I haven’t done a healthy challenge in a while and am in need of one. It’s not that I don’t feel motivated to stick to my diet or exercise. It is because I do feel motivated and I want to keep that motivation going. I find that I can tell myself all the right reasons for losing weight. The most obvious is to be healthy and live a long life but sometimes it is not quite enough or is it?
These past few weeks I haven’t been trying very hard. I’ve done enough not to gain but not enough to lose. Ever since my husband’s second angiogram, I’ve pretty much let it all go. Dieting can be very stressful and I did not have any room for any more stress. I kept thinking about it and wanting to get motivated but just wasn’t. I go through periods where I am super motivated and others when I am not at all. This last period of unmotivated dieting has lasted a long time. It usually only lasts about a month or so. What finally turned it around for me was two things I saw on Google +. One talked about the five things dying people most regretted in there life. (You can read it here.) One of the regrets was wishing they had let themselves me happier.
It happened to coincide with a quote I had seen on Pinterest. It basically said if you don’t like something about yourself change it. I’ve probably seen that one a million times too. For some reason it was that combination of regrets, the quote and watching Graceland, of all things, that got kind of mangled together in my mind. How in the world does Graceland, fit into this, a show about undercover FBI agents trying to break up drug rings? It reminded me how strong I felt when I was in really good shape, how I felt I could take on the world. I miss that feeling. Watching the agents run after the criminals and live life on the edge just made me remember I loved the feeling of strength. Well, if I am the only one stopping myself from feeling strong and a little bad-ass; I have the power to change it. I don’t want to run out and be a police officer or FBI but I do want to feel strong and in control.
So that means I need to hit the gym hard and watch what I eat. I also downloaded an app, Striiv. Striiv makes exercising fun and turns it into a game by giving you challenges. It also allows you to compete with others. So if you are using Striiv, drop me an email and we can link up to help each other feel motivated.
So the point of this whole blog post is to not give up. Keep looking for motivation. You never know where or when it is going to strike or in what form. I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me to remember how I loved that feeling of physical strength. So now when I am hungry or don’t feel like working out, I visualize feeling strong and being physically able to do the things I want to. For right now that is providing the motivation I need to get it into gear. What motivates you?