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Tips to stay motivated

by Fitness motivation selfie Startlivingright.net – In order to keep you motivation, never compare yourself to anyone, accept failure and know that it isn’t easy and it takes time.
 
 

When it comes to staying positive and consistently focused on achieving your goals, it can be easy to lose motivation and become tempted to give up altogether. Here are some tips to keep you inspired.

Never compare yourself to anyone

Comparing yourself to others is self-destructive and could make you feel demotivated or discourage you from ever sticking to an exercise program, especially if it seems like life has dealt you an unfair hand. When it comes to genetics, no two people will ever be equal or even comparable. What works for someone else might not work for you. Don’t be discouraged if you see someone else eating whatever they like without gaining weight, or if you work your butt off in the gym and still aren’t as ripped as someone who puts in half the effort you do. If you look for them, there will ALWAYS be someone leaner, fitter or with better genes. Resist the urge to compare. Why bother contrasting yourself with someone who has a different genetic makeup and has embarked on a different path than the one you’ve chosen to travel?

Instead, focus on YOU and compare your own body at different stages to highlight how much you’ve grown or improved. If you’ve made any progress, no matter how little, give yourself a pat on the back. Focus on how much you’ve changed over the last week, month or year, instead of worrying about how you compare to others. Keep working as hard as you can to improve yourself. Seeing your progress and the changes in your body can give you the push you need to keep you moving forward and achieving your goals.

There is no such thing as failure

There may be times when you miss gym sessions, cheat on your diet or put in a lot of hard work without seeing results. This may make you want to give up and quit your program altogether. Tell yourself that there is no such thing as failure, only feedback and results. If what you’re doing isn’t working, it means you have to try something else, or you need to be more consistent. It doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Tom Venuto compares working to improve your physique to an airplane taking off: “the process of losing body fat is a lot like the takeoff and flight of an airplane. People make the fatal mistake of interpreting their results as failure. Because they believed they had failed, they gave up. Can you imagine if a pilot quit every time there was a delay, turbulence or a slight deviation in the plane’s course? No one would ever get anywhere. There is no such thing as failure – only feedback; only results.

Take a leaf out of Tom Venuto’s book and don’t give up just because you’ve come across a bump in the road. If you’ve cheated on your diet or missed a gym session, get right back on track. Body transformations are the result of habits repeated consistently the majority of the time. Keep doing what you need to do to build the best body you’ve ever had. If you aren’t getting results, try something else. Tweak your diet, do more cardio or click here for plateau breaking strategies.

It takes time

Be patient and don’t expect to see results overnight. Successful body transformations take time. Commit to a minimum of four weeks before you anticipate starting to see dramatic changes.

It isn’t going to be easy

It takes an extreme amount of willpower to transform your body. Don’t expect it to come easy, and don’t fall for gimmicks that promise you results without putting in any effort. Fitness must be earned and your body gives back whatever effort you put into it. Work hard and earn it - and once you do, celebrate it with an unlimited supply of health, happiness and confidence.

 

 

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Maya Nassar
2013-08-04 11:41
Hi AJ! I understand Lebanese culture and that some family members might not be happy if you do not eat the food they prepare for you. However, it is essential to remember that your goals are important and you cannot eat food that will disrupt your progress just to please others. I would recommend having a word with your mother or anyone else who will get upset with your diet. Help them understand why you are doing this and that you will need their support in order to each your fitness goals. Even if they do not understand it at first, eventually they will get used to the idea. I can use myself as an example. When I first transitioned into healthy eating, many people thought it was a “phase” I was going through. When I would visit people in their house, they would cut me a piece of cake and put it on a plate in front of me even though I said I did not want it. This happened many times and I would never eat the cake because my goals were so important to me. Eventually people understood and stopping offered me dessert because I was on a fat loss journey. In the end, not only did I achieve my goals, I also won the respect of the families who offered me cake every time I would visit. Keep in mind you can still enjoy food cooked by your mother or others. You just might have to restrict unhealthy family feasts to special occasions or as a weekly cheat meal when you eat whatever you like. Good luck, I’m sure your mother will understand and will be proud of you when she sees you take on a healthier lifestyle.
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A.J
2013-08-04 11:40
Hello Maya,
my name is AJ, I'm Lebanese and in our culture our mothers always almost force is too eat a lot. This is bad for fat loss. People/family around me get upset if I'm picky with food. Any tips how I can resolve this matter? Please Maya.

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