Hello my lovelies!


So many of you have been asking me for tips and tricks regarding motivation, consistency and drive! Keeping in mind that I am not a certified personal trainer or life coach I would love to share with you, some of the ways I keep myself motivated and moving. Now I don’t claim to have all the answers, hec I might not have any answers for you at all but here a few tips and tricks that I swear by.

1. SLEEP – If you are serious about improving your health and fitness, you are going to need some serious energy to do so. Aiming to get between 7-8 hours of sleep each night is going to make it easier for you to wake up the following day, chances are you will be less sluggish and grumpy if you are well rested. If you are the type to go straight for the snooze button, try putting your alarm on the other side of the room, that way when it goes off you have no choice but to get up and switch it off. This is a great trick for those of you who want to do early morning workouts.

2. DIET – I cannot stress how important it is to fuel your body with the protein and nutrients that it requires. Diet and exercise go hand in hand, if you eat well you will have more energy to workout and therefore your motivation will improve. If I can give you one tip regarding your diet it would be EAT BREAKFAST! so many people skip breakfast and rely on a take away cup of coffee to keep them going. After sleeping for eight hours, a healthy breakfast will kick start your metabolism and provide you with the energy you need to get through your day. Focus on proteins, complex carbohydrates and fibre, I love to have Rye toast with boiled eggs or Vegemite and avocado, Greek yoghurt and muesli or a hot bowl of oats with fresh fruit.

3. GOAL SETTING – Without goals, you may find yourself unfocused, undetermined and ultimately unmotivated. Set yourself some short term and long term goals in regards to your health and fitness. Write them out and stick them up on your wall where you can see them and be reminded of your mission daily. For example, if you would like to start out by aiming to workout 3 days a week, draw yourself up a calendar and cross off each day that you workout. This way you can visually see yourself achieving on a daily basis.

4. NO EXUSES – For me, working out has become part of my daily routine. I do not see it as a decision, I see it as just another part of my daily agenda, much in the same way that I look at going to work and going to university. When you stop looking at exercise like a chore or punishment and start looking to it for stress relief and as a way to improve yourself physically and mentally the motivation will begin to come naturally. Nobody other than yourself can motivate you, we can come up with every excuse in the book but sometimes it is nothing more than simply telling yourself to just get up and go whether you feel like it or not.

We will all have days when we feel exhausted and unmotivated and it is important to listen to your body, if you need the rest then take it. There is nothing wrong with taking a break as long as you wake up the next morning ready to reach for your goals again!

Train hard, eat well and be safe.


Marianne, EdgeOfHonesty