Today’s Weight Loss Tip is all about motivation. Now, you may or may not know that I actually did my first weight loss vlog on this subject. (Wednesday weight loss tips began as a vlog series, but vlogging just wasn’t really my thing—I had technical issues, always talked too long, rambled, didn’t have the best camera, and honestly I struggled to watch the whole video, so needless to say, I canned that idea and stuck to “real” blogging which I like better. All that to say I might have said all this before!
Today’s tip specifically deals with ways to find your lasting motivation. Sometimes it isn’t hard to find short-term motivation: a vacation, reunion, wedding, big race, or special event. These are great things to motivate you to weight loss! Absolutely nothing wrong with a little kick in the pants from having to show up somewhere in a pretty dress or bathing suit!
The problem is this kind of motivation doesn’t last. Eventually the vacation ends, the big day passes and you’re left falling back into old habits. Now, you could find another “big event” to shoot for but that is only another temporary solution.
You need long term motivation.
Motivation that will hold you through moves, life changes, having kids, new jobs, and all the ups and downs of life. Motivation that isn’t tied to anything but yourself.
What will keep you hitting the gym when you’re depressed, tired, stressed and just want to sit on the couch? What will it be? What matters to you more than the feeling of comfort you have from eating the food you want, whenever you want, and spending all your me-time on your butt?
You better find it.
It could just be one thing. It could me many things. Here are mine:
- I like the way I feel when I’m healthy. End of story.
- I hate it when my clothes don’t fit and I feel like I’m hiding myself or dressing to conceal my “flaws”. Hate it.
- I like being a fit and active person—that I can hike a mountain without getting winded, jump on a bike for 10-12 miles, run for 30 minutes, haul lots of groceries, and walk for a long time. I like knowing I’m strong. I want to be that way for a long time.
- I refuse to be a diabetes statistic. Refuse. It runs in my family and the buck stops here. Tracking my calories on my phone is a small price to pay for not having to stick myself with needles to track my blood sugar in the future.
- I want to raise fit, healthy, active kids who like their fruits and vegetables! So I need to build the habits in ME now, so I can build it in them later.
- I want to help and inspire others to this kind of lifestyle: doable healthy living. Sometimes when I want to be lazy and reach for the m&ms I think about you guys—all the people who are out there on this journey too, inspiring and helping each other lead healthier lives and I don’t want to let you down. I want to be an example to my friends and family and that motivates me.
I guess that about covers it. The more sources of lasting motivation you have the more reasons you have to get out there and get after it every day!
Let’s get personal. I’m currently injured. Just typing that made me cringe. I don’t want to admit it, but I am. I have pain whenever I run in my knee and up to hip which is classic IT band syndrome. Yay! After a fair amount of research I can officially say it was stupid for me to run through the pain on Saturday. I couldn’t make it a lap around the track yesterday and it sucks. So I can’t run right now. If the marathon was my only motivation I would have dove right into the chocolate. But I didn’t; I hit the bike to keep my cardio up and started a strength training program that will help develop some muscles that are underdeveloped. I’m going to hit the weights tomorrow and get a solid workout, plus maybe some spin time on the bike. I’m not stopping tracking at all. I’m not quitting on the marathon at all, but I’m (hopefully) being smart and backing off running until I heal up and can run without pain. I also have a foam roller that should arrive today—I’m sure we are going to become best friends.
Here’s the point: I’ve found my lasting motivation and it is driving me past my short-term goals. Have you found yours?
What motivates you long-term?