You Are Your Motivation

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A lot of us look at exercise as if it is a punishment, or we may look for it to do something for us. For example, we may say I am exercising so that I will look better or lose weight.   But what if you completely changed the way that you think? What if you wanted to exercise more so that you became better at it and improved your abilities.  After improving, you may then want to exercise to motivate others.  This is where short term goals can really help you on your journey.  By establishing short term goals you can allow yourself to constantly improve and become a better you.  And try not to just focus on weight loss along your journey.  By changing your views you open up more areas for improvement.  Some examples of non weight loss related goals would be working out 6 days per week for 3 months or running a minute longer than your previous time on the treadmill.  By establishing goals you focus on your own improvement not just your appearance or weight loss. Never stop being motivated and always aim to motivate others.  Lose sight of your motivation? Just check back to this quote and it should help you back on your path.

 

BE MOTIVATION.

EARN YOUR BODY.

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Motivation Doesn’t Last

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Take a look at this picture if you lose your motivation. This is a great concept and something to really think about.  Each and every day we must re-evaluate our goals and motivation.  You won’t always wake up with a ready to go attitude. It’s unreasonable to expect that from ourselves.  We can however, do everything in our power to create a positive and motivational state of mind. I like to view it as not being afraid to be cheesy.  Instead of waking up and thinking of all the things you MUST do today, wake up and think of things that you can do today that you WANT to do or that can make someones day better.  A lot of times things that we view as negative are reasons that others find enjoyment.  For instance, maybe you are service worker and your crummy day at work is actually someones day maker as you offer them service.  This is also where having a workout buddy comes in.  You may wake up and not have motivation to work out but then you will remember that someone else is counting on you.  Keep your head up and keep searching for motivation daily! EARN YOUR BODY.

Losing Weight Reward System

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AMEN. As a personal trainer and fitness instructor I hear so many times how people reward themselves with food.  They complete a 5 week fitness camp, they get ice cream.  Do a work out, have dessert.

Now don’t get me wrong. I think the use of a reward system is a great idea. Having a goal and working towards a reward can be very motivating, but make it something that will further your fitness journey not set you back.

I have decided to come up with a possible rewards system for anyone trying to lose weight.  Don’t forget this system can easily be changed to fit your goals and needs.

LOSING WEIGHT REWARD SYSTEM

5 pounds: Buy your self a fitness shirt.

10 pounds: Find some matching shorts.

20 pounds: Get some new running shoes.

40 pounds: Get a body bug or other weight loss gadget.

50 pounds: Do something crazy.  This one is up to you whether it be mountain climbing, sky diving, or something more simple, do something crazy and fun!

100 pounds: GO ON A VACATION.  100 pounds is a great milestone. Treat yourself to something awesome.  Don’t forget to workout while you are on a vacation though!

Motivational Monday: I WILL NOT…

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This simple picture says so much.  Every Monday provides you with an opportunity to begin a week. Whether you lead your normal routine or begin a new one is up to you.  Whether you push yourself or take an easy path, yet again, up to you.  Our purpose with this blog is to open your eyes and provide you with arming information. With the two success is around the corner. Read this post and take in each phrase.

“I will not be lazy.” No one likes to truly admit that they are lazy, but most of us, at least at times, are. Life is hard and stressful, sleep or television always tends to seem more appealing. In the end however accomplishment always triumphs. Remember that as you make a decision whether to exercise or relax.

“I will not be like everyone else in society.” Say you are unique as much as you want, but for most people we are all trying to conform.  This is where our group of friends and family really impact our lives.  If you’re best friends always meet for tv and drinking they may not be adding to your overall health and wellness.  Maybe suggest that your group of friends change it up every once in awhile. Go bike riding, hiking, or meet for a game of sand volleyball at a local park!  Physical activity can be fun.

“I will not accept what I have now if I know I deserve better.” We all get in a comfortable rut in life. Making changes can be uncomfortable and hard. You may say I deserve to feel better about myself. Don’t accept not going for it. Be motivated. You may fail, but at least try.

“I will not sleep until I finish.” “I will not leave until I am done.”  Both of these quotes hit home on the same topic. FINISHING. Not giving up. Completing what we set out to do. If you want to lose 5 pounds, don’t stop until you do. Keep making healthy choices and sticking with it until it happens. You may struggle. It could take longer than you think. Just don’t give up.

“I will not tremble in front of new challenges.” Fitness goals and routines can be an intimidating challenge. The risk of failure the newness of the environment. Don’t let fear control your life. Attack those challenges that make you feel uncomfortable. Prove to yourself that you can attempt new challenges.

“I will not stop until I stop breathing.” Health and wellness is not a 3 week diet. It is not a 5 week exercise routine. Health and wellness is daily and for life. Put together or recruit the help of a professional to create a diet and exercise routine that you can continue to morph throughout your life. It needs to be something that you enjoy and is not a punishment.  It needs to be a part of your life.

“I will be whatever I want to be even if it takes sacrifice.” There is a cost vs benefit theory to all of life. To gain one thing you sometimes must give up something else. To lose weight you might have to give up some unhealthy food choices. This is a small example of how sacrifice must take place to benefit from healthy living.

“Even if I have little to give.” “Even if takes time.” “Even if I have no time at all.” “I will SUCCEED.”  No one has extra time. We must make time. If you want to succeed you will make time and put your health and wellness above all else.

Take these quotes to heart. Change your life. EARN YOUR BODY.

Top 3 Exercise Excuses Eliminated! Get MOTIVATED

We all have them. A million and one excuses why we have something keeping us from the gym or preventing us from making healthy choices.  Well, we are here to combat your excuses. We have taken a look at Oprah’s top 3 exercise excuses and are going to give you our take on them.  It’s time to make a life change. It’s time to get motivated. So get ready and see which of your excuses is on this list. None here? Respond with your struggles to exercise and we will try to help!

1. “I’m already too busy—I can’t deal with one more thing I’m ‘supposed’ to do.”

You’re daily life may differ from others, but we all have one thing in common. WE ARE BUSY. According to NBC News more than 6.5 million people are working two jobs and that doesn’t include those mom’s who work as well. In addition to work, you may have kids in activities, elderly family that needs attention, or errands to run.  Regardless of what it is, we all are constantly going.  You need to put your health first. Want to help your family? Then help yourself.  We put friends, family, and even coworkers above ourselves in life, but we forget that we can’t be there for others if we don’t take care of ourselves. MAKE TIME.

2. “Excuse 2: “How can I exercise when I’m always tired?”

Salene Yeager, the author of this article on Oprah’s website, makes a great point that there are two different types of tired, physical and emotional.  When you have been sitting at work all day and you come home and only feel like vegging out on the couch, you are emotionally tired. Make yourself exercise. Even if it is only a short period of time, you can prove to yourself that you are emotionally tired not physically. Sometimes a great workout can even give you energy after a long day. If nothing else, actually committing to and sticking with an exercise routine regardless of being tired will give you a feeling of accomplishment that we all tend to long for.  If all else fails, figure out when you have the most energy during the day and fit your workout in then!
3. Excuse 3: “I’ll start out gung ho, but I know I’ll get bored and quit.”

In today’s workout world, there is no way you can be bored. There are so many gyms and so many types of exercise modes and classes that you could try a different one each week! The main source behind this excuse, which Yeager points out, is already expecting failure.  If you foresee failure before starting it will be harder to succeed and gives you a reason to not try. Adopt a positive attitude. If you catch yourself being negative toward your exercise goals, try to change your view. For instance, the above excuse could easily be flipped to say “I’m going to try and be serious about my exercise routine, but I know I will get bored so I am going to try and look at different options now to vary my routine in the future.”  Having a positive attitude is half the battle when beginning a fitness routine.
We know that things come up and we can’t know exactly what is going on in your life, but if you put your mind to it, you can make fitness your priority. Put in the effort. EARN YOUR BODY.