Everyone has those days when we get frustrated or feel like giving up. It’s a normal feeling. But how you choose to handle those feelings, whether it is letting them win or overcoming them. We all have different fitness goals and it’s easy to get frustrated along the way. Here are a few ways to avoid getting frustrated along the way.
- Have a sustainable nutrition plan:
Many people get on diet plans, cleanses, pills, shakes and things that are not close to reality. Do not start a plan that you cannot sustain because the moment you end that plan and go back to what is sustainable you will gain the weight back plus some interest. Do not cut out foods completely especially things you love, moderation is the key. You can eat whatever you want but in moderation.
- Realize that everyone is on their own journey:
Do not compare yourself to others; the only person you need to compete with is yourself. By comparing yourself to others, you do not see the behind the scenes, you do not see how many hours they put into their results and then you decide to give up. Some people spend hours and hours in the gym each day and you may only have 45 minutes to spare. You are most likely not going to get the exact results in the same amount of time
- Have fun:
Whatever you do, you need to have fun doing it. Do you love running, start running, love dancing? Take up Zumba classes. Whatever it is, find what makes you happy and what will keep you motivated. This will help you stay motivated and committed to reach your goals.
Note: It will also be advisable to try new things and diversify because your body is very smart and could get used to it
- Yes you won’t always feel like putting in the work:
You would not always be all hyped up to workout. Some days, you will rather remain under the blanket or sit on the couch. Other days, you may not even feel like eating right or doing portion control. Some days you would much rather eat whatever looks best on the restaurant menu. All of these are normal and would happen
- You do not need to over train:
You do not need to spend hours in the gym to get results. Listen to your body when you need to. if you dedicate a full 45 minutes in the gym instead of spending half the time talking, or reading a book, getting distracted by your phone or taking selfies (lol i do this once in a while), you will get quality workout in that little time.
- Giving up often:
If you do not want to keep restarting then stop giving up. Consistency is key to success. Everytime you give up or quit and then decide to go back, you most often have to start over which is usually hard cause you have lost some muscle strength. For instance if running, you won’t be able to immediately go back to maybe the 13miles you used to run or if you used to lift weights, you may not be able to go back to the exact weight you stopped at.
- Beating yourself up
Do not beat yourself up just because you skipped a few workouts or you ate a little too much. Dust yourself up and move on. Whenever you fall down in your journey, pick yourself up immediately. Do not say because you messed up two days therefore you will mess up the rest of the week. It doesn’t work that way
- Workout plans:
You do not need to follow whatever plan you found online or through a friend, it may not be the right fit for you or your goals. If serious about your results, start slowly, research on fitness plans or consult a trainer to get you started. Jumping into the wrong plan could discourage you fast. You may be required to do a particular exercise and your body isn’t strong enough to perform, some people move forward while trying to get stronger while some give up thinking they can never achieve it.