THAT, My Friends, is the answer to the question, “What should I use for motivation?”
Are you healthy?
Then eat right and exercise!
Are you at your goal weight?
Then eat right and exercise!
Are you happy with YOU?
Then eat right, exercise, and add some wonderful Personal Development books! *I can recommend a few of my personal favorites if you don’t know what a good PD book even is.*
Yes, I do know that the above is a bit cliche’, but I don’t really care. It is 100% the TRUTH!
Here is a bit of MY truth if you don’t know it.
10 years ago this week, I was 35# down from my highest weight of 296#, and no one had even noticed! I was practically starving myself, and knew I was on yet another road to failure! No one even knew I was trying to lose weight. I had not declared that I was on a health journey, because I just knew I was going to fail. On September 16, 2008, I watched the Season 6 Premier of Biggest Loser, like I ALWAYS did, but something felt different in me this time. I had already seen the number on the scale go down some, so why not go for it. I joined an online community, and went on to lose another 110# to see my lowest weight. But I still didn’t look like what I was aiming for. So I started lifting more weights and doing a little less cardio. I gained back about 20# of solid muscle and dropped another 2 sizes!
This pic was taken around that time. Man my hair was short! LOL!
Now, over the past few years, some BIG stresses, some tragic distractions, some “not so smart on my part” experimenting with different diet theories, and simply getting older and entering menopause, has lead me to where I am now dealing with some metabolic/hormonal issues along with a significant weight gain. Today, I weighed in at 205#. I am still mortified by that number, but it is also unfortunately NOT the highest I have seen over the past few months. I know that this leg of my journey is going to be a rough one! Y’All KNOW I work hard, so that number does NOT and WILL NOT, define Me!
But what I KNOW works, is not something I have stuck with as I experimented with the many trends that I tell people to stay away from, but had to prove it to myself.
And what is MY MOTIVATION to return to what I know works?
MY DESIRE TO BE BACK IN A SIZE 6!
MY WANTING TO FEEL STRONG AND POWERFUL AGAIN!
So, maybe those aren’t YOUR reasons. Maybe you could care less about being a size 6. To be honest, it was never my goal either! A size 12 was. And even right now, where I am currently, I am wearing mostly 10’s and have caught myself hating on me and beating myself up. To that I now call BS!
And I had to look long and hard into the mirror and find MY MOTIVATION! And it was staring back at me! I see the barrel around my midsection. CLASSIC Diabetes body. I can feel my blood pressure rise sometimes and see my ankles and hands swell along with that heavy feeling after a hard move in a workout. Classic heart disease signs. These 2 diseases plague my family! It is imperative that I take control again.
THAT is what MOTIVATES ME!
So, I ask you, do you need me screaming in your face and dropping some TOUGH LOVE down on you?
If so, I do both in person classes and training AND online coaching.
But I am here to tell you that all the coaching and knowledge in the world will not help if you are not ready to commit to Yourself! If you can’t look in the mirror and ask yourself, “What am I waiting for? WHY do I continue to do this to myself?” and come to the conclusion that you are READY to LIVE your healthiest life by making more good choices than bad and showing up ready to do WORK!
So, I tell you all of this to let you know that just because I am not where I want to be, does not mean that I am not working for it. I AM! If you come to any of my classes, you KNOW that to be true! And today, I challenge you to put in the work to make YOU feel better. I would love to, but I can’t do the work for you. Here is what I am doing because it is what has worked for me in the past, and I just need to be patient and put in the work.
I am eating right approximately 80% of the time.
I workout a minimum of 4 days a week.
I lean on MY support group when I need some accountability or need to vent or need someone to be there to either help or even just listen while I talk something out.
And, this just in, I am learning how to REST! My recovery time, or lack thereof, has been a big part of my current issues. So I am learning to make some time for it again.
So, now that you know Your Motivation comes from within and has been there all along, you just needed to look for it…..
What’s Your Plan?
Let me know if I can help! ❤