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?


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mr WordPress
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 17:46:30

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  2. Carolyn
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 19:17:58

    What motivates me?

    Being able to hike, hell run, to the top of a mountain with a big smile on my face with my loving husband, my supportive friends, and my rebellious dog singing a song, staring across a beautiful landscape, and enjoying life to the fullest.

    And looking good doing it.


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