Just like everything else, motivation comes and goes. However, I think it’s one of the few things you can control. When you are on some sort of team, motivation comes a lot easier. You aren’t alone, you aren’t the only one working for something. I never realized how important discipline was until I completed my entire sophomore year of school online and alone. I was, again, reminded my junior/senior year. But, the biggest wake-up call of them all was staying fit on my own. I’d been on a team my entire life, and I always had a coach to guide me. Once I graduated, I ended up in the worst shape of my life—talk about bad timing.
After 6-months of working out and eating right, I’m now in the best shape of my life. And to think I did it all on my own. By no means was it easy—I can’t even tell you how many times I wondered if it was worth it. I watched everyone around me eat Oreos, and ice-cream, and brownies; I was laughed at for saying no, for trying to watch what I put in my body. I tried to explain myself and the only response I got was, “I could never do that, I love cookies too much.” Or, “why make yourself suffer, just eat the cookie.” When someone has that mindset it’s impossible to make them see otherwise…they have to come to the conclusion on their own.
What upsets me even more is seeing someone complain about their body and proceed to eat crap food anyway. Why??? Yeah, sure, eating healthy sounds really terrible. Who would want to pass up a donut for a green-smoothie? You would. You would if you saw all the benefits treating your body right has. The accomplishment felt after a hard workout doesn’t compare to anything. And seeing the results take physical form as time passes, well, that just makes you an addict. If I could give everyone a piece of the obsession I now have with taking care of my body, I would. However, it’s something I obtained on my own—and it’s something I maintain on my own. I promise, you’re going to feel like giving up more times than you can wrap your head around. But, those are the times you need to push even harder to stay ahead. Your mind is going to play so many tricks on you.
No, you don’t need that cookie; just leave the kitchen…that feeling will go away. And when you need a reason to keep going, remember where you started and how terrible it felt to be there. That’s how you keep going.