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How to get motivation and keep it

In two weeks you'll feel it, in four weeks you'll see it, in eight weeks, you'll hear it."

"You won't always be motivated, that's when you have to rely on discipline."

"You'll either experience the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The choice is yours."

"Ask yourself if what you're doing today, is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow."

Advice: When feeling unmotivated, turn to Pinterest, type in motivation and you will get quotes galore. If you read them, really read them, something is bound to inspire you! That's what I do when I'm in a rut. I find a quote that empowers me, I re-evaluate my goals, write them down, say them out loud and take action. In order for you to want to put in the work, you have to find your "reason" or your "purpose." That needs to be clear, to care enough, to make your goals a priority, to put in the work. 

Here are some motivation tips for you:

1. Set your goals, find your why: It's easier to stay motivated when you're working towards something you want to achieve. Figure out what that is, write it down, say it out loud, write them on post-it notes and post them in a visible place like your bathroom so you have to see your goals everyday! Also, find things that interest you within your goals that don't. For example, you might not love working out, however, every completed workout is one more step closer to your overall goal. It's a small sacrifice for a bigger reward! Mindset is EVERYTHING. 

2. Make your goal public: Tell someone about your goal like your partner or best friend, share your goal on social media if you're comfortable with that, blog your goals if you're a writer! You're more bound to put in the work if you have someone holding you accountable. 

3. Use rewards: This does not necessarily mean food rewards, but if you have control, you could set your "treat meal or snack" on a day after all of your healthy eating days/workouts for the week are completed. For me, I typically reward myself with my favorite binge-worthy TV show, meaning if I get all my work done/work towards my goals, I can wind down and relax on the couch!

4. Buddy up: Having a partner system, whether it's in person or on the phone/email, is more motivating because it allows you to hold each other accountable, push each other's limits, be each others motivation when one person is need of an extra push and to bounce clever recipe/workout ideas with each other. Plus, it's just more fun!

Hopefully these tips help you find the motivation you're seeking. Overall, your mindset has to be right. No one else can do that for you, you have to find it within yourself. I always think about how I want to feel. I know when I eat right and work out consistently, I feel the most confident, self satisfied, comfortable in my own skin. So if eating right 5-6 days out of the week and working out 5-6 days a week is what I need to do to get me there, I do it. Nothing ever comes easy, nothing is handed to you. You're going to have to take action, stay consistent, be patient and trust the process, through the ups and downs. You get through those hard times and you will earn that progress and appreciate it that much more! Now go CRUSH those GOALS! I believe in you and I'm cheering for you!

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