There are many things that we use as motivation along our healthy lifestyle journey. We will use just about anything to get us going from where we start to where we want to be. It may be a specific goal like fitting into an old pair of jeans or looking good at a class reunion. It may be a quote that you came across that made you realize you need to get your butt in gear! It may be a health scare or the fear of a potential health scare in the future that gets you on track.
I could go on and on because there are a million and one things that you could use as motivation. I know for me, I feel like I have used a million and two along my journey the last few years. Some of the things are more on the superficial side while others are on the "real" side of things.
It changes. It changed for me many times from the point of where I started to when I made my initial goal and now going for a new goal. What motivates us is an ever evolving thing that helps us get from where we were to where we want to be.
Motivation is strong. Motivation wavers. Motivation disappears. Motivation reappears and is stronger than ever!
I had one of those life "motivational moments" that happens to us from time to time over this last weekend. I have been really motivated as of late trying to make my new goal by October but a new one (more like an old one rebooted) hit me the other day while riding in the car with one of my twin girls, Calli, who is 8-years-old.
We were talking about the upcoming wedding in October and she was asking me questions when this one came out...
Calli: "Daddy, will you walk me down the aisle when I get married?"
Me: "Of course I will!"
Calli: "YES!" (pumps her fist then gives me a fist bump)
Needless to say, that MADE MY DAY! I got tears in my eyes. It melted my heart. I am one lucky, happy Dad!
It took me back to the beginning of this healthy journey for me when I started. My children were my #1 motivation. I wanted to give myself the best possible chance to see them grow up and see them have children themselves. I know being healthier doesn't guarantee any of that, but it certainly gives me a better chance of it.
I got a great reminder from Calli this weekend of my motivation and why I sacrifice and work as hard as I do! I have to walk my little girls down the aisle some day :)
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