Thursday, December 10, 2015

December Goals

I am a little late on sharing my Review of my November goals

and my goals for December!

My big Goal for November was to start saving money with coupons.

I have been saving around 50% of my grocery bill and it has been great!

I started on the 40-day Walk with Christ, but am only on Day 5 since I have had 
two Young Women lessons I took time preparing for, but I have now jumped back into it.

We are almost done with Christmas. How about you?
Our neighborhood is forgoing gifts this year and having a little get together on 
Monday night around the campfire with hot-choco and bringing a can of food(s) or 
clothing to give to those in need.

Now for my goal for DECEMBER!

 
 1.  Continue with 40-day walk with Christ
2. Maintain my weight (those dang sweets!)
3. I have already started thinking about my New Years Resolutions,
and every year I have the same one that I never accomplish- that is to
start playing the piano again. Well this year I am going to get a head start and buy
the flashcards and then teach Kate as I relearn what I have lost.
4.  Declutter again- I don't have a lot, but some areas have gotten bad again. And I need
to badly declutter my Christmas stuff.
5. Have a wonderful time together with friends and family enjoying what 
really matters.

What are your goals for this Month and the NEW YEAR?

Thanks for checking in,

Melissa


 




Tuesday, November 10, 2015

My 1 year Anniversary!

1 year ago today I started my blog.

1 year ago today I started my fitness journey.

1 year ago today I started Coaching others with their health & fitness.


When I began my journey I wanted to work on myself, get healthier, exercise more, have more energy.

And along with that, encourage others to do the same.

I wanted to help my family. I wanted to be an example.

I also wanted to help to bring in extra income to help out with sudden expenses, pay down debt, be more financially secure. And also take my family on vacations.

Well I am so happy to say that I have done all of these things.

Through hard work and dedication I have been able to have more energy to do it all.
 To take care of my family as a Stay at Home/Working Mom.  With the support of my family.  And all the while doing this only a couple hours in the morning, and while my little guy napped and girls off to school!

I started out drinking Shakeology and exercising to Turbo Fire, and then 21 day fix program.

More about my transformation here

http://onthegohealthymoms.blogspot.com/search/label/success%20story


I have also been able to earn some money each month to pay for my Shakeology, plus more.

When I started my goal was to pay for it, and then it progressed.

My first paycheck was $60, it was getting my parents started on their journey.  They both have lost a combined total of 80 lbs. Amazing!



In my first month of Coaching I made $146.88, this helped me to pay for my Shakeology & workout program- my Turbo Fire Challenge pack which helped me to lose my stubborn 10 lbs.

By Month 6 I had made $2,850.26.

And now a year into this I have made $4,707.16 total to date.

My goal was to make $5,000 by the end of 2015, I am almost there!

I have been able to pay for our Disneyland Vacation back in February, Brady's Alaska trip in August, as well as pay for car expenses and help pay down debt. It has felt so great to be able to contribute and have some play money too. We have been able to not feel so strapped like before.

Disclaimer:
Beachbody® does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Beachbody Coach Business Opportunity. Each Coach's income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on our Coaches' actual incomes.


I can't believe I have been coaching for 1 year today! 

What a fun, rewarding job I have. And to be part of a Team where I have learned so much! I have learned how to set goals, dream big, and help others to be healthy & fit.


I have never been so active in all my life thanks to Coaching and Beachbody programs. And the biggest thing I have noticed are my energy levels. I can get up early- which didn't happen before. And I don't have that afternoon slump where I just want to take a nap!

I run Challenge groups each month. They are fun, motivating and what my participants don't know is that they are inspiring to me when I see and read and hear what successes they have. It keeps me going!

I now not only help myself to stay active, eat healthier, drink more water.  But I have been able to help other Mom's/Dad's to get into shape from home and help those that want to work from home and do what I do, earning extra income, paying for their Shakeology and getting Fit both physically and financially.

I am thankful for this journey. I am thankful for this past year and what I have learned. I can't wait to help more Women/Men. It has been amazing! I am looking for those that want to earn extra income, want to be healthier. I am looking for those that are Ready and dedicated. And I will show you what I have learned! Come join me! It will change your life, just like it has changed mine!

Thanks for checking in,

Melissa


Monday, November 2, 2015

Belief in Yourself

I am excited about this guest post today because it teaches us

a lot about what we can do if we have Belief in ourselves

and with that one thing, we can accomplish so much!


So head on over as I am posting today about what you need to do as a Busy Mom

to always make sure that your day starts and ends with Belief in Yourself.

Shambray
click here for the post

Thanks for checking in,

Melissa

Saturday, October 31, 2015

November Goals & recap of my October

Here is a review of my Oct Goals . . .

  • FHE board- filled out and used!
  •  My blog posts put onto my Pinterest page! 
Follow me here! https://www.pinterest.com/healthyonthego/

  • Plan out Christmas Gifts- keeping it simple this year:
Something they want, Something they need, Something to wear, Something to Read
And planning out family, grandparents, neighbor gifts that are thoughtful and
we will be making most of them.

  • We went on walks, bike rides, catch and throw! Love being active with my kids.
  • Food Storage/Emergency Prep- set up a plan for our water, have a 50 gallon water jug for our garage, just need to fill it up with solution and put it on a wooden dolly.
  • Also, getting back into coupons, I have been buying groceries on sale, but want to get back into saving money and building my food storage, so set up a plan for November!
  • I have been running and just completed my 5k last night! Wahoo it was so fun!

I fell really good overall with accomplishing my goals. I didn't do them perfect, but I got thinking about most of them and set up a plan! One thing I didn't do was get on a Whole 30 plan- I did shop and eat healthy foods, but didn't follow the plan exactly.


Now for my November Goals!

I am ready to set me some big goals- I have been a working from home MOM for almost a full YEAR! I signed up to be a Beachbody/Health & Fitness Coach on November 10th 2014 and it has been so awesome helping myself with my goals, but also help and inspire others. This is the best job! As coaches we work from home while taking care of our family, taking care of ourselves- getting in our workout, healthy eating and Personal Development. I have learned so much this year on how to set goals, break them down and ACHIEVE them!

Along with my Coaching/Business Goals,

I of course have set some Personal/Family Goals . . .


 I am going to start stocking up on food storage and the food we eat through couponing more and saving money each month for necessities for Emergency.

I also want to start a scripture reading program/ journaling called 40 day Walk with Christ, I printed it out last year and didn't do it, so it is a goal to complete the full 40 days!

I also want to do better at my meal prep on weekends before the week hits!  I have been slacking a bit lately.

And my plan for Christmas is to figure out what the kids want and need, along with Us, Grandparents, etc. And put together our thoughts and ideas and get started on projects and shopping!

I am excited to stick to my goals and take it a day at a time!

What are your goals for November?

Thanks for checking in,

Melissa

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

{Guest Post- Shambray's Blog} POSITIVE CHANGE

I am excited to have a very inspirational post written by a great Mom I personally know. Shambray has been blogging for over a year now and she is such a great positive person. She is a busy working Mother of two cute baby girls. She blogs at Shambray . . .

http://www.shambray.com/
 
 Here is her post about how to turn your chaos and thoughts into positive thoughts.

This week….well let’s just say it has been a rough one.  My house is a complete disaster, my newborn has been extra fussy, we have Halloween festivities that I might have over-scheduled, I haven’t had a date night with my husband in far too long, work is absolutely crazy, and I am doing all this on little sleep.  AHHHHH!  So I thought to myself, “What can I do to make this week a positive week and not leave me feeling drained and a failure?”
 
I tend to constantly see myself as failing.  I tend to get angry at myself over little things.  Then I take my frustration out on my sweet family.  They don’t deserve that.  So I needed to come up with a solution and I needed to do it fast.
 
Luckily, I have goals this month that can help me do just that.  I have been slacking on my goals this month and I wanted to fix that.  Some of my goals were inspired by a blog post that a contributor of my blog posted at the end of September.  I loved the post so much and wanted to put it into action.  So I incorporated some of the habits from that post into my October goals.
 




Today I will mention two of the five habits that we all should strive to have in our lives.  The first one I need to mention here because it is so important to Melissa and to this blog.  That is exercise.  Exercise can change our attitude completely.  It can help us have more energy and it can help us be more positive.  That is probably because we actually FEEL better.


 
The other habit I wanted to mention is meditation.  On my blog it goes into specifics, but it states that this doesn’t have to be difficult.  Meditation is merely focusing on your breathing.  You do not need to make it more complicated than that.  Honestly, that is complicated enough for me.  My mind tends to wander.  I set a goal to get to 1 minute of meditation a day.  Well I do not think I am going to get to that point.  I am still trying to meditate for 15 seconds without my mind worrying about something or thinking of something else.  Go ahead laugh if you want.  I am trying though and the days I can mediate are better days. 

I want to go back to my question that I asked myself earlier, “What can I do to make this week a positive week and not leave me feeling drained and a failure?”  I am so glad that I recognized my attitude at the beginning of this week and challenged myself to fix the problem before it got out of hand.  I am now seeing positive changes in my week and the week isn’t even over yet.  I hope it continues to get better and better! 

Thanks for your thoughts Shambray about making a positive change. It all comes with the choices we make and the positive thoughts we will have in each moment and turning them into positive actions.  As busy Moms we can make choices each day to better ourselves and each responsibility we have. Because we have a lot of them!

Thanks for checking in,

Melissa

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

70 superfoods in Shakeology & why I drink it everyday!

I have been drinking the meal replacement 

Shakeology

for almost 1 full year.

And I can't even begin to tell you how this has been the 

best I have ever felt!

I can't wait to be pregnant again with drinking this.
It will be SO NICE to have a pregnancy where I feel better than I ever did.
I crave sugar A LOT during all 3 of my pregnancies, so
I am excited to not crave it as much because I will have my Shakeology!

I want to share with you today about some of the ingredients in Shakeology and why I chose this over other meal replacements.

EVERY SINGLE Ingredient is good for you.  
They are superfoods from all over the world that help aid in some many benefits for your Body!

  • I love know that I get in a serving of Veggies everyday from the scoop. It has Spinach, Kale, Moringa, Chlorella, and more. These phytonutrients help support health & vitality.
  • Protein- It has 16 grams in each scoop. Helps to build lean muscle and reduce cravings. Your choice of Whey or just Vegan. The ingredients are chia, flax, Quinoa, Pea. In Vegan you have oat and rice.
  • Fruit/Antioxidant- Camu-Camu, Goji Berry, Vitamins A,C,E- help fight free radical damage and support a healthy immune system.
  • Adaptogen Blend- Ginkgo, Maca & more, help your body to react and respond to the effects of stress.
  • Digestive Enzyme- Pre & Probiotic- Yacon Root, Amylase, Cellulase- Help nutrient absorption and support regularity and healthy digestion.
I drink it every morning, and occasionally for lunch if I felt like something else for breakfast. It is part of my everyday meal plan. It starts my day off right so I feel the benefits of this drink throughout the day!

My kids love the shake and I share with them! Especially my little guy- I love his shakeO mustache!

 I drink Shakeology every day because it is yummy, it gives me the nutrients I need in a day, when it isn't always easy to get in good whole food. Especially on busy days and when something comes up or I am faced with not so healthy foods. It gives me energy to keep going through my day as a Busy Mom and not lack in the afternoon when I used to need a nap with my little guy. I get stuff done! It also helps keep me regular. Ha! That's all we will say about that! And it keeps me from craving lots of junk food/sugar. I have eaten less sugar this past year. It feels great!

I get my Shakeology paid for, learn how you can too! Or how you can get it at a discount!

Thanks for checking in,

Melissa

Friday, October 16, 2015

Coaching Webinar

I was on my first ever Webinar sharing all about coaching last night.

It was awesome! I shared my story of how I got into coaching and how it has kept me accountable to my own health & fitness goals as well as inspire and support others in theirs!


Here is the link f you would like to watch it and learn how you can get fit and earn extra money!
It's pretty awesome!


Have a great day!

Thanks for checking in,

Melissa


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Be Grateful for your Body

Our bodies can do amazing things. 
I am grateful for a body that can move, exercise, take care of my kids, play, clean, cook . . .

Here is a talk by Susan Tanner that I want to share with you to inspire you to realize that your body is a great gift from God.

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2005/10/the-sanctity-of-the-body?lang=eng


"Happiness comes from accepting the bodies we have been given as divine gifts and enhancing our natural attributes, not from remaking our bodies after the image of the world. The Lord wants us to be made over—but in His image, not in the image of the world, by receiving His image in our countenances (see Alma 5:14, 19)."
Be grateful and show God and those around you that your body as well as your mind is a great gift and you will treat it as so.
Thanks for checking in,
Melissa

Monday, October 5, 2015

Benefits of Music & Workout Playlist

Does Music get you moving during your exercise and better focused?

There are many positive benefits of music with health by improving coordination, and athletic performance, and also fights fatigue.


I am sharing some more benefits and how Exercising to music will keep you enjoying it, especially since you will know how music helps you!

I am also sharing 4 more of my favorite songs on my playlist when I workout!

http://www.shambray.com/2015/10/is-there-something-you-are-forgetting.html

Click on Shambray's blog to get to my post!

Shambray



Thanks for checking in,

Melissa

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

October Goals

I can't believe it is October already- can you?!

With school starting, kids activities- WOW- it was time to start thinking about what I want my October to look like and set some goals.

I write down my goals each week of what I want to accomplish during the week,

but I wanted to do better on writing down my monthly goals.

So I am keeping myself accountable on my Blog

and hope to inspire you to write down your goals as well!

Do you like to set goals? weekly/monthly or just whenever you think of it?

Well here are mine:

Family
  • FHE board- who is doing what in our lessons- 
we have started to have our oldest do a lesson once a month

  • Play more games
  • Be Active- clean up yard/rake leaves, play catch/throw

Personal
  • Start a plan for Christmas gifts
  • Run a 5k
  • Complete Whole 30 Challenge

  • Food Storage clean out/Emergency Preparedness- Water!

Business
  • Marketing plan with my brother- email set up

I would love to hear your goals for October!

Thanks for checking in,

Melissa



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

My 21 day fix Extreme Results

This workout program is not for the birds. It is tough! But I enjoyed pushing myself, and doing modifications when I needed to.  The 21 day Fix Extreme workout program is a way to push yourself a little harder in your workouts when you are already working out a couple of times a week and used to exercise.  It is also for those that want to tone and shape their body. Workouts are only 30 minutes too which is awesome!

So my goal was to workout 5 days a week, but I averaged 3-4 days a week and just finished my last day of the 21 day program yesterday!  It worked my upper body, lower body, worked my abs, got my heart rate up with cardio, and I did some pilates and yoga for recovery days. Cuz I sure needed them!

My eating healthy wasn't on point, but I did do my best to plan my meals and snacks. 

I love this program and am happy with my results.


Here were my inches lost in just 21 days!

Arms: total of 1 1/2 inches
Stomach: almost 2 inches
Hips: 2 1/4 inches lost
Thighs: almost 2 inches total

I was most excited about my stomach area, I felt more toned in 21 days of working on my core.
My muscles leaned out and most important- I FEEL STRONGER! And I love the change in my arms too! My shirt I wore didn't feel so tight after the 21 days.

I will definetely be doing this program again soon because it really pushed me to work hard!

Join me in my accountability group to keep yourself motivated and healthy!  I know it sure helps me!

Thanks for checking in,

Melissa

 


Monday, September 21, 2015

Getting started on a workout program


It is hard to get going on your health & fitness when it has been awhile,

heck- even a couple of days missed makes it harder to get motivated.

When you are at the bottom of a HUGE mountain, and you don't know how you are going to climb it by yourself, how do you get yourself to get started? Well- just start walking - RIGHT?



What to do? Where to start? How to begin? These might be questions you are asking yourself.

I wanted to share with you 3 tips on how to get started on a workout program

so you are active most days of the week:

Tip #1

Decide Why it is important for you to get in exercise and then Set your Schedule.

Know what time and what exercise you will be doing. And don't let any excuse stop you.
Remember YOU are important.

Tip #2

Get everything ready the night before. Set out your workout clothes, have your water bottle ready and tell yourself positive thoughts

Tip #3

Be patient with yourself
Know that you aren't going to be perfect, know that you might fail one day, or you might not have the energy- but tell yourself that you are going to get in your workout and Nothing is going to stop you!

I hope these tips helped you!

Thanks for checking in,

Melissa

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Healthy Ranch Dip

I love simple recipes. And I especially love simple recipes that taste good! 

This recipe I am going to share with you today

is a healthy way to dip your VEGGIES!

Yeah!


http://www.shambray.com/2015/09/healthy-ranch-dip-recipe.html



Alright! I am sharing this recipe and an awesome different way to 

use it! Head on over to my good friend

Shambray's blog
Shambray
click here

So excited for you to try it!

Thanks for checking in,

Melissa

Monday, August 31, 2015

My Coach- Janell Youngberg's Success Story

I am very excited to share with you a Success Story from my Personal Coach.

I have know Janell for a long time. She was my Young Women's leader growing up.
We reconnected through facebook just this past year and I started seeing her posts about coaching. I wondered what she was doing as a Personal Trainer and decided to ask her about it.



Here is her story in her own words:

"Being a mom is the best job I could ever have and I truly love it! However, as a wife, a mom of 3 busy kids, I felt that I was meant to help and impact more people on this Earth but didn't know how. Don't get me wrong, I was fulfilled being a mother and as my kids went to school I didn't want to get a job because I wanted to be available to attend their games, their field trips, and be involved in their lives. However, I was getting tired of just going through the daily motions of laundry, cooking, cleaning, rinse and repeat.
Even though my husband has never asked or required me to work, I am very independent and I felt his stress of providing for our family. I also was tired of feeling strapped to a budget, not feeling like I could go buy clothes, or let my kids participate in certain things they wanted, or sometimes I just wanted to give more without being tied to our budget.
I have always felt that I was meant to help and impact more people on this Earth but didn't know how. About 5 years ago, I decided to try online personal training and I hired business coaches and spent thousands of dollars, time, energy, and tons of effort with little success and very little income. There were times that I felt taking time for myself or having big dreams was selfish and I felt defeated. As a personal trainer, I have always felt driven to help others get healthy and fit but it consumed my life designing programs, meal plans, & workout routines and I knew it was not healthy for my family.
I did not lose hope and knew inside that if I kept my family and faith my 1st priority that I would be blessed to find a way to make it all work. In June 2014, I met my coach Shannon Golladay and I decided to join Beachbody. I knew I couldn't ever promote something I didn't believe in, so I first tried their programs and Shakeology and I became a huge believer!

I have always been passionate about health and fitness and fairly fit; however, I've never had ab muscles (that I could see), biceps, or really much muscle definition anywhere on my body, even with all the hard work and I had some cellulite I couldn't get rid of. After having 3 kids, I seriously didn't believe I ever could and just figured it was genetics.
I have always worked out hard and thought I needed to spend hours for great results. The only results I kept getting was injuries and still didn't get the results I really wanted. As a personal trainer I also felt unconfident because I didn't think I had the perfect body, which affected my career.
I am not sharing this to brag, but wanted to tell you what I have experienced in my own health and fitness journey because of Beachbody programs, Shakeology, and becoming a coach. I now spend LESS time working out, I actually have biceps, very little to no cellulite, and the bigger miracle is that I am starting to see my abs for the 1st time ever!
I also started reading personal development, because as a Beachbody coach I was encouraged to do so on a daily basis to work on my mindset. I now feel more confident, and not just because of the physical changes, but mostly because of the mental ones. In the past, I was the shy girl that never wanted to be in pictures (because I wasn't cute enough), and now I am living out loud with purpose to help others and I love it! I love that Beachbody offered me the whole package with workouts, nutrition, and coaching to help me stay on track and get real results!
I am really excited to help others experience the same results like I have or like one of my clients that has lost 70 pounds in 7 months. Your health and fitness journey is your own and it is not about comparing yourself to others, but about becoming YOUR very best SELF!

Now 1 year later, I am a 1 star Diamond, and I get to focus my work time on what I love most, coaching others. In a nut shell, I offer support, motivation, and accountability to help others get results physically and financially! Since then, I have increased my income enough to ease the financial burden on my husband and help pay for extra expenses like cheer, unexpected medical expenses, saving for a family trip to Kauai, HI next summer, and I no longer feel so financially strapped. I am happier and more present for my family and I am fulfilling my dreams in the process. It has been a huge blessing in our lives, in so many aspects, and I am now paying it forward to help others."

I love Janell's story about how she can work less and on her own time, helping others through social media, on the phone and text, having them use Beachbody programs that also help to get results, and she doesn't have to be away from her family.

Thanks for checking in,

Melissa

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Healthy Meal Plans for Busy Moms

I have been creating easy, simple Healthy Meal plans for Busy Families
for 9 months now! This is where my journey began.  It has been a way for me to stay accountable for my own weekly meal planning. It is a great way for any Busy Mom's to use the shopping list, get to the store and come home and prep the meal so you are ready for a busy week.


It has also been a way for me to help my Challengers to get started on their own journey and use my weekly meal plan or recipe/snack ideas from it.

My meal plan is based off of the 21 day fix meal program from Beachbody.
I believe this meal program is such a good tool to getting in the right nutrients that your body needs.

I focus my daily meals on getting in your veggies, protein, healthy grains, fruit, and healthy fats.

I am all about simple recipes, that taste good that the kids will like.
As Busy Moms- we need to have something ready to go during the week so that we can feed our kids fast when they get hungry. And also healthy meals & snacks that are going to keep them from not munching all day long. And ourselves for that matter!

I give my challengers my meal plan for free.

But if you would like to try my meal plan for free you can sign up at my website to get one free healthy meal plan, see how you like it. And if you want to continue, contact me whether you want to continue to get it free or pay monthly for it.

Here is my website to get a week emailed to you first to see how you like it.
http://www.onthegohealthymoms.com

I provide a shopping list, an area of what needs to be prepped before the week starts, and during the middle of the week too!  I also provide healthy meal ideas with the recipe. And easy snack ideas!
I pick ingredients that are on sale so you aren't spending a fortune each week.

click HERE for more details about my meal plans

Let me know how you like it!

Thanks for checking in,

Melissa


Monday, August 17, 2015

Setting a Goal & Keeping with it



My post 2 weeks ago about 
gives you ideas on keeping with a goal. 

It's not just going through the motions that will get you there. Hiccups happen, families need attending to. But if you have a dream of what you want, then you need to know how you are going to get there!

I am guest posting over today at Shambray Blog


Shambray

on how to Set a Goal and how to Keep with it!


http://www.shambray.com/2015/08/setting-goal-keeping-with-it.html
click on the image to get the 4 tips!


I give you 4 tips that will help you to set a BIG goal- something you have been thinking about for some time, and How to stick with it!

Head on over to learn what you can do to get to where you want to be!

Thanks for checking in!

Melissa

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

It takes 21 days and I am on it!

Many of you that have been following my story of my Health & Fitness journey
know that I was able to crush through my plateau and loose 10 pounds within 2 1/2 months.

This was not easy as many of you know it is hard to get past a plateau.

But I was determined to make a change and get results.

More of my story here

Well now I want you to be part of my next journey of loosing my last couple of pounds, shaping and toning my body- but most importantly getting back to some healthy habits because quite frankly, I have been slipping this summer.

I am going to be using the workout 21 day Fix Extreme to help me with this,
along with drinking Shakeology every day which will help me to have the energy I need
as a busy Mom of 3.  It's my healthiest meal of the day and one meal I don't have to worry
about cooking. It fast and convenient to have in the morning and a great way to start my day.


So here is my pictures of me on Day 1 right before I started my workout.

Can't wait to share with you where I will be in 21 days of doing the workouts! I plan to work out 5 days a week. So I will be done with the workouts on Sept. 9 and I will show my progress photos on Monday September 14!

I mentor other women to get started on their fitness journey and earn money while doing it.

Coaching has been a great way for me to bring in extra income, not living paycheck to paycheck anymore and taking my family on vacations which is very important to me to spend time with them!

If you are interested in learning more about what I do contact me.

Thanks for checking in,

Melissa

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Tips on Getting Motivated with Your Health & Fitness

How do you find the motivation to exercise when you just don’t feel like it?  We all have those days where the motivation is just not there. It is really important to keep motivated to reach your goals everyday and the way to do that is to know WHY it is important to you. 

I have a couple other ways to stay motivated below. One very important one is to find an accountability partner. Find someone that you can workout with that will hold you to your goals. 

Another thing I do is to log my workouts- I write down in my planner what workout I did. This way I can look back and see how many times I exercised the last week. I also read books for motivation,  and I reward myself when I reach a goal. It is so important to surround yourself with positive people who are supporting your goal. I like to read blogs from others who are trying to eat clean and lose weight.





So here are some ways to stay motivated below:

1. How you feel after a workout. I always feel great after a good workout. It’s a high. And I let that motivate me the next time:  I am always pumped for the rest of the day and proud that I did something great for myself and setting that example for my family.

2. Time for you. While many people make time to take care of others (kids, spouse, other family, co-workers, boss), they don’t often make time to take care of themselves. Instead, make your “YOU” time a priority, and don’t miss that exercise appointment. 

3. Having fun. Exercise should be fun. If it isn’t, try a different kind of activity that you enjoy. As long as you’re moving, it’s good for you. Don’t feel pressured into doing a certain type of exercise, do what’s right for you and most importantly do what you will stick with. You have to LOVE your workout routine, otherwise it feels like a chore. Exercise shouldn’t feel like a chore it should feel like a reward. And change up your routine so you don't get bored.

4. How you’re going to look. Imagine a healthier, fitter you. Now let that visualization drive you. Another suggestion is to create a dream/inspiration board. Cut out pictures that are motivating to you and put on a poster board and keep in a place that you will be reminded of every day!

5. Blogs. I enjoy reading blogs about people who are into running, or losing weight. It can show the ups and downs they go through, and you can learn from their experiences and create your own experiences. You can even create your own blog to show your journey if you wish.


6. Success stories. I find the success stories of others incredibly inspirational.

7. Rewards. If you reach a goal- give yourself a reward.  Do it often in the beginning. Don’t make it food! I bought myself a new outfit and allowed myself to purchase another exercise program!

8. Fitting into new clothes. Or even just having some of your clothes not as tight is a great start!

9. Being attractive. That’s always a good motivator, as I’m sure we all know.
10. Adrenaline rush. I get a rush when I exercise. Ride that rush to complete the workout.
11. Stress relief. Wound up after a long day at the office? Get out and work off that stress. It makes a world of difference. I know its hard to get yourself to that point but that’s where your accountability partner comes into play. Keep each other in check even when you have a long day!

12. A workout partner. The  support groups on facebook have been the best way for me to accountable.

13. A coach or trainer. Worth the money, just for the motivation. How about FREE, I am a Beachbody Coach and I help motivate people to reach their health and fitness goals. I can also help you with meal planning and staying accountable to your workout plan. 
  
14. Your before picture. You often don’t realize how far you’ve come. Take pictures. I have taken pictures and I hide them on my computer so no one can find them. I always take pictures in a sports bra and shorts and then some with form fitting clothes on. That way you can eventually share some pictures!
 
15. A 5K race or triathlon. Just sign up for one, and you’ll be motivated to train.
16. The dread of feeling “yuck” from not exercising. I hate how I feel after not exercising. So I remind myself of that when I feel tired.
17. Living long enough to see your grandkids … and play with them.
18. Your measurment. It’s not motivating to weigh yourself every day, as your weight fluctuates. But if you weigh yourself once a week, you’ll be motivated to have it keep going down, instead of up. Combine the scale with the measuring tape, and measure your waist.
19. Reaching a goal. Set a goal for weight, or your waist measurement, or a number of days to work out, or a number of miles to run this week. Setting and tracking a goal helps motivate you to complete that goal. Make it easily achievable.
20. Posting it on your facebook page, blog, or other social site. Tell people you’re going to lose weight or exercise daily, and report to them. You’ll make it happen. This is a great way to be motivated and accountable.
21. Motivational quotes. I like to print them out or put them on my computer desktop. You can always take what I’ve posted, print it out or re-post it!
 
22. Others commenting on how good you look. When someone notices the changes in your body, it feels good. And it makes you want to work out more.

23. An upcoming day at the beach, wedding, or a reunion
Other motivational group that I Coach:


Having a plan is very important, and your plan will change at times. Know your goals. Know WHY your health and fitness is important to you. And let that drive you to where you want to feel good and happy.


What are your motivations? Let me know in the comments

Thanks for checking in,

Melissa