Updated: May 23, 2019
Remember your WHY.
I was listening to Dave Ramsey (financial peace guru), and he always tells people that they have to identify their "why" or they won't stick to a budget or work hard to get out of debt.
Fitness is the same. Think about why you started working out in the first place. Has your original reason changed? I have one man who has been working out with me for 5 years. His original plan was to lose 10 lbs before an upcoming holiday (6 week goal). He actually reached his goal and realized he felt so much better that he has been consistent, given himself new goals, and never quit!
I was always active and got my degree and graduate studies in exercise science/wellness, so I have always worked out. But my reasons over the years have definitely shifted and keep shifting. I used to do it to balance out every M&M 🙃 I ate. We all know that helps, but doesn't totally work. Then I took up running to keep me from going crazy (i.e, stress relief). Now I do it because I know that if I don't, the next 30 years are not going to be pretty).
Honestly, I still have a blend of all of those reasons.
I still care about body image, I still need stress relief, and I want to be as healthy and strong as possible for the rest of my life. I plan on playing on the floor with my grandkids 👶 (whenever someone gives me some 😉), just like I did with my kids.
Since fitness is my career, I rarely have to motivate myself to workout. I can workout with a group almost everyday. I know that isn't true for you. So think about and define your WHY. Maybe you've been told by your doctor that you have to workout or else you will need medication. Give the control back to yourself. You can take meds, but you don't want to. So think about WHY you want to workout and be medication free. If you don't know your WHY, those morning workouts are going to get old. You're tired, life is messy, and you will begin to choose sleep (although you could have gone to bed earlier) over your workout.
Once you determine your WHY, put it around you. Post it on a mirror, tell someone close to you, and take action to make it happen. If you're already meeting your goals, then congratulate yourself and help someone else. If you're not, get started THIS WEEK! (I have a great idea of how you could make that happen 😉).
YOU are worth it 😘 and time is short. Let's make the most of our days by feeling good and helping others feel good.