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How to Stay Motivated to be Healthy When You Love to Eat But Hate Working Out

How to Stay Motivated to be Healthy When You Love to Eat But Hate Working Out


This post goes out to all the people out there that love to eat but don’t necessarily love working out.

As someone who blogs heavily about food I’m often blessed with lavish meals during media events at some of the finest establishments the city has to offer. For any food lover, like myself, this is a dream come true.

But over time I started to feel badly about myself. Now it had nothing to do with looks or weight. In fact, I often have people asking me how I manage to eat so much but still maintain an average frame and with a BMI of 20 I’m smack dab in the middle of the healthy range. Despite looking healthy in person and on paper I didn’t feel good. In fact I felt horrible. I felt sluggish and tired all the time and I frequently got colds. Deep down inside I knew it was because of all the excessive eating from events relating to blogging.

Now don’t get me wrong I’m fully aware that there are people in the world that are starving and this is clearly a first world problem, but the fact of the matter is overeating on a regular basis is just as detrimental to your health as not having enough to eat is. So as cliché as it is I resolved that this year was the year I was going to be healthier and maintain balance. Because I was just plain tired of feeling tired all the time.

Now if you’ve ever scrolled through my Instagram feed you’ll see that I’m far from the type of person that eats kale at every meal. I do however think it’s possible to maintain a balance without going completely off the rails at either end of the spectrum. You won’t find recipes or diet plans here (there are much more qualified people than me for that). Rather you’ll find strategies that I’ve found helpful to keeping myself healthier that you may or may not find useful as well

Neo Coffee Bar: Matcha + Rosemary Cheddar Croissant
You can be healthy and still have a croissant every now and then. Really it’s ok.

Find An Activity and Give it at Least 30 Days

Try out a lot of different activities and try them out in different settings. Think you hate running? Running in a gym on a treadmill is vastly different that running outdoors. Even when running outdoors running in a city setting can be greatly different than running along a scenic hiking trail or along the water shoreline. And give it at least 30 days before you throw in the towel. It’s going to completely suck at first because you’re not used to it but as time goes on you’ll find that it will start to grow on you, and if it doesn’t then move on to the next activity until you find one that you love. Or at least one that doesn’t make you want to kill yourself.

 

Be Completely Honest With Yourself

Because being a fitness buff doesn’t exactly come to me naturally I knew I would have to do something that would force me to get moving. In my case I decided on group classes. They’re definitely pricier than a gym membership, or just running by myself outdoors, but the fact of the matter is I knew that if I was left to my own devices I would slack off. If I was “working out” at a gym by myself I’d spend the entire time riding on a machine at a leisurely pace while surfing the web and checking my social media accounts. Being in a group class forces me to actually work since there’s an instructor telling you what you’re supposed to be doing. Plus looking at your phone would definitely be frowned upon and result in major stink eye from everyone in the class. Yup, nothing like public humiliation to keep me moving. I admit it and own it and have decided to use it in my favour to force myself to workout. In addition, if I didn’t show up for the classes I had signed up for it means I would have to pay a penalty fee, which gave me even more reason to show up in the first place.

So find out what will get you going and stick with it.

 

Eliminate Excuses

If you hate working out to begin with you will subconsciously (or consciously) think of reasons why you can’t go. Eliminate those reasons beforehand.

When I first started on my journey I tried all sorts of group classes across the city. Some really amazing ones weren’t exactly convenient for me to get to though. Now don’t get me wrong, I adore the places that I currently frequent but proximity and ease of me to get to these places definitely plays a huge role. The easier it is for you to do and get to your chosen workout of choice the more likely you are to stick with it. So while you may love the svelte new studio clear cut across the city or the that special hiking trail 45 minutes north, save it for the times when you actually have more time to make the trek and find something that can offer you the same or similar experience closer to you. That way you have no reason to not go.

Likewise, do the complete opposite for my next strategy….

Make Temptations as Inconvenient as Possible

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Make your weaknesses inconvenient

Everyone has that one weakness that they succumb to every time. For me, it’s Cheetos. Yup, those neon orange sticks of addiction. I could crush a Costco sized bag of them like it ain’t nobody’s business. Now like I said, I completely believe in balance so there’s nothing wrong with indulging every now and then, but if you’re doing it every night (or more than what you would ideally like) then it becomes a problem. My solution to the Cheeto problem is to just not buy them.  If they weren’t readily available to me I was less likely to eat them. Do I still crave them? Of course. Was I about to leave my Netflix marathon at 10pm to haul ass to the store to get them? Nine times out of ten the answer was a resounding HELL NO.

Find out what will make your weaknesses completely inconvenient to you and make it so.

 

Invest in Some Proper Attire

Say what? You want me to spend more money on workout clothes?! Ok, as someone who didn’t love working out the last thing I wanted to do was spend money on an activity I wasn’t enthused about. I mean, I already dropped some good cash on those group classes. But hear me out on why I think it’s worth it (even though it meant giving up stiletto and mimosa funds):

  • It will make working out a more pleasant experience. When I first started working out I would wear old baggy sweats, and while you can certainly do so I found it wasn’t ideal. If you’re truly working out you’re going to perspire in buckets and those old baggy sweats of mine would get sopping wet. Buying proper workout attire made for your chosen activity is actually built to keep you cool and to wick away moisture. In turn it just makes the whole workout process just a better one. And the more pleasant your experience the more likely you are to stick with it.
  • You don’t necessarily have to spend as much money as you might think. Yes, there’s the big name fitness brands out there, but so many companies these days have expanded into active wear and at much lower price points. I found some great workout clothing at Old Navy and Joe Fresh as an example (and no I was not paid to say that nor did they give me free workout clothes) and at a lower price than some of the bigger fitness names out there. If you shop around you’re sure to find something that fits your price point and budget. And if you’re reading this you’re probably not an Olympic athlete so you don’t necessarily need to drop big bucks on top of the line stuff anyways, just something that gets the job done.
  • You’ll feel better. It’s embarrassing for me to admit but working out in my old baggy high school gym clothes made me feel self conscious amongst the ripped fitness buffs in their cute sneakers and sports gear. As a fully grown adult stuff like this shouldn’t phase me (or you), but if having some cute workout clothes makes you feel less self conscious and helps you to keep going then there’s nothing wrong with that as far as I’m concerned.
  • Once you make the initial investment your workout clothes are likely to last you quite awhile as long as you take care of them and are following the instructions in the washing labels.
  • Let’s face it, there are much worse things for you to spend money on than your health.
Invest in some Workout Clothes

Find People that Inspire You

To a certain degree blogging and social media (but mostly my eternal love of pastries) got me into some unhealthy habits so why not use it to get me into some better ones? I started to follow some great health and fitness bloggers to give me inspiration and ideas on how I can make some positive changes. Now I’m not saying you need to shadow these fitness gods step for step in every aspect, but if you’re able to find people that inspire you and incorporate even a few of their tips into your life you’re already better off than when you started. Plus they do all the legwork for you in terms of what’s good and all you have to do is pick and choose which parts will work for you.

Here are some fitness and health bloggers I personally find inspirational that you might enjoy as well:

Marlie (aka @kale_and_krunches) is someone I met on a media trip earlier this year in NYC. She always has a smile on her face and what I love most about her blog is that she gives simple and easy tips on how to live a healthier lifestyle. Whether it’s through a quick healthy recipe or new fitness class to check out she makes it all seem approachable and achievable (even for an amateur like me). She also radiates so much positive and upbeat energy you can’t help but just feed off of it.

  • Jordana (aka @ihartnutrition) is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and if you ask me personally a complete wizard when it comes to healthy recipes. Check out her PB2 Peanut Butter Collagen cups or Tomato Kale Lentil Soup recipes and you’ll be hooked. Most importantly though she’s all about being healthy, not dieting so you know you’ll get something that is actually nourishing you.
  • Nick (aka @inspiredbynick) is the ultimate king of the smoothie bowls. Not only are they good for you, they taste amazing and look stunning. You’ll feel like you’re on a tropical vacation after trying one of them. And who wouldn’t want to feel like they’re on a exotic vacation daily? His Banana Raspberry + Dragonfruit Smoothie Bowl recipe tops my list as a breakfast go-to. You’ll also want to read his inspirational post on how he lost 100lbs, trust me it’s doozy (but in a good way of course). If you don’t feel inspired after reading that post then you’re obviously dead inside and don’t need to worry about your health anyways. Kidding (sort of).
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    You Might Actually Start to Like It

    Overtime my distaste for working out and eating healthier has lessened. I’ve actually gotten to the point where I look forward to those workouts because I just plain feel better. As someone who loves bacon and ice cream I can honestly say that everything people say about feeling better is actually true (who would have thought?). While going for a hard and sweaty workout might never be the same as getting a Swedish massage at the spa it is completely necessary. I now liken it to that of brushing my teeth. If I stopped I would survive but things would definitely start to get real nasty real fast.

     

     

    2 comments

    • Sabrina Stavenjord

      October 26, 2017

      Hello, I am also an excessive eater that is often tired and lazy but can’t stop and won’t stop eating. How I am not 300 lbs.. I’ll never know. I love that you wake up early and you work out everyday. It’s one of the things I admire about you!! While I probably won’t join you at Soulcycle… I promise to stop making excuses and start an activity and give it a chance for at least 30 days. If I don’t, I will bake for you… everyday.

      x Sabrina
      http://mymiaou.com

      • allons.y

        October 28, 2017

        Hey babe! I feel you…..wanting to work out is something that is not natural for me either! I honestly believe it’s just a matter of finding the right activity since everyone is different. I’m still looking forward to those baked goodies though xoxo

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