Welcome to ‘Week 3 – Anger & Jealousy’ of #66days!
Before beginning your #66days journey we started with setting your goals. Then the first week was all about taking advantage of your ‘Excitement & Determination’ stage with preparation; mentally and nutritionally.
The second week was about dipping your toe into the gym scene and pushing that feeling of ‘Regret’ aside.
Now onto the third week… ‘Anger & Jealousy’.
Sticking with your fitness journey is not only about consistency, it’s also about staying motivated while also eliminating comparison.
One of the ways I like to stay motivated is to surround myself with like-minded people. There is so much inspiration on social media and inside the gym itself.
Sometimes, it works against you. Seeing all those beautifully shaped bodies in lovely fitting workout clothes, juicy bums sticking out and iron board bellies on display can have a slight backfiring action.
It’s hard to look at those pictures on social media and not feel a twang of anger & jealousy.
Even in the gym when you’re feeling insecure enough, you are surrounded by gym goers looking all ripped and confident.
As I have mentioned before, it’s all about perspective.
Gym goers had to get to where they are through determination and consistency, just like you and I have to. Everyone has to start somewhere. And the good news is you’ve already started!
Everything is possible with hard work and consistency.
Now as I said, social media is a great way to get motivated to keep going, but it depends what type of pages you’re following. You will come across people with gorgeous bodies and gorgeous lives, just living absolutely gorgeously 🙄 But you also need to know that what we see on social media is not always reality.
So, what I mean by getting inspiration from social media is not those kind of posts. Unfollow those pages, get rid of that jealousy, that comparison, focus on yourself, your journey and how individually and uniquely wonderful you are!
Get inspiration by following the ‘average joe/jane’ on their own journey. Build a community around you that inspire each other. Follow recipe ideas and workout ideas, but make them your own, it doesn’t have to be exactly the same. Rome wasn’t built in a day, don’t overwhelm yourself, you’ll get there.
Think long-term. Do this for your future self.
Here are some of the pages I follow that always brings me motivation, realism, self-love and inspiration:
@chessiekingg – Chessie King is all about body confidence and revealing the true reality behind Instagram. She reminds me that what you see on social media is not always reality and the first step in becoming happy is to love yourself and your body.
@sarahs_day – Sarah is the epitome of health and fitness, even when she’s super pregnant right now. She’s funny, truthful and has such a positive take on life. She’s hardworking, dedicated and she continues to inspire me on the daily! (Her dog is mega cute too!)
@nat_tilly – Nathalie brings positivity, openness and lightness to each of her posts and oozes health and fitness.
@massy.arias – Massy is so uplifting. She pumps emotion, motivation and truth into her posts. Her workouts are creative and she’s all about that family life. She’s strong, not only in terms of her body, but her mindset too.
@malinmallejansson – Malin is like blimming superwoman! The strength she shows on her page is so inspiring, it will make you want to train your heart out – she has absolute control over her body and reminds me that training is not just about lifting heavy, it’s about mobility and endurance too.
@ornagh_morechalk – Ornagh definitely brings community, positive thinking and an open rawness into Instagram. Her posts uplift me, encourages me to get outside more and shows me how important it is to surround yourself with positive people and to find your community. She shares her experiences of mobility, community, mental health and inspirational lessons.
And finally, you and I! Because, hey, we’ve got to learn how to be our own inspirations too! 😉
I’ve got so many more I could mention, but maybe I’ll leave that for another blog… (otherwise, message me if you want some more suggestions and vice versa, let me know if you have any suggestions, I’d always welcome some more positive inspiration on social media).
During week 3, I want you to keep focusing on your nutrition, be aware what you are putting in your body, think about the effects it will have on your energy levels, your metabolism, your goals and always avoid the vicious yo-yo diet cycle.
I am assuming and really do hope you have made it to the gym once this week and gave yourself a tough HIIT workout session from one of our workout plans: on the treadmill or rowing machine. I want you to repeat it again this week; pick a day, a time and get yourself to the gym once.
Push yourself even more this time and enjoy it – you’re doing this for you. Remember ‘enough is enough’.
I hope this post helps you during your third week of your #66days. Any questions you have or any support you need, get in touch I’d love to hear from you! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The future looks bright! ‘Re-motivation‘ might be on it’s way – check out the next stage to prepare: Week 4 – ‘Remotivation’ of #66days.
See you soon!