A lot actually! It's your REASON for motivation - the answer to WHY you get out of bed every morning and make a daily commitment to better health!
I am asked on a daily basis, 'how do you stay motivated?' 'How can I stay motivated?' 'Where do I start'?
My best advice: Start with your WHY
If you don't have a reason for WHY you want to get fit, eat better, change your lifestyle and live an all around healthier life for you AND your family, you wont make it!
A WHY is different from a goal. Goals are important, and you will set them throughout the process - but the WHY is the number one aspect of your commitment. It spans beyond a short term goal, its the big picture of the entire concept of your health.
'I want to wear a little black dress at my friends wedding' = GOAL
'I want to be 10lbs lighter at my reunion this summer = GOAL
'I want to run a 5K race in 2 months' = GOAL
These are ALL great goals! But they are not an ultimate WHY. So what is a why? What does it look like?
Here is mine:
'I spent my ENTIRE life unhealthy - I couldn't be active, I couldn't run, I hated my body - hated being in a swimsuit, hated being in public and was so negative towards myself and my body image for so long. Now that I have changed my life, my body and my self image, I want to do EVERYTHING I COULDN'T do before! I want to try every facet of fitness and compete with myself to be the best me I can be! I want to be an example of health to my family and friends - especially after losing my Father to a heart attack at his young age of 52: all from a lifetime of unhealthy living.'
THIS is a WHY. This pushes me DAILY to my smaller goals - like climbing a 14er, winning my pro fitness card, becoming a fit Mom someday - all of these goals SURROUND my why and are BACKED by my why.
Without a WHY - you won't have a reason to KEEP GOING! And you should always KEEP GOING because you can DO ANYTHING!!
My challenge to you this week? Think about your why - write ideas down and come back at the end of the week and compare/compile your thoughts. Write it down - put it EVERYWHERE! Your fridge, your desk at work, your bathroom mirror. Remind yourself everyday why you want to live a life of health. And I promise, you WILL find RESULTS!
Happy and Healthy Living!