“What’s your motivation?” Something I get asked fairly regularly. The answer? Well,nothing. There isn’t one specific ‘thing’ that keeps me motivated daily to workout, eat healthy, or even get out of bed everyday.
Obviously my son is a huge factor in why I want to stay fit and healthy. I want to be able to be a good role model for him and also the better I feel the better mom I am.
On days I want to lay around the house and eat ice cream, I try to think “how is this going to make me feel tomorrow.” It may feel good at the time, but it brings a lot of regret along with it.When I skip a workout or eat like crap for a couple of days, it shows in many more ways than just my physical apperence.My patience is low, my energy is low, and I start to just feel sad. I get these waves of depression when I’m not on my A game.
Some days, I’m ready to wake up, grab my coffee and take on the day, other times I really have to dig deep to find the will to get up and be positive. I’ve been going through a lot of ups and downs with my “fitness journey” lately. I’m on my A game one week and then something will happen and I slack off for a few days. The key to not letting it get the best of you is to simply not give up. I’ve begun to realize part of being human is making mistakes, I’m not perfect but I know when I get in a funk, instead of giving up and just saying “fuck it” I decided to pick up where I left off and brush my shoulder off.
Weather you’re in the fitness industry or just trying to live a healthier lifestyle it’s important to remember why you started.It’s important to have goals. Everyday will be challenging, but everyday is a day to start over.
Weather you have to wake up at 4 AM to get your workout in or (like me) wait till 9 sometimes 10 PM, remember why you’re doing this. Yes your bed is comfy and it’s nice to lay on the couch and binge watch Netflix, but Netflix isn’t going to help you reach your goals…
Speaking of goals…set them! It doesn’t need to be something crazy like lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks. It needs to be something realistic and attainable. For example, if you’ve never been much of a healthy eater and want to start cleaning up your diet, start with baby steps. Try 4 weeks with no fast food. Once those 4 weeks are up and you notice results, that’s going to push you to do more. That’s how healthy habits start.
Just remember everyday will be a challenge and no one day will be the same. Remember why you started your own journey and stay consistent and the results will show!