Motivation is a tricky thing.
Let’s take a look at the definition of motivation.
1. the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way:
“escape can be a strong motivation for travel”
synonyms: motive · motivating force · incentive · stimulus · [more]
- the general desire or willingness of someone to do something:
“keep staff up to date and maintain interest and motivation”
synonyms: enthusiasm · drive · ambition · initiative · [more]
The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.
The general desire or willingness of someone to DO something.
I desire to lose weight and get fit.
Seems easy enough – it’s not.
What’s my reason for doing it, my motivation?
- To feel good about myself.
- So my clothes fit better.
- To live a long and healthy life.
- To not get winded going upstairs at work.
- To not reel when I see my test results back from my physical (that’s a separate post in itself – what do all those numbers MEAN?).
I know HOW to DO IT but it’s the ACTUAL DOING IT that is so incredibly HARD. So what am I going to do to MOTIVATE myself to just DO IT, day in and day out?
1. VISUAL REMINDER. I’m going to print out this picture and post it on my fridge.
I’m perfectly imperfect in this picture. While I am maybe only 10-15 lbs off from this, I just remember how I FELT, and let me tell you – feelings are very important. I felt GOOD and THIN (for me) and STRONG. I love the colorfulness of this outfit. I remember feeling OH SO GOOD. So yeah, this picture is getting posted on the fridge, my bathroom mirror, and my car. I want to remind myself of the feeling, not necessarily the weight because truthfully, I don’t remember my exact weight in this picture.
2. TRACK WORKOUTS. I am going to continue to track my workouts in the monthly portion of my Erin Condren planner. These are my workouts from January. I am motivated by putting a pretty sticker and writing down what I did. Looking at the month, the quantity of my workouts during the last two weeks fell off. I vow to do better in February!
3. ACCOUNTABILITY. Another motivator for me are PEOPLE, like you people. Or an accountability partner. I’ve never really had one, but I would like one. You know, someone to check in with throughout the day. Any takers?
4. REWARD. Lastly, a reward is motivating to me. As in, when I do *this*, then I will get *that*. As in, when I lose 15 lbs, then I will buy this from Lily Pulitzer. OK, I can’t justify spending $328 for one dress but I can dream
But I can reward myself with a long hair wig and it’s less expensive than the dress! It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while as there is no way in heck I will EVER have the patience to grow out my mom bob hairstyle. There’s this cool place here in Austin called Coco Coquette that sells crazy, beautiful wigs. It seems so silly, but I want a long hair wig!! Here’s me with my BFF at Halloween, both of us in wigs (I’m the one on the left).
How do you stay motivated on this health journey through life?