8 Mar 2012
This post practically writes itself.
Or more, more aptly put, I’d like to think it’s a post which finds you nodding your head and thinking: “I’ve been there.”
When I was there—and there for a while—the struggle to find real motivation was a lonely one.
I have mentioned (a million times) I started this journey for superficial reasons. Living a healthy lifestyle sounded nice, but fitting into a bikini for spring break sounded a whole lot nicer.
I was young. Fifty was *old* to me then and I couldn’t see why how I looked let alone felt would matter at that point. Life was pretty much over by 30 —or so I thought.
I cared not about learning and maintaining healthy habits. I cared a lot about catching the eye of the college boys who were, uh, ‘gathering’ in Ft Lauderdale in a few months. I know. I cringe for my younger-self now, too.
I made the decision (lose the beer gut by spring break). I found the motivation (Victoria’s Secret bikini). I was on fire.
I focused on my goals. I achieved my goals. I went on spring break.
I tossed my habits out the window (insert inappropriate joke here about better the habits than the bikini top). I came back from vacation a few pounds heavier (three cheers for the all beer diet) and soon after regained everything I’d lost.
And, in a way which I couldn’t see back then, it all made perfect sense.
I lacked any real motivation to stick to my plan and it was another four years before I did the work and uncovered three reasons which still motivate me today.
I want to live longer. I hate cardio. I disagree with those who say “you can discover a form of cardio you enjoy!” I’ve discovered cardio I’ll do, but that’s different. How do I motivate myself to do the cardio? I know the benefits for my heart outweigh my hate.
I want to live more vitally. I joke about fearing being the ‘old mom’ at my daughter’s high school or college graduation. More truth is, indeed, said in jest. I now grasp the advantages of eating healthy are not just to fit the long gone Victoria’s Secret bikini, but for more important stuff: energy, strength, and yes good digestive health.
I want functional fitness. I adore the fact I don’t need to ask for assistance when bringing inside my Costco haul. I’m proud of how easily I toss my luggage into the overhead airplane bin. I’m highly motivated, especially at age 42 and a half to maintain these and other functional fitness ‘skills.’
Have you found your motivation for staying healthy & fit changed over time, too?
Was this shift to suit changing needs or did you, like I, have to do emotional-work to uncover reasons for real motivation?
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