? Once you answer that question the next step is to examine your daily routine. Before anything can change, take a look at your daily schedule with work, life, eating and exercise. What can be taken out and what can you add?

We pack our schedules with too much and set ourselves up for failure. I implore you to take a step back and pick reasonable goals.

Here are some tips to get started.

1. Start your day with a cup of water and a squeeze of lemon. This will help your body start taking in the nutrients for the day.
2. When looking at your nutrition, write down what you eat for a week. 

Do you eat breakfast, skip lunch and eat a heavy dinner or too many fattening cocktails each week?  If you skip breakfast, try fitting in something light: yogurt and a banana, small bowl of cereal or wheat toast and peanut butter.  Coffee tends to fill you up so try to eat first and drink a cup of coffee afterwards.

3. If you skip lunch because of a busy day, bring your meal.

My go-to during a work day is a salad. I bring some type of protein to top it off.  Good choices are grilled chicken, lean steak or grilled shrimp.  You can also bring a sandwich and a piece of fruit.

4. If you are always at happy hour to meet with clients, pick a skinny drink.

Talk to your bartender. People are more self conscious about health. Most bartenders know what to make.  Then choose a side salad and one appetizer to share.  REMEMBER: Don’t go overboard.

5. Take a look at your schedule to fit in a workout (or two).

I always tell my clients that the best time to exercise is early morning.  This eliminates any reason for excuses with work or family life. Many of my clients still try to give excuses: they don’t have time to go to the gym in the morning or they have to get the kids ready.

My Response: It is ideal to wake up in the wee hours of the morning and it’s best to workout at home if you have to get the family ready.  All you need is a stability ball and weights to get started. Get a workout video to help with motivation.  You can also separate your workout each day; start with strength training in the morning and cardio in the evening. Each workout can be 30 minutes.

The key is to make a plan. Start slow. Don’t try to do everything all at once. If you’re not working out at all right now, start with three times a week and bump it up as you go.  Remember; find your motivation first so you’ll be more likely to succeed.

What’s your motivation? How will you start to make a lifestyle change? Leave a comment below!

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