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Top Ten Ways to Get Your Groove Back

Hi guys! I just got back to DC last night so I’m sharing a guest post from Katie, an awesome, high energy weight watcher who I’ve become friends with over the last year or so through our blogs, though we’ve never met in person. She is very inspirational, having lost 50 pounds through Weight Watchers, and always has great ideas and tips to share. I’ll be back tomorrow with an Indianapolis recap, but I’ll just say I can make use of a lot of the tips below. Without further ado… here’s Katie!

Hey Beth’s Journey readers! This is Katie, a fellow Weight Watchers alumni guest blogging for Beth while she is super busy! You can regularly catch me over at www.keepingupwithkatie.com but today I am excited to hopefully inspire you on your healthiness journey.

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If you’re anything like me, often you go through slumps where you feel like you have no motivation at all to make healthy choices. While these are only natural, they can be saboteurs if you let the slumps overtake the habits you worked so hard to instill. Here are my top 10 ways to get your groove back during a rut!

1. Try a new food/recipe. Nothing is more boring than eating the same things day in and day out. Spice up your routine with something new, fresh, and healthy to ignite your flame. Healthy eating DOES NOT have to be boring. Check out some of Beth’s recipes, especially her Stromboli which I can testify is amazing!

2. Try a new activity. Doing the same exercise is monotonous. Break up the cycle with something fun and new! Recently, I’ve been swimming in addition to running and it makes me enjoy working out so much more because I know I’m not doing the same thing every day.

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3. Buy a new workout outfit. I always workout better if I think I look cute. Chances are, it’s 100% mental…but that’s ok. If you feel good about yourself, you will want to invest time to make yourself feel healthy.

4. Plan rewards. Set goals at the beginning of the week or month and plan a reward for yourself if you meet those goals. Maybe you need a new pedicure or a bathing suit to show off your hard work. Or maybe you just want a milkshake… That’s ok, as long as you don’t reward yourself every day.

5. Utilize a buddy system. Knowing that you have a friend who is counting on you to hold up your end of the bargain, buddying up with a friend for exercise can hold you accountable to your goals.

6. Along the same lines, make a public declaration. If you have a blog, let your readers know your goals and you will feel more inclined to meet them. Similarly, tell your family and friends your goals so that they will support you and hold you accountable.

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7. Imagine who you want to be. Visualize the person you WANT to be and imagine the actions that you will have to take to be that person. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve already gotten.” –Anthony Robbins

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8. Put up motivational quotes. On your fridge, on your mirror, in your car. Always constantly be surrounded by uplifting messages to help you be strong in your journey.

9. Set goals. Working towards and achieving a goal is not only rewarding but fuels further goal setting. Having a goal makes you feel driven and gives you opportunities to feel proud of yourself.

10. If nothing else, fake it until you make it. Hopefully, by now, you will have found some sort of tip to get you out of the whole you’ve been wallowing in. If not, buck up and just go through the motions. Sooner or later, you will get your groove back without having wasted days, weeks, or months destroying any success you’ve already created.

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Thanks Beth for letting me take over your blog for a post! Hope you guys found your flame ignited and ready to burst. You can do anything you set your heart to, always remember that!!!

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Thanks so much Katie for this post! I completely agree with a lot of these points – especially trying a new recipe or kind of fruit and veggie, AND the work out clothes thing. Anytime I pick up new clothes for working out I actually get excited to wear them and try them out, making it much easier to get out the door for a workout.

What’s your favorite way to kick start your motivation when you’re in a healthy living slump?

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19 Responses

  1. Great post. I already read Katie’s blog. I’ve definitely been into trying new foods/recipes lately. My goal is one new recipe a week. This really helps because I tend to eat the exact same thing all the time. I also think buying a new workout outfit or gadget can be motivational. (Although it only works until the newness wears off.) And I also agree that sometimes you just have to fake it till you make it. That’s where I am today.

  2. I definitely do the “try a new activity” — for me when I’m active, the eating well part kind of follows along with that — I also make sure to stock up on fruits and veggies. If I have healthy food in the house, I eat it!

  3. Great post. I think these tips could help a lot of people. New recipes and new workouts are the best way to keep me motivated!

  4. I’m in a post-vacation slump, so these tips are great! Thanks Katie and Beth for the helpful post.

    I agree with buying new workout clothes. I always feel better if I know I look somewhat decent in my gear. However, I also get a ton of motivation by going “shopping” in my closet. Trying on those jeans that are a tad too snug and seeing them start to fit a little better is the best!

  5. I definitely agree with the trying new recipes thing. This might sound cheesy, but I also try to remind myself why I really want to be healthy/active in the first place. One day I want to have a family and I want to set a good example for my future kids. (I also want to have a healthy body going into starting a family.) For me, it’s easy to lose motivation if it’s just “I want to look good this summer” or “..for such-and-such event.” Making it a more meaningful goal definitely helps to keep me motivated.

  6. My favorite things to do is TRY SOMETHING NEW! Whether it be a new fitness class.. a new strength training routine.. a new running route. Anything! I can relate to everything Katie has said.. and love it all!

  7. Great ways to motivate oneself. Never give up on yourself, tomorrow has gone and will never come back, but today is here and the next day is coming. Look ahead and set some goals. Beth- like you always say, set small goals for yourself and you will manage them more easily.

  8. I especially agree with the “fake it till you make it!” It’s really more of a mental game than anything else.

  9. Kind of along the lines of fake it til you make it, but usually if I’m feeling unmotivated I suck it up and just do it. Then when I am done I remember how GOOD I feel after and it usually helps me get back on track.

  10. Wow, this post sure hits home today! I’ve been going into a deep slump lately & have been trying to get out of it. I’m already working on the new recipes a week as a part of a challenge I’m in.

  11. I love to sign up for a race!!! That helps my motivation!

  12. This is a great post! Thanks for sharing.

  13. I love your suggestions!! I liked that you recommended shaking it up! Escape the routine- by trying a new recipe, a new activity, or rewarding yourself with something special. Thanks for the great advice -it is great encouragement!

  14. Thanks for the guest post opportunity! You are a real inspiration to others so I feel honored to have an outlet to speak on your blog 🙂

  15. Great post! Just what i needed!

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