How Do You Stay Motivated?

by Brittany on October 21, 2012

Motivation is a highly-discussed topic in the health and fitness world.  This lifestyle requires consistency and lets be honest, a lot of times making the unhealthy decision is the easiest and most convenient.  I know for me personally there are days when I don’t feel like getting out of bed at an ungodly hour to go to the gym and when I really really want to order pizza instead of a grilled chicken salad.

The difference between making the right and wrong decisions in weak moments is motivation!  With this tool on your side, reaching your goals will be a breeze.  So, how does one stay motivated?  I think the simplest answer is to surround yourself with people, images, ideas, and/or anything that reminds your of your goals. 

The more conscious time you spend thinking about your goals, the more likely it is these thoughts will resonate into your subconscious.  For example, if your goal is to get in shape, get  your friends/family involved, visit health and fitness websites regularly, read motivational books, watch television programs about weight loss, follow like-minded individuals on social media, collect images that remind you of your goal, etc.  The more you are reminded of your goal, the harder it is to lose motivation!

I use all of the above to keep my mind on the prize, but one of the most effective tools for me has been my subscription to Oxygen Magazine.  I actually don’t remember how I initially discovered Oxygen but I am so glad I did! Unlike most other “fitness” magazines on the shelves, Oxygen is packed full of real advice and information for everyone from the beginner to the seasoned bodybuilder.  Their recipes, workouts, and informative articles help add variety to this lifestyle and keep me on track.  The imagery with fitness models on almost every page doesn’t hurt either!  I’m sure there are others out there but this is just the one I happened to connect with.

Ok, so on to today:

Shoulder Workout:

  • Upright Row/3 sets of 12
  • Arnold Dumbbell Press/3 set of 12
  • Seated, Bent Over Laterals/3 sets of 10
  • Side and Front Raises, Seated with Legs Extended/3 sets of 8/side raise + front raise = one set
  • Cardio: 10 minutes on stepmill and 15 minutes walking on incline

Protein Shake

Strawberry Banana Cream Shake

Recipe type: Protein Shake
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Serves: 1
  • 1 scoop of Strawberry BSN protein
  • 2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ½ banana
  • ¼ cup of nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • Ice per preference
  1. put all ingredients into a blender
  2. blend
  3. serve


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