It would be amazing if improving your body and your lifestyle were as easy as following a recipe. Start with a healthy diet, add in a great workout plan, then combine consistency, accountability, and boom. You’re set! Unfortunately, even having the right elements doesn’t always lead to success. The right ingredients are important, obstacles like mental roadblocks can sap your motivation + derail your best efforts. So, let’s revamp the recipe with these 4 tips for breaking through your mental plateau!
1. Find Your Why
From the MAWC main stage to Instagram quotes, we’ve heard this piece of advice a thousand times: you have to find your why!
Your why can be anything, as long as it’s important to you. Maybe you want a healthier lifestyle to be active enough to keep up with your kids, or maybe you just want to improve your quality of life and feel like the very best version of you every day. No matter what it is, there’s one key point to keep in mind:
Your why is about you, not others’ opinions of you!
Your why gives you focus and the determination to prioritize your own goals, regardless of what others think. Odds are, they’re focused on themselves rather than putting your needs first.
So, when you’re dreading that workout or finding yourself coming up with excuses to stray, focus on what caused you to commit to #FindYourFit in the first place to overcome the urge to fall back into old, bad habits.
2. Re-Establish Your Plan
When many of us create a plan, it lacks a concrete goal. We fall into the trap of approaching lifestyle changes with generalities such as:
- “I’m going to lose some weight.”
- “I’m going to start being active.”
- “I’m going to cut back on sugar.”
These unclarified goals are too hazy, leaving wiggle room which isn’t helpful when you’re trying to stay on track! The solution? Write down your goals in the form of a SMART goal:
By specifying that you want to “cut back to 10 grams of added sugar per day”, “go to the gym for 30 minutes 4 times per week”, or “be able to run 3 miles in 25 minutes by July”, you reduce your chances of failure. A plan with defined, clear steps is a plan designed for success!
3. Take Your Time
Often times, people jump in headfirst without really knowing what they’re doing. Especially when it comes to exercise, this can lead to exhaustion, injury, and regaining the weight that you worked so hard to lose! Lifestyle changes are a marathon, not a sprint. It’s much healthier to spend the first weeks or two allowing yourself to make small changes to your diet and fitness routine. This gives your body and brain time to adjust and can keep you from feeling overwhelmed! Try some of the following ideas:
- Replacing one soda per day with a sparkling water
- Substituting a TLS Shake for your nighttime snack
- Replacing one serving of carbohydrates with one serving of veggies at dinner
- Beginning a walk-run program rather than trying to spring 3 miles
These approaches are not only going to give you time to adjust, but you’ll gain a better understanding of how your body is feeling, too!
4. Progress, Not Perfection
When you hit a roadblock, it’s easy to want to throw in the towel because you messed up once. You may think you need to be the perfect size (heads up, that doesn’t exist!), or that your sisters birthday cupcake made you fall off the wagon for good. The truth is, this approach can lead to your downfall.
Here’s the thing: You don’t need to be perfect to improve yourself.
Success is built in habits, so focus on sustainable lfiestyle changes that you can maintain over time. Small changes applied consistently make the biggest impact and set you up for a transformation without the added stress!
What are your tips for pushing through a mental roadblock?
Tell us in the comments below!