Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lost and Found: Motivation

I often hear people talking about motivation.

How the motivation they once had slowly (or quickly) faded without them even...

Realizing it. (Until, that is, they realized it.)


In many ways...

This unintended loss of motivation can often happen to all of us as it relates to...

 Life, our physical and mental wellness, and really...

Anything it is (was) that we set ourselves out to achieve. (Big or small, or somewhere in between)

So let's talk about healthy living...

You know when you're all excited about getting started on that new, healthy living venture that you've long awaited to actually, (like) actually start...

And...

As much as you'd like to begin in that very moment...

You find yourself saying...

"On Monday, I'm going to start my 'diet'!"
"Okay, tomorrow, it's time to get serious!"
"Getting healthy and fit will be my New Year's resolution! Good thing it's few months away so I still have time to......"
"I really need to exercise. I'll look into what I can do later this week."
"No really, I'm starting tomorrow."

So really, what happens here is...

That motivation you had has come and gone in matter of words. Just like that.

And trust me, I know this to be true because...

I've been there, said that! (And I know how quickly this 'healthy' thought can vanish before even lifting a finger!)

**I mean heck...it took me 7 years to actually get a move on things!**

I'll start after this marshmallow :P

That being said...

I do very much realize how difficult it can be sometimes to put in the energy into making the changes you want last...

Let alone...

Keeping that motivation high when...

It feels like the effort you're putting can only be felt in millimetres rather than inches.

I mean...

We all go through ups and downs when it comes to having that self-motivation to get things done (consistently)...

And, believe it or not...

These highs and lows even happens to those who seem to be the most motivated too! (We're all human, not machines.)

But...

If you stay the course, trust the process, and give yourself time to reap from the benefits of the lifestyle...

Your motivation to take care of yourself will come more naturally because...

You will feel good overall, both inside and out.

It's about balance.
It's about finding a structure that works for you...
To keep going at a steady pace, consistently.
Not just sometimes.

Having said that...

When looking at the big picture (it's not always about the inches!)...

Healthy living is not about about going FUll throttle all.the.time to keep yourself motivated...

Yet, it's about...

Being consistent (and mindFUl) in reaching and maintaining your goals so that...

You can make the changes you want last while also...

Keeping that motivation from fading away. (If you don't give yourself time and space to grow, you'll slowly grow tried and slowly inch off what you committed yourself too in the first place. Balance is truly key.)

**

At the end of the day...

If you feel like you've lost your motivation, or you feel like it's slowly trickling away...

Look deep inside of yourself...

Because...

You do have that spark to light up a fire and...

To keep it from extinguishing!


Questions FU You...

Have you felt like your motivation was lost? How did you find it?

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

15 comments:

  1. I usually find motivation from reading blogs and following other runners social media posts. It gets me inspired to get up and get back at it!

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  2. ahhh for me (JUST ME JUST ME) the mojo is a luxury Ive shed after the child
    these day I just have to DO IT :-)

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  3. Yes! If people can stick it out long enough for it to become habit, it all falls into place. And finding what you love to do doesn't hurt, either.

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  4. It really is a looong process getting to 'where you want.' especially because your wants can change over time! My fitness progress has been slow coming but I can look back and know I'm so much farther than I was 2 years ago

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  5. You're right- it happens to all of us. It's normal to have highs and lows... I usually let myself back off if I really need to and trust that the motivation will be back!

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  6. I have to give myself 'pep' talks regularly! I find that reminding myself of how great I feel when I'm on track with nutrition and exercise is often enough to 'spark' my enthusiasm. When that doesn't work, I pull out my 'skinny' jeans. LOL!

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  7. Beautiful post! Thanks for the motivation! :)

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  8. consistency is key. just focusing on that, movement. No BIG pressure but to be thinking healthy, yes?!

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  9. Great post! I, like you described above, go in and out of motivation. But I think maintaining a lifestyle that I want to lead is motivation for me to stay consistent! Sticking with it is most important of all for long term change, and when I swing some kettlebells in or eat a huge salad, it fuels my fire! I'm a few pounds over where I want to be and am fighting the urge to give in and throw my hands up (it's not drastic but just where I feel most comfortable, you know?) because it's about consistency! Stay the course. Change will come! My jeans are my motivation right now. ;)

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  10. I am going through something right now... And it is making me very unmotivated to get anything done :( But thankfully I know that I am just in a funk and it will take time to get over things. It's not a forever thing!!

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  11. Love this! Right on the marker. I think too often we try to force ourselves to find that motivation, using what others find motivates them, but you are right, it can only come from you. And it is okay if from time to time you do struggle, it makes it that much more fierce when it does come back! Thanks for this, enjoyable read :)

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  12. Definitely happens to everyone. I find mine goes like a pendulum. Right after a serious low in motivation, it gradually builds up to higher point. Eventually it comes back down but it will go back up with some effort and time. I like to think about the reasons I WANT and NEED that motivation (i.e. why do I want to run? Why do I do this? What got me started?) and that really helps.

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  13. I actually did a video on the 5 things to get and stay motivated and you are right - it is a process that you have to get your head into otherwise the body won't follow. Great post.

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  14. Yes! This is great motivation! Sometimes it is so difficult to stay on track when the process is slow. It is true that motivation to each person is unique.

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  15. It happens and it seems like time is the only thing that makes it return as slowly or quickly as it wants. Whatever "it" is.

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