We had our New Year’s resolutions but as January has been gone, we don’t feel the ‘new leaf’ motivation boost anymore. We’re closer and closer to giving up regular workout sessions and diet. It’s not easy to persevere on the healthy track. Here’s top 5 gloomy thoughts that usually come to our minds with the end of January and several ideas on how to combat them.

1. “At first I felt enthusiastic but now I’m getting tired and demotivated…”

Definitely a gloomy thought number one. There are several ways you may try to fight it. First, you may get a grip on yourself and keep going. The problem with this one is that it’s easier said than done. Instead, you may try to think of why your motivation decreased:

  • Re-evaluate your goals – stop for a while and think why you are really doing all this.
  • Make sure you really like the activities you’re doing – maybe the gym is not you pair of shoes, think of something else you could do to stay active.
  • Try to find someone or something who would help you stay on the right track – it may be a personal trainer, a training partner, a new training plan, a different goal, or a challenge.

2. “I followed my diet at the beginning, but now I don’t follow all the restrictions…”

Re-evaluate your diet plan – maybe you cut too much in the first place. Too excessive restrictions may demotivate you very efficiently. But now focus on what can actually motivate you I diet: new, great recipes!

The problem with most diets is that you succeed if you DON’T do something (or more specifically, if you don’t eat something). That’s a very specific kind of a challenge – requires lots and lots of strong will (or rather, ‘strong won’t’: I won’t add sugar to my tea/coffee, I won’t eat after 6 P.M., I won’t…).

Find something you can DO being on a diet: try to find a recipe for a healthier version a your favourite dishes, try some new things that you’ve never eaten or cooked before. Check out Eatingwell.com for starters.

3. “The gym was awesome for a couple of weeks, but now I’m bored with the routine…”

Your routine is a month old now, so it has it’s right to have become a little bit boring already. Think of adding some new exercises. Upgrade your workout plan. Start tracking progress if you haven’t been doing that before – as you see some improvement in your speed, strength, endurance, flexibility, and so on, motivation will come back.

Set some goals within the workout – exercising for the sake of exercising is great, but working out to learn something new is way more motivating. I love gymnastics, so I can recommend you hanstands, bridges, splits. But you can set similar goals in:

  • running: run some distance without stopping, beat your time records, etc.;
  • jumping rope: learn the double-unders, beat your records in the number of jumps without stopping or numbers of jumps per minute;
  • yoga: learning new poses; improving your flexibility.
  • and any other type of workout you do.

If it’s getting boring, don’t be afraid to make some changes or try some new activity. No one says you have to go to the gym, you have to run, you have to do aerobics. The new is always more interesting.

4. “I’ve been working out the whole month, but still don’t see any results…”

A month is long and short – don’t frustrate if you don’t see expected results. Especially if you aimed strictly at visible results. Reconsider your expectations. Track your progress. Even if you don’t see much difference when you look in a mirror or look at the numbers on a scale, there are still many numbers which can be tracked. The numbers that may have changed over the month without your awareness.

Do some test for endurance, strength, speed and repeat the tests every month to see how your shape improves. The visual changes will come if you’ll keep working out regularly.

5. “I was supposed to feel better living healthy, but I really miss my old habits…”

Changing your habits is the hardest part of a healthy lifestyle. No one ever said it’ll be easy. But as you try the new diet and workout challenges I mentioned above, you’re likely to set your mind on something else than your former habits. Stop longing for the things you used to do – crave for new challenges. Look for your own better ways.

About Cathy Patalas

The sports soul and the alleged specialist in words of 52Challenges.com. The main 52C Blog writer. A diligent student at the English Department of the University of Wroclaw, majoring in applied linguistics. An ex-acrobat and aerobic gymnast with the 13-year long experience in „training for winning”. A multiple medallist of Poland nationals in acrobatic gymnastics, and academic nationals in aerobic gymnastics. A fan of gymnastics of every existing type. Personally, finds making everyday choices in a healthy lifestyle even more demanding a challenge than making everyday sacrifices in the athlete’s lifestyle.