I have a habit of collecting motivating quotes. When I see one that I like, I either write it down, save it to my phone, or actually print it out and post it up on a bulletin board in my office.
Motivating quotes are...motivating. And motivation is GREAT. It gets you fired up and in the mood to do something awesome. But...it isn't enough to keep you on the road to success.
Many people think they aren't achieving their goals because they are not motivated. Or they think that they need to keep seeking out motivation in order to lose weight, get in shape, eat better or whatever it is they are wanting to do.
Motivation (or lack thereof) is not the problem.
We live in a world in which we have been tricked into thinking that we could do whatever we want...eat whatever we want, abuse our bodies however we want...and then take a pill, or have some kind of medical treatment to erase it all.
But it doesn't work that way. Our lifestyles and eating habits play a very important role in how our future will play out. The major diseases plaguing us today...obesity, diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, some autoimmune disorders, dementia, etc....are mostly due to unhealthy lifestyle habits.
You can't erase a lifetime of bad habits with a pill or a medical treatment.
A lot of times when we have goals...whether they are big goals or little ones...we get distracted from ever reaching them.
There are many reasons along the way of why we get distracted. Sometimes those distractions are because we have not set up intentions to really prioritize them.
This applies to any goal...health related goals like: goals of eating healthier, goals of losing weight, goals of getting in shape or committing to an exercise routine, or it can be lifestyle goals such as: areas of self-improvement, acquiring a new skill for a career change, or making an effort to improve your relationships.
What does 2017 hold in store for you? Do you have goals and desires that have been simmering under the surface for awhile? Will this be THE year that you lose weight? Get healthier? Get in shape? Run a marathon?
Are you making New Year's resolutions?
Are you telling yourself things like: "THIS is the year I'm going to eat better and get fit."
Making resolutions when a new year begins may seem to be motivating, but the trouble is that many people abandon those resolutions as soon as a slip-up or setback happens. The fact of the matter is that slip-ups and setbacks ALWAYS happen. Perfection with diet and fitness (or anything) is not possible.
December is a high-stress month. Lots of month-end reporting for your job. The holiday season with all its pressures to shop, spend money, and prepare. And it also happens to be that time of year when lots of sickness is going around. No time is a good time for getting sick, but December is definitely at the top of the list. Getting sick at this time of year totally sucks when there is so much on the rapidly growing to-do list.
It also makes it harder to keep up with workouts and healthy eating intentions when you are sick. Fortunately there are ways to keep your power fueled and prevent sickness or minimize the duration and severity of a cold when it does happen. Let's get right to the point...
Being healthy is not only about eating right and exercising (although those things are super important).
In addition to eating well, it is also important to nourish your life with good self-care. Good self-care includes making sure you get adequate sleep! You can eat all the dark leafy greens in the world, and still not be the healthiest best version of you, if you are not getting enough sleep.
So you have committed to a diet plan for yourself and you are super motivated and determined because THIS time you are going to stick to it. Your intentions are to follow it PERFECTLY. "That’s it, I’m going to be good starting tomorrow!" (whatever your definition of “good” is).
You start off like a rockstar eating perfectly. But then a few days go by and life gets in the way. You find yourself starving after a late unexpected meeting at work. Or there was no time to cook dinner after driving your kids to baseball practice. Before you know it, you ordered a pizza and 3 slices later your perfect diet intentions go up in smoke. Might as well give up because what’s the point, right?
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Megan Ántoni Placa, MS, CNS