Let's face it… we've all been at that point in our lives where we are lacking motivation. It could be motivation for eating healthy, exercising, work, or just life in general. Adulting is hard. Motivation is not an easy thing to just stumble upon or produce every single day after day. It takes a ton of hard work and a positive mentality to make it a habit or to keep that fire within you burning. It's easy to say you are motivated, but are you really? What are you doing to become and stay motivated?
Finding motivation when you feel like you have none can be extremely difficult. More specifically, finding motivation to treat your body right tends to be the hardest. It's easy to pick out your flaws, dislike your body, grab a quick meal at a drive through or eat a bowl of cereal for dinner. I've been there. I know what it's like to live through many years of self-pity and no motivation to eat healthier or exercise at all. I hated my body and I didn't have any motivation to change it. BUT… I ended up finding the motivation to change my life around and become the healthy and happy person I am today (hence why I am writing this blog now). I never would have imagined back then that I would be where I am now, specifically writing a blog on motivation in hopes to inspire others to take that step towards creating the best version of themselves possible.
I am able to write about this because I created that motivation for myself back in 2012 and have made continuous effort to keep that same feeling day after day. How did I do that? I decided that the lifestyle I was living would no longer suffice. I took control of my health. Your body and what you do to it every single day is up to YOU and YOU only. Some people can eat endless food and sit on the couch all day and feel happy with their life. For me, that's not the case. Back in 2012, I wanted to wear a dress to prom with an open back but I was overweight and didn't like the way my back looked in the dress. My mom suggested that I try making better food choices and working out when I can and by the time prom came around, I would have been able to lose some of the weight. Yes, she suggested that to me but it was on ME to put in the hard work and constant effort. I went to school all day, worked at Wawa until 9 at night, and then would go up into my workout area above my garage and do a fitness DVD or rumba for an hour before bed. I made better choices with my food. The weight came off very quickly. Through this entire process, I found motivation within myself and no one else.
They say it takes a few weeks for something to become a habit but once it becomes a habit, you can't imagine life without that habit. That is what prioritizing my health and fitness has become, a habit. It's easy to make excuses of why you can't work out or how expensive eating healthy is… I've heard that hundreds of times. People tend to fear hard work. But I promise you this, if you make the decision to just TRY… simply TRY… your life with change for the better. No, you are not going to transform overnight. It's a long process and that's why having motivation every day can be hard, but it's worth it. So so worth it. Remember, we are all on our own journey. Your journey is your journey only. It's up to you to motivate yourself on that journey.
Before you go to bed tonight or first thing when you wake up in the morning, look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself "I love you." It seems silly but trust me, it works. Say it to yourself and really mean it. And then prove it to yourself but taking care of your body with a healthy diet, regular exercise, water, sleep, and plenty of self-love.
Tips to stay motivated:
1. Take everything one day or one step at a time.
2. Wake up each morning with a positive attitude.
3. Create a dream board or a list of goals and hang it on your mirror/wall.
4. Reward yourself when you reach a goal.
5. Believe in yourself every single day.
6. Acknowledge your uniqueness.
7. Track and monitor your progress. (Before and after photographs, PRs in the gym, etc.)
8. Celebrate every achievement, big or tiny.
9. Don't compare yourself to others. You are on your own journey.
10. Focus on how you feel (mentally and physically), not the number on the scale.
11. Be kind to yourself. LOVE YOURSELF.
12. Reflect on the day before bed and set goals for how tomorrow can be even better.
I'll end by leaving you with one of my favorite quotes...
"Say it to yourself
over and over again, until its echo
becomes the lullaby that lulls you to sleep,
the chimes that wake you:
There is nothing I cannot do,
there is no one I cannot be.
Of this fact, YOU, have always been the only one that needs convincing."
-Tyler Knott Gregson-
I am passionate about creating a healthy lifestyle for myself & helping those around me.