Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ohhh MOTIVATIONNNN.... Where are you?!

Ahhh, Motivation… Sometimes it’s a battle all in itself. When you first start on your weight loss journey, you feel like nothing can stop you. You feel like you can go on and on and never give up. You feel on top of the world… But as time goes on, it seems to slip, at least for me it does. I lose sight of the real reason I started in the first place (my health) and just give up. I’ve been on this journey for longer than I liked to admit. I lose a good amount of weight and then something happens… I fall off the wagon and I let “a lack of motivation” beat the mess out of me. Every pound I gain finds its way back on me and they always seem to bring a few 15+ friends along with them. It seems to be a never ending cycle. You get fed up, and you try again… Hoping this time will be the “forever” you’re looking for.

We all know motivation is a key factor in reaching our goals. Motivation is our driving force. Motivation is also hard to maintain at times. Extremely hard for someone like me. I know what it feels like to lose a bunch of weight. I know what it feels like to be healthier. I know what it feels like to look in the mirror and be proud of what I have accomplished… But what I don’t know is; Why is it so hard to maintain and keep up the motivation that got me started in the first place?

I want this time to be different. I want to reach my goals. I want to be
healthy. I want to be able to go to six flags and ride rides. I want to be able to wear the cute pair of pumps I saw at the store without fear of breaking my neck. I want. I want. I want… But in order for me to get what I want, I have to push on through the struggles. I have to push on even when I don’t want to. I have to push on even when I have a bad day. Or week. Or weeks. I have to dig down deep, keep my head up and keep pushing forward. Most importantly… I have to remind myself of the reason I started in the first place. If I have to say it every day for the rest of my life, I will. I’m in it to win it this time. So let me start right now and give myself a daily reminder as to why I’m taking this trip down weight loss lane… AGAIN.

(It may or may not include cute shoes and awesome clothes and roller coasters too…)

1 comment:

  1. I've also struggled in the past when it comes to maintaining. This time i've set myself an overal goal to try and reach (70lbs) as well as lots of mini weight loss goals and then I would reward myself everytime I reached a mini goal (i.e. lose 5lbs - buy some smaller clothes, lose 10lbs - buy shoes, lose 15lbs - buy an mp3 player etc). I found having lots of mini goals helped keep my motivation. So far it's working good!