Fitness Series: Motivation

I’m starting another series – all about fitness! I gained a significant amount of weight in a short period of time about 4 years ago and have been struggling to lose it since. It’s a daily battle between being healthy, enjoying myself and accepting my body.

I found myself constantly beating myself down when looking at various “fitspo” accounts on Instagram: doubting my progress and wondering “what am I doing wrong?”. I decided in January to unfollow almost all of those fitness accounts and focus on my own goals: becoming comfortable with my body and trying to live a healthier lifestyle. I wanted to shift my focus from losing weight to being healthy.

I thought a good place to start would be Motivation vs Dedication. I’ve previously written a post about this but I thought I would revive the ideas with this new series.

Motivation

I have a few of my own motivation stories to share.

  1. I want to get back to my previous fitness level when I was happy, healthy, energized and felt comfortable in my own skin. I’m not aiming so much at losing weight as I am about feeling good about myself and how I got there.
  2. I was recently a bridesmaid in one of my best friend’s weddings and when I tried on dresses I was between sizes. I decided to get the size that was a little small to motivate me to lose a few pounds before the wedding. I was successful (yay!) and it felt so good to know that what I was doing was working (slowly but surely).
  3. I have a second wedding I’ll be a bridesmaid in next year which will motivate me to continue to live a healthier lifestyle.

Dedication

While it’s great to have motivation to get started on your fitness/health journey, dedication is required to follow through. I can’t count how many times I’ve started a new workout plan to lose weight only to not be dedicated enough to keep going with it.

It’s a huge effort to juggle work, family, a social life, hobbies and getting/staying fit! Typically I spend the week at work and working out and the weekend is dedicated to my social life. However, once Friday comes that goes out the door and I spend far too much time overindulging and not being active that I get back to Monday starting where I was the previous week.

Dedication is going to the gym every day, even when you’re not in the mood. It’s also continuing to eat healthy instead of ordering out or eating junk food but recognizing that it’s okay to have a cheat meal just don’t make a day (or a week or a month) out of it.

I have not been motivated or dedicated lately but I’ve been sluggish and lazy and that needs to change. I’ll be working on myself for the next month to share my journey in my next post.

I’ve created a fitness plan to follow and will me continuing with my S.M.A.R.T. goals to keep me on track.

How do you get motivated OR stay dedicated to your health and fitness? Share some tips below!

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