How do I stay motivated? It’s one of my most frequently asked questions, and it’s not one that has a simple answer. One of my favorite weight loss blogging gal pals, Kate at the Widgeon Nest, suggested I do a post on staying motivated. My first thought was, sheesh where to start? I wish I could give a cut and dry answer, a set by step process like how to sew a scarf in five steps or less.
Motivation comes in waves, and over time, as I've gotten stronger and smaller, the waves have only gotten bigger. I've always been a goal oriented person. I need a deadline. I need a deadline to get the most productivity from myself. I operate this way in all aspects of my life, not just weight loss and fitness. I know, I know, goal oriented people can be
majorly a tad annoying (just ask my husband) but that’s the
OCD in me. I need a deadline. I need a goal. I need a schedule. I need
structure. This is how I stay motivated.
When I first started my journey, I had a destination in mind. My wedding day. I made a promise to myself to shed as much weight as physically possible before that day. Weddings in general are massive weight loss motivators. It’s something about pictures that will last forevvveeerrr that can bring out the crazy in any lady. I lost 35 pounds in the six months leading up to my wedding. I can remember eating one can of dry tuna for dinner during that time. Yeah, it got that crazy, and it wasn't maintainable. After my wedding, I gained back 13 pounds while working out and ehhh sometimes eating right.
At the beginning of 2012, I focused on our summer vacation. I enrolled in personal training and wriggled back out of those 13 pounds I'd gained. I must admit, it was much harder that go around, but I wanted to capitalize on the momentum I had going for myself. During that time, I lost 20 pounds. After the vacation, I stuttered a little bit. It took me a week or so to uncover my motivation, to realize why I was stalling. I no longer had a goal, a destination.
Thus my challenges were born. 14 days without cheating, competing against myself at the gym, Shakeology cleanses, no carb days, and now operation red bikni! When I have a goal to focus my energy into- like a 10k race and now a half marathon, I will be successful. This girl enjoys rising to a challenge. Short concise challenges keep me motivated and focused on the bigger picture without feeling overwhelmed by that picture.
As time has gone on, these habits have become, what I do, part of who I am, an essential aspect of my daily routine. When I work out and eat right, I feel unstoppable Getting in my daily work outs is a much a priority for me as brushing my teeth in the morning. It’s essential to my health and happiness. When I work out, I’m happy. I feel good about myself and it spills over into all other aspects of my life. It’s no longer about shedding a few pounds, or fitting into a certain size. It’s about pushing myself to the biggest goal I can imagine, becoming the very BEST version of me. I’m not exactly sure what she looks like just yet, but I know without a doubt I am well on my way. Life is short, and I don’t want to look back in ten or twenty years with shoulda woulda couldas. I want to live my best life, why should we ever settle for anything less?
In extreme randomness, the Men's Warehouse tag line always pops into my head when someone asks me about staying motivating, "You're gonna like the way you look. I guarantee it" At the base level, that's why we all get going right? We want to like the way we look, and there ain't a thang wrong with that!