We’ve all been there…the starting point of a lifestyle change. Whether motivated by an upcoming event, or by watching a riveting episode of The Biggest Loser, getting into better shape is one of the number one goals of women (and men) around the world.
Maybe it’s for overall health, or maybe it’s for the “Holy Smokes, you got hot!” Something motivates us, and we take off running toward a goal like someone is chasing us. The first few days, or even weeks, we are unstoppable (cue song “Eye of the Tiger”)! The alarm goes off in the morning, and we are up and ready to take on the world, one elliptical at a time!
Then, the inevitable happens…motivation starts to fade. Thoughts start crossing your mind like, “I’m a mom, I really shouldn’t be wearing a two piece anyway”, or “Those fit women really just have too much time on their hands. They must not have children.”
Here is the truth. If there is something that you really want…you will find a way to do it. If not, you will find an excuse not to. It is not some magical willpower that gets people through when motivation dies, it is habit.
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going” – Jim Rohn
It’s easy enough for me to say, “Just keep doing it, it will become a habit eventually”. While there is some truth to that, I know that’s much easier said than done. So here a couple of “Fit Mom Tips” to help keep you motivated while creating your healthy habit:
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence…is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
If we are what we repeatedly to, then we should train our brains to think consistently about what it is we want to be doing. Reading fitness magazine, blogs, and articles are great sources for getting information and tips, but it also is a great form of motivation. There are multiple great fitness motivation Facebook pages to “like” so you can even get motivated while seeing what your cousin Jenny made for dinner last night. Pinterest, Tumbler, and Instagram are also great resources for visual motivation. While it’s great to look at women online that have they type of body you are striving for, don’t get hung up on trying to look exactly like her. Your goal is to be a better version of who you were yesterday. Do not compare someone else’s journey to your own, because we are all on our own unique path. That doesn’t mean that seeing Heidi Klum in a bikini doesn’t make me want to drop and do 20 sit ups on the spot!
All in all, not even body builders or fitness models feel like working out all of the time. With time, and persistency, it becomes something you just do, like taking a shower. Trust me, once you start seeing results…it will become something that you crave.
Until next time,
The Fit Mom.