Finding your motivation can be the hardest part of making a change. On Sunday morning, I slowly rolled my body out of bed, knowing I had to lace my sneakers up and get 4 miles in before breakfast. Thankfully, my husband agreed to run with my, which made it easier to get out the door.
After a very long, busy week, finding time to get some training in has been nearly impossible, or at least that’s what I told myself. Sometimes finding the time to exercise and meal prep can be difficult. And sometimes, finding excuses are much easier than facing the fact that we’re being lazy.
After 18 weeks of intense training, I have found myself going backwards and losing the mobility I worked so hard to achieve. I putting my foot down, literally, in the coming weeks. I’ve created the goal of 100 000 steps by Sunday and I’ll be honest, with this rain, I’m not off to a good start. Excuses, excuses, excuses.
How do you find motivation on busy days? In the last few weeks, I had several people tell me that I was their motivation. What kind of role model would I be if I gave up now?
To find motivation this week, the first step is to make a goal, like 100 000 steps in a week. Maybe yours is to run 5 kms in a week or to have 30 minutes of activity 3 days a week. Your goal is for YOU to determine. Don’t choose something just because you believe it’s what your goal should be.
Now, MAKE IT HAPPEN! How? You commit. By creating weekly, small goals, you are more likely to achieve them, since they’re short term. Everyone can commit to one week! But if you can’t, make daily goals, 10 thousand steps a day or 100 sit ups in a day. Once you realize you can achieve your goals, and results begin to show, you’re more likely to commit.
And on the rainy, busy, tired, sad days, remember why you started. Focus on your why! Maybe it’s to lose weight, run your first race, or to inspire the ones you love. Never forget why you started.
If you need an accountability partner, I’d be happy to keep you committed. I’ll need you to keep me accountable too!
I hope you have a positive and productive week!
“I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams.” —Oprah Winfrey