When my journey began, I was so excited. I couldn't wait to get the the gym. It was the one thing I looked forward to every day. My goals were on my mind constantly. Once I began to see results, my intensity increased 10 fold.
It's been almost 15 years since I started my weight loss journey. 15 YEARS! 38% of my entire life has been spent working on my physique and striving for my goals. I am no where near the end of my journey. This is a lifestyle for me. I'll never stop working towards improving my physique and getting the body I have always wanted.
Motivation isn't hard for me to get and maintain. Knowing that I am not where I want to be is motivation enough to get my to the gym, to lift the weights I need to lift, to eat the meals I need to eat and to do it day after day, week after week, and year after year.
Not everyone is like me, though. For many people that I know and that I work with, motivation is difficult some days to garner. Life hits us hard and we lose our motivation. Some lose their motivation entirely and never get it back. 10 years from now, they remember that time they started a weight loss journey or a journey to gain some muscle but life happened to them and they lost the motivation to see the journey to the end.
So what do you do when you lose your motivation?
Here is what I tell people: Motivation is fleeting. It comes and it goes. You won't always be motivated but you CAN always be disciplined.
Usually in these cases, I tell people to go back to the beginning of this journey:
1.) Why did you start to begin with?
2.) What are your goals?
3.) What are you hoping to get out of this experience?
That is where I would start with all of this. Go back to your "WHY" and then move forward. Don't rely on motivation alone to keep pushing towards your goals. Often the goals we set for ourselves are lofty and they are going to take hard work, dedication and sacrifice to achieve them. I'm sure you aren't always motivated to go to work every day - I don't know many who are. However, you still set your alarm, you get up, get yourself ready and you go...why? Because at the end of the day, you HAVE to because that is what pays your bills, keeps a roof over your head and food on the table.
Treat your fitness goals like a job. Don't make it an option. Just do the work, every day, regardless if you are motivated to that day or not.
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