“The distance between your dreams and reality is called action.”
I get asked all the time what my secret is, what I did to stay motivated, how did I manage to keep going…to be honest I just wanted it bad enough. It took hard work. Taking it one day at a time. Staying true to my path and my goal. It took action.
The reality is it takes hard work, Sacrifice, Discipline and taking it one day at a time. For me, that was key. Taking it one day at a time.
One of my trainers told me something on the first day I started working out at my gym. This was true for me when he told me, and still is to this day, I use it as my own motivation everyday. He said “take it one day at a time. Focus on winning that day. If you eat clean, and get your workout in thats all that matters, you win that day. Dont worry about losing 5, 10, 500 pounds. Focus on winning each day.”
That could not be more true. For me, needing to lose over 300 pounds was very overwhelming. When I looked at the big picture of needing to lose that much weight, I felt so discouraged and felt like I would never be able to do it and that I would never get there. But when I was able to just focus on each day, and taking it one day at a time, it was so much easier and is so much easier to keep going, even on the days when you feel discouraged.
So I came up with a list of some things that really helped me stay motivated to reach my goals, and that I even use now to stay motivated. My journey isn’t and never will be “over.”
So lets get motivated!
1. Take it one day at a time. One pound at a time. Focus on wining that day, that moment and not so much on the big picture.
2. Celebrate all the little moments. Don’t just wait to be proud of yourself or to celebrate all of your big accomplishments when you are “done.” Celebrate fitting into a new size, losing 5 pounds, not “cheating” for a week, working out 4 days per week, getting in 5,000 steps, etc. Every milestone is something to be celebrated. For me, being able to fit into smaller sizes of clothes really kept me going.
3. When you want to quit or think that you cannot do it, remind yourself of why you started. Remind yourself all of the reasons that you started in the first place. Remind yourself that it is ok that it is hard. Its ok to struggle. Its ok to feel “stuck” or “overwhelmed”. Those feelings are all ok!! Quitting is not ok. Those moments are what make us stronger.
4. Have a “treat.” I always made my treats non food related. What I would do is go to a store and buy a shirt I really liked but in a smaller size. I would want to wear it, but it of course would not quite fit. I was determined to have it ft, so I kept going. The feeling you get once you can put it on is amazing. You feel so proud of yourself and actually can see the progress you made, and you have a new shirt! I would also go get a pedicure, massage, etc, something nice for myself. Do not use food as a reward!!
5. Try something new! If you are bored with your food, change it up. If walking has become boring and you find you can’t do it anymore, try a new video or workout class. Try something you would never do before! Challenge yourself. Do something scary. Again, when you step outside of your comfort zone and can accomplish something that you have never done before, that feeling alone keeps you going.
6. Do not allow the scale to be the only thing to measure your success! Take pictures, measurements, dress sizes….the number on the scale does not define you. If the scale does not move, do not let that make you feel like you failed. There is so much more to losing weight and getting healthy than the number on the scale.
7. Do your best and be honest with yourself. ALWAYS give it your all. Cheating on your workouts or meal plan does not harm anyone but you. Be accountable and honest with yourself and know the difference between half doing something and giving it your all.
8. Never compare your journey or your struggle to anyone else. Don’t let someone else’s success or accomplishments discourage you or your own struggles make you quit. Never listen to anyone who says you can’t do it or your struggles are invalid.
9. Remind yourself that this is a journey. It will not happen overnight. It will not go as quickly as you want it to. It is hard. Know all of these things and keep going. Just because its hard does not mean its impossible. Remember that you are the only one standing in the way of reaching your goals. No excuses. You can do it.
10. Enjoy your life and your journey and just keep going……believe in yourself and just keep going.
You are in charge of your life and you are the only one standing in your way of reaching your goals. No one can do it for you. You need to light the fire in your soul to make the changes you need to and make it a priority and then make it happen. Your health, happiness and overall well being are most important. What you put in is what you will get. No one can do it for you. Be stronger than your excuses and believe in yourself. If you “mess up” keep going. If you don’t see progress right away…keep going. Whatever you do, just keep moving forward!
Remember to always take it one day, one pound at a time. You have the magic within yourself to change. You are strong. You are powerful. You can do it. Now, you have to believe in yourself, work hard and never give up. Motivation to make changes has to initially start with the will to want to change. Then after you have the will to want change, you have to just do it. Period.
If you have any questions please let me know. If you are reading this, go comment one thing that keeps you motivated or keeps you going! Lets help each other! This is a journey and the people that you have around you while you travel on this journey are so important. So if you have a great support system around you, lean on them. Turn to them. And if you feel alone, remember I am here with you. I believe in you. I know that you can do it. Now you just have to believe it too. Find your motivation and your reason why you are starting and never let anything stand in the way of you and your dreams. Take action and make it happen!