Good morning. 🌞
New month, new mindset. As I mentioned in my last post, my overall goal is to become a healthier version of myself. For me, this means reversing my diabetes, lowering my blood pressure, and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. So, if you’re new to the blog, and you just finished reading this small bit of information, let me take a minute to say hello and welcome. But, you all are probably wondering:
“Gabby, this all sounds like a lot to handle. How do you stay motivated, especially during this time of COVID?”
Well, I’m glad you asked that question. If you’re starting your health journey, or you’ve been on it for a while, and still feel stuck, here are five things that I do to help me stay motivated and they will help you stay motivated as well.
BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF
The first step is to be honest with yourself. Why do you want to be healthy? When I started back in 2016, I just came back from a trip visit my Aunt Nicki in California. That trip inspired me from that moment on to continue to do the best I can at improving my health and being a healthier version of myself. I have family members that have diabetes and high blood pressure and they’re taking medication, whereas I’m warned to watch out for these things and that I can stay away from these conditions if I just stay active and eat right and do everything right by the book. As I got older, I learned to accept my body for the way it is, flaws and all, however, I let my health fall to the wayside, and it caught up with me this year in 2020. I got another wake-up call in September of this year, that if I don’t start changing my ways now, I could head down the road of destruction. I’m on a 3 month trial of Trulicity for my diabetes, which is helping, but I’ve made it up in my head I don’t want to do this for the rest of my life. I want to live my life, needle free, insulin free, healthy and not worrying about having another health scare. So, after that visit in September, I asked myself:
“How bad do you want it?”
Since then, I’ve been drinking more water, I’ve cut back on sodas, I’m getting more sleep. I’m working on taking more vitamins. And my blood pressure and sugar are now under control. To me, this is the first step of motivation for being healthy. You have to ask yourself how bad do you want it, and also who are you doing it all for. For me, it’s for myself, but it’s also for loved ones, my closest friends, the people that have been supporting me since 2016. At the end of the day, I’m doing it all for me.
CREATE A WORKOUT WARDROBE
Next, create a workout wardrobe that makes you feel inspired, and comfortable to workout in. A few weeks ago, I went through all my clothes, donated and threw away 90% of my wardrobe. The clothes that I have now, majority of them are leggings from POPFit (I have a few from Fabletics, but I have more POPFit due to the fact that Fabletics did not have the larger pockets like they do now). Anyway, I also have more graphic tees, some that are still in great shape, but I only wear them to lounge around the house, to workout in, or to sleep in. So, I set aside those shirts and few of the leggings in a group, and during the week, I have an outfit for work, and an outfit to workout in after I get off. If you have mostly tees and sweats, set those aside for a workout wardrobe. If you don’t have any workout clothes, invest in the basics:
- 2-3 tanks
- 3-4 t-shirts
- 3-4 pairs of sweats
- 3-4 pairs of leggings
- A comfy jacket or hoodie
If you want to splurge on your favorite brand of workout gear you can, I put this list together based on the items I already had in my wardrobe when I originally started my journey back in 2016.
MAKE IT FUN & CREATE A PLAYLIST
I started back by walking around the neighborhood. For this month, I said I would work on trying out new routines and focusing on other muscles in my body. I also said that I would find some dancing workout videos on YouTube to try and see how those would work for me. I say all this to say… switch things up, and have fun. Put on some good tunes, and just let your body move. You’re doing an intense workout session? Create a playlist with nothing but beats to keep you going. Love dancing? Create a playlist filled with your favorite songs from Lady Gaga, Ciara, Demi Lovato, and many other artists to name a few. If you guys want a post about the songs I listen to when I workout, let me know in the comments.
KEEP TRACK OF PROGRESS
This part, there are many ways to do this. Take a before picture, and within a few months or a year’s time, take an after picture to see the hard work you’ve put into yourself. Weigh yourself in the mornings (and without clothes if you live alone). I learned this tip after participating in a weight loss challenge in 2018. I didn’t realize that when you’re weighing on the scale, the clothes add extra weight, as well as what part of the day, when you’ve just finished eating a meal. Those things can add extra pounds on the scale. Also, if you don’t want to weigh yourself every day, that’s fine you don’t have to. I would say weigh yourself at the beginning of your journey, and from there decide the timeline until your next weigh in. At the end of the day, don’t focus on the scale, focus on your health. Keep a journal to track foods, water, steps, or your overall progress if you want.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
If you’re having a bad week, or you get sick and you didn’t do anything, that’s ok. What I started doing was writing little letters to myself, reminding myself that it’s ok. Let me give you all an example. The rest of October was hectic and stressful due to work and starting my new class, so even though I was still eating healthy, I didn’t do anything else. So, I wrote this letter to myself.
I know this week was not a good week. It’s ok, don’t beat yourself up. At least you’re trying. The Lord woke you up this morning, that’s a blessing. You’re going to have days like this where you don’t want to do anything. But, I don’t want you to fall off and not be able to get back up. I want you to win. You can do it. So, get through this week, and let’s try to have a better week. And let’s keep having more weeks that are “better weeks.”
I swear, you all could see the Notes app on my phone, its filled with random thoughts and little notes to myself when I have moments of depression and anxiety. It’s like my own self-help book. By doing this, you have your own personal reminders to keep you going, and to give you the motivation to be healthy.
There you have it, those are my helpful tips for how I stay motivated to being healthy. I hope these help you all as well. Let me how these work for you, or if you have any ideas that can help me, let me know in the comments down below. I hope you all enjoyed reading today’s post. I’ll check in with you later on.
Hello November, Goodbye October!
Until next time…