If you’ve been working out for a long time, like myself, it may be difficult to stay motivated. I recently took the time to contemplate why I work out. When I first achieved my weight loss goals, I was like a dog chasing a car. Once I arrived, I didn’t know where to go, and I have no desire to be the strongest guy in my weight class. So why do I do it?
Remember Your WHY
If you search back to the beginning, you might find that when you began this journey, it was more than just weight loss. Sit back and truly contemplate not just what your goals were, but why you made those goals. What was it that drove you to change? Was it just appearance, or was it something more?
Here are a few things that motivate me:
1. Working on myself helps my family.
Reaching your goals and maintaining them may be more altruistic than you think. Losing that weight is a long battle, but even after you get that figure, it’s easy to slump into being “out of shape.” This will affect every area of your life. Just recently, I had a mother in my office who was looking to lose some weight. When I asked her if she had any kids, she rolled her eyes and said she had one kid. I replied, “I’m judging from that eye roll that your child is both young and active.” I was right. You see, this mother has been worn out by her child since the moment he began to walk. When we got down to the root of things, we began to imagine what it would be like to actually enjoy when her son wanted to play chase, throw the ball, or even go outside with mommy. How much are we missing in life because we or our loved ones are out of shape? How many of them have been diagnosed with preventable diseases? Your loved one wants you to be happy, so make sure to help yourself and it will help them.
2. It’s about integrity.
When you started this journey, hopefully you acknowledged that it was a lifestyle commitment. If you did, then keep your word. If you didn’t acknowledge that, then maybe it’s time to! We are in this for the long haul. The thing about fitness is that living a healthy life is the end, not the means. Your weight loss is not the goal, it is the by-product of a healthy lifestyle. Be healthy, and reap the benefits. And believe me, the benefits don’t stop at weight loss.
3. It’s about taking control.
Taking control over your health will bleed into every other thing in your life. It will make you more…
When I started taking the time to get in shape, it was like I gained an extra hour for every one I put in the gym.
4 Steps to Maintain Weight Loss
1. Find Your Motivation
Make like Inigo Montoya and go back to the beginning!
2. Find What’s Fun
If you love to run, pick a 5K for your favorite charity. If you like to compete, try out a challenge that your club might be offering. If you love the outdoors, rent a kayak! Try to find fitness goals and activities that fit with your desires.
3. Create Small Challenges & Immediate Goals
A good little trick with this is “aim small, miss small.” Challenge yourself and your friends to do a monthly challenge like 100 miles of cardio in a month, or 50 pushups a day for a month. Create a Facebook group to motivate each other with it. This accountability will help you stay focused.
4. Remember The Why
This is why I encourage keeping a weight loss journal. Go back and read what your struggles and desires were. Read your little victories and remind yourself that it doesn’t have to end here.
The bottom line is that the goal is never really finished. Because every day that you choose to improve yourself is a victory. Whether you take an extra thousand steps or do an extra set of push-ups, you’re winning. You’re succeeding one day at a time!