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Are you at a point where you want to work out, but you just can’t seem to motivate yourself to get started and make it a part of your lifestyle? Maybe you’re like me and in the past, you were killing it working out at home daily for months and then just fell into a slump and couldn’t find a way out of it.
Now, that I’ve made fitness a part of my lifestyle again AND actually look forward to my workouts at home I thought today would be a good time to share what worked for me in case you need help getting your fitness mojo back to workout at home too.
So, let’s go ahead and jump in.
I Stopped Giving Myself a Start Date and Just Started
Back in January, I wrote about my health-related goals for the year. While, I’m 75% on track with what I started out to do three months ago, setting a start date and even prepping for it ahead of time just didn’t work for me in the fitness department. I was doing yoga consistently and fell out of my routine when things got crazy with work. I kept setting start dates to start exercising again more consistently and it took me until March to get my self back on track.
So, learn from my mistake, don’t give yourself a start date, as when that date comes, you’ll find a way to wiggle out of it. Whether its cramps, being too tired, not being in the mood or whatever…just trust me… more than likely something will happen on your projected start date that prevents you from starting and having to set a new start date.
Instead, just start and forget the date. Once you make it through the first week, you’ll find it easier to fit working out at home into your schedule.
In my case, one day I had a break at work and was caught up with chores and had some free time. I spent that time working out for 15 minutes and felt so much better afterward. Since I had fit it in one day, the next day it was a lot easier to make the time, and it kept going from there.
I Got Serious About Tightening Up My Diet Again
I am a firm believer that you can work out at home successfully all you want, but if you’re not keeping tabs on what you’re eating you’re not going to get the results you want, which also results in you not being able to keep your fitness mojo going for the long term.
While I have been shopping healthy, my water intake has been seriously lacking lately. In fact, to help motivate myself to drink the recommended amount of water I started a challenge with my oldest son. If he drinks more water than me in a day, I owe him $1 ($1’s adds up so that’s a good motivation for me to aim for 5-6 water bottles per day on most days lol).
Plus, I will admit I have ordered out via Door Dash to iHop and Subway more than I’d like to admit these past two months, which isn’t benefiting my fitness goals or my savings goals.
Bottom line, if you want to get your fitness mojo back be ready to change the way you eat AND possibly even track what you’re eating in the beginning as well.
I Hired a Personal Trainer That Is a Good Fit for My Personality
Back during my kickboxing days, there were a handful of instructors where I would make it a point to make it to their classes each week. One of the instructors was offering a deal on his personal training services for the next couple of months and I thought why not.
Over the years I’ve thought about hiring personal trainers AND even went so far as was going to go through with one, which turned out to be a disaster (luckily, I found out before I had actually paid for the month). However, this time I felt good about spending the money to invest in my fitness because I already knew that our personalities were a match AND the deal was just too good to pass up.
Even though I haven’t been able to train with him as much as I like due to my crazy work schedule lately, I don’t even need to do in-person training every day because he does:
- motivational videos
- lists out workouts for each day
- provides guidance
- provides healthy meal plans
- does challenges (April is the AB challenge)
- provides a meal tracker
Basically, he provides me with everything I need to achieve my fitness goals. The only thing that can hold me back is me.
Bottom line, if you’ve written off the idea of a trainer because you can’t find one that is a good fit for your personality, I strongly suggest revisiting the idea. If you have someone in mind who you may have attended their class or just someone you know in general that is all about fitness and you like their results why not reach out to them to see if they offer personal training sessions.
I Made Working Out at Home More Engaging with Gixo
If you’ve seen any of my recent Instagram posts you’ve probably seen me talking about Gixo a lot. This is because their workouts are so engaging. In fact, when I do one of their on-demand classes or live classes it reminds me of why I signed up for I Love Kickboxing because while I am drenched in sweat when the workout is over the time just flies by when I’m working out. Sometimes when the workout is over, I’m thinking, “Wow, I’m tired but it’s over already”?
Do you need something that will make your workouts more engaging and not seem like a chore? If so, I recommend you give Gixo a try. If you use my code “victoriah” you can get a free 7-day trial and 20% off your subscription if you decide to stick around (I’m almost positive you will as their workouts are very addicting and diverse). Click here to get started with Gixo.
Plus, the best part is they have challenges (April is the 5K or 10K challenge) and their challenges payout REAL cash.
I Took a Long Hard Look in The Mirror and At the Scale
These days I honestly try to avoid the mirror as I just don’t like what I see on the scale and in the mirror in general. However, when I was debating about hiring my personal trainer, I took time to take a long hard look at myself in the mirror and honestly, I was disgusted. At that moment, I knew that just being a workaholic and writing in my planner and calendar that I was going to do xyz on xyz date wasn’t going to get me the results that I wanted.
Therefore, if fitness is on your agenda, I challenge you to give yourself a long hard look in your mirror once out of the shower and if you don’t like what you see that will be the motivation you need to get started working out that very day if not the moment after you’re dressed.
I Was Honest with Myself
Have you ever been thinking in your mind, “How did I get here” and start evaluating at which point things started going wrong? This was me one night when I was restless, and I was having a full-blown trip down memory lane trying to figure out how I got to the weight and fitness level that I’m at now.
In high school, I ran track AND even just a year ago I was going to kickboxing classes multiple times per week to stay active.
I’m at the point where I have to avoid wearing 75% of the items in my closet because they just don’t fit the way I would like.
As with my other goals having an honest discussion/reflection with myself helped push me in the right direction of getting back serious about my fitness goals.
I Invested in an Apple Watch
Lastly, I made the decision to invest in an Apple Watch. I’m not sure why this is so far down the list because it was one of the first things that I did – probably the main thing that got me my fitness mojo back to start working out at home again.
Seriously, guys, this watch is amazing – worth every penny in my opinion!
I’m a very competitive person – even with myself – and the watch brings out my competitive side. I’m always trying to close the circles (exercising for at least 30 minutes is one requirement) and you can even compete with friends.
Each week it gives me a recap of my week and if I’m close to closing a circle it will tell me exactly what I can do to get the circle closed. Plus, it’s always nice when it tells me that I’m way ahead on my “Move Goal” for a certain time of the day.
Overall, if you’re competitive an Apple Watch is a great investment to make.
Final Thoughts – If I Can Get My Fitness Mojo Back with a Super Busy Schedule So Can You
It’s no secret that being a work at home mom keeps me super busy. When I’m not working, I’m trying to make Drumline performances for my oldest son or sneak away to see a football game (all three boys are doing spring and fall ball this year).
However, working out at home is something that’s totally doable in anyone’s schedule for at least 15 to 30 minutes per day (or 4-5 times per week).
If you have fitness goals this year that you want to meet it’s not too late. I hope that the tips I’ve shared with you today can help you get your fitness mojo back for working out at home.
Anything I missed? Tell me about it in the comments below.