Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Staying Motivated

By: Janell

Let’s be honest, some days are harder to stay motivated than others. I think all of us 901 girls would attest to having days where we have to talk ourselves into getting up and making the choice to get our workout in, make good food choices, etc., and we all can be honest in admitting we have had ‘off’ days. For most of us, our schedules can be so crazy that we have to make it a priority in our daily life to get our work out in. So, when we lack motivation, it makes getting that time in the gym or on the road even harder.

For me, I am in a season of my fitness where I have to find other ways than running to get in my work out. When I first admitted to my leg being injured (I had been in denial about it for a bit), I felt disappointed, frustrated, and angry that I wasn’t able to just run. I had a pity party (or two), but ultimately had to decide to pick myself up knowing that I am still capable of being active. I just have to be a little more creative. I have actually enjoyed changing it up a bit.

One of the ways I think most us stay motivated is by goal setting. This could be very small goals from making a healthy food choice while out to dinner to larger ones like a PR (personal record) or losing 10 pounds. Signing up for races and events or enrolling in a certain class are other ways to set goals. I am always more motivated when I have spent the money to do something! Whatever it is, set a reasonable goal, make a chart, and have someone hold you accountable. However you do it, set yourself up to succeed!

Here are a few tips to help you stay motivated:

1.       Set a goal or prioritize a few goals you have in mind. If your ultimate goal is to run a marathon, start with a 5k and slowly progress to a 10k, half marathon, etc. Give yourself time.
2.       Create new challenges. If you are running, run with a group, a new friend, a new route. Keep it new and fresh so it doesn’t get boring.
3.       Set attainable goals. These are the baby steps to #1. Maybe it is to cut out desserts for a certain time, or to run a little farther than you did last time.
4.       Find your support base. Enlist the help of your family or a friend to support and encourage you and to hold you accountable.
5.       Acknowledge your accomplishments. Reward yourself with a new sweet piece of workout gear you have been wanting or maybe a girl’s night out. Whatever it is, take time to acknowledge the work you have done and be proud of yourself.

So tell me, what are some things you do to stay motivated? How have you overcome a ‘tough season’ in your fitness journey?


  1. Great tips!! I like to write my workouts on my calendar and highlight them! I wouldn't want to mess up the trend of bright marks. Sometimes the simple things make a big difference. :)

    1. Thanks, Lauren! That's a great idea. You are so right-keeping it simple helps a ton!