When it comes to making new healthy habits, most often the hardest part of following through is getting started. If you’re not used to it, just the thought of working out or meal planning can be exhausting. What has helped me get up and at it when I wasn’t feeling particularly motivated was planning ahead, anticipating my needs, and staying organized.
I’m not a fan of depravation of any kind. If I need a lazy day — I’m taking one! If I want to destroy a bag of chips — consider them gone! It’s all about living a balanced life. That said, on most days I make choices that are good for my body from the inside out. It’s not always easy, but it makes me feel better in the long run.
If you have motivating advice for Audrey, Nikaila, or Angela, please share in the comments!
My name is Audrey Williams. I am 15 years old. I really want to start a healthy life style but it is really hard for me to get motivated. It is always so easy to grab a candy bar or chips, when I get the munchies, and before I know it the whole bag of chips has been devoured. I would also like to start a regular routine of going to the gym but after a long day of school work it is a struggle to get myself going. I was wondering if you have any advice on how to get motivated to actually start on this course of being healthy? Thank you for all of your inspirational thoughts.
I hear you on those chips and candy bars! The best solution I’ve found to stay healthy when it comes to snacking is to have smart options on hand, at all times. I always keep an emergency protein bar (one with high protein, low sugar) in my bag just in case I’m in a pinch. To avoid that pinch, I keep my fridge stocked with options I like and pre-packaged snacks I can grab and go.
Try pre-portioning out your snacks in plastic baggies or small containers so they’re available when you’re needing a little something and easy to toss in your bag on your way out the door. Some of my favorites include:
• 4 cut celery sticks filled with 2 tablespoons of almond or peanut butter
• 1 sliced apple sprinkled with cinnamon
• 2 hard boiled eggs sprinkled with paprika or pepper
• ¾ a cup of shelled edamame
Just remember, you got this!
My name is Nikaila and I like to work out once I get started. But my trouble is getting started! What can I do to get motivated? How do you motivate yourself? And I am running out of workouts to do. It seems like I am always running. Do you have any favorite workouts that you would recommend to me? Thanks!
I agree — getting started is always the hardest part! I try to get my workouts in first thing in the morning so there’s no excuse or lack of motivation later in the day. If running is getting boring to you, definitely mix things up. It shouldn’t feel like a chore! You should enjoy getting your sweat on. Look for exciting squat challenges on Instagram or videos on youtube. There are many awesome ways to mix it up right at your fingertips!
Let me know if you find a workout you love!
My name is Angela and I’m 19; sorry if this email is not written in perfect English but I’m Italian! I really love your blog because is so fresh, positive and different that makes me want to live better! But I have a problem: I’m LAZY! I want to try, do and learn so amazing different things but When I’m on the point to do them I just lay on my bed and turn on my phone…I’m terrible. Most of the time my laziness prevails on everything and it doesn’t allow me to take enough care of me and of my body (cause I’m a girl and I dream a toned body and eat healthy). How can I fight my laziness, be more active and stay motivated?
Thank you for your time!
Rise and shine! You already know you’re being lazy so instead of accepting this behavior, do something about it. You’ll feel incredible and empowered once you get up and going.
Starting today, I am challenging you to go for a 30-minute walk every day for one week. The first three walks can be leisurely and at your own pace, but on day four it’s time to punch things up. Put on some fast tunes and power walk your way through your neighborhood.
On week two, I want you to do 45 minutes of power walking every day for seven days.
From there, find an active activity you enjoy and do it at least twice a week. Hiking, dance class, yoga — anything that gets you moving and toning.
Come on, you got this!