I fall and fail as much as I get up and succeed. This is my truth and it applies to everything in my life—including my workouts. I often ask myself on any given day, particularly on the days where the biggest challenge can be just getting out of bed, “what is my motivation?”. It’s a fair enough question, wouldn’t you say?
Each of us whether we realize it or not, begins our journey towards a better body or sense of self for a reason: to get into that pair of skinny jeans, to look good for an upcoming social event, or because we are tired of looking in the mirror and not loving the body we see. In all of those cases, there is something external to motivate us. We have something material we can look at and work towards to keep us on the right track.
But, what happens when that thing no longer exists? Where do you find the internal motivation once you reach your goal?
As easy as you consider the answer to this question to be, please understand that it is much harder than you think. We all to some extent become satisfied enough with our progress to start making allowances for our actions.
It may start with an act as simple as eating a slice of pie or skipping a workout. Before you know it you’re justifying eating out and cutting back on your cardio because “one day won’t hurt me”—believe me, I’ve been there, and it’s a miserable feeling to wallow in the guilt you feel when your “one day” turns into one week, one month, and so on.
You have to commit everyday to being the person who is dedicated to keeping his/her workout regimen in tact. If you don’t, you run the risk of seeing all your hard work go down the drain.