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What Keeps You Motivated?

Mental Focus plus 30 Min Treadmill Workout

WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED?  The winter get-away on a beach… fitting into that special outfit for the holidays… looking and feeling spectacular at a school or family reunion… keeping your blood pressure at a healthy level… or beating your best scores and seeing the inches shrink?

Figure out what “it” is for you!!

In the beginning of a healthier lifestyle program, we know why we are making changes. We’re focused and determined.  Then life gets complicated, or the kids get sick, the holidays are upon us, or your group of friends really misses you hanging out and eating wings and drinking beer until you roll back home. We all have “things” that make staying on track challenging and sometimes stop us from scheduling time for our health. Whether that means we miss our 30-60 minutes a day to sweat or take time to stretch and balance our body. Maybe it’s taking time to prepare healthy meals and snacks so that we do not grab a burger and shake on the way home, or pop a pizza in the oven every night. We all need a reason to stay focused and continue on our healthier lifestyle path…something that drives our mind and soul.

So, I’d like to encourage you to take some time and figure out what your “it” is that drives you to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Choose to get a jump start on the NYE resolutions, so that you start the year closer to being your healthiest most vibrant self. Instead of starting 2012 5-10 pounds heavier and tired or sick, let’s choose to begin 2012 in a happy place and more focused. Give yourself 10-30 minutes to find your “Why.”  A “Why” that makes you cry tears of joy!

If you are feeling stuck, try writing down what your life would be like in 5 or 10 or 20 years from now if you were at your ultimate level of health. Where will you be going on vacation? A bike tour through the vineyards of Tuscany, Italy? A hike through the jungles of Costa Rica or visiting one of the seven wonders of the world? Maybe simply camping at your cabin and going for long walks and fishing? Will you be energetic and strong enough to play tag with your children or grand children? Will you still have the strength and stamina for a passionate and exciting sex life? Will you still be able to garden and comfortably get up and down off the floor? Write down everything that you picture yourself doing when you are healthy, vibrant and strong.

Now, write down what life will be like in 5 or 10 or 20 years from now if you do NOT keep your health as a priority. Write down the things that you will not be able to do because your back or neck hurts. Write down how it will feel if you are not even strong enough to be able to pick up your own carry-on bag and put it in the overhead compartment on a plane. Write down how frustrating it will be if you have to take a break after walking up two flights of stairs and how long it will take you to get simple tasks completed. Write down how much money your blood pressure medicine and high cholesterol medicine will be on an annual basis…now multiply that by 10 or 20. I’m sure that you can think of other ways to spend $2,400 or $4,800 (That’s low too…only $20 per month on Rx. I know some who spend far more!). Write down what life would be like if your leg had to be removed because of your diabetes. Dig deep!

When I say we have nothing with out our health, I mean it!

Everyday I remind myself that the choices that I make that day make an impact on my health and my life. Which also impacts my husband and family. It can impact them from as little as me being cranky or irritable because I ate too many refined foods and too much sugar and i am just better off going to bed. To a bit more severe… such as my fingers going numb and my neck and pelvis stiffening and hurting. (This happens if I choose to eat foods that I know my body doesn’t like and it actually creates an internal inflammatory response.) Which ever road I decide to follow, the choice is my own. No one else is to blame.

So what helps me stay on track (at least 80 percent of the time) is my “Why.” I am motivated by my small poster of pictures and words of the life that I desire when I am at my optimum state of vivacious health, balance and love!  I also have a few you-tube videos and songs that inspire me. As you can probably guess, I happen to be very visual. However, I have also hosted Fitness Weekends where we created visual dream boards and have had clients comment on them months and even years later. So I know that they are effective! So whether your board is filled with words or pictures or drawings, or you choose to have your Why on an index card that you carry around in your wallet. If you are more technologically savvy, like my friend, create a computer slide show of the life you desire to a song that invigorates you! Whatever format you choose, figure out what “it” is for you!! Keep it somewhere that you can reference it often to help you focus on the choices that you make daily.

Wishing you all a fabulous Thanksgiving week and much laughter with your family and friends!

** For those who are just wanting something tangible to get started with until you can figure out your deeper drive; here is a 30 minute treadmill workout that can help you track your progress over the next 30 and 60 days. **

Adjust the speeds and inclines accordingly. PLEASE get clearance from your doctor before starting this or any other form of exercise that is above and beyond your normal activity.