My top 5 fitness tips that helped me get out of my fitness rut

Hi Lovelies, This is a post I've been so excited to write. For those that are new to reading my blogs, I am by no means a fitness...

Hi Lovelies,

This is a post I've been so excited to write. For those that are new to reading my blogs, I am by no means a fitness expert, these are just the tips that work for me and how I got back to working out 5 times a week in a short 4 weeks period after over 4 months of zero exercise. 


My In A Rut Story

So, as you know it was 4+ months with zero exercise, after being quite an active person all my life with Irish dancing and gym. It was autumn and cold which is no real excuse I know, but I lost all motivation after returning from a fab holiday in Bali and felt because winter was around the corner and I had no other holidays to get into a bikini for that I didn't feel the need to. Over the weeks I gained a few extra lbs, developed more of an appetite with my growing stomach, was consuming super rich hot foods for lunch and dinner to beat those winter blues and started becoming really lazy and letargic. I didn't want to go out at the weekends when friends were going out, I began feeling really horrible in my own skin and would cover up in baggy loose clothes, but still never got that oomph to get off my ass and get back to the gym, mind you I was still paying $20 every week to my gym! 

Not a day passed that I didn't think about going to the gym though, but still never went! Anyone else think like this? Playing mind games with ourselves!

I basically felt rotten (no other word to describe it)! 

We have all fallen off the health and fitness bandwagon at some point of time (if you haven't well fair dues to you!) - whether you’ve just had a baby, come back from a holiday, you have a very busy/stressful job or you’ve simply lost motivation. It can happen to anyone! We can all get stuck in a rut, and can find it so hard to get out and back to feeling good again. Today I'm here to try and help you with that very same problem I was in up until just 5 weeks ago!

My 5 Top Tips On How To Get Out Of That Rut


1. Buy Some New Workout Clothes and Lay Them Out The Night Before

To help motivate me to get back into it, I find buying a nice new gym training outfit that I want to wear really helps. If you can't afford to buy a whole new outfit even just a new water bottle or earphones can still do the job. 

Prefer to workout early in the morning? Laying out your clothes and having your water bottle ready the night before will really help when that alarm goes off, this worked wonders for me in the summer. If you prefer to workout later after work, take your gym bag with you and go straight after you finish, you are less likely not to go if you go home first to get ready. We all get distracted by whats come in the post or just check that one Facebook comment that turns into an hour and then say f#$k it. Hands up if you're guilty of this one? (my hand is definitely up!) *


2. Tracking Your Goals 

I like to write down everything in my planner for the week ahead, I'll start with my weight on that Monday morning and all the times I plan to work out for each day and have it there that I can tick it off as I go and have a total on the Sunday of how many I achieved. I try to keep it consistent every week or even beat it, but never do less. Its like a little competition with myself and so far 5 weeks in this is working for me. I'm up to working out 5 times a week now from beginning with 2, then 3, then 4, then 5, and aiming for 5 workouts still this week and so far I'm on track. Mind you I haven't lost any weight yet but I know Im doing building muscle, I can see and feel it. I'm also getting fitter and   stronger every week and able for heavier weights, so I am trying not to focus on those scales numbers and focus on just getting those workouts in. Also remember muscle is more dense than fat, so you may be losing inches rather than pounds on the scales when developing more muscle and burning fat.  


3. Plan Your Food With Meal Prep

I like to make a big dish or two on Sundays for the week ahead, so I can have lunches and dinners ready and don't even have to think of cooking after training. I literally swear by meal prepping, and if I don't do it I can get really lazy and make poor food choices when I'm hungry and opt for something quick and easy like take out or tend to be snacking loads while I'm cooking. Also, cooking every night after working a full day and training can be so annoying, and is just another chore. I love to be able to relax after working out and not have to think of cooking mid week. My favourite dishes I like to prep for the week are sweet potato shepards pie or a huge pot of thai red curry. 

It's also good to be stocked up on healthy snacks, I like to bake a batch of healthy treats (so I know exactly whats in them) on a Sunday for the week too so when I crave something sweet I can have that treat and don't have to feel guilty. Two of my favourite treats I love to make (no baking required) are  these Cocoa and Coconut Balls or these Healthy Mars Bars, they are honestly so good! I also just made Coconut Bread for the first time yesterday, and I couldn't stop eating it (recipe coming soon) 


4. Posting on my Blog and Sharing Motivational Quotes

For some this one might not sound like such a good tip, but for me its very important and works for me. By posting these fitness and motivational blog posts knowing that I can have an influence on someone by what I say/do, and sharing my journey with you daily on snapchat (@jenuineblogger) makes me accountable for my actions, so if I talk about something, I sure as hell will make sure I make it happen.
I also like to put motivational quotes on my computer desktop or share on my social media. I have even in the past printed out a throwback bikini pic of how I would like to look again and put it on my fridge before a holiday as a reminder anytime I would reach for something naughty and surprisingly it has worked.


5. Buddy Up and Challenge Yourself

Take a challenge, even better do it with a friend. I am starting an 8 week define challenge with my friend and F45 on Monday, you can read more about F45 here. I'm pretty excited for it now that I've been working out for a few weeks and got my fitness levels back up. As part of this challenge we will be having a full body scan before and after as well as in the middle of the challenge to monitor progress on our body fat, muscle mass density etc, but the best thing of all, having someone to do it with, and who has similar goals is really going to help motivate and push you through it and vice versa you will be able to push them through too.


I do really hope by sharing my fitness tips with you, I can help and motivation you to do the same and help motivate others. I can guarantee you will feel amazing for it! If you found this post helpful, please share the love for your friends to read too on your social media.
As always, if you have any questions, leave a comment below and I will get back to you :)

Lots of Love

Jen 

xoxox


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  1. This sure came at the right time for me! Several months ago I was having no problem working out 4-5 times a week, but now I'm lucky to workout once a week. :( Over the last 2-3 weeks I've started laying out my clothes the night before and keeping an iced waterbottle in the fridge...both of which have really helped! Definitely bookmarking these tips for future reference! :)

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    1. Hi Krista, so happy my tips have helped you :) The hardest part really is finding the motivation and actually getting to a gym. Once a week is better than zero, and you're onto the right track. I try never miss a Monday as it really throws me for the week if I start off on a bad foot.

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