REgear your new year

Using ‘whatcha’ got By
by Erika D White, Fitness Motivator & Creator of Fitzone

Erika White
Erika White










When the letters “R” and “E” are combined, they become two of the most powerful letters in the alphabet. Once molded together, they form the prefix “re” which changes the meaning of any word it attaches to. “RE” acts as a breath of fresh air to terms such as rethink, reinvigorate, refresh. These words give us the courage to try again, the confidence to go back and do better, and the will power to never give up. I want to help you renew your goals this year and move into a mindset that will remove your doubts and reflect on where you have been. Begin this year with a renewed sense of power using all things “re.” Rethink and renew your results in a way that will outlast the calendar this year with my four simple tips.

Redirect your focus
The longer you spend focused on the scale, your diet, your consistency, or even your thighs, the more those thoughts will begin to dominate your feelings of confidence and motivation. Redirect your thoughts into something productive. Get up and get moving! Redirect your focus to the gym, the park, or even walking at your favorite mall. Use this time as your personal getaway and to focus on releasing positive energy.

Rediscover your motivation
Everyone starts with it, but few of us actually end up keeping it. Somewhere between getting started and achieving a goal, we can find ourselves in a valley of doubt and lose sight of why we even started. This is when you have to stop and think back to how you felt after that first walk around the block; or when you finally walked the stairs at work without losing your breath; or how good it felt when you weighed yourself after that first week. Now, jot down all those feelings you experienced when you started. What was the reason you started this goal of changing your lifestyle? Why is it still important to you? The only difference between those who reach their goals and those who don’t is staying motivated. Post your affirmations in a place where you can see them daily and reaffirm your goal!

Reconnect with a buddy
Working out can be tedious, so switch up your routine and add a workout partner to help push past your plateau. Variety is the spice of life and rediscovering your motivation also means that you have changed in the process. Therefore, you may also need to change the way you go after your goal by adding a few key motivators that can help you get it back on track. Look at your goal as a journey and a chance for exploration. Schedule your workouts with a partner, and keep in mind that life happens; that means showing up even if one of you cannot make it and also holding each other accountable. A workout partner acknowledges your efforts and can also make the fitness journey far more exciting and fulfilling by taking the journey with you. (HINT: It is also a good idea to have more than one workout buddy.)

Refocus on your accomplishments
The easiest way to get rid of frustration and gain motivation is to find something worth training for. A good way to stay on track is to take pictures of yourself during your journey. Take front pics, back pics, side pics, close ups and selfies. Every month take those poses in the same clothes and check your progress. When you hit the point of frustration, refocus on what you have accomplished. You see yourself daily and it is hard to notice the changes your body is making. Refocus on how you feel and how you are changing instead of what the scale says … and remember, a picture can speak a thousand words.

This year, you will achieve all your goals when you begin with a renewed mindset. Physical activity and healthy eating won’t change you unless it is combined with the positivity that can only come from within. So, restart, retry, fall and get up with the power of RE This year can be a rediscovery of yourself that will lead to an overall healthier you … which can be very REwarding.

Erika D. White is a certified fitness professional that believes in building strong, healthy, ageless men and women.
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