The dictionary defines motivation as “having a strong reason to act or accomplish something“.
Motivation is an allusive thing, one moment it’s right in front of you and the next you are searching everywhere for it. Some people are able to hold on to motivation for a long time and never lose it, but then there are people who are constantly finding themselves loosing it and finding it again! 🙂 I will admit that I fall into the latter category. Lol 🙂
I have come to learn that I need to have more than one “cause” to be motivated and in doing so, it tends to help me to not lose my motivation as often as I have in the past! 🙂 I have come up with a list of my motivations, my reasons to keep going, to keep pushing, to keep training. I would like to share them with you and to hear from you all, what is it that keeps you going? Why do you keep doing what you are doing?
- MY PHYSICAL HEALTH – everyone knows that the more active you are and the healthier you eat, the better your physical health will be. For a very long time (I’m talking YEARS), I ate CRAP! I used to joke that if it wasn’t one of my three food groups I wouldn’t eat it(Tacos, Pizza, and anything Deep Fried). Obviously, as a result, I was unhealthy, overweight and unhappy.
- MY EMOTIONAL HEALTH – running and staying active makes me happy, it centers me and calms me. As much as some workouts hurt and are exhausting, when I’m done I feel so much better about myself. I love to “sweat my worries out”. 🙂 I know that if I go too long without a run, I start to get real grumpy and unhappy.
- MY SON – he watches everything I do, he soaks it all up, the good and the bad!! ;-P I want him to learn to make physical activity a part of his everyday life. I also hope he will learn about determination, hard work, failure and defeat by watching me run and race. We are the examples for our children, so let’s be super active, healthy examples!! 😉
- MY COMPETITIVE SPIRIT – I am a competitive person, my family will attest to that! 😉 I mostly compete with myself, I’m always wanting to do better than I did the last time.
- SOMETHING TO CALL ‘MINE’ – running is one of my ‘things’, it’s one of my hobbies. It’s simply something I enjoy doing and some days that’s all the motivation I need! 😉
- THE ADVENTURE & EXPERIENCE – some of these races are journeys and experiences within themselves. As I mentioned in a previous post (5 Unique Central PA Half Marathons), some races are very unique and have quirky things about them that make them a lot of fun to be a part of. A couple of years ago, I traveled to Washington, D.C. alone to run the Marine Corps 10K and that was an amazing experience and I treasure having done that on my own.
- IT’S A PRIORITY – last, but surely not least, it’s a priority to me. Running and staying active is a priority because of all the above reasons to be motivated. As a single mom with no partner to share the load, I have to make it a priority and I have to be creative with my training plans and schedules. I am lucky to have a supportive family that lives nearby and helps when they can when I’m training for my Half Marathons, but there are days when I don’t have someone to watch him, so I become creative! 😉 We may jog down to the park together and I will run laps around the park while he plays on the playground. I run on my lunch breaks or I may do strength training at home on a day when I am not able to get out and run. There is a way around it, you just have to be creative!
Finding your motivation and sticking to it is hard. But making that choice to be active, healthy, and fit is the choice to make it a priority. I love the saying above. I saw it recently on Instagram and it really hit me. It’s so easy to come up with excuses and reasons as to why you aren’t taking care of yourself and why you aren’t doing certain things. But, seriously, rephrase those statements and you will really start to see things a lot differently.
What keeps you motivated to stay fit and active?