There are many different ways a person stays on track with their fitness and nutrition patterns but the ultimate one is to remember where you came from or maybe where you’re at right now.
If you have lost a significant amount of weight and feel unmotivated to hit the gym now- remember why you began the journey in the first place. Did you like struggling to find something to wear? Did you like the way you felt in a crowd of people who you felt were in better shape? How did you feel after indulging in junk food? Those are the past emotions you need to use to constantly fuel your desire to keep getting better. If you haven’t lost the weight yet or maybe you’re just beginning your journey how are you feeling right now?
No one else can find the motivation for you (not a trainer, a spouse, a friend) it has to come from you. After all, you are the one that has to decide to get out of bed to get to the gym, you are the one that makes the decision of what to order at a restaurant while everyone else is ordering fried food and drinks).
This is the time of year where a lot of people start reverting back to their old ways. It is summertime- schedules may be a little more lax, your kids are out of school so you start skipping some of the healthy habits you have developed. Remember this is a lifestyle and not a seasonal event. It is not about losing pounds to look decent in a bathing suit just to relapse back to your old ways when summer hits and you feel you look “okay”. It is about developing healthy habits that you crave on a daily basis because of the emotional rewards and not just the physical ones.
This is one of the biggest reasons I recommend keeping a fitness journal when you first begin your journey. It helps when you lack the motivational drive to push through your workouts to look back and read those raw feelings you felt when you weren’t so healthy or not so active.
Sometimes, it’s not about motivation- you just gotta do it