Sunday, December 14, 2008

I needed this...

Many things have been swimming around my head lately. I need to get back in a routine, but I took my doctor's no activity words to heart and have been sitting on my butt. Actually I have been so busy at work and home that I just haven't squeezed in the time lately for any type of workout. Lets just say that it shows. I have been pretty bummed lately with the state of affairs in my fitness life and goals, but obviously not enough to get my rump motivated. So as my birthday was yesterday I took a moment to reflect and plan. I came up with some goals for the next year. Not like a New Years Resolution or anything just things I wanted to do. It made me feel a little better about my state of being. Then today I got this great email from Spark People. It was just what I needed to hear, so I am sharing it with all of you.
By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer Spark People
9 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated
 1. Confidence- How did it feel after that first jog around the block? Or when you finally walked the stairs at work without losing your breath? The more you accomplish, the more you'll believe in yourself.
2. Fit into that dress - It's been hanging up in your closet for two years now, just waiting to be thrown on for a night on the town. All it takes is for you to go that extra mile and stay on track. Before you know it, those two years will be ancient history.
3. Make the week easier- Ever felt like a week was taking forever? It feels like Friday, but it's only Tuesday? This happens when you're not working towards anything. When you have a goal in mind you'll want to cook that healthy dinner or go to the gym. The week will not only go faster, but be more enjoyable.
4. Gives you purpose - Every once in a while, we need a good reason to get out of bed. Here it is, right in front of you. Eat the healthy breakfast that's going to jump start your day, go for your morning jog, or walk to the driveway and grab the newspaper. When you're motivated, you have a reason to do what you do.
5. For your kids- And your grandkids. And their kids, too. The healthier you are, the longer you'll be around to watch your kids grow and to spoil your grandchildren. They'll want you to be around as long as possible; consider this just another present.
6. Power of momentum- It's a scientific fact- something in motion tends to stay in motion. Momentum builds quickly and can lead to great results. Suddenly, you're not only working for the goal, but also to keep your streak alive. Even more reason to reach your goals.
7. The 'wow' effect - Picture this: Waling into a bar, you run into someone from high school, and their eyes light up. They gasp,"Wow, you look great!" By sticking with your goals, this can happen. Watch the "wows" add up.
8. Spread the spark- When friends and family see how hard you're working, they'll wonder how they can reach their own goals. Guess who they're going to look to for help? By staying motivated, you'll not only help yourself, but others too.
9. Keep gaining experience - The more you do, the more you will learn and understand. You'll discover which tactics work best for you and which ones don't. It's like weeding out the garden - not the most enjoyable job in the world, but when you're done, all that's left are beautiful flowers. Keep sticking with it and soon it will be all flowers for you. 
Now if I can just remember all that when I am being tempted with food or feeling lazy. 


Al's CL Reviews said...

Thank you Thank you Thank you for posting that.

I'm going to send it to my friends. We are seriously lacking motivation!

Viv said...

WOW That is a great motivation sparker. I just ordered a dress 2 sizes to small for my March vacation. Totally doable just have to get it together. Let's do this thing!!

Frayed Laces said...

Hey! Happy Birthday!

fit lil fiddle said...

What a great post!!! I'm copying that down. Happy belated birthday!

Marcy said...

Those are some good ones :-) Most def!