Seriously, I have no motivation to keep exercising and eating healthy, but what I do have is commitment. I believe motivation is real and that itís what actually gets us to begin eating healthy and exercising. But I think motivation is like when you fall in love! Itís all super exciting in the beginning, you have the tingly butterflies in the belly, but as time passes so do the butterflies . Now, of course I donít mean you fall out of love, but things change. Well, this change happens a lot sooner with fitness (in my opinion, LOL), your all excited for the first week, but by week number two and three, things begin to lose their luster. Gyms all over the country were packed in January and slowly but surely theyíre getting emptier.
So how do you stay motivated to keep going? Well, I donít think you do! I think you have to change your thinking and find a new approach, and thatís exactly what Iím doing. Iíve started viewing exercise as I do brushing my teeth, taking a shower, cleaning my house, etc. I may not necessarily feel like doing any of these things, but I do them anyway. For the most part I donít even think about these things, theyíre just things that have got to get done, theyíve become ďhabitsĒ so I do them. Well, it has to be the same way with exercise, you must make it a ďhabitĒ. Can you really imagine, not doing your daily hygiene, or keeping your house clean? No! Even if we donít have the time, we make the time! We get up earlier, we cut out some television, whatever we have to do and we get it done!
This also comes down to evaluating priorities, and figuring out whatís really important to you. My favorite thing to do in the morning right after I get up is to make my coffee, and sit on the couch for about an hour on the internet, this has been my habit for years. I would even get up early to make sure I have this time. So I really needed to address this with myself. What was truly more important to me, sitting on the couch and wasting an hour, or using that hour to improve my health and body? Hmmm? Well, when I put it that way! So, I still start the day with my coffee, (otherwise I might kill someone), I take a few minutes to enjoy it and then I hit the gym! I still allow myself that lazy time on the weekends, but I also still get my workout in when Iím done. Just a small but simple shift in schedule and priorities can be all it takes to create new habits, and a better life.
You may have heard the saying ďfailing to plan is a plan to failĒ. Well, Iím planning and scheduling everything! I now schedule all of my workouts a month in advance, itís like making an actual appointment with myself, and if my schedule changes, I reschedule that appointment. Before January was over I scheduled all of Februaryís workouts, and so far Iím right on track. I also have a day and time weekly to plan out all of the following weeks meals, another time to create the shopping list, a day and time to do the shopping, and last a day and time for some prep. If I had to do all of these things at one time I think I would feel extremely overwhelmed, (thatís probably why I wasnít doing it until now) but dividing them into small segments has made things so much easier. Iíve also started keeping copies of my meal plans and shopping lists so I can just reuse them later, now that has really has really made things easier.
I still try and do things for ďMotivationĒ, like hanging a bathing suit up in my workout area, along with a countdown to summer calendar, posting pics on the fridge of my fitness idols, etc., and sure this stuff helps, but itís not what gets me to workout every day. It has to become a commitment over motivation because no one is going to wake up motivated every day, but you can wake up and be committed every day. I canít think of one morning that Iíve woke up excited and said ďWooo, I canít wait to workout today!Ē But, I get up, commit myself to doing it, and I can honestly say, I havenít regretted one workout! Itís after the workout I canít understand why I didnít want to workout in the first place!