Blogging

I’m really excited to blog about my healthy living journey.

I’m inspired by all of the healthy living blogs that I read.

But the one big difference between the other healthy living bloggers and me is that I have a child and work full time.

So what I’m trying to do is balance what I would like to be and my own voice. My own way of life.

I don’t run. And I won’t due to a permanent injury. I am almost 30 and have found at this point that if something isn’t enjoyable to me, it’s not worth doing. Life is too short.

I try to eat clean and healthy 90% of the time…but I’m not perfect. I do indulge now and then.

I’m new to vegetarianism (a couple months now) so I’m still trying to learn new recipes. I love cooking and baking and always have…and I think I’m pretty good at it too, so people tell me.

But I’m not used to cooking this way yet – I’m getting the hang of it though.

I have a vegetarian enchilada casserole that I could live on, literally. I will post the recipe and pics the next time I make it.

…But back to the topic.

I don’t know if I will blog the way that other people do. I hope I’m not boring or have enough to say but I can’t worry about that.

I will find my own voice in time. I may not have as much time to post having a toddler at home, but I would really like to document all of this – and to sort of function as an online, open journal.

I hope someone will join me eventually, but if they don’t – that’s okay too.

I’m just going to enjoy the journey.

Motivation

Motivation means something different to all of us.

What motivates anyone to lose weight or stay healthy, to be fit?

To me, motivation is the driving force behind what we do.

Which is why sometimes I have a hard time staying motivated, I’m sure.  I guess the force is not always so strong.

Like at 6pm on a Friday night when you are just too tired to cook so you order Chinese food. Or when you go to 2 birthday parties this weekend with a plan in mind and throw it out the window as soon as you see the food.

Not that I did either of those things. Of course. 🙂

Though I actually have a degree in psychology and have studied this subject pretty in-depth…it’s been awhile.

Wikepedia defines motivation as:

Motivation is the activation or energization of goal-orientated behavior. Motivation is said to be intrinsic or extrinsic. The term is generally used for humans but, theoretically, it can also be used to describe the causes for animal behavior as well. This article refers to human motivation. According to various theories, motivation may be rooted in the basic need to minimize physical pain and maximize pleasure, or it may include specific needs such as eating and resting, or a desired object, hobby, goal, state of being, ideal, or it may be attributed to less-apparent reasons such as altruism, selfishness, morality, or avoiding mortality. Conceptually, motivation should not be confused with either volition or optimism.[1] Motivation is related to, but distinct from, emotion.

I personally love that they state that motivation is not emotional, nor is it optimistic.

Because in fact, shouldn’t it be all of those things?

Where it relates to food and fitness, I try to stay motivated. I really do. But it’s just not always possible for me. Last week I really didn’t do as well as I’d like. I didn’t wake up one day and work out. I ate dessert on a few too many nights. I did wear my FitBit and log my food intake which is great, but I didn’t use it as a motivator or challenge to take more steps or eat less.

Nope. Wasn’t into it.

So now I’m back to step one of what I’ve struggled with all my life in wondering, how you keep your workout or eating mojo?

For me, the list of reasons to be motivated to stay fit and healthy are numerous:

1. To be a good example for my daughter.

2. So I can live a long productive life.

3. The less I weigh and more in shape I am, the better it is for my SI Joint Dysfunction.

4. It feels good and I want to look as good as I feel.

I could go on, but I think those are the best reasons to be motivated.

So, what motivates you and more importantly, how do you STAY that way?