Motivation is what gets you started. It is that power inside of us which makes us work hard for what we want. That brings me to my first point. 🙂
1. Set a goal
Finding a goal is the key to motivation. You need to have a goal which pushes your limits, which gets you up in the morning and makes you excited to do whatever it takes to reach it. A goal doesn’t have to be a certain body image, it can be your dream job or a long desired lifestyle you want to achieve. I always think of my goal as where I want to see myself in 5 to 10 years. That’s my motivation and that’s what I am ready to work hard for. 🙂
2. Get into a routine
Routines are your best friend! 🙂 Always and at any time!!! I have a different routines for every place I’m in. In london for example my morning routine is very different to when I’m travelling but what matters is that I start my day with a routine that sets me up for a successful day. This helps your body to develop habits and to get used to your new lifestyle.
3. Plan your week on a sunday
Planning is 50% of the work. Wherever I go, I always have fruits & dates with me. 🙂 I first got into a healthy lifestyle when I was around 17. I loved fruits and went grocery shopping every day after school because my dad thought I was a bit crazy and he didn’t want to buy & carry all those fruits for me every day. I had lots of arguments at home about why my lunch plate was a huge fruitplatter and why I didn’t want to eat what everyone esle ate, however, I really recommend you to make an effort and plan your meals. :-)) If you have enough ripe sweet fruits at home you will more likely eat that instead of other options. 🙂 I love to plan day by day but if you have a 9 to 5 job Monday to Friday it helps tremendiously to plan your weekday lunches & dinners on a Sunday. Stock up your kitchen with bananas, apples, oranges, Watermelons, Honeymelons, Mangos, Dates, Avocados, Greens, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Celery, Chickpeas, Lentils, Tinned tomatoes, Rice, Herbs etc. and pick easy recipes that satisfy you after a long day at work.
I started to prepare my own food from very early on and always brought my vegan “Müsli” to school as well as apples & bananas. My Müsli was a mix of organic oats, almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, raisins, linseeds + grapes, blueberries, apple and banana + soy yogurt and was perfect for school as it kept me full for a long time.
Always remember being prepared is the key to stick to routines. :-))
4. Become a workout person
Working out is good for EVERYONE. :-)No matter if you want to lose weight, become healthier or just want to be more efficient in what you do, working out will help you to get there. Go fo a run first thing in the morning and your day will be a better one!! Don’t find excuses, we all have that 30 min for a run.:-)) Working out in the morning will set you up to handle a busy day, gets you energized and more resistent to stress that might occour. You have that feeling of achievment because you got up and did it and that is the mindset you want to have for a successful day.
5. Go day by day
Create a food/ fitness & lifestyle diary where you write down your daily improvements. Go day by day and make a note about what you ate, how much you worked out, how you felt and what you did to achieve your goal. Be creative and visualize as much as you can. Vision boards will get you to the next level and can be a part of your diary. I like to make weekly and daily checklists with things I want to get done. Trust me every successful person I know writes checklists!! :-)) This helps you to focus on long term goals rather than spending too much time on things that don’t matter.
I hope you guys find these tips helpful and got inspired to implement some of them into your daily life. 🙂
Have a wonderful weekend!!:-) Big hug to everyone!! xx Caroline