Motivation. The ten letter word that I couldn't seem to find this week.

Usually I'm the queen of the early morning workout followed by a super nutritious breakfast and perfectly timed meals throughout the day; snack..lunch..snack..dinner..spoon full of peanut butter. However, this week was a HUGE exception to my joyous routine.

For me, It starts with taking some time on Sunday's to set my intentions for the week. That typically means prepping my meals, signing up for my workouts, doing laundry (I don't own a million "cute" workout clothes, so this girl's gotta wash weekly), etc. If I don’t have a productive Sunday, then it’s all kind of down hill from there. I eat like crap, feel like crap, suddenly I have nothing to wear to work and am constantly forgetting my keys to my apartment...which has a door, that automatically locks behind you.

Here’s the thing, giving yourself time to rest should certainly take priority at times! The bod wants what it wants. However, when you’re ready to get back on that grind, here are a few of the methods I use to dust myself off and kill it the following week:

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

TMI? Maybe, but what happens when you drink a lot of water? Well, you pee! And what happens when you pee?? Well you're flushing a ton of toxins out of your body. Hydrating yourself with h20 is probably one of the cheapest cleanses you'll ever do. So I highly recommend that you and your Nalgene become besties, always really, but particularly when trying to get back on track.

2. Plan your menu for the week.

Don't just fill it with boring/bland/tasteless foods! Fill your menu with meals that get you excited about opening up that Tupperware during your lunch break. I personally love to checkout Pinterest or buy a new cookbook, which is exactly what I did this weekend! I just purchased The Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking, cookbook from Amazon and I can't wait to throw a few of these into my menu for the week.

3. Signup for your workout classes in advance.

Like I said above, this is something that I like to do on the reg to hold myself accountable. Maybe your gym classes aren't like this, but mine has a 12 hour cancellation policy, even for members. They charge $5 for every failed appearance or late cancel and I mean call me bougie, but that's enough for a Venti Cafe Latte w/ Almond I right? Scheduling ahead, also lowers the risk of the class filling up and you having an easy out!

4. MOST IMPORTANTLY, prepare for the expected. 

Let's face it, we all want to live our best lives! God forbid you've had a long day at work and need a drink, or your honey wants to take you out for a spontaneous dinner! The more you mentally prepare yourself for the fact that it's life and you're never going to be perfect at it, the better off you'll be in the long run. Have to change workout out plans? That's okay double up the next day. Did a girlfriend ask to catch up over HH?? FUN! Maybe opt for 2 glasses of wine instead of 4, or not!

To me finding your motivation is about getting back to a mental head space where you're putting your health first. It's really that simple. It's not stepping on the scale to find that you're five pounds lighter than last week and it's not posting photos on Insta and saying #bodygoals. That's just dumb and a waste of time. Just find time for yourself and reestablish your "why" and that's really all it takes!

Have a great weekend yall and look out for my next post where I'll most likely be sharing my menu for this upcoming week!