Since March 1, 2012, my personal theme has been "Be Your Own Hero." That simple phrase has helped keep me focused and determined. And during times when my motivation has faded, reminding myself to be my own hero has strengthened me to keep going, even when I didn't really want to.
No matter how strong your motivation is, there will be days (and days and days) when the motivation is just non-existent. You can be rolling along, having non-scale victories left and right, killing it with your workouts, tracking your food, drinking your water and feeling great...and out of nowhere, the motivation just slowly fades a bit, or even disappears completely.
I've lost weight many times in the past 30 or so years. Sometimes just a few pounds. Sometimes a lot of pounds. But it always seemed that when the motivation evaporated, I would just give up. I wouldn't fight through it. I would go back to my old ways, and I would gain the weight back.
But this time is different. I really have been my own hero, because even during times when I'm not feeling motivated, I have forced myself to keep going. I have been at a plateau for a long time, and that is discouraging. But I can look back at how far I've come, and be proud of myself for hanging in there and not giving up. Being your own hero is not only about making progress. Sometimes, being your own hero just means not allowing yourself to retreat and give up.
If you are struggling...if you are not feeling motivated...if you are tempted to just give up because its too diffcult; be your own hero! Even if you aren't making progress, hang in there. Don't go backwards. This journey isn't easy, and motivation doesn't always last. But you can be your own hero and fight through it. You really are worth the effort. If you keep fighting, the motivation will come back eventually.
My motivation returned to me in full force today when I checked the mail. My dear Spark friend Tammy sent me this workout DVD:
She and I have been workout buddies, and each month we pick a workout to do together (even though we live several states apart.) Last month we did Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. This month we're doing Weight Loss Cardio Kick...and in September we'll be doing the workout she just sent me! Thank you Tammy! I'm looking forward to it!
But what really boosted my motivation was what else she sent me...a note to remind me to keep being my own hero, and this black shirt;
I laughed until I cried when I saw that shirt! It made me so darned happy...it was just perfect! The shirt is a little tight now, but that just motivates me to work hard so that it will fit me soon. I can't wait to wear it!!! And I will wear it with pride because I am my own hero.