Some mornings when I wake up it takes me a few minutes to find my motivation to make the day a healthy one.
I know in the grand scheme of things that I want to spend the day in a healthy way. I want to exercise and eat healthy whole foods. But that is the big picture desire. The day to day motivation that will propel me to make those good choices is a little bit tricky sometimes.
Some days I wake up tired or sore from a previous workout and finding that motivation is hard. Some days I just want to stay in bed. Some days I just want to eat to soothe all my problems. Some days I just want to throw up my hands and stick my head in the sand so I won’t have to worry about calories or my target heart rate or blogging about my losses/gains. Some days make it harder to find the motivation to keep going to classes, to keep pushing as hard as I can.
I’ve learned to take these days in stride. I won’t let a single day where I am not enthusiastic about exercise or eating more salad derail me from my end goal. I’ve let that happen in the past. I know how easily it is to miss three weeks after promising myself just to miss this one workout. I know how easily I can slide back into laziness and slothfulness if I’m not vigilant.
So I make myself get up and find whatever motivation will work. More often than not the “motivation” is the simple fact that I have to do this. I have to find my daily motivation boost where I can get it and simply put in the work.
Living A Healthy Lifestyle Never Ends
I have to do this every day, forever.
Healthy living isn’t an option. For me, it’s not. Either I want to live and I want to do it the right way, or I don’t. I will always have to workout. Exercise isn’t something I can put away in a closet for when I have more time or energy. It is an every-day-I’m-alive-must-do-it kind of thing. I will always need to eat things in moderation and keep my calories in a “normal” range for my body. These things are not options for me. Some days I might have to force myself to do it, but healthy living is forever. Some mornings I tell myself I have to do this and that motivates me. Because I do.
Sometimes I wonder why I struggle with motivation to do the things I WANT to do. I wonder why all the other people out there seem to be so dedicated, so committed and motivated to making their healthy goals a reality. It makes me seem weak or stupid, when I have all the resources in the world, yet struggle with the motivation to use them. I know the lack of motivation right now is a fleeting thought, just a brief moment of it when I wake up before I talk myself into an awesome day of exercise and healthy eating. But the fact that it is there, no matter how fleeting, bothers me.
Sometimes I have to use tricks to motivate myself. I have to look through Pinterest for motivation. I have to read myself inspiring stories. I have to watch inspiring videos. I read weight loss motivation quotes. I have to do whatever it takes to motivate myself because I have to get moving.
Living a healthy lifestyle is forever. It’s not something you just drop after 6 weeks when you reach a goal. You do it day in and day out for the rest of your life, if you want to do it right. And I am okay with that fact. I know that some days I will be more excited about it than others, but I will continue to pursue these things forever.
What about you? Are you in this for the long haul? Or do you step out of the race as soon as the motivation leaves you?