Guest Post: Staying Motivated to Work Out with Sara Upton

Staying Motivated to Work Out

With Guest Blogger: Sara Upton

For the past few years now, I’ve been trying to lose weight. And you know what I’ve found? It’s really hard. I wish it was difficult just for me, but I know this isn’t the case. I’ve spoken to plenty of people who also struggle to shed the pounds. Especially since, in the society we live in, there are countless advertisements for junk food bombarding us every day–messages goading us to ignore healthy foods in favor of a treat or for the sake of convenience.

If avoiding the fatty foods wasn’t a big enough problem, there’s the fact that regular exercise has to be part of the plan when it comes to getting slim. And it’s the exercise part that I find the hardest to maintain. I can refuse to eat fast food or keep candy around my house. I can avoid cooking with a deep fryer and drink water instead of soda. But it’s establishing and a maintaining a regular workout routine that has posed the greatest challenge for me. What it comes down to really isn’t so much a problem with getting active–it’s finding the motivation to maintain an exercise plan.

I’ve gotten a lot better at staying motivated in recent months, so it’s not as big of a problem as it used to be (though it is still bothersome). I thought I’d share some tips I’ve learned in overcoming motivational hurdles, in hopes that you’ll be able to use this information in your own journey of living a healthier life.

Join a gym.

Ever since I joined my gym, I’ve found it easier to work out regularly. There’s something about exercising around other people–even if I’m not in a class–that makes my workouts better. I also like the various pieces of equipment in gyms, so my visits can have some variation. Some gyms throughout America include Gold’s Gym and 24 Hour Fitness.

Get the right tools.

One tool I personally use is a sleep and activity tracker by Jawbone called UP. According to Verizon Wireless, “Users barely remember they have it on while the smart accessory tracks their daily activities, providing data to help them set and achieve fitness goals.” So if you want to see how much you’re sleeping or view how far you’ve walked throughout the day, this could be a good tool for you.

Have a vision statement.

What are the one or two primary reasons why you want to lose weight? Maybe it’s so you can have the energy to play with your grandkids one day. Maybe it’s so you can be fit enough to run a marathon. Or maybe you just want to feel better in your everyday routine. Whatever your reason, write it down and put it in a place where you can see it every day. I’ve found this helps me stay focused and disciplined.

Exercise with a friend.

Having a friend come along with me when I go for a run or head to the gym makes the experience much better. Plus, I have someone to hold me accountable when I start to sway from my focus. I’ve found exercising with a friend also helps them to stay motivated in their workout routine, too.

These are a few ways I stay motivated, and I wish I could say it’s always a breeze to get up and go work out. I have found, however, that following these tips makes it easier to get in shape.

Keepin’ It Healthy While You Travel…Featuring a Guest Article!

So, I have been babbling for months about all my upcoming travel plans. As I have been struggling to maintain my weight in the post-op stage (walking ONLY for 6 weeks or more, each time! AHHH!), it has become clear to me that hitting the road next week, and heading to Hawaii in October,  I am going to need a SERIOUS plan of attack for my vacation fantasies to play out accordingly…without picking up any formerly lost weight! I haven’t thought about it enough lately, but I was so glad when fellow blogger, Cole Millen, reached out to me with an article that I thought would be awesome for SeeSondraSlim readers to check out. Whether you are post Weight Loss Surgery (WLS), or just trying to keep it low-cal, these tips can help anyone keep it healthy during a vacation!

“Smart Ways to Stay Fit on Vacation?”

You probably worked hard to get in good shape before your vacation. However, many people wind up breaking their diets and ruining all of their hard-earned progress when they’re away. This doesn’t have to happen to you. Sticking to a healthy lifestyle while on vacation doesn’t have to ruin your fun, either. Here are some smart tips to stay healthy while you’re away.

 Flying

Airports can be smorgasbord of unhealthy temptations. To prevent yourself from giving in, fill up on a healthy meal before you arrive. If you wind up getting stuck at the airport while hungry, put in the effort to search out healthy snacks such as fruit, vegetables, or fiber bars. If you want to get in some exercise, try lifting your heavy luggage up the stairs instead of using an escalator.

At Your Hotel

The best way to stay healthy at your hotel is to seek out one that is friendly to the needs of the health-conscious visitor. There are many hotels with this type of customer in mind. Look up reviews online and find a place that serves healthy food. I personally use Gogobot to determine information regarding hotels. I used the site for my latest trip and was able to filter reviews for some of the top hotels in Las Vegas regarding a number of different aspects. You should also find a hotel that has a good gym. Vacation doesn’t mean that you have to break your healthy workout habits.

Even at a healthy hotel, it is still possible to cheat on your diet. You should refuse the key to the mini-bar so that you can avoid giving in to any late-night temptations. You might also want a way to prepare your own meals. A crock-pot is a safe, portable solution that you can use to prepare healthy, delicious meals on the go.

Finding a Healthy Restaurant

Resorts tend to be awash with all-you-can-eat buffets. It’s best that you avoid these as even if you intend to stay within reason, many people find it hard to stop once they’ve already begun to pig out. You also want to avoid of the popular chain restaurants, as you’re likely to get thousands of calories just from one plate. Seafood restaurants tend to be a safe bet. Be sure to check out a restaurant’s menu if it’s available online so that you know what you’re getting into before you arrive.

At the Restaurant

Just about every restaurant has a mix of healthy and unhealthy foods. It’s important to know which foods you should stick to. In general, shy away from any foods that are labeled as fried, battered or breaded. You want to look for foods that are grilled, roasted, steamed or broiled. You can also usually replace your carb-heavy side dishes with healthy steamed vegetables. Even if the menu doesn’t say it, it doesn’t hurt to ask.

After working hard all year, a vacation is a well-deserved way to let loose. However, letting loose doesn’t mean that you have to abandon all of the healthy habits that you’ve worked so hard to develop. With some careful planning and will power, you can have fun on vacation and stay healthy.

Cole Millen, is an avid traveler and foodie who never forgets that life’s best memories are made through real life apprehension of legitimate “experiences.” Follow his blog at Cole’s Mill.

I want to thank Cole, again, for his contribution, and I hope that all of you got as much out of the article as I did. That’s the great thing about being  girl….I was just telling my friend Jenna about my taking a large tote bag as a “purse” on the airlines. I do this partially to smuggle snacks…and I am SO excited to get my newest BuluBox goodies (hopefully this week!), so I can have some extra protein samples and bars to take in my bag for trips!

If you haven’t yet, make sure that you use my personal Brand Ambassador promo code and get your FREE BuluBox of goodies! You can use the same code for 50% off a subscription of 3, 6, or 12 months too! The code is “BULUGAN342” and the discount will be applied immediately at checkout! By using my promo code, you get more support for SeeSondraSlim…and I truly appreciate the love! I am trying to build an empire here! 🙂

That’s all for now, but stay tuned for tomorrow’s post with a recipe for my Pesto and Sundried Tomato Green Beans! Using some fresh green beans from the farmers market, homemade pesto, and olive oil from my olive oil club….they are delicious alone, or as a simple, yet rustic side dish!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO