Find Your Motivation and Cling To It

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 12:01 am by

I’ve seen a lot of people get really excited about choosing to live a healthier life. Excited to meet their goals. To feel better. To look better. I get excited with them and for them! But after a few weeks of hard work they quit, because they haven’t lost 50 pounds or dropped 2 jeans sizes. Motivation is KEY to making sure that your health & fitness journey is always headed in the right direction. Make sure that you are working for the right reasons to ensure that you STICK WITH IT through the tough times (:

DedicationWhat’s my motivation? Why do I do it? What keeps me going? Let me tell y’all.

The feeling.

That feeling that I get when I’m working out. It makes me feel like I can do anything. When I am consistently working out and eating clean I feel 100 times better on the inside. Which translates to me looking better on the outside, too. I used to be overweight so I know what it feels like to eat what I want, when I want and to skimp on working out. Yeah it’s more convenient to eat out instead of cooking and to skip the gym to go out (or lounge around on Pinterest…) but think about it…is it really worth it to skip out? NO. You’re gonna beat yourself up for not getting a workout in or for scarfing down those fries and be worse off than when you started. When I’m eating clean & working out I have more energy, I sleep better at night and BONUS: my skin looks better, too!

The sense of accomplishment.

I’m a type-A person so nothing beats knowing that I met or exceeded my goals. I’m one to challenge myself and to always strive for more. Your goals are just that, yours. They’re not going to be the same as someone who is training for a triathlon or someone who is trying to lose their baby weight (unless you fall into one of those categories). Your goals are SO important. When you feel like you have the upper hand and you have control over your life, it’s easier to push through and meet & exceed your goals.

Being 100% there.

It’s hard to give your all after you’ve worked or gone to school all day. Believe me, I know. But all it takes is commitment and planning…just like everything else in life that is worth anything. If you want something, you’ve got to be all in. That means eating well AND working out. To get the best results, you’ve got to do those things together. Remember something…you are WAY stronger than your cravings. And hello, you’ll NEVER regret getting off your butt and getting your workout on. But you also have to make sure that you’re revamping your lifestyle for YOU.

Knowing that I only get one body.

I do all that I can to keep it up and running at its best! When I wasn’t happy with my body, it was hard for me to love myself. I didn’t have any self confidence, and I hated when anyone looked at me. That made it really hard for me to branch out from my comfort zone and show love to people. And guess what? That’s exactly what we are called to do…love people. This may not be the case for you, but it was really hard for me to love people when I had such a hard time loving myself. You feel me? Ever since I’ve been living a healthy lifestyle, I’ve taken many opportunities to encourage & love on people, because I feel good and love myself!

Making it my lifestyle.

“It’s a lifestyle. Train like there’s no finish line.” AMEN to that. I’ve said this before…in my case, working out is like brushing my teeth or taking a shower…it’s an essential part of my day. I schedule my workouts in advance so that I know what I need to do the next day. That makes it easier to mold it into my daily routine. My friends expect me to bring my own food whenever we have get togethers or anything because I’ve made that my standard. I don’t use every holiday/get together as a reason to “splurge.” Don’t get me wrong, if I want to eat something that I don’t typically eat sometimes I’ll do that. I just plan for it by eating my other meals that day accordingly.

You CAN do this. It’s NOT going to be easy. But it IS going to be worth it.
YOU ARE STRONG & BEAUTIFUL. Don’t you dare give up!

Find your motivation and cling to it!

xo, Jessica

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  • Janessa says:

    Yes! Love this post. It is hard sometimes to remember these goals take time. And some of these points I have to literally say to myself from time to time.

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