My Top 5 Tips For Staying Motivated & 3 Breakfast Recipes

Motivation post

How To Stay Motivated – My Top 5 Tips & Some Secret Recipes

1. Know your reason.

What is the reason you are getting fit & healthy? What is the reason why you’re revising really hard? What is the reason why you are determined to stay positive every day? What is the reason why you want to be grateful every single day? What is the reason as to why you want to battle a fear this year?

Once you know the reason as to why you want to do something, you are half way there. Make a mental note & a physical note. – My goal is to get fit and healthy this year and ‘feel’ the best I have ever felt, mentally and physically. My reason to do this is to appreciate my body, challenge myself and experiment with different foods . I believe that life is too short to waste time and we should appreciate our health and enhance it as much as we can at every available opportunity.

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Make a note on your phone of why you want to achieve your goals (phone wallpaper perhaps?) leave a note in your diary every day. Frame a specific quote that relates to your goal for a constant reminder as to why you are doing it.

2. Start your day well – wake up, work out, re-feed and refresh yourself.

 I love starting my day with a good breakfast and sometimes a workout. Getting up and doing some exercise automatically wakes you up and gets you ready for the day, going for a 10-minute walk, doing an online workout or even heading to the gym. But before all of this you need to re-feed your body with the correct foods, your body has been starved of food & liquids all night so its time to get some nutrients in you – here are my favourite three breakfast ideas. Once I have had breakfast I get ready for the day, splash water in my face, shower, I stay hydrated with water & I plan a to-do list for the day.

Smoothie bowl recipe No. 1 – Green Goodness

– 1 frozen banana
– 1 generous handful of spinach (get the greens in!)
– 1 handful of frozen berries
– A generous serving of almond milk or your alternative
– Top the rest of the cup up with water & blend

Toppings
– My homemade chocolate granola, the recipe is live on my blog!
– Fresh berries & lots of nuts

 

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Smoothie bowl recipe No. 2 – Oh So Berry Nice 

– 1 frozen banana
– 1 tsp of cacao powder and 1tsp of peanut butter
– 2 handfuls of frozen berries
– A generous serving of almond milk or your alternative

– Top the rest of the cup up with water & blend

Toppings
– My homemade chocolate granola, the recipe is live on my blog!
– Fresh berries & lots of nuts

 

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Porridge!

Top your normal porridge with lots of yummy goodness. Including nut butter, frozen berries and nuts. Check out my previous blog post here 

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Eggs & Avocado Jessica’s way

  • X2 eggs
  • A mixture of toppings fried in coconut oil – I chose tomato, spinach, mushroom and cheese
  • A pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper
  • Mix everything together in a pan and serve with a side of avocado smashed on top of Ryvita crisp breads. Delish!

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3. Set small achievable goals, as well as long-term goals – small achievable goals, could be (examples)

  • I am going to learn how to do 10 push ups within the next month.
  • I am going to incorporate more vegetables into my lunch time meal, within two weeks.
  • I am going to make sure I eat food as soon as I wake up, a piece of fruit, a savoury breakfast or porridge – starting from tomorrow.
  • I am going to read my book every single evening and detox from the Internet as from 6pm onwards – I have two weeks to do this.

Setting small achievable goals creates a realistic outlook on getting started, it is also a satisfying feeling to tick off the tasks that have been achieved. This goes for any to-do list, which you create every day, ticking off, is very pleasing to the mind.

Long term goals could be (examples) 

  • I am going to work hard at university and graduate, no matter what grade I receive I will be happy that I worked hard.
  • I am going to get fit this year, training three times a week (no matter what) & keeping active.
  • I am going to be grateful for everything I have every single day.

Long term goals are something to work towards! They are the light at the end of the tunnel. The small goals are just these large goals broken down into small chunks of positivity, making you have faith and showing yourself you can get fit, you can revise for that exam and you can be positive.

4. Treat yourself! You are amazing. 

When you have achieved your goals reward yourself with that new top you wanted, plan yourself a ‘pamper night’ and get face masks, run a bath and enjoy a warming cup of tea, take the evening off and go for a long walk and enjoy some good food. All these things won’t stop you from achieving your goals; they will help the journey become that little bit easier. Treating yourself when you have achieved your goals will prove to you that you are capable of doing great things.

5. The feel good factorwith specific reference to getting fit & healthy.

How will you know how it feels like to be fit & healthy if you haven’t stayed determined to meet your goals?

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From my own experience keeping up with staying healthy and fit has made a huge impact on my life. I have energy, my skin has cleared up, I feel happier and I no longer feel bloated and sluggish. I am not strict in terms of balance, I like to enjoy the foods I love and I make sure to stay active – this doesn’t mean training in the gym seven days a week. Getting active can include – taking the dog for a walk, walking to the shops or taking the stairs instead of the lift. Incorporate small changes first.

Eating good food that is full of nutrients is something I have incorporated in small amounts slowly, starting with my breakfast & choosing healthier options. This has then progressed to four healthier meals a day and healthier options for snacks too. I eat chocolate, ice cream, pizza, chips, doughnuts the lot! It helps me have balance and makes me happy. Life is too short to be unhappy. It’s a lifestyle change, not a three-week, unrealistic diet. Changing your lifestyle and being wise about the choices you make, will result in an amazing outcome, trust me.

I hope you loved this week’s post! The past few days have been mentally and physically draining for myself so reading over these motivational tips has helped me stay on track, I hope it has the same effect on you.

As always I hope you have a lovely week!

 “When something challenges you don’t give up, use it as motivation to work harder.”

Work hard, stay humble and always be positive no matter how hard things get.

Jessica, x

 

 

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