Monday, February 21, 2011
About 8 months ago I found myself unhappy with my overall health. I was over 200 pounds (204 to be exact) and most of my clothing no longer fit. Thankfully being 6 foot tall I held my weight okay, but I was miserable with how I felt. After a trip to visit friends in Pittsburgh and actually seeing a picture of myself I had all the motivation I needed to start losing weight. Working out had never been a problem because I was regularly going to the gym and going to fitness classes. It was all about what I was eating. I was already training for a sprint triathlon and that was also the week I decided to starting counting my calories. Finishing the race and stepping on the scale that next week and seeing the number go down by 7 pounds that first week really opened my eyes.
I went on to lose a total of 30 pounds which I am happy to say I have kept off for five months. The thrill and excitement of losing the weight is now lessened and here I find myself in the middle of February, the weather is miserable, the gym is miserable and I have been eating whatever and whenever I feel like. Now more then ever I need to find that motivation that came so easily when I was dropping tons of weight each week. I am signed up for a 1/2 marathon at the end of April and so that has kept me going to the gym all winter. Again it is time to start evaluating what I am eating and finding new things to keep me motivated!
Reading weight loss success stories and seeing them on TV has always been inspirational to me. Watching others lose weight helps me remember how hard I worked myself to shed the pounds. Changing the music on my ipod is also a huge motivation, it keeps my mind occupied while I am running on the boring treadmills at the gym. One kind of odd motivation for me is also going to the gym and picking up a 30 pound weight helps me physically feel how much extra weight my body was lugging around and thinking about how much pressure that put on my joints. Subscribing to a fitness magazine and "like" the magazine on facebook gives daily information and reminders. Finally finding a partner who I can either work out with, or even just send emails or talk on the phone with helps keep me motivated.
Eating and exercising directly relates to my emotional health. I am much happier after I work out or when I eat a healthy meal compared to a greasy or unhealthy meal. Staying motivated takes some creativity and is different for everyone.
What types of things keep you motivated??