I was at the mall trying on some clothes. I tried on a pair of jeans in my usual size…and they did not fit. In fact, I could barely button them. But you know that goes, ladies. I kept on trying, sucking it all in, and was eventually able to button them (long as I held my breath for a few moments). Jeans that would normally look great on me, looked like a complete disaster.
I took a long hard look at myself that day, really opened my eyes. I had love handles and a gut forming. My body looked awkward and bloated. (In the words of my mother: you look pregnant. Thanks, mom.) I did not love my body in that moment. In fact, it felt foreign and strange. How did I get this way?
I Realized I Had Let Myself Go
Instead of taking care of my body and nourishing it, I had been neglecting it. I had been making excuses. I was trapped in a pattern of overeating. I had gained 8 lbs since June, but decided that wasn’t a big deal. I was rationalizing that I was fine and healthy. But in reality, I was not.
I’ll confess: I’ve always been the skinny girl. I could eat anything I wanted and never gain a pound. I’ve never been on a consistent diet or exercise regimen in my entire life.
In that dressing room, however, I had to face the facts. I was no longer a fit 20- something. I was approaching 30 and my metabolism was slowing. Gone were the days of effortless weight loss and eating whatever the heck I wanted without consequence.
For the first time in my life, I had to put the work in. I had to change my lifestyle for the better. I needed to figure out a better way to eat and exercise consistently. It was now or never. I could continue down the path I was on, gain more weight, go up a few sizes, start my journey towards health problems later in life OR I could change my life for the better and start to feel comfortable in my body again.
I decided I was worth it. I started Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide (BBG) and have made it my #1 fitness priority in my life. I also focused on adding more healthy and natural methods to boost my energy levels (instead of caffeine.)
I feel energized again, I am less bloated, I am stronger and happier. I love seeing my body change because of the hard work I’ve put into it! It’s the best feeling in the world.
A lot of girls have asked me how I stayed motivated this time around. What did I do differently?
10 Tips to Stay Motivated With Your Fitness Goals
1.) I made the BBG a priority and fit it into my schedule. In the past, I would attempt to do the BBG after work and it would never get done! I would be exhausted after work and the last thing I wanted was to workout. So this time around, I set my alarm to the wee hour of 5:00 am. I got my butt up every single weekday morning and worked out. (I slept in on the weekends but got my LISS done later in the day.)
Want to know the secret I discovered? The hardest part about getting up to work out in the morning is the actual…getting out of your warm cozy bed part. Once you have that down, the rest falls into place.
I also got a planner and physically penciled in every session, every week. Once I was done with it, I would highlight it as complete. For someone that’s extremely type A, this was very satisfying.
2.) I set my workout clothes out every night: pants, sports bra, tank top, socks & sneakers. This way, I wouldn’t have any excuses once I actually got out of bed.
3.) I set up my BBG workout equipment every night: weights, step stool, jump rope, yoga mat. It was all laid out and ready for me in the morning. No wasting time trying to get organized.
4.) I got support. I joined the amazing #bbgcommunity on Instagram. There were literally thousands of girls doing the BBG and I reached out to some of the ones that inspired me. I also got some of my girlfriends to start the BBG with me. It’s extremely motivating to know that you’re not alone in your fitness journey.
5.) I added more plants and healthy fats to my diet while avoiding foods that made me feel gross. I ate delicious salads, avocados and put dollops of OMGhee on all my favorite foods. The plants gave me amazing energy and the fats helped me stay satiated. I am super sensitive to gluten and grains so I stopped consuming them. And what do you know? I had less bloating and almost no stomach cramps!
6.) I cut my portion sizes. I was eating WAY TOO MUCH! I realized that when I moved in with my fiancé, I started eating the same sized portions as him. For reference, I am barely 5’1 and he’s about 5’11. We should not be eating the same amounts of food. I was overeating to the max!
7.) I took and posted weekly photos to hold me accountable. Believe me, I really didn’t want to post photos of my gut for all of the internet to see. But you know what? It kept me motivated. Seeing those photos kept me going, it made me want to change for the better. Getting positive feedback from other girls doing the BBG, my family and friends also meant the world. I couldn’t’ let them down. More importantly, I didn’t want to let myself down.
8.) I realized that change doesn’t happen overnight…and decided that was okay. In this age of instant gratification, it’s hard to do something day in and day out and not see immediate results. I realized that it took a long time for me to become this way and it’s going to take a while for change to occur.
9.) I decided that the 80/20 rule wasn’t worth it. The 80/20 rule is where you eat clean 80% of the time and have your “treats” and “cheats” 20% of the time. Unfortunately, I can’t control myself when it comes to treats/ cheat meals. I usually end up binging and feel terrible for days. What’s the point of having a treat meal if it makes me feel like crap? I feel better when I eat clean consistently so I decided to stick to it.
10.) I stopped comparing myself to people I’m never going to look like. Let’s face it, I’m never going to have a long torso or legs that go for miles. I’m 5’1, people. So why should I compare myself to models that are 5’11? It’s unrealistic and does more harm than good. Instead, I found real-world inspiration from girls that actually had my body type and were the same height as me.
In the past month, I realized that in order to stay motivated, I have to put in the work. I have to plan ahead and make an effort. I have to rise above those negative thoughts and tell myself that I’m worth it and deserve to feel comfortable in my body. (Because I do!) All in all, it’s been a life-changing month. I can’t wait to see what the next 4 weeks of my fitness journey hold!