More Than Motivation

Something dawned on me the other day…  The thought actually struck me as I was on my way to a training session with Matt.  I was listening to a radio morning talk show; LL Cool J was talking about his new book and all its components.  As I listened, I remembered that I’d seen one of his books years before and that it had a lot of interesting workout ideas in it.  I thought to myself that the new book would probably be similar and kudos to him for staying in great shape all these years.  Then, as I contemplated changing stations, he said something that stopped me.  He was explaining how the book wasn’t just about the workouts; it had a nutrition and spiritual/wellness aspect as well.  He wanted to focus on the person as a whole in this book.  This is what got me thinking…

Fitness is about more than motivation…Sure, motivation will help get you there, but it won’t keep you there.  Here’s what I mean:  How many times have you been motivated to fit a certain outfit, to get in shape for a trip, for a wedding, or for a vacation?  Right!  Me too!  Now…how many times have you lost that same 10 to 15 pounds?  Right!  Me too!  So here’s the thing…fitness is ongoing…IF…you are committed to changing your life style.  Yes folks that’s right…you have to change your life style.  It doesn’t have to be a drastic change…So stop throwing out the junk food and keep reading, LOL!  You could start small and work your way up.  For example, replace your soda with water a few times a week, add an hour or two of cardio throughout the week, or you could make a habit of eating one fruit and one veggie a day.  It’s not about deprivation, it’s about choices.  There are many options.  The point is this: If you want to be fit and stay fit, you have to be willing to continue the life style that will get you to your personal goal.  Don’t stop once you get there and you’re looking and feeling good.  It isn’t like a race; where once you get to the finish line you’re done.  The finish line is only the beginning…

The good news is this: after the finish line, it’s all about maintenance; that’s the easy and fun part.  Being fit…being well…. feels so damn good!  It’s worth getting there and staying there!  So be more than motivated…be the change…

One thought on “More Than Motivation

  1. Looking great Maria. I think most people have experienced, at some point in their fitness journey, exactly what you are talking about in this blog.

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