May 2, 2012
This week's topic: Motivation. What keeps you going when you want to give up? Is it a phrase, or a scripture, or a person, or a thing? What is that one thing that motivates you to keep working towards your goal? I hope you'll join us. You never know…your motivation may help inspire someone else to keep going.
I have long had a problem with the statement, "I need motivation." Honestly, that one comment makes the hairs on my neck stand straight up. According to dictionary.com, motivation is: "the act or an instance of motivating, or providing with a reason to act in a certain way." With that being said, our motivation is really our WHY. Why do we choose healthy over unhealthy foods? Why do we choose exercise over inactivity?
The answer will vary for each of us. I know all too many women whose sole motivation is a certain size of pants or a number on a scale. While I understand these, I honestly wish more people had health in mind as their reason. Overall, good health, that should be our goal. As a result, yes, the number on the scale will be a healthy number and we will wear our clothes confidently and comfortably.
As a mom, I also find being a role model for my daughter to be an answer to my why. I want her to learn and see healthy behaviors throughout her life. Am I perfect? No. But, she sees me eating nutritiously the vast majority of the time and knows I exercise daily.
Am I at my goal weight/size? No, I am not. Post surgery and post so many things, I am still working on regaining strength and endurance. I am also revisiting this book to try to better plan my eating and caloric needs. What I do find myself doing each day is reminding myself of what my body has accomplished and what it accomplishes each day. There are screws and plates in one ankle and my neck, a scar spreads across my lower abdomen from when my child was brought into this world, and there are many bumps and bruises along the way. A full marathon, a half marathon, crazy workouts, being a wife and mother, and friend, and more. I am here, I am still moving forward. I have more to accomplish. That is all the motivation I need.