Maintaining Motivation #1

Early February is about the time when the New Year’s Disillusions start to fade off.  Life gets in the way, just like it has before.  Contentment creeps back into your mind (“I’m in good enough shape.”) just like it has before. The Super Bowl Party comes back around (“Hey – I gotta indulge!) just like it has before.  Your motivation to stay healthy starts to slump – just like it has before.

Why is our resolve to change strongest in January?  We have that “New Year mentality.” An entirely clean slate before us.  We commit ourselves to a whole year of changing!  That’s the problem!  The challenge is WAY TO BIG to endure.  We need to break our resolutions down into smaller, more manageable mind bites (see first blog about mind bites).  Have you ever heard the question  “How do you eat an elephant?” Answer: One bite at a time.  Let’s reverse the equation.  “How do you get an elephant to lose weight?” Answer: One pound, one inch, one step at a time.  Not that I’m calling anyone here an elephant.  It’s just an analogy.  SUCK IT UP!

Rather than establishing goals based upon time or dates, base your goals upon daily results.  Sometimes you may have to break it down into even smaller goals.  We all back-slide.  Had an off-morning?  Didn’t get into the gym?  Missed breakfast?  Don’t cave on the entire plan!  Regroup and begin again.  Life is forgiving.  Forgive yourself.  Readjust and recommit.  Have a healthy lunch and do something active later in the day.

Most fitness success stories are achieved through smaller efforts.  My friend Bill weighed nearly 300 pounds at one time in his life.  He dropped down to 150 pounds by playing tennis and eating healthy Monday through Saturday. Bill indulged on Sundays.  This enabled him to mentally endure 6 days at a time.  Certainly much easier than 1 year at a time.

Regroup and get your results in smaller steps.  It will be a lot easier to maintain your motivation for the long haul.


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One thought on “Maintaining Motivation #1

  1. Matthew G. Monroe
    February 4, 2008 at 5:20 am

    David:

    Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! Knowing how verbal and communicative you are, I guarantee that you’ll have a great time with this medium — and you will be absolutely stunned by just how far around the globe your words will travel.

    Remember to blog often… Your readers will demand it of you.

    Matt

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