Stay Motivated When You’re Not Seeing Results
The dreaded plateau – it’s detrimental to staying motivated in reaching your health and fitness goals that you’ve poured your hard work, sweat, and tears into and spent countless hours at the gym. Although it may be easier to look at the scales and feel defeated, disappointed and just head for the couch with a big box of chocolates, binge out and give up. DON’T!
This is a good sign – it means your body is used to the amount and difficulty of your workouts and you’re so close to reaching your goals. It’s time to change things up, try some new workouts and start seeing results again. You won’t reach your goals by quitting, so keep exercising and eating healthy!
Follow my 5 tips on staying motivated when you’re not seeing results!
#1: Don’t give up
You’ve been working out consistency every week, you have been sweating it out, pushing yourself to the limit and eating well. Yet when you jump on the dreaded scales and measure yourself, you’re not seeing any results or changes in measurement. It can be hard to remain motivated when you’re not seeing any progress.
It happens to everyone, we all eventually plateau and stall. But don’t give up and be discourage, you’ve worked this hard to create a healthy lifestyle! Use it as motivation to continue on with your fitness journey.
#2: Reevaluate your fitness goals
Planning to be a certain weight by a month? Planning to have rock hard abs in 2 months? By having unattainable goals with unrealistic timeframes, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Do your research and ensure you are exercising correctly, eating healthy (with enough calories) and create smart goals that are realistic and attainable. Break down those goals into a few mini goals, this is more realistic and you’ll feel great for reaching every benchmark.
Understand ultimately that everyone is different, and the same goal isn’t achieved in the same way. For example, some it takes 3-6 months to develop abs while another person doing the same exercises might take 6 months plus to start seeing any definition.
#3: Get support
Have you been working out alone? Check out my blog post about why exercising with a friend is better, and start taking advantage of the many benefits working with a friend can bring.
#4: Ditch the scales and measurements
It can be confusing to see a difference on the scales when you are constantly checking for results. Not to mention that the scales might actually go up in number as you build more muscle and lose fat!
Rather than measuring success through numbers, instead consider measuring it by how you are feeling about yourself and if you are seeing any improvements in mood, energy, and progress at the gym.
#5: Have a cheat day
Sometimes you might just need to have a cheat day and there’s nothing wrong with that! Think of it more as a reward day – you’ve been working really hard and you deserve a pat on the back. It will give you a chance to reset your body and mind so you can get back on track again!
What helps you to stay motivated? Share with me your story and tips below in the comments!