How Do You Find The Motivation To Change?
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How do you find the motivation to change?
Are some people born with it and others are destined to stay the same?
A majority of individuals lack motivation at some point in their journey. But some can jump back on track pretty easy while others just can’t seem to get motivated to get back to it.
I can honestly say now, that I’m pretty motivated to continue working out and eating healthy, but that wasn’t always the case. Not too long ago, I despised working out. I hated to sweat! And I hated veggies—well this one still kind of holds true, I just have learned to tolerate them. But, I have goals and love the way I feel the days I do a workout.
I do know that motivation has to be found by every person.
When working out is the last thing I want to do, I have found some tricks to keep me motivated.
How To Find Motivation To Workout
Remember your WHY – Why did you want to start your fitness journey in the first place? That’s your why? The reason you keep going. The reason you want to change? My BIG why is my kids. I want to be healthy for them and be around for many many years to come. I want to show them how to put an importance on their health, to enjoy being and getting healthy.
Give yourself credit – You’re currently on your journey to healthier habits. You are just starting out, you can’t expect yourself to have perfect form, to keep the pace the whole workout, or to choose the healthy option every time you eat.
Cut yourself some slack. You’ll get there with consistency. In the meantime, praise yourself for the little things you do accomplish.
“Yes! I just 10 push-ups on my toes!”
“Way to go me! I chose the side salad over the French fries!”
Reward yourself – You deserve some sort of reward for hitting your big AND mini goals.
- worked out for 7 days straight= A no-guilt night of binge-watching Netflix
- lost 5 lbs= Mani and pedi
- worked out for 30 days= $20 goes into your clothing budget
You get the point. All of those are milestones that should be celebrated. I don’t know about you but getting to buy a new pair of shoes is all the motivation I need.
Acknowledge your progress – No matter how small it seems. Your body wasn’t built overnight. It’s not going to change overnight either. While the progress might be slow quitting isn’t going to get you there any faster.
Focus on how you feel – Don’t listen to the scale. The scale isn’t going to tell you if you lost 10lbs of fat and gained 5 lbs of muscle. But, most of all, it can’t say if you are healthy.
How do you FEEL? How are your clothes fitting? Are you sleeping better? Do you have more energy?
These things are going to say so much more than the scale can.
Don’t compare you to others – Your body is unlike anyone else. Your journey is unlike anyone else. You can’t expect it to react the same to workouts and foods as the next person.
Plus, you are probably in a different stage of your journey, so you can’t expect to be able to do what the next person is doing.
Be nice to yourself – The mind is a powerful thing. There’s a quote that is so true.
“The body achieves what the mind believes.”
Get rid of the negative self-talk. Tell yourself, “I can do this,” and “I am worth it!”
Love yourself – This goes hand in hand with the above tip. Do it because you love your body, not because you hate it. So, change your mindset, and you will have a different outlook on things.
Take it one day at a time – This is one that I have seen help so many, especially myself. Seeing a 30, 60, or 90-day fitness plan is intimidating. Setting day today goals were so much easier than seeing a 30-day goal.
Break it down more if you have to, there is no shame in that.
Still lacking the motivation?
5-minutes! Just hit play for 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes is up if you still aren’t feeling it, then quit. Most of the time you will hit that 5 minutes and keep going but having that out helps with motivation.