"I don’t stay ‘on track’ all the time because my life doesn’t have a track."
Blog Takeover // Meg Brown // Founder: Weight Loss Rebels
I get asked a lot how I stay motivated or ‘on track’. The answer? I don’t. I don’t stay ‘on track’ all the time because my life doesn’t have a track. Well it does, but it resembles a roller coaster more than the straight and narrow. If you’re a mom you know what I’m talking about, our survival is based on our ability to roll with the punches and keep it together when the small people in our lives are flinging it apart. Even if you aren’t a mom chances are you’re busy with work and family and things are constantly thrown your way.
Despite the ebb and flow of life, I do somehow manage to eek out regular workouts and squeeze out a bit of fat loss when I want to. Here’s how it goes down:
Keep food simple.I can’t emphasize this enough. You don’t need to meal prep for 14 hours or spend a fortune on groceries, just keep easy, satisfying things close at hand. My go-to foods are pre cut and washed vegetables, cheese strings, nuts, beef jerky, tuna, and frozen vegetables.
Eat protein at every meal.Protein fills you up and keeps you going. It isn’t hard to get it in at every meal without giving it too much thought. Eggs for breakfast, chicken for lunch, kidney beans at dinner. Or beef, or turkey, or whatever you like.
Be adaptable.If your plan was to workout after breakfast and your kid won’t go down for a nap or you got called in for a meeting, change your plan instead of letting go of your workout. Move your exercise to the evening or put the kiddo in the stroller and hit the road. Don’t let obstacles turn into roadblocks, move around them.
Don’t overcomplicate exercise.You don’t need a 6 day per week bodybuilding split to feel great and get great results. Carve out 30 mins per day 3-4 days per week and find an activity that you enjoy. Use a fitness app, watch a Youtube video, go for a walk, or pop in a DVD. Keep it fast and basic and at a difficulty level that’s challenging without leaving you completely exhausted. You shouldn’t dread exercise.
Sleep. Yeah right. But seriously. It’s important.Look, I know that when your kids are finally in bed you just want to park your ass in front of Netflix with some wine and chill out until midnight. I know that if you have a presentation at work tomorrow you’re making a pot of coffee and cranking it out after dinner. I get it, but here’s the thing; if you aren’t sleeping enough your body is stressed out, and stress is the antithesis of fat loss. Instead of staying up until the wee hours of the morning, set a bedtime that’s reasonable and stick to it. Do a little reading, watch a show, get your workout in, but go the hell to bed at a decent time. Your energy levels will thank you.
It’s totally possible to accomplish fitness goals with crazy schedules, but it requires some fluidity and a little extra resolve to do so. Some days it won’t happen and THAT’S OK, because as mothers and partners and employees our job is already hard enough without beating ourselves up in the process. Be kind to YOU and remember that your goals and your health are just as important as everything else you’ve got going on, more important in fact.
Make yourself a priority, keep it simple, and hang in there. Don’t expect perfection and you won’t be disappointed.
Blog Takeover By Meg Brown | Founder of Fit Bitch & Weight Loss Rebels
Meg Brown is a certified personal trainer, mother of two, business owner, motivational speaker, and fitness enthusiast. Since finally beating the battle of the bulge after having her son in 2010, Meg has developed a passion for fitness and has turned it into a full time career. Through a voracious appetite for knowledge, Meg developed the Weight Loss Rebels program using sound nutritional advice, science, personal and professional experience. She has taken the most effective principles for fat loss and combined them into an easy to follow program that has been bringing outstanding results to members since the day it launched.
Photo Credit: Derek Heisler