Motivation To Workout:
Two Stories of Strength and Faith
motivation to workout, lose weight and get healthy is something that most
people struggle with. If there is one
thing that I hear over and again is "I am just waiting to get
Well, if you are
going to WAIT to get motivated you may be waiting a LONG time - because
motivation comes…..and goes.
I can say
this…..most people don't always feel super motivation to work out. I know I don't!!
feel better about myself when I am finished working out!!! I NEVER feel worse
about myself - that's for certain.
We are all motivated
at the beginning of a new journey. We
have dreams and visions of how it's going to be in the future. What it's going to feel like when we finally
But we all hit a
We all encounter
quickly fades and discouragement sets in.
This is when it gets
real difficult to find the motivation to workout.
I mean….what's the
point? You don't seem to be getting
anywhere. You'd probably get the same
results sitting on the couch eating chips and salsa!!
At least it seems
But…..I can tell you
it's not the case.
Stuff is happening
on the inside - metabolic stuff. And it
will manifest itself - if you can persevere.
It always does.
A Tale of Two Motivated Women
I love Rachel's story
- not only because she is a weight loss success - but because her decision to
do something about her weight and health brought about more changes than meets
You see, Rachel was
(at that time) 23 years old….20 lbs. heavier…..sedentary….hanging around with
the wrong people….low self esteem….jobless…..prior eating disorder….almost
And….she decided to
lose weight at a very low time in her life.
She did not decide
to wait for motivation to workout.
She didn't say she
would get started when she had a job….a place to live….confidence…., etc.
No - she just jumped
right in…..with a slight push from her mom who encouraged her to come train
So Rachel and I
started and focused on building strength and learning to respect her body by
giving it what it needs and deserves.
Which in turn developed into something so amazing.
Remember where Rachel
was at? She wasn't in a good place.
But in a matter of
THREE WEEKS she decided to:
Get a job
Find an apartment
And in two weeks -
Rachel found TWO jobs, found an apartment and began running.
Then she applied for
another job - as a paralegal.
She applied for this
position at least once before about a year ago.
And she was awarded
that position too - and the person who hired her admired her PERSEVERANCE.
In a short amount of
time Rachel literally changed the whole direction of her life. Rachel did a 180 degree turn and put her life
on the track she wanted to be on.
Today she is loving
life - mostly because she is so proud of herself and who she has become.
For Rachel her weight
was a symptom of where she was in her life.
Once she decided to change her life her weight changed. It may have been the other way around - once
she decided to change her weight - she changed her life. But it's no matter because the end result is
the same - success!!
So the point of
Rachel's story is her motivation to workout came from making changes. Once she started to change areas of her life
her motivation started to snowball and it became contagious. So my advice to you is to get moving - do
something. Change something. Do something DIFFERENT.
After all ….. You know what the definition of insanity is? Doing the same thing again and again while expecting a different result.
Do something different and most likely you'll get a different outcome.
I met Janelle
through another client of mine. She
referred Janelle to me back in September 2013.
Janelle was obviously distraught on the phone as we spoke. She explained how she was gaining weight even
though she was eating a very low calorie diet and her stomach kept getting
bigger and bigger. She had gained weight
in the past 4 months and could not seem to get the scale to go down. She also complained of tremendous fatigue and
her hair was falling out.
She was worried that
I would think she was crazy - but I had a feeling she wasn't crazy. Instead I had a feeling she had dieted so
much that it was now affecting her hormones and her metabolism.
After getting to
meet Janelle in person and being able to see where she was gaining her weight,
I immediately suspected some sort of cortisol and hormonal issues.
You see, Janelle
was thin in her legs and thin in her arms but her center was bloated and puffy
- this is a one key sign of women who suffer from cortisol issues.
She continued to
tell me her story and a few key details which led me to believe that it was
definitely cortisol issues.
*Intense cardio exercise on a
very low calorie/low carb diet
*Lack of sleep
*Type A personality
*Years of dieting
eventually confirmed what I thought - cortisol issues.
is no quick fix to cortisol issues and it takes time….and lots of patience.
there was a lot of damage to undo before she could begin to lose weight. She had adrenal glands to heal, cortisol
levels that needed to come back to normal, hormones that needed to settle out,
a metabolism to kick-start and food allergies to uncover.
In fact, she gained
about 8 lbs. before she could actually start losing weight.
I would say it took
about 8 months before Janelle started to see some success - but what she
needed to lose weight was anything BUT what you would read about when it comes
to weight loss. Since she had cortisol
issues and a damaged metabolism - cardio was a major NO NO!!
In fact, it only
would have made the situation worse.
But sadly, many
people do not realize their situation when they start on a weight loss program
and unknowingly do things that make their progress stall or they may actually
The thing about Janelle that made her come through this OK was her perseverance and her motivation
to workout. She didn't do what many
people do when they hit a wall - most people jump from one fat loss program to another
without understanding what is going on with their body.
They don't trouble
shoot or address hidden food allergies.
They usually stop
and start their programs - making absolutely NO HEADWAY.
focused….determined and full of motivation to workout.
Was it easy? No way.
There were days and weeks where she was utterly frustrated and RIGHTLY
I mean it's crazy to
feel like you are doing EVERYTHING RIGHT and the scale is not budging. But hormones and food allergies will do that.
So I felt my role
was to keep her balanced so she could ride out the storm :-) and help her see
the light at the end of the tunnel.
After all….nobody is truly RESISTANT to fat loss.
Some just hit major
walls…..but they can get past it.
So what does all
this have to do with finding the motivation to workout?
Well, Janelle and
Rachel both had some pretty big obstacles that were not easy to overcome.
would easily steal anyone's motivation.
Their barriers would
certainly make most people give up.
But they focused on
where the road would lead…..and stayed the course.
I always tell my
clients…..SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE.
Motivation To Workout Tips
- Set a minimum
baseline of what you will do each week NO MATTER WHAT - Just like brushing your teeth and paying
your taxes. We aren't quite motivated to
do either - but we do it because we don't want our breath to smell :-) or lose
our home!! So set your baseline
- such as committing to doing a 30 min. walk 4x per week. Or maybe you will do
a workout DVD 3 x per week. Or maybe it's doing
pushups against your kitchen counter and squats on a chair.
Just get started and
commit to something.
- I'm someone who
needs stories, quotes and motivational books to keep me focused and
inspired. Find something that resonates
with you and post it where you will see it ALL THE TIME. Some of my favorite quotes are:
- Nothing motivates me
more than making a list of my "to-do's" and then looking back on it
to see everything checked off. Think
about it…..you make a list of small goals (30 minute run, make my menu plan for
3 days, take dogs for a walk, etc.) then look back at the end of the day to see
how much you completed. It just makes me
feel so productive which then boosts my confidence which then just makes me
feel great about myself - then I want to do it all over again (hence internal
- If I tell someone I
am going to meet them for a workout, I tend to follow through more because
someone is counting on my being
there. When I think about it, it's kind
of ridiculous because I am willing to let myself down - but I don't want to let
someone else down!!! I mean, that's crazy!!! But….it works. So find a workout partner and make committed
workout times - you are less likely to back out. We can listen to our own excuses but it's
different when we try to convince someone else of why we aren't working out!!
- Subscribe to a daily quote email. If I wake up with the right frame of mind and I have a positive message in my mind I function WAY better during the day. Keep that message in front of you and focus on it. I like the Abraham-Hicks daily emails or a free app that text motivational quotes to your phone.
Once you have some motivation going....then you have to work on building the discipline to make it a habit. From this point, the motivation to workout will no longer be an issue because then it will be like brushing your teeth - a healthy habit!!
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