5 Tips To Help You Stay Motivated

In the end of December it was “Ready to start in the New Year!”

In the beginning of January it was “Let’s go!!”

Now. Mid to late February, for some, its “I’m not motivated.” “This isn’t working”

And now we are into March….

So, what happened?

A couple of thing Ron:

For some, winter happened. Getting out of your house to go to the gym in the middle of winter just isn’t fun.

For some, expectations were too high. Losing 20 pounds in 3 weeks just isn’t always possible to do (healthily).

And for some, motivation fades.

Lost the gym motivation.

One bad meal deters you.

It constantly snowing frustrates you and your running goals.

Goals not happening as quickly as you want frustrates you…

You could of felt one of these. You could of felt all of these.

And I want to help you get back on track.

5 Easy Ways To Stay/Get Motivated

1. Set smaller goals

A lot of times the BIG goal seems so far away that the day to day, chipping away, can seem like the end goal will never happen…

Breaking down that big goal into smaller goals will help you stay on track.

Lose 50lbs in a year? Break that down into months and weeks. Set a goal for number of workouts each week. Set a goal for number of home cooked meals each week. Include small fitness goals too. Number of pull-ups. Weight on your back squat.

Include as many micro goals as you can to keep you going.

2. Set a, no matter what, schedule to workout

Even if you’re helping to rule the galaxy…

Life gets busy. And a busy schedule can easily drain your motivation towards your goals.

I like to set a No Matter What time to workout. Mine currently is 5pm. I have that time blocked out for my workouts. If I workout earlier in the day, that’s a bonus.

This takes time to figure out. Do you make your time later? Or do you make it as early as possible? Figure out what works best for you and stick to it.

3. Track everything

This goes with the set small goals suggestion. But, yes, track everything. I’m very into tracking food intake for weight related goals. Every meal. Every snack. Water too.

But also track your sleep. How many hours do you average?

Track your workouts? Are you progressing week to week? Getting faster? Getting stronger?

Track it all!

4. Get social.

The right friend group, whether real life or social media, can definitely help you stay motivated.

When you can get 2-3 others that are looking to stay on track with their own goals, it’ll help you stay motivated to get to yours.

This can be having a weekly lunch/dinner together. Having a consistent gym partner. Or even a group chat, with everyone checking in, and letting everyone else know what’s going on.

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5. Do it anyway.

Last is pretty simple.

Even when you’re not motivated. Even when you don’t feel like it… do it anyway.

No one has ever regretted a workout. Or regretted eating that healthy meal.

Build the habit. Have the discipline to stick to it anyway.

You have to remember, motivation will always come in waves. Some days/weeks you’re all in, some you aren’t. But the goal will always be there. Waiting for you to get to it.

So… get to it.

Top 10 Whole Food Plant Based Protein

We previously did a post on 5 plant based foods that were high in protein.

This time around, I put together a list of Plant Based Whole Foods that are highest in protein.

Why protein is important?

Is important for healthy bodily functions. It helps with digestion, blood clotting, hormone production, bone health, muscle growth, and much more!

Let’s go over 10 of the highest, plant based, whole food options for protein.

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*Based on 100g (3.5oz) servings

*These food sources may also contain of macronutrients (carbs & fat)

1. Pumpkin Seeds – About 32g of Protein

2. Peanuts Butter – About 25g of Protein

3. Hemp Seed- About 23g of Protein

4. Almonds – About 22g of Protein

5. Pistachio Nuts- About 21g of Protein

6. Flaxseed- About 19g of Protein

7. Tofu- About 17g of Protein

8. Oats – About 16g of Protein

9. Chia Seeds- About 16g of Protein

10. Cashew Nuts – About 15g of Protein

OWYN Vegan Protein Shake – Food Review

I reviewed the Plant Based Protein Shakes from OWYN. Find out where I picked them up What’s in them Nutrition info And my honest opinion on the look, smell, and taste of these shakes.

Before buying them, I never actually heard of the brand OWYN (Only What You Need). But, on a Target impulse buy (we’ve all been there!), I picked up these two flavors.

“20 grams protein plant based drink” was good enough for me to check out.

Doing a little research, I found you can pick them up at Target, Walmart, Amazon, & on their own website (link above).

Not only are they vegan/plant based, but they are free of the top allergens.

Which means, these drinks do not include any dairy, gluten, soy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, or shellfish.

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I picked up two flavors: Dark Chocolate & Cookie & Creamless

They do have other products, including 5 flavors of grab&go shakes, 2 flavors of larger cartons of protein, meal replacement shakes, and higher protein grab&go shakes.

In Target, I paid just under $3 each. Pretty standard for a protein shake.

Here’s the ingredients and macros for the 2 flavors I tried:

In doing the review, they passed the look and smell test.

With the taste test, I preferred the dark chocolate over the cookie and creamless. Not that the Cookie was bad, just my own personal preference and love of chocolate.

Overall rating

OWYN Dark Chocolate Protein Shake: 9/10

OWYN Cookie & Creamless Protein Shake: 7.5/10

Both had quality taste. No dry after taste, like some protein shakes have, and it was pretty smooth, not “chalky” at all.

So, I recommend you checking them out if your looking to try out a new protein option.