Keeping yourself motivated to stay on track for a healthy lifestyle can be the most challenging part of a life style change. It is easy to fall back old habits, to come up with excuses for “just this time” and which quickly becomes “every time”. And before you know it you are back doing all the things you worked so hard to try to change.
It always amazes me how I can try to rationalize and justify my way through things – “it is ok to eat those cookies, you went to the gym today”. But it is NOT ok to eat those cookies – remember back to our 500 calorie chat? Going to the gym for 1 hr will likely burn about 500 calories, eating a couple of cookies will undo all of that work!!!
During those times I need to think hard and remember back to why I want to make these changes. What are my deep down motivations for leading a healthier lifestyle. I thought I would share them with you to help make me more accountable.
- I want to have the energy to get down and play with A.C, to run outside and play tag without being out of breath
- If/when we decide to have another baby, I want my body to be in top shape for the added stress of pregnancy
- I want to feel beautiful and to fit into clothes that I wore 5 years ago
- I want to be a good role model for A.C., words are not enough, I need to be the example A.C. will follow (eat more fruits and veggies!)
- I to make healthy choices for ME – to reduce my risk of chronic disease and cancer and to make sure that I am able to run around and chase my Grandkids when the time comes
I am on week 4 of my smartest loser challenge, and although I have been eating better and going to the gym at least 2x a week (last week I was able to go 3x!), I have been getting frustrated. I can feel that I am getting my strength and endurance back, but so far on the scale… no change
I know I need to be patient, I didn’t put on these extra 12 lbs in 4 weeks so they are not going to come off that fast either. But a little sign of change around my waist line would be nice. I just need to remember that there are so many reasons for me to stay motivated, and that these changes are bigger then just losing a couple of pounds.
What keeps you motivated when times get tough?