10 Tips on How to Stay Motivated to go to the Gym 2 0

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We are halfway through the year and I just wanted to ask you, how well are you doing on your new years resolution? One of my new years resolution is to go to the gym consistently. I will be honest and say that I’ve had to recommit to this resolution twice already. So how do you keep yourself motivated to go to the gym and keep at it? Here’s 10 tips to help you keep at it!

10 Tips on How to Stay Motivated to go to the Gym

  1. Set an appointment – Like you would a doctor’s or dentist appointment, set a time and be there! Make it part of your daily routine by arranging your schedule to have that 30 minutes or hour break to go to the gym.
  2. Have an accountability partner – A friend who you report to everyday and be accountable to about your gym commitments. Make sure it’s someone you will be honest with. When choosing an accountability partner, make sure it’s someone that will hold you to the standard that you need to be. This person needs to be able to confront you when you screw up and encourage you to do what you need to do.
  3. Have a gym partner – A gym partner can help keep you going to the gym. Make it like a date, an important business meeting you cannot miss. Your gym partner doesn’t have to be perfect, just someone to motivate you to go and vice versa.
  4. Sign up for classes – change up the daily routine and sign up for a fun fitness class. Often times gyms have free classes for their members to join. It can be anything from yoga to zumba. It’ll help to try something new and different.
  5. Get a personal trainer – they also have great advice on how to stay motivated. Plus, I to think of having to meet with a personal trainer like it’s an appointment and I can’t miss it. It’s also good to have a personal trainer critique your technique and point out where you struggle, what you need to work on and give you some helpful constructive advice.
  6. Be a good role model for your children – You want your kids to see the importance of being fit and staying healthy. By showing them that it’s important to take time out of the day to exercise, you are being a positive role model for your children to follow in your footsteps when it comes to taking charge of your health.
  7. Change up your exercise – When I work out with my husband he has a very specific exercise schedule and routine he does that works for him, I don’t. Doing his routine every time didn’t help me achieve what I wanted to achieve. Trying different exercises helped me understand what my body needs.
  8. Try something new – It’s hard for me to try new things in general but it keeps you from doing the same mundane exercises and it’ll keep things fresh. I’ve always been intimidated about the gym’s machines and make it a point each week to try something different. This will help me feel less intimidated and to work out different parts of my body.
  9. Meet a new friend at the gym – It’s likely that if you go to the gym the same time every time, you’re probably not the only one and you’ll find the same people are always there with you. At least you’ll have someone to talk to, someone that could help you with those awkward machines and help pass the time during your rigorous exercises.
  10. Reward yourself – don’t forget to cut yourself some slack, don’t be so hard on yourself. It takes patience and dedication to achieve what you want.

I’ve struggled with being healthy and fit all my life. I have never been overweight, actually I’ve often been underweight. I’ve had major corrective surgery on my spine almost 10 years ago and although they have fixed the curvature in my spine, my body still tilts slightly to the left. This is because my body’s muscles are accustom to this tilt and those muscles have become very strong to compensate for abnormal weight shifting. I’m working to tone those muscles and build up other certain muscles to strengthen my core. My body has very little muscle tone anywhere else and my physical therapist believes I might have a certain disorder that makes me quite flexible. It makes keeping my body aligned long enough to work on other muscles in those areas really hard.

I’ve struggled with my body since this surgery and the problems only got worse when I started having children. By the third trimester of my first pregnancy, I had a lot of pain in my hip area making it hard to walk, impossible to go up the stairs, or even get up off the couch or bed by myself. My second pregnancy, I was having these same issues at 6 weeks! Physical therapy was my best friend! I admit that had I taken care of my body after my surgery, I’m sure I would’ve saved myself a lot of pain! This is why having a strict, consistent dedication to the gym and my health is important.

How do you get motivated to go to the gym or keep up with your fitness goals?

What’s your favorite tip from above?

How are you doing with your Nee Year’s Resolution?

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I had thought that I would start this article off with a walk down memory lane – and remind you of how neat it was to be a kid and have something with your name on it. Do you remember buying pencils or keychains with your name? As a kid, I loved that.

But I’ll be honest – as an adult – I still love it. I’m putting my name, our last name or initials all over the place! So in reality, who doesn’t love it at any age?

It’s still fun to find items in a store that has my name or my children’s name on it – but I think it’s even more fun and quite useful to put our name on whatever I want!

Sticker Kid sent over the cutest labels – and I got to do just that. They have so many sticker shapes, sizes, uses — they even have posters!

I spent the weekend labeling-up the kid’s stuff and a few things of my own.

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You know what I love the most about Sticker Kid labels – other than the fun, personalization factor? The fact that it helps the kiddos (and me) keep track of their items. There used to be a time when I knew exactly which pencil and eraser belonged to my child. I also knew exactly how many items I sent with them out of the house. But, my brain is a little more frazzled and I need a little help remembering what I’ve purchased and sent with them. So, Sticker Kid can help me keep all of that in order.

Is that the backpack I bought for you, Joey? Yep! It has your name tag on it. Savannah, did I really buy you that water bottle? Yep! It has our name label on it.

Please tell me that I’m not the only one with a perpetual case of “mom brain”?
I had been worried that the labels and tags would be easily removable to the point where they could just fall off and be lost. But they are securely on each item.

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You may be tempted to solely use the labels on the typical items such as school supplies, and shoes. But I think they’re going to work very well when the kids head to camp and go on day-adventures.

I plan to label items such as hair dryers, safety kids, flashlights, combs, leave-in conditioners, sunblock, pool toys, bite cream, and the list goes on. What else would you label?

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I was excited to see their collection of kitchen labels and home decor items. Having just revamped one of my brands, I wanted to pay homage to it. These kitchen labels were the perfect item to keep it close.

I plan to use these to organize not only spices, but my espresso, flours, sugars, and oats.

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So, the poster is probably my most favorite item of all. Because I love putting our names everywhere! Right now, I’m attaching it to this old calendar board I thrifted last year.

I painted the frame white, added wood to the inner portion and covered it with chalk paint. This will hang in our kitchen – but I may rotate the poster throughout the house.

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I’d love to hear what your ideas on labeling are! What should I label next? Which item are you going to order or which one should I order next?

I love being creative but I’d love your suggestions as well. What would you use these labels on?

Here’s a list of some of their different label options:

  • Iron-on name labels for clothes
  • Medium labels
  • Mini labels
  • “Preschool Super Pack” of 154 labels
  • Kindergarten pack with 150 name labels – perfect for toddlers
  • “School Mega Pack” pack of 214 labels
  • Large labels
  • 80 Peel and Stick Clothing Labels
  • Small name labels
  • Heart labels
  • Square Photo labels
  • Shoe labels
  • “Book Pack” labels
  • 9 Right-left shoe labels
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