Motivational Musing: This Is What It’s All About

by tinareale on April 18, 2012

If I had to sum up my mentality when it comes to fitness and health related goals, I would want to pass a card to you with THIS on it…


I have lived the life of viewing healthy meal choices and workouts as simply a means to an end. I have only cared about the unrealistic destination of a “perfect” body or “perfect” diet. I have spent years of my life worried more about a number on a scale or on the tag of my pants, than how I felt.

Stupid. That’s exactly what I believe of those thought processes now.

Stupid and a big waste.

A waste of life.

We were meant to live FULLY and experience JOY in life. We are strong, loved, beautiful, and ALIVE.

Don’t let life pass you by. Take care of your body so you can live life abundantly. View a healthy lifestyle as a blessing to help you get the most out of life, instead of an obligation or obsession that robs the life out of you.

Live well and happy training.

Your Turn – What keeps you going in a healthy lifestyle?


1 MizFit April 18, 2012 at 6:57 am

For me it is all about being healthy for my family!

2 [email protected] April 18, 2012 at 6:58 am

Great motivational thought provoking post Tina :)

3 Vee April 18, 2012 at 7:04 am

Another great post!
What keeps me going? Being able to do things I enjoy. I love rock climbing and I maintain a healthy lifestyle so I can conquer all those rocks and mountains. That feeling of making it to the top is worth everything! :-)

4 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 18, 2012 at 7:22 am

Love that quote! I think in the last three months I have grown more than I ever thought possible in the realms of what a body “should” (quotes necessary) look like. I’ve gotten so pissed at myself for not being able to stay as fit as I thought I “should” be, buuut the cause is much greater than fitting into a pair of pants that I like. The end.

5 Susan April 18, 2012 at 8:20 am

I agree with Chelsey, these past few months have been really good for me …I have been learning that the the Lord created us in His image … and that may not line up with my “should” … but embracing health and enjoying life is far better!

6 Coco April 18, 2012 at 7:26 am

Yes, choosing a healthy lifestyle is a privilege, not a punishment.

7 Cheryl @ Happy is the new healthy April 18, 2012 at 7:36 am

Happy = healthy! That’s what keeps me going. It’s cheesy, but it’s true! When I take care of myself all around–not just physically–I feel better. And then I can make more healthy choices. :)

8 Nicole April 18, 2012 at 7:50 am

feeling good and being healthy keeps me going!

9 jennifer April 18, 2012 at 7:50 am

My choice to maintain a healthy lifestyle is about my overall happiness and setting a positive example for my little girl. I love this post! My husband said to me the other day (he knows I have a tendency to obsess), “Make sure you’re running as a means to staying fit. Not that you’re always concerned about your times/mileage/racing.” He’s absolutely right, and so are you. Thanks for the reminder.

10 Kierston April 18, 2012 at 7:56 am

I don’t let the scale tell me how well I’m doing. It doesn’t account for the muscle gain etc… My health and overall well-being keeps me going. For my family and for me. I’ve never felt better :)

11 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List April 18, 2012 at 8:12 am

AMEN!!! A waste of life!!

12 Heather (Where's the Beach) April 18, 2012 at 8:23 am

Love this so much – it really should boil down to healthy lifestyle. Not a fad crash diet or quick fix weight loss. It should be about feeling good, being healthy and living fully

13 Lori Lynn April 18, 2012 at 8:28 am

I LOVE this quote! I think reading blogs helps me, and also knowing that the foods I eat and the exercise does make me feel better.

14 Parita @ myinnershakti April 18, 2012 at 8:39 am

This is great, Tina! I think what keeps me going in a healthy direction is knowing that I’ll always feel good after making good decisions – working out, eating a well balanced meal, etc. I used to be so obessed with the number on the scale, but since I’ve pretty much ditched it over the past year or so, I’m sooo much happier and I feel so much better about myself! Thanks for this positive message. You rock!

15 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 18, 2012 at 8:41 am

Honestly, I stay healthy for my boys. With all the health issues I’ve had in the past, I want to be a good example to them and be around for a long time with them!

16 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

The fact that I feel proud of myself and physically better when I eat healthy and exercise is what keeps me going! I can’t imagine living any other way now!

17 Heather April 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

knowing that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit helps me to want to say fit and healthy and strong. As well as the desire to be competitive. :)

18 tinareale April 19, 2012 at 6:59 am

Amen. When I really think about what my body serves it is so humbling and definitely puts things in perspective. :)

19 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries April 18, 2012 at 9:02 am

feeling good about myself, confident, and energetic is what helps me continue to live out a healthy lifestyle. i feel as though i’m my best when i make healthy choices. i want to be an inspiration and positive example to those around me as well!

20 Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona April 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

This is such a great post Tina!

21 Tara Burner April 18, 2012 at 9:19 am

love the image
for me, it’s about living a healthy life til I’m at least 108 (dont ask why that number, I have no clue) and being here for my kids, grandkids (already have one from my son, sure they’ll be more to follow at some point)

22 tinareale April 19, 2012 at 7:00 am

I can picture you rocking 108. ;)

23 Tara Burner April 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I hope so :)

24 Mellissa April 18, 2012 at 9:28 am

I use staying healthy as a big reason to take care of myself, I can’t help others if I am not happy and healthy. Working out and eating well is so much of who I am.

25 Meg April 18, 2012 at 9:37 am

I couldn’t love this more, Tina! Thank you for sharing :) I added it to one of my interest boards ;) xoxo

26 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon April 18, 2012 at 10:04 am

The feelings of power, strength, and confidence that I derive from running, biking, lifting, burpeeing, etc. keep me going.

27 Yellow Haired Girl April 18, 2012 at 10:12 am

For me, it’s how I feel. I’ve gained a lot of upper body strength … and the confidence that comes from that (heck YES, I can lift that heavy thing, male coworker) is great!

Loved this post :) have a wonderful Wednesday!

28 christy Hemken April 18, 2012 at 10:13 am

Love this post, I couldn’t agree more!!! Thank you for making me stop, think about it and put myself in check. I think it’s so easy to get obsessive with numbers, and just fitness altogether, and loose track of why we’re all doing this anyway. To be happy with and love ourselves, and to live and love LIFE!!! Again, your such an inspiration :)

29 Jess April 18, 2012 at 10:14 am

YES!!! It’s all about honoring this body we’re so blessed with. Honoring it, fueling it, cherishing it, celebrating it, LOVING it.

30 Lisa (I'm an Okie) April 18, 2012 at 10:48 am

here here sister! perfectly said.

31 Danica @ It's Progression April 18, 2012 at 11:00 am

I fall into that stupid comparison trap way too often. It’s unfortunately so easy to get caught up in what I “should” look like. Thanks for this reminder to keep me positive today–I LOVE that quote!

32 Tayla @ She'll Be Free April 18, 2012 at 11:10 am

I can’t even begin to express how my I love this!

33 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions April 18, 2012 at 11:23 am

Loooooooooove love love love love love love love this. I feel like there are so many people, especially in the HLB community, who either do not take this approach or only half-heartedly take this approach, and that really upsets me. YOU ROCK!

34 Kaelin April 18, 2012 at 11:28 am

This is perfect for me today!! I am about 6 weeks into my Intuitive Eating journey and I haven’t weighed myself since I started. I feel like I have gained weight and keep getting frustrated knowing summer is around the corner. It could be from stress, but my “food police” keep telling me its from all the “bad” stuff I am eating now.

I need lots of reassurance that I am doing this for the right reasons, so I can start loving my body and giving it what it needs, not what my ego needs. Thanks for helping me today!!

35 tinareale April 19, 2012 at 7:02 am

And thank you for your open words. You are strong and worthy of loving yourself. Don’t ever forget it. :)

36 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss April 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm

you know me and my affair with vitatops… I’m still psyched to see your homemade version’s recipe!

37 tinareale April 19, 2012 at 7:03 am

I’m hoping to make a batch this weekend so I can share the recipe. And I also hope your body starts cooperating. :(

38 Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl April 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Because healthy food taste good and living an active lifestyle is way more fun than sitting on the couch, snacking and gaining weight.

39 Heather @ Better With Veggies April 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Thinking about all the things I want to be able to do – and having the energy to do them long term. I always say I want to be 80 and still running & biking. I want to be like that really cool 80 year old woman who still does Ironman – that is hardcore. And because God gave me this body and I want to take care of it! :) And so my hubby will still like what he sees at night (or whenever). :)

40 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning April 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I feel STRONG when I live a healthy lifestyle. When I eat like crap or don’t work out, I feel like a lazy lump. Only one of those options sounds like a life worth living to me!

41 Leah @ Why Deprive? April 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I love this!
I’ve been “skinny” and had the body I thought I wanted, and I was so focused on weight that I didn’t even realize it. I worked out just to burn calories, and even though I could run forEVER, I didn’t have the upper body strength to even pull myself out of the pool.
Now, I workout and eat healthy because I want to. Because everytime I look at my arms or my legs and see muscle tone I feel good about myself. Because I’m happier now than I’ve ever been in my life and I credit that almost entirely to living a healthy lifestyle.

42 Amy Lauren April 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I love that! I want to share it with some friends too. Today I had one on facebook who was so upset that she gained .4 lbs (she’s on weight watchers). Even though she’s been to the gym 4 times this week, lots of cardio, etc. I told her that’s a negligible amount anyway, but it’s sad to see people fall into that and feel bad about living healthy just because the scale didn’t go down!

And I’m so with you on getting joy out of workouts :) . No need to go hard or compete (even against yourself) all the time.

43 kaylie April 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I hate weighing myself- I don’t believe obsessing over numbers is any way to live life. I want to live a healthy life- physically spiritually and emotionally. Id rather strive for success in pushing myself towards a worth while goal, like running a marathon. Also, my goal in life is not to be a size 2- its to live until. I’m 102 :)

44 Lisa April 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Love love this! Amen to everything you said. I can’t imagine how much energy I used to waste trying to have the “perfect health” , it does rob your life from you!

45 Emilia April 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Love this post. So inspirational.
Life and being ambitious help keep me living a healthy lifestyle. When I exercise, eat well and think positive thoughts, I am able to do more in my daily life and I want to do more. For me, it’s a cycle. Taking care of myself makes me want to live a healthy life.

46 lindsay April 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

blunt, to the point, and passionate! amen amen! thank you.

47 Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run April 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm

My girls. Hands down my girls. They keep me going…and keep me motivated. But being surrounded by inspiring, healthy people like you keeps me going. ;)

48 Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner April 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Very well said… very very well said :)

49 Michele @ nycrunningmama April 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm

So true, Tina. Love that poster. My son and future baby are big motivators to keep me going. I want to be around for a long time and want to be STRONG for them.

50 jobo April 18, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Oh Tina, I LOVE this. It’s so true. Those negative thoughts ARE STUPID! I agree! I kick myself when they seep into my brain. Living an abundant, healthy life is exactly the why, not numbers, not anything else.

51 Michelle (Better with Berries) April 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm

LOVE that message. And I’m so glad I read this because I needed it today :-) Even though my motivation for being healthy is usually because, plain and simple, it makes me happy, it’s sometimes hard not to focus on a number. It just takes a little reminding to get me back on the right track :-) Thanks, Tina!

52 Deborah (Schmiet) April 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm


I just wrote a blog post about my need to get back to basics and STOP overthinking and overanalysing everything when it comes to ‘dieting’ and weightloss. My life centres around it, but I am ‘failing’ miserably at the moment.

I decided that if I take a step back and not obsess about it all so much it might help. (I hope!)


53 tinareale April 19, 2012 at 7:04 am

I think it’s a great approach. When I simplified thing for msyelf that way it all fell together more naturally.

54 JJ April 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm

It’s not unusual for me to tear up when I read your posts (because I’m cool like that), but today you slapped me in the face….with LOVE! (I’m also cool like THAT! ie: I’m a nerd) I so needed to be reminded of this today. Thanks Tina :)

55 Elena (joirunr) April 19, 2012 at 6:55 am

This is why I love your blog! You are so real and you say it how it is! Nothing too complicated about it, nice and sweet! Enjoy feeling good, instead of constantly worrying about the numbers. Thanks!

56 Leonor @FoodFaithFitness April 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

I don’t obsess over a number on a scale or a size of clothing. It’s about how I feel.

57 Laura @joyful shimmy April 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Tina this is just what I needed to read. Yes it’s about really connecting with love, infusing love into my body. Practicing selfcare, acceptance and trusting that no matter what Im being taken cared for. My job is to nourish my body, treat it with respect.

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