Fit Bit: We ALL Have Motivation

by tinareale on October 30, 2012

“I’m just not motivated enough!”

“I don’t have the same motivation as she does, so of course it’s easy for her.”

“How do I get more motivation?!"

“If only I was more motivated, then I would be able to stop/do ___________”.

Any of these thoughts ever crossed your mind? Have you ever felt frustrated and stuck in one place because you believe you don’t have the motivation to make the necessary changes? What if I told you that we ALL have motivation? We’re all motivated by something.

Have you ever considered that you’re motivated…but perhaps it’s a motivation that right now counters your goals. However, you can use that motivation to help your goals. The key lies in our motivation. Figuring out what  compels us towards our actions, then driving it to a positive place instead.

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When you make a decision that doesn’t align with your goals, have you ever asked yourself why? Not just in the rhetorical sense…but really considering why that decision seemed right to you at that time. What was the driving force behind that decision?

Some Examples:

  • You never feel like you get to see your friends, so when they call you out for a happy hour drink…you’re there instead of your planned run.
  • You end up on the couch with a box of cookies at the end of a stressful work day because you just can’t imagine hitting the gym for that weights session.
  • You sleep in and skip that morning workout so your kids don’t have to wake up without you there on the weekend morning.
  • You don’t make time for the lunch-break spin class because you have some big things to accomplish at work that you just can’t miss.

Lack of motivation? Or perhaps extreme motivation…

  • for social enjoyment
  • for stress reduction
  • for family
  • for accomplishments

Motivation certainly holds a lot of power. We can use those things that we sometimes consider our excuses, to actually become inspirations to our fitness goals. Find workouts that fit what motivates you – a social workout atmosphere in a group class, a yoga class or power walk to clear thoughts for stress reduction, an active outing for some fit family time, a workout goal with set and visible achievements along the way.

Not only can we harness what motivates us in a way to fit our goals, but we can also use it to plan ahead and determine what often sidetracks our best intentions. We can set up a game plan for things that often combat our planned workouts or avoidance of the tempting drinks out with the girls that always leads to 3 or 4 drinks…plus dinner…plus dessert…2 times a week.

We all have motivation. Figure out what drives you…then drive it towards your dreams. You have the knowledge of yourself to have the power to make that shift in the right direction. It just takes some careful thought and then some careful planning, but it will help you succeed.

Your Turn – What scenarios or things often deter your best healthy intentions? What do you think is the driving motivation behind them and how can you use it in a positive way?

{ 25 comments }

1 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama October 30, 2012 at 6:37 am

Great post! Motivation is tricky and so individualized. My motivation is staying active, fit and sane. ;-) I try to get my workouts in first thing in the morning. That way nothing can stand in the way of getting it done.

2 Andrea October 30, 2012 at 6:42 am

I hear those things about motivation all the time! I find that for me, motivation builds on itself. When I’m consistently going to the gym and making healthy choices, I stay super motivated to continue with those habits. After an off weekend, I lose my motivation and spend sunday wallering on the couch. Once I give that little push to get back into it, my motivation returns!! You have to make it a habit :-)

3 misszippy October 30, 2012 at 7:31 am

So true–there’s an excuse to be found for anything if we want it. The important thing is to want health more. Once you get rolling and see how good it feels, I think it’s hard to go back.

4 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 30, 2012 at 7:39 am

Spot.On! Over the last few years I’ve really been able to squash the things that were getting in my way and motivate myself to live a healthy happy life. What motivated me first was hearing someone say that “you’re in the best shape of your life in your 20s.” After reading healthy living blogs for a few years, I know that’s not the case, but at the time, if I was in the best shape of my life, I was going to make it good and healthy and strong!

5 lindsay October 30, 2012 at 7:47 am

great post woman! i definitely think it can be two extremes. And i like to think about the how to change that moment, instead of the day, week,etc. Ya know?

if at that moment, i feel like i want to sleep in, i just say, get up for 10 minutes and see how you feel. Taking it moment by moment.

6 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers October 30, 2012 at 7:48 am

Friends and family are my main distractions. I let those things distract me from time to time, and I’m okay with that. But I try and draw the line there. I picked one thing that’s important to me, but I don’t let every little thing pull from my workout/healthy eating ambitions.

7 Lauren October 30, 2012 at 8:10 am

Love this post! It’s so true that there is something in us all that motivates us we just have to accept and realize that our motivators will differ and that is 100% okay! ;)

8 Linz @ Itz Linz October 30, 2012 at 8:21 am

being with others and enjoying indulgent food most often deters my healthy intentions… while it is completely fine to indulge occassionally, i definitely do so more with my friends!

9 Heather (Where's the Beach) October 30, 2012 at 8:28 am

Motivation is such a tricky word. I think some people expect this magic answer on how to find it. I still can’t even explain where mine comes from. Even when I’m feeling unmotivated, I still somehow get it done. Maybe it’s stubbornness LOL

10 Jess October 30, 2012 at 9:12 am

Such a neat spin on motivation my friend, I LOVE how your mind works! I find that lately I’ve been less motivated to get up early to workout now that its super dark out (unless its a day that I’m teaching an early-AM class) and I instead have been choosing extra sleep/snuggles with the hubs. Pushing my workout to after work on those mornings where extra snuggles reign supreme has been worth it — because it’s given us both a few extra special moments together before the day starts AND gives us something to look forward to together after the work day is over…a rundate before dinner. In the end, I’m choosing balance, my relationship, special moments AND to maintain my fitness…just in a different, less stringent way lately. So I’m still motivated, just motivated by different things of late. It’s been an interesting shift post-marathon training, you know?

11 Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness October 30, 2012 at 9:17 am

Love this post! I’ve been struggling with a lack of motivation lately due to low energy levels and just being super tired! Next time I get like this I am going to come back to this post for sure!

12 Amanda @ Romancing the Unusual October 30, 2012 at 9:56 am

Such an inspiring post! I get motivated to run my signing up for races. I know I need to get in my runs and cross training or I risk not completing. I like getting my work outs done in the morning but have been putting them off until after work in exchange for a few extra minutes in a warm bed. The problem is that I hate having that run/workout hanging over my head all day! I need to get motivated to stay on top of my morning workouts!

13 Wendy October 30, 2012 at 10:05 am

I am my own worst enemy when it comes to motivation. For example, I signed up for the NOLA half, and it’s my first race (although I’ll run a 5k before then, but still, I’m so new to this). I did this because I struggle with motivation daily. I’m all talk and no action.

I feel like I’m in a nightmare. hahahaha! Just kidding! But seriously, I’m ok during the runs, but the other 23 hours a day, I’m wondering what did I get myself into. I’m having to dig deep and harder MENTALLY than PHYSICALLY, if that makes sense.

14 Beckett @ The Birchwood Pie Project October 30, 2012 at 10:20 am

Once I made the connection between working out and feeling good, I never struggle for motivation for fitness anymore. It’s just a part of my schedule and pretty much runs on auto-pilot: if it’s first thing Mon, Wed, or Fri, then it’s time to lift. When I drive home from class on Tues & Thurs, my car pulls into the gym parking lot on the way home for a workout. But the motivation to eat right? That’s where I struggle. It’s always other people’s fault for wanting to go out, etc. Still looking for a way to link good food choices to pleasure.

15 Lisa October 30, 2012 at 11:11 am

Awesome post Tina! We can all find motivation within ourselves. It just usually involves coming out from things we are passionate about, at least that’s when I find it easiest. Motivation can be tricky when we don’t want to do something, but we can all dig down and find that one word, or one thought to hold onto that can help us make it through!

16 Annette@FitnessPerks October 30, 2012 at 11:58 am

We each have motivation somewhere inside us! love it.

17 Ali October 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Our posts kind of compliment each other! Love it! Will post to FB page!

18 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) October 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Love talking about motivation because it is so individualized. I loved being a health coach because I liked to dig and help a person discover that their motivating factor was. I miss that! Great post, girl :)

19 Michelle@Peachy Palate October 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Great inspiration post! I have this intrinsic motivation which is great but has in the past turned flip side and had a huge role to play in my eating disorder! I think it’s about finding balance, and ensuring your motivations are true, positive and fueled by healthy ideals!

20 Brittany @berries and barbells October 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Great post! I usually just have to muster up some willpower to make healthy choices. Once I’m consistently working out and eating healthy I stay motivated to keep it up!

21 Angie @ Losing It and Loving It October 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Good stuff! I am pretty motivated most of the time but I do let things get in my way too. Gotta work on that!

22 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio October 30, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Fantastic post Tina!! My motivation tends to come from wanting to prove something to myself.

23 Charlotte October 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm

great post!! there is an excuse for anything. My friends are constantly making unhealthy choices and it all comes down to willpower for me. The strength to say NO. the decision to do what is best for me!

24 Rebecca October 30, 2012 at 11:23 pm

I find my lack of motivation to be found in my food choices! living on a college campus in the dorms, as a vegetarian, with roommates and friends that don’t care as much about their healthy food choices as I do, makes me less motivated to make healthy choices.

25 jobo October 31, 2012 at 9:16 am

Motivation is such a personal thing. And sometimes it’s fleeting. And sometimes it’s harnessed all around you. Motivation is what gets me through sometimes, and other times, it is what makes me happy :) Love this post!

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