January 04, 2016

f i t a s s | 5 tips to stay motivated

thank god it's monday. i really never never thought i'd say that, but i really mean it...for several reasons -

+ the bachelor starts tonight, and
+ i told myself i could be on vacation until monday, but on monday sh*t was going to get real and i was going to turn into a lean, green, clean machine...and workout. (i typically speak in rhyme when i'm trying to pump myself up.)

the tone it up challenge is starting today!

so, as i was pounding my final slice of raspberry-lemon cheesecake last night, i was so so excited to wake up the next morning (monday) and start my road to recovery...holiday food recovery. i don't think i've ever indulged so severely.

our scale hasn't had a battery for about six months now, but i'm almost positive i've gained at least five pounds.

at some point i realized, "hey...i'm not the only one who indulges at the holidays, right?"


that's why i thought it would be a good idea to share how i plan on keeping myself motivated over the next eight weeks - while i shut down the engines, and get myself back to neutral.

1 | always and forever will i use clothing as a motivator. i'm in desperate need of a new running shirt and black, cropped yoga pants. i already have my goodies picked out, and as soon as the end of week three hits i'll be gifting these and this to myself. (pending i stick with my program.)
not to worry - i won't be getting these particular colors!
2 | measurements + pictures - you guys...the last time i did the tone it up challenge was the first time i had ever taken my measurements // weighed myself consistently and charted everything. you can see that post here. if you're goal is to get fit this 2016 i highly recommend doing the above to stay motivated! i measure and weigh every two weeks and i'm always SHOCKED by what can happen in just 14 little days.
3 | the third trick up my sleeve is my fitbit. this monday i'm a part of three different workweek hustle challenges and i couldn't be happier about it. this holiday i've never been more stagnant, so being a part of the challenges and checking in on my competition will definitely encourage me to move my booty.

4 | look forward to something - you guys...i know we just finished the new year, but valentine's day is just six little weeks away! ummm...hello?!

so, if you're like me and this is the one time of year when you have to worry about being naked in front of your significant other...I'M KIDDING!

but seriously - whether you're planning a night out with your best gals or a night in with your best man wouldn't it be suuuuper fun to look and feel great?

answer - yes.

my plan is to have a super romantic night with my farmer and i'll probably need to wear a short skirt and heels (because that's what my farmer likes!)...and dammit...i want to look good in that short skirt. that's motivation.

5 | and lastly - go shopping. food shopping. there is nothing worse than finishing a workout and realizing an hour later you're starving. you head to the fridge and realize you have exactly two lemon slices of healthy food. it's either a lemon slice or some baby food. gross.

what i'm saying is - try to make sure you are consistently visiting the store so that you always have several options of healthy food if you find your self hangry (when hunger turns to anger).

ideas - apple with almond butter // 1/4 of an avocado on toasted, sprouted bread // hard boiled egg // 1 cup blueberries + 1/4 cup walnuts // hummus + baby carrots

and that's it! five ideas to stay motivated that i plan on tapping into nearly every single day.

my first order of business - go take before pictures. i always employ my farmer to do this which he begrudgingly participates in...and don't worry...i plan on posting those pictures here too...because everyone loves a good before and after story, right?!

here's to a healthy start to our 2016! muah!


  1. Workout clothes are always my best motivator!

  2. Love these tips! I just posted my own 6 tips but I love yours! I am so glad you are doing the TIU Challenge. Are you doing the Nutrition Plan as well? I am a member but I am so picky I don't like a lot of stuff on the menu, and that and trying to cook it for the kids and husband has my head spinning! I am trying to do the 21Day Fix in combo with the TIU. And yes to before pictures! You are so brave--I am too embarrassed to post mine! But I need to go take some regardless so I have a benchmark for progress!

    Annie- All Things Big And Small

  3. That's such a huge difference in those pictures from week 1 to week 4! That in itself is inspiring me to get started!

  4. get it girl! clothes are always a motivator for me! We're going to Hawaii in May so that's my current motivator...hello bathing suit :/

  5. I always promise myself new clothes/purse/whatever, but I never stick to it. I SUCK at completing anything. I already had two Hershey Kisses today, on my first day of no sugar. Can't. Stop. Eating. I am hoping that I stick to my workout schedule and at least feel guilty about eating like sh*t. I would take pictures, but I think I would scare you all, if I posted them...I do like to hang pictures my skinny self around my house, though. That's motivating!! Get it, girl!

  6. I love these tips :) Taking before and after pictures is always super motivating, especially when you don't see the results on the scale as much as you do in inches. I am going the Tone It Up challenge too and I'm excited to start!

  7. Cute workout clothes are the start of all good motivation! LOL

    I'm really hoping to get healthy this year! I've been telling myself that for how long now? But I NEED to do it there year! I found picture last night of myself from a few years back and I have a goal to get back there!

    Good Luck!

    -Ashlee Michelle

  8. I love that workout clothes are your motivation to workout. Tee hee! You go get it, girlie! Cannot wait to hear about your progress. :)

  9. So the huge batch of 3 different kinds of oatmeal cookies I just baked isn't a good start to getting fit?! I'm justifying it by saying that I'm trying to get rid of all the junk food in the house so I can replace it with healthy stuff...but in all seriousness, I had a baby last September and quickly lost over 20 lbs (the 15 I gained during pregnancy + a little more), but it has come back with a vengeance. I've got to do something because I feel disgusting!!

  10. Great tips friend - I started this not he 1st January! i took the pics and the measurements, stocked the fridge and got my ass into the gym! We have a beach vacation booked for end of March and I need to look great :)

  11. You totally think the way I think. I'm motivating myself for our trip in April, though Valentine's Day does seem like a great check in point! ;)

  12. Back to healthy eating for me too! I only gained 5-6 pounds but it's where those pounds accumulate that make me feel like it's 15! I feel better even just after two days of cutting my carbs and sooooo much sugar..ugh those damn chocolate cookies. I got a fitbit too and it's been a fun reminder and everytime I've walked up to push the elevator button it reminds me to walk the 3 flights of stairs to my office instead!

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