Ahh, motivation. "The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way." "Motive"-ation. This week's #FitnessFriday theme is ... you guessed it, stating and reaffirming our reasons WHY we do what we do when it comes to health and fitness.
Background: My first real spark of motivation came after suffering two miscarriages, as well as having a very sedentary job at the time and literally feeling the rolls of back fat touching each other as I sat all day long. Not to mention at the time I had a five year old little boy that needed his mommy to be able to keep up with him. All these things lit a fire under my behind and - just like when I stopped smoking - I found the determination to start changing my unhealthy eating habits and embark on a new journey which included running, yoga, kickboxing and other various workout DVDs and equipment.
That was four years ago. What keeps me going now? Now that I'm so so close to my "goal weight" I chose all those years ago? Now that I'm not so focused on the number on the scale and instead focused on toning, strengthening, flexibility and run pace? Well, looking back at how far I've progressed is a big one. I never, ever want to go back to being the person I was, physically, mentally or emotionally. I've learned so much along the way and I've come so far. The only way to go is onward and upward, right? That's what I tell myself anyhow, and it seems to be working!
To keep myself focused forward, I continually set new goalposts. Ones that are just out of reach and even intimidate me to some degree in the NOW. Goals and dreams that I can grow in to. It's become habit, almost bordering on obsession at times, to push myself beyond my current limits. To test the waters of growth, expansion, self-improvement, new techniques, new skills and new ways of thinking. I'm not comfortable with settling. I'm becoming more and more comfortable with being uncomfortable. I know I have it within me to reach any goal I set for myself. 26.2 miles seems daunting now. But just watch, in 295 days, I WILL do it. :)
My other motivation these days? My desire to pay FIT forward by being an example of what CAN be done, by showing support to those around me who aim to get fit and healthy, by being a source of help in any way I can to anyone who reaches out to me. I'm a natural born helper, and - as it turns out and as much as I want to deny it - I believe I'm a natural born leader too? I just do my thing and stay as true to myself as possible, and it seems to really inspire others... I have to say, that makes me happy and motivates me to continue onward and upward, too.
My Facebook pages, Motivation. and Running Is My Zen, and my smaller Facebook group, Fitness with Friends, are my biggest pay-it-forward places. Stop by and say hello - we're a friendly bunch!
And before I sign off, one bit of news that has thus far flown under the radar... I am now a Team Beachbody Coach. Yes, I just signed on last week. However, I promise you will NOT hear me talk incessantly about BB, their products or ask you a million trillion times to buy products. I won't badger you, but I will answer ANY questions you may have and make product and program recommendations accordingly. The biggest thing this means is that I have access to a BUNCH of new resources to be able to assist you with your health and fitness goals. And helping makes me happy!
So if I may help you in any capacity, don't hesitate to reach out. I'm more than happy to talk over anything health or fitness-related with you... vent to me, check in with me for workout or food accountability (I have a couple of people already who text me daily to let me know they got their workout in. If I don't hear from them, I check in. I'm willing to do this for you as well), ask me any questions you may have (especially about running!) and I will do my very best to assist you the best way I know how. And if I don't have a particular answer, I likely know someone else who will.
Building a better, stronger, fitter, healthier, more loving me .....
As well as helping others in any way I'm able .....
In a nutshell, THAT is my motivation.
How about you? I'd love to hear what motivates YOU!
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