Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday Five Must Have Motivators to help Get/Stay Fit in 2012

     We have all been there at some point.  Listing our New Year's resolutions, and scribbling down tone up, lose weight, hit the gym more often, or lose that muffin top.  This year, tone up was my number three resolution, so I know I add it to my list every year.  Whether I stick with it is another story. 
      We all want to come in the new year healthier, happier, and radiant, and for most people that means taking better care of their bodies through exercise.  For me exercise comes in spurts throughout the year. I get motivated for a month or two then lose interest, only to pick up again a few months later.  When I'm in the zone I feel great!  Working out really makes you feel better, and want to eat better. Motivation  has got to be the biggest "jock blocker" in getting and staying fit.  It will never happen without that inner push getting you up out of your seat and on to a treadmill.  Believe me, I know first hand.  Thankfully motivation comes in many forms. Check out my Friday Five must Haves to Motivate you to Get/Stay Fit in 2012:

1.  Visuals 

  • Are you worshipping that hot high school pic of you looking thin and gorgeous wishing your body was the same?  
  • How many times have you seen that Victoria's Secret Swim catalog and wished your body looked like those lucky ladies?  
  • Do you have a gorgeous friend with a rockin body that you secretly wish you even slightly resembled?  
  • Or on the other end of the spectrum, do you have that horrible pic /pics of you looking bloated or pregnant when you're clearly not because you have a martini in hand?  
All of these visuals are great motivators to get you off your butt! Find pictures or inspirational quotes and post them on your fridge, office, car, bedroom, bathroom, wherever the heck you will see them as reminders of what you want to look/feel/ or be like.  For me, seeing a gorgeous girl in a bikini makes me want to get up and do lunges all the live long day to look like that.  We've all seen biggest loser, the body of your dreams can happen for anyone :)

( A great free resource for motivating visuals: Pinterest . Their Fitness Category has great images and videos from all over the web)

2.  The Right Exercise
     For me the gym is a scary place because I'd rather a bunch of beefed up ladies and dudes not see me sweating my butt off, red faced, and out of breath on my first weight machine.  I know that's mostly in my head but I prefer working out at home.  You can laugh if you want but I love working out to the Flirty Girl Fitness Chair Fit  video, those get fit in a month articles in Self Magazine,  Wii Fit Plus,  and any fun, upbeat dance type of workout videos.  Oh, and good ol' fashioned Tae Bo with Billy Blanks.  
    Find what you enjoy and go with it.  Not sure? Think about what you did as a kid.  Whether you rode bikes, swam, danced, or ran, incorporating those in your life as an adult can be so refreshing.  Riding bikes makes me feel like a kid again.  I didn't even realize how many calories I'm burning.  Dabble with different things and find what you like.  You will want to do it, if you enjoy it and losing weight will be a plus.  

( A great free resource for exercise videos and magazines: your local public library)

3.  Being Realistic
     I'm never going to look like Gisele in a bikini, ok?  I have cellulite and stretch marks that I probably had before I even had my first child, so I can't even blame it on that.  You know what?  I've learned to be ok with that and find things I do like about my body, like my stomach.  I used to never wear shorts because I had stretch marks on the back of my legs.  But, why live life wearing jeans in 90 degree weather when YOU probably notice those stretch marks more than anyone else does!!!  Getting real with my body and my expectations made it easier to meet realistic goals.  If you don't love who you are you'll never be happy even if you are fit.  It's no easy feat but there's no bigger anti-motivator than being unrealistic with yourself and your goals.    

4.  Food
     There's something about exercising that makes you want to eat better.  At least for me this is true.  I tend to chose healthier foods when I know I've been exercising because my body craves it more.  It's strange but good!
     What you eat can have an impact on your motivation in several ways other than the one I mentioned above.  Studies have shown that if you eat a balanced breakfast you're more likely to consume less calories throughout the day than if you don't.  Also,  certain foods give you more physical energy than others making you less sluggish and likely to be more physical.  
     All the studies and facts and findings are overwhelming for anyone!  One thing you thought was healthy, an expert tomorrow is saying will cause this and that.  It goes back to number three above. Be realistic and honest to yourself. We know what we are and aren't eating.  Making better, healthier choices go hand in hand with keeping fit.  It's up to you and if you combine this with the steps above you will be motivated to make better choices everyday.  

(There are so many great free resources on the web for healthy/better eating.  Blogs, recipe sites, magazines etc. have great ideas. Here's just one: )

5.  A Support System
      A good sports bra is a must but I'm talking about support from the people around you.  I have friends that do like to invite me on walks or bike rides and that is great!  Sharing a healthy mindset with those around you make it so much easier for you to do the same.  Someone that encourages you instead of laughing at you makes all the difference. Dont' get me wrong, there will be those laughs and comments about you ordering salad instead of  pasta when out with the girls, but just keep your visuals in mind and shake the haters off:)  When your looking/feeling like a million dollars they'll be eating their words.  
     Tell your family they need to get on board with your goals because you'll need their encouragement.  I'm sure they'd be more than happy to do so.  Not the case?  Who needs that?  If anyone in your close circle, mom, boyfriend, friend keeping you down then 2012 will probably be a lot better if they took a hike.  Maybe some distance would help give them the point because misery just LOVES company and that's not how you're doing your 2012, right?  

Thanks for reading along, I hope you enjoyed my personal motivation tips.  I'd love to hear anything you want to add, or any resources you know to share with others.  I am no expert.  Just another momma looking to get fit while loving myself along the way.  Good Luck with your get/stay fit goals this year!


  1. What a good list! I have been struggling with staying motivated as of lately and this list has inspired me once again. I just need to get out there and plan my routine. Once I get into a set routine it is usually easy to stay on top of it.


  2. I love this post!!! Now, I feel guilty because i am sitting in front of my computer eating cupcake. LOL!!

    I am looking forward to more great reads.

    Lioness- Your newest follower

    P.S. Never give up focus on great content and your voice will be heard.

  3. This is really helpful. I love #3! :-)

    I have a blog called Cure for Mondays where I write about my journeys in life: ones that physically take me out on the road, also spiritual, virtual, cosmic, and imagined travels where weather has no part to play. Hope you could drop by and follow back.

    I'm your newest follower :-) I'm following you from Finding New Friends Weekend Blog Hop.

  4. Hi, following you @ Twitter & GFC via Sit and Relax Weekend Hop.

  5. Really good post! I'm definitely one of those people that lose focus after a couple days so this is really helpful. I'm new to your blog, I saw your comment on my nice that BeautyStat does that so we can meet new people =)

  6. Thanks for the motivation I'm a new friend from Finding new friends hop. Sure hope you stop by for a visit and follow Happy New Year.

  7. Hi! Happily following you back :) Love your blog. My fitness goal is to be able to wear a bikini this summer. (I have an 11 month old my abs are still a work in progress!) Great blog post!! I look forward to reading more!

  8. What a great reminder and such good timing...I'm heading back to the gym tomorrow! Come by and visit me at

  9. Having a good visual of the goal is helpful. I will try it

  10. You've been stumbled :)