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5 Tips to Motivate Yourself to Get Healthy

January 20, 2017

Hi everyone,

Happy Friday!! I really thought it was never going to come this week – what a long one. Things are looking up from next week though, as it’s payday for most of us 🙂

Thankfully I had a fun event yesterday morning with Primark that broke up the week for me. It was a wellness event to kickstart their “Primark, Set, Go” campaign.

If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram – you already know what we got up to including a hardcore boxing class and a food demo from the fab Little Green Spoon. It began with a wellness talk from Coach John Kavanagh (best known for being Conor McGregor’s coach). He would hate for me to say his talk was motivating, as he doesn’t believe in motivating others, but it was. He really sent out the message that achieving goals is all about self-motivating.  Hence where I got the inspiration for this blog post.

I’m slowly but surely getting back into my fitness routine. Here are my top 5 tips for self-motivating, based on the wise words I heard yesterday and some I’ve picked up myself over time:

  1. Just do it
    There’s no point in talking about wanting to get fit, be healthier, eat better, etc. There’s no use in waiting until you find the best diet, the perfect workout, or a motivating mentor. If you want to get started on a fitness goal, just do it. Start now and be consistent with it. You’ll learn ways to improve your workout and what your eating as you go, the hardest part is getting yourself out of bed in the morning and making the decision to do it. You’re the only person in control of that decision.
  2. Make a plan
    For me, without a plan my healthy buzz goes down the drain very quickly. The detail of the plan can vary based on how serious you are taking your diet at that time, but in general, thinking ahead about what you’re going to eat, booking gym classes, planning weekend activities to avoid the weekend binge, these are all things that will help keep your motivation on track. I’m planning on booking in with a personal trainer in the next week so I have a tailor made exercise plan that I can use on the days I don’t feel like going to classes.
  3. Surround yourself with motivated people
    I’m a big believer in this, there’s nothing quite as motivating as surrounding yourself with motivaters, dreamers and doers. It’s infectious. It also is good to have people you can talk about your goals with, whether it’s fitness or otherwise.
  4. Picture your end goal
    My end goal is Dubai in March, I want to feel good and feel fit for then. I took my fitness quite seriously before I went to Vegas and LA last summer, so I know I can do it again. I’m shaping my end goal by the choices I make when it comes to exercising and what I eat, this helps me make healthier choices.
  5. Don’t deprive yourself
    My last tip is not to be too hard on yourself. As Coach Kavanagh said “If you’re craving sugar, then just have sugar”. Making smarter choices and substituting where possible definitely helps, for example you could swap a bar of Dairymilk for a few squares of dark chocolate, chips for sweet potato and brown bread instead of white. These small substitutes do make a difference and will lead to healthier lifestyle habits in general.

I’m determined and am going to commit myself to getting more fit in the months ahead, with my end goal being feeling good about myself when I’m in Dubai in March. I’ve never been good at depriving myself – so I’m not gonna start now, but I am going to try and make healthier choices and am gonna commit myself as much as possible over the next 2 months.

Everything I’m wearing here is from Primark, all priced between €4 and €12. I’ve stocked up on plenty of gym gear so have no excuses now 😉

I hope you found this post somewhat helpful,

Have a great weekend,

Louise x

This post was sponsored by Primark
Photos by Brid O’Donovan

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