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Finding Your Motivation

26 Oct

I’ve had several requests for help with motivation, so I thought I would share a little bit about that.  First, let me tell you that I cannot motivate you to lose weight or get in shape, you have to do that for yourself.  I will tell you about what motivates me, and help guide you to your motivation.  We are all different creatures, so what motivates one person won’t necessarily do it for another.

I felt sluggish for a good year before I made the decision to change my life and my habits, but that is what motivated me to do it.  I was exhausted all of the time and felt like a blob!  I didn’t want to do anything when I got home from work but sit.  That’s not good!  I decided then and there it was time to shed the extra weight that I had put back on, so I could get my life back.  It took me a lot of trial and error to get it right, but I finally did.  I lost about 47 lbs with dietary changes alone.  I did feel a lot better, but sometimes I was still tired.  In March of 2011, I started working with a personal trainer (this was a MAJOR stretch for me, since I hate to exercise).  I have since lost another 10 lbs without even trying to.  I still don’t enjoy the act of exercising, but it has made such a wonderful difference in my body and most of all how I feel.  I make an appointment with myself every day (with the exception of 1 or 2 planned rest days), and I keep them.  That is MY time.

How do you feel physically?  Are you tired?  Out of breath?  How do you feel emotionally?  Why do you want to change?  You must ask yourself these questions and answer them honestly.  If you just want to change to look better, that’s ok!  It’s most definitely a wonderful side effect 🙂  Whatever your reasons for wanting to change, therein lies your motivation.

About the “want to” part of it.  You don’t have to want to, you just have to DO (it’s called discipline).  There are lots of little changes you can make that shouldn’t feel too much like giving up the things you love.  As a matter of fact, I’m a firm believer in continuing to enjoy those things or your plans will eventually fail.  The trick is moderation.  Instead of ice cream (or fried food or whatever it is you love) every night for dessert, have it once a week or so.  Find an exercise that YOU enjoy.  I like jogging, but it’s not for everybody.  Try new things until you find something that fits you.  Once you master the first few changes, add some new ones.  You didn’t gain a bunch of weight overnight, and it’s going to take a little while for it to go away.

If you view this change as a positive step, you will be much more likely to succeed.  It all boils down to choices, and I know you’ll make the right choices for you!

~Aimee

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