What's your motivation?
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Today, SC asked for a blog post about motivation. Is it shallow to say that I'm motivated by a pretty dress? A cousin passed along a beautiful sundress but it's *just* a little too snug. I know that it would look cute (i.e. zip up) if I could just shave an inch (or two) off around the middle.
Of course, maybe that masks the more serious motivators, like my recent A1C level at the doctor (this past October). I didn't start getting serious again about what I was eating and how much I was moving until recently (January on activity, May on food). Sometimes having a number other than the scale to shoot for is important. My numbers for the big three (diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure) have always been great, so it was a little jarring to have the first report that they weren't.
But maybe the last motivator is my family. I want to be healthy and feel good in my skin for as long as I can. I've watched family members struggle with their weight and I know that the older I get the harder it can be - unless I get a good solid healthy foundation now. I want to always be motivated to move and be active and eat well. I want to contribute to my kids' good body image (because so far, they are inheriting my short stockiness) and healthy habits. I absolutely loved it when my son said that he liked Sundays because we got "so much exercise" (soccer, then playground, then swimming).
So that's the motivation, big and small and in between. I'm eager to find some of these external sources of motivation - people and ideas - that will keep me going as I learn to change my thought and behavior patterns.