Write down detailed descriptions of your GOALS. Use pictures or quotes that inspire you and write out a detailed description of how you want to FEEL when you achieve your goal. Envision it in your mind as you write, transcribe how you’re going to carry yourself once you’ve accomplished what you set out to do. Go into so much depth in the details that you have can describe what the smells around you will be like. Picture who will be standing next to you, what you’ll be wearing people, tell a story. Describe how you’re going to feel leading up to that moment and what you’re going to do immediately after. Maybe you’ll just bask in the glory of having ran a half marathon, or competed in a weight lifting competition. OR maybe it’s much simpler than that–perhaps there’s a machine at the gym you have yet to master. There is a lot of research out there that shows you are so much more likely to complete a task or reach a goal if you WRITE IT DOWN! Make your planner your best friend and you’ll never have another excuse as to why you can’t do something.
#2. LATE NIGHT EATING
This one can be touch because depending on when you get home from work, late night eating can be unavoidable. But, as shown in my last post there is conflicting evidence regarding whether or not eating late at night is bad for your health. I personally believe that it doesn’t so much matter what time it is as it does what exactly you’re putting into your body. That being said, my solution for this issue it to prepare ready-made healthy snacks for when you’re itching to eat something late at night. Bananas with some PB2 are a great snack, and you can even add some dark chocolate chips for an extra bit of sweetness. If you’re going out, pack homemade trail mix with assorted nuts, seeds, and dried fruit that you like. It saves money AND you can customize the mix to fit your macros or personal preferences of any kind. Another way to combat late-night cravings is to make sure that you’re getting all the nutrients that you need throughout the day. If you have cravings consistently it might be because you’re lacking a certain vitamin or mineral. In that case it would be helpful for you to keep track of what you’re eating and consult a doctor or naturopath.
#3. NOT PLANNING WORKOUTS
This one seems straight forward, right? Well not so much for many people. Planning workouts is HARD. I recommend for the anti-planners out their to search fitness video tutorial hashtags on IG and BOOKMARK THEM! That way when you’re putting together your workouts for the week you have a point of reference. There are so many affordable, cheap, and FREE ways to plan your workouts according to your goals. You will be sorely disappointed if you expect to see results without some sort of schedule or plan. Don’t be afraid to get technical either, research the exercises that are best for the muscles that you want to target. Also, check with your local gym to see if they offer any FREE classes. My gym in college used to offer a free yoga class for ALL students, even those who were not paying members of the gym. Attending classes can give you a set schedule and help you maintain consistency. If you belong to your local YMCA there are usually an abundance of free classes offered by excellent instructors.
#4. NOT DRINKING ENOUGH WATER
I mentioed the Hidrate water bottle in my previouspost which notifies you when to drink water and calculated how much you need to drink depending on your height/weight. But, for those of you who aren’t looking to spend $50, there are many effective ways to make sure you’re drinking enough H2O. The standard recommendation is eight 8-ounces glasses of water per-day. That means, if your standard water bottle is 18 ounces you would need to fill your bottle up about 3.5 times per day. Whatever your goal amount of water consumption is, you can use the alarm feature on your phone to set reminders when you should drink and to notify you of your goals throughout the day. Alternatively, you could use a plastic gallon of water and a permanent marker to write out the ounces that you wish to consume by certain times of day. Make it a daily ritual to drink a glass of warm water in the mornings before you consume any other liquid or food. Not only is this good for hydration purposes but it’s also great for your digestion as well, not to mention very soothing.
We all know the negative effect of binge-eating. But what’s less talked about is online bingeing. With electronic devices constantly at our fingertips it is more important now than ever to SET BOUNDARIES in our lives, and that includes with our time. Allot yourself a certain amount of hours per-day, or week, of screen time. Break this down into laptop work, phone play, and television. Prioritize the important stuff, and give yourself some room to internet surf as well. But before you do, set a timer on your phone so you’re aware BEFOREHAND of how much of your day you’re going to be giving up to the all-consuming internet. It’s much too easy to get sucked into a timewarp when you’re researching online or going through your feed on Facebook. Don’t fall victim to this time suck, be proactive. The internet is an amazing tool and it’s such a shame that when people misuse it, it gets a bad rap.
I hope that these solutions work for you. Comment below or find me on Instagram @dearfitkris to tell me if you tried any of these! And, if you haven’t yet, check out my previous post that discusses how you’re sabotaging your wellbeing.
As always, thanks for reading!
Wishing you the best,