Staying Motivated In The Winter Months

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Winter. The cold, dark mornings, the rainy days, the brisk icy air. All of these things make it a lot harder to stay committed to gym plans. If you have been struggling to stay motivated during the colder months, here are some tips and tricks to remember that will help you keep on track.

1. Summer bodies Are made in the Winter

It may be cold right now but in a few short months the jumpers, scarves and jeans will become redundant and it’ll be all about bikinis and board shorts. When that first warm day hits, wouldn’t you rather reveal the bangin’ beach bod you’ve been training tirelessly for, rather than some extra winter layers? Put the hard work in now and you’ll be set for the summer sun as soon as it comes out to play.

2. Buddy Up

Having an exercise buddy is one of the best ways to stay motivated on your health and fitness journey. Plan your workouts together, arrange to meet at the gym, keep each other in the loop and boost each other up. Having someone else to check in with every now and then, especially when temptations are rife, keeps you accountable. Not to mention, if you plan to meet your friend at the gym you are less likely to bail because you won’t just be letting yourself down anymore, but your gym buddy too. Plus working out with a friend is always more fun!

3. Set Goals

Setting goals is so important. When you have something specific to work towards you’ll have more motivation to achieve it! Start with small achievable goals first and gradually build on them as you reach a new milestone. With each little win you’ll be even more pumped to keep up the hard work.

4. Reward yourself with Incentives

Woke up at 5:00am to exercise 3 times this week? Didn’t skip a single workout? Stayed committed to your clean eating? Well done! You deserve to be congratulated. Yes, your transformed fitness is reward enough, but sometimes having little incentives can help boost that motivation just that little extra. Put $1 in a jar every time you workout, get a new PB or drop a kg and in no time you’ll have enough money to treat yourself to some new workout clothes, a well-deserved massage or that little something you’ve been eyeing off at the shops for a while. Just don’t reward yourself with food (your not a dog).

5. Before and After Pictures

Another way to remain accountable and track your progress is with before, (during) and after photographs. Whenever you need a little reminder why you started or feel like all the effort you are putting in is going to waste, take a look back at those ‘before’ pics to compare your progress. Sometimes the scales won’t budge but change is happening! You just need to see it to be believe it. Also take note of how your clothes start fitting you differently.

6. Prioritise Your Priorities

Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now. Always think back to why you started and what your goals are. When your alarm goes off at 5:00am on a cold rainy morning, the lure of your warm bed may be more inviting, but just think ‘does the short term satisfaction out way the long term satisfaction’? 30 minutes extra sleep, or dream body? Weigh it up.

7. Get Organised

Fail to prepare, prepare the fail. Being well prepared and organised can make all the difference between succeeding and failing. Book your gym sessions in advance, meal prep at the beginning of the week, lay your gym clothes out the night before an early training session and schedule your workouts in to your diary.

Now, if that doesn’t help kick start the motivation during the winter months, I don’t know what will. Always remember, the only workout you’ll ever regret, is the one that you didn’t do.

Love Eloise xx

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How To Save Time And Money In The Kitchen

Always scrambling to get dinner done at the last minute?  Blowing the budget on groceries each week? These clever tips will have you sorted:

  1. Use pre-made shopping lists. Make up a printed shopping list of the things you always buy at each grocery shop. Print out multiple copies and stick them on your fridge. Have everyone in your household tick when items are getting low or have run out. By the time your next shop comes around your shopping list has been done for you.
  2. Write up meal plans for the week. Aim to use the most perishable items at the beginning of the week and the longer lasting ones toward the end. For example, use up lettuce and spinach at the beginning of the week and broccoli and the end.
  3. Aim to buy in bulk. Meats can be frozen and, if you do you meals plans well, veggies wont go off. Buying in bulk will save you time because your not having to head to the shops to restock so often.Fresh assorted vegetables in boxes on farmer's market
  4. Prep your foods. Pre-cut broccoli and cauliflower in florets and store in tupperware ready to use. Cook a big batch of brown rice and dig in for the rest of the week.  Keep boiled eggs in the fridge for on-the-go snacks. You get the idea.
  5. Make lunch the night before.  This is a no-brainer because you will be saving so much money at the local lunch bar. The 10 minute your save yourself in the morning can mean a little extra morning meditation in bed.packed lunch
  6. Soup is your savour. Make up a big batch each week. Pack it full of vegies, anything you have spare will do. Add different herbs and spices each week so you don’t get bored. While you may not want to eat soup everyday, you will be grateful that it’s there when you just can’t be bothered cooking but don’t want to miss out on your healthy hit of vitamins. If you don’t have time to eat it all before it goes off, freeze it in batched for later.asp soup
  7. Cut the Crap. Say no to pre-packaged stuff masquerading at food. The perception that fresh food is an expensive option is wrong. A perfect example is your afternoon snack. A chocolate bar will cost about $2.50, will leave you unsatisfied and hitting a sugar slump in half an hour. A banana however, will cost about 50c is a far better energy option to keep you going through your 3.30-itis.
  8. Cook up big and save the leftovers. Left over roast meat is great in wraps, salads and omelettes. Left over roast vegies can be pureed up and added to other sauces and dishes later for an added vitamin boost. A bit of  leftover roast pumpkin, pureed up and added to a spag-bol is a tasty way to hide extra veggies from the kids too. veg on wood
  9. Buy in season. Your food will be way fresher and cheaper. Not to mention the quality will be better is you purchase in season produce.

Love Jess x

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