Make Things Happen
By Laura Kelly-Pifer
Motivation. I get asked often from folks how they can get motivated to eat healthier or to workout. Sometimes the hardest part is just starting. Once we get going, we have to go back occasionally and remind ourselves of just why we are on this journey. Today, I want to share an 3 step exercise that I do when I need to find my own motivation to keep going and how I make things happen.
1. Identify Your Specific Why
Often times I’ll ask folks why they want to lose weight or join my challenge group. I hear back from a lot of folks that their “why” is to lose weight. Unfortunately, that’s not specific enough. Why do you want to lose weight? How would your life change if you lost weight? Dig down to the root of your why.
For me, my “why” is this? I suffer from a family history of diabetes, strokes, chronic pain conditions, etc. I’ve already spent the last 10 years suffering from two Chronic pain conditions which caused me a great deal of pain. By changing my eating, drinking my Shakeology and adding in exercise, I was able to reverse these illnesses and lose weight in the process. To me, having a “normal” life that didn’t involve taking hours (yep, it was taking me 2-3 hours just to get out of bed a little over 2 years ago) to get up each morning and to be able to be there for my girls is my why. And my initial goal when I started was simple. I just wanted to feel better.
Now it is your turn. So if your goal is to lose 25 pounds than great. That is a specific goal but break it down even further now. Why do you want to lose 25 pounds? Or better yet, what would change in your world once you lose those 25 pounds? Questions like these give a much deeper reason where you are at on your own journey.
2. Share Your Goal With Someone
Now this step can be intimidating for some people, especially if you don’t have a support system already in place. You want to share your goal with someone who will lift you up, not break you down. Be choosy with who you share this with.
I can tell you though that having the accountability and support really can make all the difference sometimes. Some folks don’t have that in their own homes. That’s why the participants in my challenge groups do so well. They have a safe place where they are supported, encouraged and held accountable.
3. Take Action Even If It’s Not Perfect
Now matter where you are in your journey, I encourage you to just start where you are. Things don’t have to be perfect for you to begin. You might have no more than 10 minutes to workout each day. That’s okay! Do what you can and adjust as things change in your life. You might find that you now exercise for 10 minutes per day and replace your breakfast with Shakeology. You are beginning to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week and that motivates you to continue as well as look for other ways to be healthier. It all adds up. And, as I say often, one small step can lead to BIG changes over time.
I’d LOVE to hear your why, what your goals are and what you are planning on doing to reach them. Leave me a comment here.
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Wishing you good health!
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Laura Kelly-Pifer is a Fitness Coach who strives to help others by giving hope and support to those that are dissatisfied with their current situation. Whether you are lacking physically, emotionally, financially, or nutritionally she is here to help you see REAL RESULTS!