Start Somewhere

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I absolutely love it when people write to me requesting a blog post. Quite honestly, I just love it when people write to me in general, but it's especially fun when they have ideas for my blog.

Maggie Royce, one of my first blog friends recently wrote to me saying, "Hey girl, could you do an "eating healthy/exercise for the lazy" or "how to be consistent or motivated" post? Your posts are hella inspiring, and I need some help getting motivated/staying on track."

First things first, I'm a teenager. I 100% get how easy it is to waste your whole day surfing the internet or doing various other unproductive things. We've all been there (or maybe I just do that). We all could use a little motivation.

We've all got to start somewhere.

So, if you're feeling like Maggie and want a little motivation, you're about to become your own motivation.

First things first, think about this: You can literally change your life at any given time. You are under no obligation to be who you were 5 minutes ago or to do the things you did last week. You don't have to wait for a new year or Monday or the weekend. You can change your entire life at 3:58 AM on a Wednesday if your heart so desires. It's kind of terrifying when you realize that you can literally change your entire life right this very minute, but it's also an incredible opportunity. Before you even start trying to change your life, you've got to recognize that you are quite capable of changing anything you want to. Not tomorrow, not the next day, not the day after that. Right now.

(An outtake from my last outfit post. Because I start stretching when I feel awkward.)

1. Stretch it out

Stretching is seriously so underrated. So, whatever you're doing right now, drop down into a downward dog or simply touch your toes. You can stretch for an hour or 2 minutes. It's really whatever floats your boat, but stretching makes you feel so much better. 

2. Go have a glass of water

Let's just talk facts for a second. Your body is about 60% water. The only thing you need more than water is oxygen. Seriously, water regulates and balances nearly every system in your body. It's what eliminates toxins and cleanses your body. Most headaches and general fatigue are because you need water. Water is the easiest way to improve your mood. If you're drinking water and feeling good, you'll probably be more inclined to stay motivated.

3. Find an exercise you like

This is probably one of the most overused phrases I've seen online, but it's important! I love to run, and I love walking with my mom. If you can find an exercise that's fun for you, it doesn't feel like exercise. You don't even have to leave the house to do workouts from FitnessBlender or Blogilates. (Blogilates is a personal favorite because pliates is basically exercising while laying on the ground. It doesn't get much better than that.)

4. Play good music

Good music is a game changer. I'm known for aggressively rapping to Kanye West while running cross country races. Whatever gets the job done. A song that gets you pumped up really can change an entire workout.

5. Eat healthy

Wow, what a given. All jokes aside, saying that you should eat healthy is super vague. I'm not asking you to swear off sugar or to never eat another brownie, but have you seen some of the healthy desserts other bloggers have come up with? Eating healthy is way easier than you think it is. You don't have to change your whole diet overnight. Just tell yourself that you'll eat fruit instead of chips or drink one less soda a week. Baby steps are still steps in the right direction. 

6. It's okay to be a beginner

Try yoga, go for a long run, lift some weights. Who cares if you run slower than dial up internet? Who cares if you can't do half the yoga poses? Who cares if you can only lift 5 pound weights? Get out of your comfort zone. Try something new. 

7. Get yo friends in on it

It's way easier to exercise/eat right when you have a buddy. It's also more fun. Exercising with a friend makes it seem like you're just hanging out instead of getting destroyed by a workout. I did crossfit with one of my friends last year, and we loved it (well, as much as you can love endless burpees and sprints).

8. Write it down

A dream without a plan is just a wish. Write down your goals, write down your progress. See how far you've come. That's motivation in itself. 

9. Go to sleep

Sleep is basically a life hack for even the most unmotivated/laziest type of person. Get more sleep. Let's face it, most of us don't sleep enough. Sleeping is just as important as exercising or eating healthy, and it's way easier than going for a long run :-) Anyways, all jokes aside, getting enough sleep really balances everything out. When you've had a good night's sleep, you're scientifically proven to exercise more/eat healthier throughout the day, and that's pretty cool. 

10. Do it for yourself

Need motivation to exercise more? To eat better? To sleep more? Look in the mirror. I could list countless facts as to why you should stay motivated or want to treat yourself better, but none of this matters if you don't think you matter. You shouldn't need motivation to care for yourself. You're all you have. You only have this one body and one lifetime. Decide what to be, and go be it.

"Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling. But start. Start and don't stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just...start."

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  1. This is such a great post, Katherine! Even though a lot of the tips are simple, that's really what healthy living is– lots of simple habits that you do over and over again, like drinking lots of water, finding exercise you can enjoy, etc. Love it :)

  2. <333 these. I totally understand the problems of the internet being a total time suck. I have realized, though, is that when I feel guilty about not doing anything productive or wasting a day doing nothing, it's actually okay because in reality I'm like 16 and don't need to be productive.. I've got the rest of my life for that. :) These are still awesome tips that I try to follow! The sleep one could use a little work right now. I've been going to bed SO late and I can feel it!

  3. "Who cares if you run slower than dialup internet?" <-- I love it! This is a seriously amazing post. They aren't just cookie-cutter tips either, they are real & genuine advice from a relatable teenager. Thanks so much!

  4. I love reading these types of posts! Number 6 all day everyday :)

  5. #4 is my go to! I love good music! It can seriously change your mood and it's so fun if you have the right song! I love turning up the music while I cook in the kitchen!


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