I'll be honest, these past few weeks haven't been easy.
I haven't been motivated - both in and out of the gym.
I haven't been reaching or breaking any PRs.
I haven't been tracking my macros as closely as I usually do.
I haven't been feeling the greatest about my body.
But, you know what? That's life. There will ALWAYS be good weeks & bad weeks, but it's how you deal with them that dictate how successful you will be in the long run.
So, instead of giving up and letting these problems get the best of me, I used these key strategies (below) to help me stay consistent, even when the motivation wasn't always there.
Strategy 1: Reflect On The Past
In times of low motivation, it can feel like you're not making any progress and can be especially hard to remember how much your body has changed already. That's why, I've been using progress photos like this one to help remind myself about how far I've come. Sometimes, reflecting on the past is the perfect fuel to keep you on track when things seem to not be going your way.
Strategy 2: Keep Your Head In The Game
Whenever you're struggling to find the motivation to continue a specific training program, it's important to remember that even though you may not be doing THE best currently, you've been doing YOUR best. So, keep your head in the game. Keep continuing with the workouts and eating the meals and trying your hardest all the same. Eventually, you will be creating a discipline that feels almost second nature and doesn't require motivation to get you there.
Strategy 3: Take A Break From Your Typical Routine
If your current routine is just causing you way too much unnecessary stress, perhaps it's time to switch things up for a little bit. Take a break when things feel like they're too intense. (Ex. If you're finding it hard to stick to your meal plan, just allow yourself to eat mindfully for a few days or weeks and see how that affects you. You may discover that break was exactly what you needed to want to pick things back up from where you left off.)
Strategy 4: Be Kind To Yourself
Always, always be kind to yourself and to your body - no matter how bad you may be feeling at the moment. Like all things, THIS TOO SHALL PASS, and eventually you will figure out how to get out of this rough patch. It's not worth ruining a relationship with YOURSELF over. Love yourself, through it all.
REMEMBER: Consistency is KEY! When the motivation dies (which, at times, it WILL), you must ensure that you are left with successful habits and strategies that will keep you consistent - even when the going gets tough.
What strategies do you have when the going gets tough? Let me know in the comments BELOW!
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