Honeymoon versus Long Term Motivation
Monday, November 26, 2012
I have felt like I am DRAGGING this week. I took a week off of hard-core exercise due to my daughter being out of school. We went on walks, but I am someone who likes to work up a sweat. The sedentary lifestyle almost un-motivated me.
My ennui led me to ponder the concept of motivation. Most people describe motivation as a driving force- a strong desire to live better or a gung-ho feeling about their healthful choices and weight loss activities. I used to think that way. But after my contemplations, I decided motivation is more like love; it can be viewed in two ways: Honeymoon Motivation and Long Term Motivation.
I describe Honeymoon Motivation as I would describe the honeymoon phase of a romance. The feelings are strong, intense, and overwhelming. Of course it’s easy to be crazy for that other person! It’s an all-consuming, thought sequestering feeling. It’s new! It’s the same way with Honeymoon Motivation. How many people have started new diets with this vigor? I know I have…. many times. It makes dieting easy and working out seem like a breeze. Those little hunger pains are barely noticeable because of the endorphins caused by new found purpose. But as with Honeymoon Love in relationships, these strong feelings fade. What’s REALLY important is what happens next.
The Long Term Lover is understanding, accepting, and works for the continuance of the relationship despite lack of the completely overwhelming chemicals rushing through our bodies. The same can be said for Long Term Motivation (LTM). LTM is very important for people losing weight, as weight loss SHOULD be long term! But let’s face it, the glitzy goals and exercise highs can fade to gray sometimes, and eating the same brown bag lunches and yogurt breakfasts can get boring after a while. That’s why LTM should be spiced up just like Long Term Relationships!!! Pack NEW healthful lunches, try out new work outs, find new motivational quotes and set a few shorter-term goals. Make sure to measure your inches, and have buddies to support you. Just as a weekly date night can add some spark to a long term relationship, these little changes can light the proverbial fire under your bottom again.
Remember; life is meant to be lived. If you’re not happy, change your attitude, your habits, something! Healthfulness makes people happier (I’ll find articles to cite if you don’t believe me!), and your relationship with your body is the most important Long Term Relationship you have. So if you don’t feel that spark of motivation, reach deeper. That love for yourself is still there.