Guys and gals,
I wanted to write you a special bulletin announcement on a topic I feel very strongly about. Although this will not include a handy-dandy list and fancy references to our favorite products, it will hopefully connect with you and find you where you are at in your fitness journey.
Today is all about lackluster fitness motivation and the days where you just plain do not feel like working out or eating right. We all have them. Personally, I've been going through a period of struggle of eating whatever I want whenever I want: this stemmed from a long period of intense and overly-strict dieting.
You will often hear me speaking on sustainability of diet: not because that is just a catchy buzz-term, but more-so because it is the truth. If you want to sustain a diet for the long-term, you have to make it a part of your lifestyle: and it has to be healthy for the most part!
Because of my period (years) of lack of sustainable dieting, I have recently fallen into the trap of eating junk food, skipping workouts, and resting less often. As a result, I have been more tired, less motivated, and generally have carried around more FAT! We'd like to refer to that as the "dog days" of fitness: times where you or I just plain don't FEEL like doing anything healthy.
I want to help you through that struggle. See, you aren't the only one who can't eat perfect all the time or workout twice a day every day for the rest of your life. The rest of us are human as well...and we all share similar struggles. But the important part is that the times WILL change and you WILL get out of the funk that you are in.
So, how do you do it and how am I personally going to get through it with you? Well, it starts with good choices, patience, and a focus on the long-term goals that you have. My patience has been negligent lately and my long-term goals just haven't been focused on the right things. Here's what happens when you just take a minute to breathe and actually THINK about what you want in life: you figure it out.
If I actually sit down and think about who I want to be in twenty years then "Yes" I want to be more wealthy than today and "Yes" I want happiness and to provide for my family. But how often do I actually take the time to think about the type of person I want to be: for both me and my family?
A little soul-searching and time to find WHO I want to be reveals some commonalities that I doubt you do not share with me: healthy and happy, energetic, playful with my children, enthusiastic, happy to wake up in the morning, vigorously conquering the challenges of the day, etc. With those goals in mind: health is not only a top priority, but it is also one of the most essential parts of getting to those goals.
I want to leave you with some thoughts to think about today: think about why you do NOT have any motivation to be healthy right now. Think about what types of motivation you choose when you are trying to workout or trying to eat right: are those SHORT term items or are they LONG term goals?
See, health and fitness is a marathon: just like life...you don't get to your goals overnight and when you finally do reach your goals, you don't sit around and celebrate them for life: you go and find greater goals. If you really want to go out and get what you want in life, you have to LOVE doing it and have a strong PURPOSE of why you want to get it done.
That is why on my fitness forum I often talk about fitness motivation as being a crock of crap. Because, in fact, it really is and it really is NOT sustainable. If you need to be motivated to be healthy and to succeed in multiple ways in life, then it won't last forever. You need a long-term passion, a love, a drive, a hunger, and the strength to accomplish more and be a better you at all times. This isn't something we get to overnight, it is a goal for LIFE.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on having the "fitness blues", lack of motivation, and the dog days of fitness...but I need you to COMMENT below in order to know how to get the conversation started. So please, share your thoughts, your feelings, your ideas, and your goals with us and we will do our best to address what those shortcomings are and how to handle them in a long-term sustainable manner.