What to Do When You Want to Give Up
What to Do When You Want to Give Up
Perhaps you've just finished your first month of the 12-Week Challenge. Perhaps you've started a workout program on your own for the first time. Perhaps you've hit a roadblock and are too tired or busy to continue. First of all, DON'T QUIT. Here are some of my personal tips on how I kept going when I wanted to give up after my 16th week of the Bikini Body Guide:
Look for Inspiration
Remember what got you started in the first place! For me, it was stumbling upon a huge #BBG and #BBGProgress community on Instagram. I looked at photo after photo of so many women (and men!) who were dedicated to changing their lives for the better. I wanted so much to be a part of it. Throughout my 12 weeks, I would always look at fitness feeds. I began following fitness people on Instagram for the first time. They kept me motivated! And I'm not going to lie, after week 16, I thought, "Meh I'm tired of this. What is the point?" BUT I found new people to follow whose lifestyles were not only fitness, but a healthy balance of mental and physical health. I even went to Reddit's r/xxfitness subreddit and read personal stories and wins for the week. It was another fresh look at the fitness community I had wanted to be a part of. I thought of them every time I was in the gym, and pretty soon it became more than just getting through a challenge for a limited number of weeks. It became a lifestyle!
Pick Up Where You Left Off
When I first started BBG, I had plenty of excuses to stop. I had a vacation in the middle of my 12-week program. But I came back and started right back where I left off. Everyone is busy, and no one will blame you for missing a day, two days or even a week! As long as you don't give up completely, you WILL make progress. I've had surgeries and tattooing sessions that have left me unable to work out for almost a month at a time, multiple times. I was feeling sad and irritated because I thought I would lose all of my progress... but the fact is, I didn't. I'm in an even better position than I was before my breaks because I picked up my gym habits again. Consistency is truly the key, and you will always make progress if you don't stop!
Buy New Gym Gear
Okay, this one sounds so materialistic... but you have to admit, new leggings or sports bras can make you WANT to get into the gym so you can work out in them! For me, it was also getting a new fitness tracker, such as a heart rate monitor or fitness watch. It made me want to get into the gym to see what my heart rate would read. Then I would want to keep improving on that every week. Of course, the fad CAN wear off, but I also think it's a way to keep you going and learn something new (like how hard you are pushing yourself). The more times you go to the gym to test yourself, the more accustomed to going you are; you’re creating a habit in a fun way. I also try new exercises to see how they will affect my heart rate and calories burned! This also lead to trying new fitness classes (like cycling, barre, or HIIT bootcamps) and adding more to my gym routine. Sometimes, gear is a good investment that can lead to something more than just having a fancy new fitness tracker!
Get a Workout Partner
I’ve been lucky enough to share my workout journey with a number of different workout partners over the years.I've learned that even though workout partners come and go, mixing up who you work out with actually keeps things more interesting because not everyone is into the same exercise and it is a great opportunity to challenge yourself and try something that might be a little out of your comfort zone. My workout partners have all loved different forms of exercise from running, yoga, lifting or various fitness classes. Not everyone's schedule will align with yours, but having someone to be accountable to will really push you harder, or at least get you to do something active. Sometimes you will want to work out alone; but when you're feeling demotivated, you can then ask someone to take a class with you or go to the gym with you, and it's another reason to keep going. If you're trying to build a habit of staying active, that one extra session is a step towards making it a routine!
I've had my fair share of days where I wanted to give up because I didn't think fitness could become a habit for me. However, I found inspiration in others, and yes, sometimes in material things, but finally, fitness became a habit. I still have my lazy days (even up to a week at a time) where I am just too tired or busy to work out, but it doesn't make me a quitter. Don't think you're giving up if you take a break. Breaks are NOT a bad thing at all! Once you're done resting and have found your inspiration again, just jump back into it! Another day at the gym is another step towards a healthy lifestyle.