tonight was truly life altering. Ok, you may think I’m being overly dramatic, but let me explain.
Tonight was Mamavation TV night and seriously – if you don’t already know about Mamavation – you HAVE to check it out! Tonight’s Guest Speaker was none other than Pete Cohen and man I know there were many, many others in the room but I so felt he was speaking to me!
He was talking with us about motivation and how there are 3 types of motivation and it hit home so here’s what I learned for those of you who weren’t there…
(1) Motivation to move away from something – This is a big one for me. I don’t want to be this weight… I don’t want to feel this tired… I don’t want to look like I do. Anyone who has been or is on a journey like mine, has felt this. It is usually what kick-starts me on another ‘diet’ and yet, as Pete pointed out this type of motivation can be short-lived… After all, who hasn’t seen a piece of chocolate cake and thought “hmmm… yeah, I don’t want to look like this, but i want that chocolate cake MORE!”
No? just me? really? hm… ok
(2) The second type of motivation is the motivation towards something – I want to fit into those jeans… I want to buy cute clothes off the rack… I want to feel beautiful in front of the camera… this is also good… and also short-lived… queue chocolate cake example from above 🙂 when both of these fail, or you meet your goal or whatever happens, then what? Where’s the motivation to keep going?
then there’s a 3rd type of motivation…
(3) Motivation that comes from really liking what you are doing…wow. it felt like a ton of bricks had been dropped on me. Was Pete also a mind reader? this week has been different but up till recently, if I exercised it was because I HAD to… but i dreaded every step. I wouldn’t eat right because it was too hard and when i did take the time to make fresh meals, i resented the amount of time spent. I had a sour outlook on life but something clicked inside of me last week and this one… I can do a lot more than I thought… I may not be very fast, but I can run! I may not be very strong, but I have Mamaguns! I may not always eat the right foods, but every time I do, it becomes closer to becoming a habit.
I’m going to keep celebrating the small victories because what else is going to keep me motivated long-term to live a healthy and wonderful life?! I’m going to continue learning about new ways to challenge myself in the quest to become healthier! I really think that pledging the Sistahood 4 weeks ago was the life changer, but tonight everything clicked into place. The best part? While I’m busy cheering myself on, I have an entire virtual cheering section cheering me on too! and after all, you can’t disappoint your biggest fans, right?
so – WHAT’S YOUR MOTIVATION?!