Remember Why You Started

Sometimes, people get into a funk, or fall into a rut, and find that their motivation wanes over time. It’s a horrible feeling, and for some, it marks the end of their foray into eating well, good health, and fitness. It’s almost inevitable that people will feel this from time to time. I have, and I got through it. Here’s how I did it.

I thought about why I started this journey. I looked at photos of me before I got healthy. I made a list of all the things I was able to do after losing the weight and getting healthy that I couldn’t do before. I made another list of all the things I want to do and thought about whether I could accomplish any of the items if I were unhealthy or unfit. Turned out, I couldn’t. Finally, I thought of my family and how distraught they would be if I were to pass early due to poor health that could have been avoided.

When I thought about it, it was a foregone conclusion: I had to grab myself by the bootstraps and get back to it with full intensity. I had to make sure my diet was as strict as before, and that I did my push ups and running as vigorously as ever. Even the pace of my runs had been slowing; that is now reversed.

We all deal with falling into a rut or losing motivation from time to time. It’s natural. Don’t beat yourself up for it. Try some of the things I did to regain my motivation and just get back up and at it. If you have other suggestions, please comment.

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