Motivation…we all want it, some of us have it. It’s what we all need to accomplish a healthy weight and to maintain it.
Why can some people lose weight, join a boot camp or yoga class that has intimated them for years, run a half marathon like they have always wanted or cut out added sugar from their diet? Some of these people make it look so easy and effortless while most of us struggle to find that balance. It’s the motivation and the belief that you too can achieve the healthy body you have always wanted and do what you need to live a long prosperous life for yourself and your families. It’s the willpower, confidence, and the mindset to want more that will help you get to where you want to go.
Know what you want and have a clear defined path to get there. If you don’t know what you need to do to get there ask for help. Personal trainers at your local personal training studio or workout facility are the perfect professionals to ask and gain knowledge from. You can’t always do it alone. Spending money on a class or trainings can be a good investment. Think of your own profession, someone with some knowledge of your job may be able to complete some of your tasks but they may take longer to complete them and not as efficiently.
Make a game plan. Decide how many times a week you are going to devote to exercise and for how long. Who is going to get your son or daughter to and from school or activity if your class conflicts with family members schedules? Ask your boss if you can work out during lunch breaks. Wake up 30 minutes earlier than usual to get in a quick effective workout. These are all questions to ask yourself and to get answers for before you begin. Do more of what is working, and less of what isn’t.
Meet Shana (her before shot on the left), a wife and very busy mother of 3 daughters – ages 10, 15, and 19 who are involved in basketball, softball, golf, band, and orchestra. Shana works full time as a music teacher and her husband Mike is active in the US Military and also works as a pilot. Mike has been deployed 8 times over the last 6 years, each deployment ranging from 90-120 days. Time and energy were what Shana needed to prioritize, like everyone else, to start her weight loss journey (her “rollercoaster ride”) in November 2012. She had more than enough valid excuses and reasons to never begin.
“I’ve learned that in order for me to be the best that I can be—wife, mother, friend, or teacher—I need to feel good. If I make this a priority then the excuses are pushed aside and I not only feel good physically, but mentally as well. I’m happier, more focused, more confident, and more energized. I knew I needed to make a change that would stick. I never called it a diet, but rather a lifestyle change. I started personal training and received guidance with nutrition choices, and I was on my way to a new me. Not only did my family catch on to my excitement, but were also seeing results. This lifestyle change has been the best gift I could’ve given my family and myself!” Shana Tiltrum.
What’s the secret? When related to reaching weight loss goals, we are motivated by RESULTS. How do we get those? Stick with a program or class for a minimum of 6 weeks for at least 1 to 2 hours a week. You will be surprised what an hour or two a week can do to see results. Measure your success in the first 6 weeks by how much more energy you have, sleep patterns improving, being more patient with your family, your clothes maybe fitting just slightly differently, or you can walk up the same flight of stairs without as much struggle. There will be a “fight or flight” period during the first 6 weeks where you may not being seeing numbers on the scale go down as much as you thought they would or should. This is such a crucial and important time. When you feel this, you need to keep going! As with anything in life, things happen when you put time and effort into them and don’t give up. What are you waiting for? Believe in yourself, surround yourself with positive people who believe in you and work hard. We all get to the finish line the same, one step at a time with a few stumbles and hurdles along the way, but all that matters is that you decided to start and kept going from there.
And here is Shana after!