3 Ways to Get Motivated for the Gym- Without Actually Going to the Gym

Can I get really real with you guys for a sec? I honestly don’t like working out. Not in the traditional sense at least. Big shock, I know, since I’m soOoOo tiny and whatnot!!! But forreal, there’s very little about that act of exercising that appeals to me. Yeah, I know it keeps you from having clogged arteries at the age of 37 or whatever, but I just really don’t love the idea of sweating profusely and barely being able to breathe for an hour and a half if nobody is chasing after me with a knife, ya feel? I’m just saying, I’d prefer to live in a world where I can simultaneously never go for a run again in my life, while also being able to consume 3,000 calories a day and also looking like Kate Upton.

Sadly, scientists have yet to discover a pill that eliminates the destruction that the calories in my blueberry muffin from Starbucks causes (side note: it’s 380 for that f*cking “reduced fat” muffin, never ordering one again.. ), so here I am. Planning yet another workout plan for me to drop the next 10lbs. To be completely honest + transparent with you guys, I have always had self-esteem and body issues. It wasn’t until August 2015 that I decided to start getting healthier and actually sticking to it. The thing you should know about me is that I can never diet + exercise for longer than a few months at a time. I’m more of a lose, then maintain, then lose more kinda girl. From August-October 2015, I lost 30lbs. I put probably 10 or so back or during the winter and then started a new job. This job freaking KILLED me man. I literally didn’t eat lunch for 3 months and was running around like a crazy person, so those 10lbs came off by themselves, along with an extra 5 or so. And I maintained for a while. And then my office decided they would create a weight watchers group and pay for it if we went to 9 out of 12 sessions. So I joined. From August- October of 2016, I lost another 30lbs. And the compliments came pouring it- people couldn’t say enough nice things to me. It’s addicting, let me tell you! Motivating for sure. I was going to the gym almost every single day, being super careful about what I was eating, and I was happy.

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But as always, life gets in the way, and you adjust. So for the past 5 months or so, I’ve just been working on maintaining + not gaining anything back. Work has been stressful, I’ve put in more effort to spend time with friends, and I have a boyfriend who I need to make time for too. Some of my personal needs get lost in the shuffle. So I ask you – Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by other people’s schedules!! Errrrbody should be putting their hands up on that one. Now put your hands way the f*ck down, because we’re done making excuses. From this point forward, you and me, we’re going to make the time + effort for ourselves that we deserve! As much as I freaking despise the thought of it, I actually don’t hate the gym so much once I’m actually there. I typically make peace with it by the time I’m 5-10 minutes into my hour-long cardio workout. Actually, it’s kinda nice being able to catch up on all the Bravo! drama – those housewives are like crack to me. Side note- comment below with your favorite show to watch during your cardio workouts! I’m in the market for a new series 🙂

Here are my top 3 tips to getting motivated:

1) Get a good night’s sleep

Yeah I know, you’ve been hearing since the dawn of time that you should be getting 8 hours of sleep a night. I can practically see your eyeballs rolling to the back of your head as you read that. But it’s actually doable. I used to go to bed at no earlier than like, 12:30 am bc tbh, prime Bumble trolling doesn’t start until at LEAST 11:00pm. Then I started dating my boyfriend who is like a 95 year old man and goes to bed at 9:30 the latest most nights, and I got super bored watching the 8th season of friends for the 23rd time, so I started going to bed around 10:30 or 11:00. It actually makes a difference, I swear!! I started waking up before my alarm. The first few times it happened, I immediately bolted out of my bed and tripped over one of my 35 throw pillows I threw on the ground because I thought I was running late. NAY. I was ahead of schedule. Since then, it’s been a whole lot easier to make some time to go to the gym in the AM. I actually kinda like it. The only downside is that for some reason, I’m super emotional in the morning so this one time I was on the treadmill and a commercial for a lacrosse team in Harlem for underprivileged kids came on and I actually started crying. Sorry I’m not sorry that I have feelings, bye.

2) Stay hydrated

I am the WORST at this. I can legit sit at my desk all day and not eat or drink anything for 8 hours because I’m so zoned in (side note: why am I not like 110 lbs LOL fml). And I love water! I just need to force myself to remember because it I don’t, I wind up feeling sluggish and having a headache and make excuses for not working out. NO MORE. TriCoastal designs sent me this super cute water bottle that I carry with me legit everywhere. It’s adorable and inspiring (stop judging me), and I make a point to drink three full bottles of water from it a day. It keeps my mind working right and I end up feeling a lot better and ready to sweat when I’m not depriving myself of the most basic necessity my body needs to function.

 

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3) Pick out cute workout clothes

There’s never been a day in the history of my life when I’ve turned down the opportunity to shop, and shopping for workout clothes is no exception. It’s a huge motivator for me because helloooo, look good/feel good, ya know? You don’t have to shop at crazy-expensive brand name stores to get the cute stuff either. Some of my favorite pieces are from Target and Forever 21 bc let’s be real, I’m 24 and I work in an industry where I’m on a Natty-light type of budget, even when I’d rather be on one that supports a champagne lifestyle #goals. (Side note: Forever 21 did NOT sponsor this post. I actually just really like their workout attire. You can find links to all items pictures at the bottom of this page.)

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So, my friends, here we are. I’ve imparted my wisdom unto you, and you must now get your lazy butt up from the couch and slide on into your bed and get some sleep bc RULE #1 = GET SLEEP, DUH. While you’re at it, go chug a cold glass of H2O, and also order some cute new sports bras. Do yourself a favor and spring for the 2-day shipping so you don’t lose your motivation while you wait for UPS to take its sweet time getting you your package. And stay tuned because I have a gym motivation playlist coming your way in the next few days that’s going to rock your world harder than the moment you found out Ben + Jen were calling it quits (still sad about it). TTYL!


Where to Buy:

Black Forever 21 Sports Bra – $14.90

Pink + White Forever 21 Tank – $17.90

Forever 21 Mesh Panel Leggings – $22.90

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