May 3, 2011

Vanity, what a Great Motivation!

            A big self-motivation factor for many people is vanity. We want to look good! Many Americans need to lose weight. Big time!
Motivation is very funny: it always seems to leave right in the middle of a great fitness routine or a good diet program. You were doing so well….then one day, you lost your motivation and you just did not feel like working on it anymore.
It is interesting how when motivation is high, we feel driven, energized, focused and determined. Nothing gets in our way and we always have the ability to push ourselves and get things done.
But once you lose motivation, inertia takes over. You keep saying you want to change, but you cannot seem to get yourself out the door.
So how do you get back your motivation and stick with your program?
First, realize that motivation is not permanent. You do not “get it” and then never have to worry about it again. That is why being able to build your own motivation is so important. Instead of depending on an external crisis to get you started, you can create your own wake-up call. Figure out ways to generate your own excitement and energy for your goals. Look at motivation as an opportunity, not a burden, and then develop the resources you need to sustain it.
The best idea that will help you get back on track is Do It When You Don’t Feel Like It! When you do not feel like working on a diet or exercise program…is usually when you need do it the most. So unless you are physically ill, do not let your feelings determine your actions. Invent new tricks, create new methods and stay on your program especially when you don’t feel like it.
Vacation is over! School is back in session! Along with that comes a little homework. So push yourself to work hard, stay focused and aim for the top of the class.
            With renewed motivation, your efforts will pay off and you will see the results in your lifestyle and in your mirror.
I hope some of the suggestions I have given will provide motivation to get you started on your healthy eating adventure.