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Many people are guilty of giving up on their fitness goals, losing that initial motivation for a variety of reasons. What’s holding you back from turning your new lifestyle into a permanent one?

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Learn more about the five things that could be stopping you from achieving your fitness goals, and how to combat them for a much more permanent healthy lifestyle.

1. You’ve set the bar too high

They say you should ‘go big or go home,’ but when your goals are set too high – they can be all the more difficult to achieve. While setting some clear overall goals is important, it’s the smaller goals that will help you get there. Make a monthly plan of what you’d like to achieve each month, such as running 20 minutes without stopping or lifting a certain weight. Work towards these goals instead, and you’ll find them much easier to achieve than aiming for that one big overall goal.

2. You’re not eating the right foods

Getting fit and healthy isn’t just about going to the gym, there’s much more to it than that. To achieve your fitness goals, you need to overhaul your diet. This means eating healthier and eating foods that support your fitness plans and eating foods that give you energy to fuel your workouts. Healthy eating coupled with fitness is the most effective way to lose weight and get in shape, so make sure you set goals that incorporate both elements.

I have to say here that I try to eat basically healthy at all times but yes I let myself have the occasional doughnut, slice of pizza, etc. In my opinion, life is for living and it’s all about balance.

3. You’re not sure what you’re doing

Exercise can be tough, especially when you’re not sure what you’re doing or how it will benefit you. Choosing the right workout for you requires some careful thought and designing a plan that fits your aims. There are plenty of online articles that could help you figure out how to achieve your goals, as well as some ready-made fitness plans.

If you’re still unsure, or you’re new to exercise – then you might find professional help more beneficial. Seek advice from a personal trainer who can help you to design your ideal fitness plan or attend some classes to teach you more about technique and form. It’s ok not to know what you’re doing at first, so don’t be afraid to seek help.

4. You’re still smoking

Smoking can have a disastrous effect on your fitness, reducing your lung capacity and the rate at which blood flows around your body. It’s great that you want to get fitter, but giving up smoking is the first thing that needs to go to help you achieve that goal. Quitting isn’t easy, and while a new fitness routine could serve as a welcome distraction, you might need some help quitting. Vaping in lieu of smoking can help you improve your fitness levels, while also helping you to wean yourself off nicotine gradually. Get yourself one of the best vape pens from Dopeboo to get started and work on completely transforming your health. You’ll soon notice a difference in your cardiovascular activity as your lungs and circulation recover from the damage.

5. You lose motivation easily

When you first launch into a new fitness regime, you do so full of enthusiasm that helps carry you through those first few weeks. But soon, a missed session can become two, you start going back into old habits and before you know it – you’re back at square one. So what can you do to change the pattern?

Whatever that’s causing you to lose your motivation, learn to tackle it. Read Buzzfeed’s ‘29 Smart Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out’ to give you some ideas for beating those common flake excuses that could be holding you back. Scheduling your workouts according to what you have planned for the week can help you to work around your other commitments and not let life get in the way of your goals.

Whatever your fitness goals, whether you’d like to run a marathon or tone your tummy – try not to be too hard on yourself. Instead of focusing on trying to make dramatic changes, try evolving into the best version of yourself instead. This way, you can embrace new lifestyle changes at a pace that suits you, without the pressure and disappointment that tough targets can cause. It may not always be easy, but if you work hard, the results will be worth it in the end.

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Sometimes it’s important to shut that fashion magazine full of skinny models – you know, the one that you enjoy reading while having a sip of your favorite coffee – and to embrace the reality of who you are. First of all, you are beautiful, don’t trust what fashion magazines tell you. You don’t need to be a size zero to look and feel amazing. And unless you are morbidly obese, you don’t need to go on a diet to love yourself. Now if losing weight is what you want, nobody is stopping you. But if the only reason to lose weight is to feel good about yourself, and especially if there is no medical reasoning behind your diet, then you need to look for other solutions.

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Embrace The Fitness Appeal

As odd as it might sound, exercising actually releases endorphin, which is the happiness hormone. It’s not about sweating the excess fat off, but about getting a fit and strong body – which is not the same thing than a skinny body –, and genuinely being happy in your skin. This might need a bit of practice at first, but all you need is to pick fitness gear that motivates you. If you’re one for the pink fashion, embrace the fitness girl power with sparkles, colorful tops, and fancy kicks. You will find that the motivation of wearing fashion fitness clothes will keep you coming back and discovering the key to your inner balance. You can find plenty of activities that are guaranteed to boost your mood, from yoga to Zumba, via power walking. No need to sweat at the gym and to compare your body to those of regular members anymore: Good mood guaranteed.

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Clever Non-Invasive Treatments

Feeling good is not only about endorphin hormone. Sometimes, it’s about actually seeing a difference and finding a body that you can love again. When dieting and heavy fitness programs don’t work, you have one more solution before considering an invasive surgical operation: You can find effective body contouring treatments at a dermatologist. From a freezing approach that targets the fat cells with cooling treatments to an ultrasound device that stimulates collagen growth in your face, there are many techniques to address the problems you might be struggling with. But the results are real, and you can begin to notice the differences within a few weeks.

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Dress Your Shape

It’s not your weight that matters; it’s your shape. And you’d be surprised to know that most women can’t dress for their shape. Dressing for your shape requires you to understand whether your body is pear, apple, hourglass shaped, and how to maximize your sexy features and to hide the bits and bobs that you dislike. This might need some body measurements, but it’s only to help you feel and look good in your clothes.

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Be Loved And Love Back

There’s nothing like love to make you feel beautiful. Whether it’s a partner, a spouse, or a trusted group of friends, surrounding yourself with positive statements and emotions, is the best way to be good in your skin.

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Your partner has popped the question? Congratulations! Chances are you’re on a huge high right now- enjoy every moment as this it’s a memory you will look back on forever. If you’re a keen bride-to-be you will already be looking into details for the wedding, but where exactly do you start? Here are some of the things you can plan and think about in the early days.

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Set a Budget

First things first, you need to know what kind of cash flow you’re working with. You will need to sit down with your partner to work this out. You might have different views on what a wedding should cost so come to a compromise. Depending on when you plan on getting married you’ll need to work out how much to save for the wedding, and whether you will use any savings you already have.

Decide When You Will Marry

It doesn’t have to be an exact date at this stage, but knowing roughly when you want to get married helps with the planning process. Do you plan on marrying within the year, or will you wait a year or two? You don’t need to feel pressured into anything, whatever feels right for you and your partner is the right answer. Some people want a long engagement whereas others prefer a very short one.

Start on Your Guest List

The guest list can be tricky. A larger guest list means a more expensive wedding, but cutting it down might involve making some difficult decisions. You also might need to consider any disagreements or issues that will come about due to inviting certain people. A carefully thought out seating plan is essential for any wedding. Starting this early on is probably your best bet.

Pick a Venue

Popular venues book up very quickly, so if you want to stand a chance, you need to ideally get in there early. If you know roughly when you want to get married, you can discuss available dates and from there work out which will suit you best. It could be a church, a hotel or somewhere else. You’ll need to look into whether catering services are offered when you book the venue, or if you will need to sort these yourself. There’s plenty for you to think about and consider!

Start a Fitness Routine

Many brides aim to shift excess weight and tone up before their big day. Even if you don’t want or need to slim down, upping your exercise can give you body confidence and make your dress feel and fit even better. If you do plan on losing weight, especially if it’s a significant amount, then starting early is best. Healthy weight loss is one to two pounds a week, so bear this in mind when you’re working everything out.

Research Vendors

Your vendors are people like caterers, photographers, DJs. In the early stages, you should be doing your research. Read reviews and portfolios, create a shortlist. That way when you’re ready to start booking them you have an idea of who you want. Have a few options available in case some aren’t available on the date you need.

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Say that 5 times fast.

But no, really, I fully endorse any purchasing of products that leads to a healthier, and therefore, happier life. It took me a while, but I have found my fitness thing at CorePower. I’ve had one or two people that yoga isn’t “enough,” but I’ll tell you what- when I was going several times a week last summer, I got super toned super fast AND my head space was just better. Also, their sculpt classes get in that cardio and also, don’t tell me how to live my like while I’m doing something good for myself.

Within CorePower, I am part of SET- the Studio Experience Team. This is just a fancy way of saying that I get a great discount because I help maintain the space I love so much. Luckily, my day job is flexible so I can leave work at 4 on Wednesdays to head to my home studio in Glover Park. I adore my studio and the people who work/ practice there. It’s like a little yogi family. CorePower also has a great little retail situation going on- and between my style blogger searches, whimsical wants, and advice from my favorite instructor/ my manager, I’ve come up with a little wish list to motivate me in my practice.

the carolove fitness wish list

I got my first (and currently only) pair of Goldsheep leggings when I got to practice and discovered that my water bottle had leaked all over the pants I bought. They are fantastic! They don’t fall down, ride up, or get sweaty. I’m eyeing the Pink Leopard leggings (cropped) with the matching crop top.

Speaking of leaky water bottles- they suck. I’ve collected a bunch of cheap water bottles over the years free from events and such. Guess what? They all leak. Hands down, S’Well water bottles are the most popular. They come in a range of colors and patterns (the marble + rose gold staying on trend!) but I really love the Bondi Beach style!

Another studio favorite is the LuLu Lemon mat. I asked my manager about this because my current mat, while adorable, is just about shredded and generally looking loved. Her only critique is that it’s heavy (it is!) but since I can keep my mat at the studio as an employee, it doesn’t matter much to me. Since I am going to keep it there? She suggested a color since so many people have the black one. That popular.

Now, I know that yoga is a barefoot activity (just another reason to love it!) but Kendall walks me home from yoga and it’s about a 15 minute walk. It’s actually pretty nice to walk home together and cool down after being in a hot studio. Unfortunately, I usually forget my sneakers so I’m walking home in my flats or boots from work. If I’m going with the crazy outfits for practice, I’m thinking I should go all out and add the 80s retro Reeboks! My mom actually had a pair of these she sacrificed to a muddy field trip when I was in 7th grade. I wish wish wish I had salvaged them so I could have the real thing.

I always pack a long sleeve or a sweatshirt for two reasons: 1. because it’s cold right now and while I’m cleaning it can be a little chilly. 2. I hate sweating into my coats after class. This particular graphic top is on sale for under $10- making it the perfect situation to throw into your bag and sweat in- while still making a statement literally.

Last but not least, I know I said the mat on my wish list is a little heavy for lugging around, but I can’t resit personalized gear. The Essential Canvas Yoga Bag from Mark & Graham is just the thing if you are traveling with your mat.

What gear motivates your work out? Or what brands do you trust for your fitness needs?

Pink Leopard leggings||Pink Leopard crop top||S’well Gray Malin Bondi Beach 17-oz. Reusable Bottle||The Reversible Mat||Reebok – Freestyle Leather High-top Sneakers – White||DreamWorks Trolls Juniors’ Cold-Shoulder Graphic Sweatshirt||Essential Canvas Yoga Bag

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Sometimes it’s hard to look at yourself in the mirror and to feel satisfied with the person staring back at you. Here are some tips on how to tackle your low self esteem.

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Get A Makeover

If you’ve never had a makeover, now is the time to start. Go to any beauty counter, and ask the assistant what colors would suit you and which products would be great for your skin type. Remember that if you do that, it’s only polite to buy some of the products at the end! If you’re puzzled about where to start, get a good hydrating moisturizer, BB cream that suits your skin tone, an eyebrow pomade or powder, mascara and tinted lip balm, as a good makeup starter kit.

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Get A New Wardrobe

We all feel dissatisfied at the contents of our wardrobes sometimes. Even though they’re full of stuff, it’s hard to know what to wear sometimes! If you don’t like the way that some of your clothes fit on you, or if you’ve gained or lost weight, it’s time to buy new clothes that fit and that flatter the parts of your body that you love. If you’re worried about looking frumpy, try out well fitting straight or skinny jeans, ankle boots with a low heel, and a Breton striped top for chic, easy Parisian style that will look good on anyone.

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Get A New Body

If you don’t feel happy or satisfied with your body, it’s absolutely possible to change it. Try body contour treatment if you’re finding it difficult to lose weight. If you’d rather do it the natural way, then start meal planning so you don’t end up eating take out or convenience foods in the evenings. You could also take up some new keeping fit activities. Join a gym – if you find it hard to keep motivated, why not try a fitness class like pilates or tap dancing with a friend so you can turn it into a social occasion? Even if you don’t lose tons of weight, knowing that your body is fit and healthy will make you feel great, and you’ll get more toned too.

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Get Educated

There’s no better way to feel good about yourself than knowing that you’re interesting. If there’s something that you’ve always been interested in, then it’s time to extend that interest and turn it into a passion. If you love art, join a painting class. If you love theater, subscribe to your local arts center’s mailing list so you can check out all the cool shows that are on there. There’s nothing more attractive than an informed person who has opinions, interest, and curiosity.

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Use Positive Language

Make sure that you stop putting yourself down. If someone compliments you, smile and thank them rather than denying it. Be open about your accomplishments and achievements, and make sure that you emphasize the things you like about yourself rather than worrying about the things you aren’t so keen on. Remember that no one is perfect and no one has it together as much as they pretend they do. You’re not alone – just remember that if you pretend to be confident, you’ll soon feel that way too!

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