Motivation is hard for a lot of people. You're not alone. You make goals for your health, yet many of us have jobs or school that take over and don't support that. I have a job that keeps me physically active. But to attain my strength goals, I still have to work my butt off. Others work at a desk all day and have a harder time fitting in physical activity into their routine.
Making the Right Decisions
Every successful outcome will require hard decisions. You make decisions, then set up your schedule to support those goals. For example, if I have to leave for work at 7 am, I set my alarm for 4:30 am so I have time for a 20-30 minute workout, teaching prep, breakfast, a shower, lunch prep, and a quick study to support my inner, spiritual life. I don't focus on how tired I might be, but how I will feel about myself if I succeed.
When I shop for groceries, again I focus on my intentions. Right now I am trying to lean out. So I keep plenty of foods around me that support that goal. I buy plenty of veggies, chicken, protein bars, etc. My husband is trying to build more muscle mass than I am right now, so he gets to have ice cream and calorie-dense food. I create my own substitutions for dessert cravings, like my favorite protein shake:
- 1 scoop protein powder, unflavored
- 1 banana
- 5 small dates
- 1 tablespoon Cocoa powder
Sticking to your decisions
I always remind myself of where I'm headed. I look at my progress and how good I feel when I stick to my path. I practice discipline of mind, body, spirit. I bring plenty of healthy food with me to work so that I stay on track throughout the day. Often that food will consist of a baked sweet potato, a protein bar, a protein shake, or tuna and cheese on whole grain bread. Keep yourself fuelled throughout the day so you don't have time for cravings.
Once habits are formed, motivation suddenly becomes easier. It's a long road, but if you learn to trust and have confidence in yourself, you will succeed. Don't let slow progress discourage you. Baby steps count just as much as leaps and bounds. You are worth every second, every moment, that you take for yourself and the whole world benefits from your effort. You inspire us all with your dedication and determination.
Never give up.
To quote Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings: "All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you."
This post about decision-making was penned by PumpUp member @bodysoulspiritfitness, a teacher and movement artist with a passion for healthy living and adventure. Follow her blog here.