by Christina Garrett
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As the year of 2016 progresses on, I’m sure there is a wave of New Year’s resolutions that are coming upon you as each month passes. What can I change? What can I do differently to ensure that 2016 will be MY explosive year? For many of us, our resolution is to treat our bodies better, eat less of the food that is adding onto our large tummies and get the workout in that we have been putting off for days, weeks or even months. Could I dare say years for some of us?
Yet, when the time comes to put in that workout DVD, the calling of the couch seems to win out over the motivation you once had! “I just don’t feel like it.” “I’ve had a long day…..” “I’m so tired. You won’t believe what happened to me.” Sound familiar?
Well, it’s about to be a New Year and we need a FRESH mentality! Here are some tips to build up that motivation!
1) Take a reality check.
Go into your bedroom or bathroom, any place with a large mirror. Sometimes the reason we won’t exercise is that we lack the reality that we need or desire change. We may cover up our imperfections with over-sized clothing, but there’s no lying to the mirror. I can clearly recall going into Target about 2 or 3 years ago, and saying “These size 16s must run small!” No, the sizes are fine. It was my over-eating and lack of motivation to exercise and take care of my body that was making the sizes go up. Go into the bathroom, undress and grab your stomach. I don’t know about you, but I have more than a handful to grab, and I would prefer at least a half-handful less! If you don’t like it, then it’s time for a change! Go straight from that mirror into your workout clothes.
2) Count your reasons for exercise.
I love to run. My body responds well to running. My stomach looks leaner in the morning after an evening run. My body just likes it! However, whenever I start a new running distance, I find a race to run to keep me moving. If I don’t have a race, I won’t train. My motivation? Fear of embarrassment!! I can just see all the other fit people soaring past my slow, lagging pace as I huff and puff to keep up to the “real runners.” If I don’t run (or at least keep up with the walkers), I will be embarrassed. So, I go outside on ice cold nights, when I can’t feel my toes and run laps around the parking lot of my apartment building.
What’s your reason? Some reasons can and should be more profound. Are you overweight and pre-diabetic? Can you not afford a new closet of clothes? Save yourself the money and just fit into your old ones. Are you a busy mom or dad who never takes time out for yourself? Is your lack of time for yourself causing a lack of peace and sanity? Take the time out to preserve your mentality and your waistline. There was a story of one man whose daughter was extremely ill and she needed an organ. Sadly, he was a perfect match but he was so obese that the operation would risk his life and he could not donate to save his own child. He was given 90 days to make an extreme weight change and he put on his tennis shoes and didn’t look back. He now runs marathons as if his life depends on it, because it once did. His cause to workout was the love for his family. What’s yours?
3) Forsaking the excuses.
This is self-explanatory. Too often, we come up with reasons why we don’t have to do something. Those things that we are driven to do, we do. However, those that we can compromise on are the first to go. Make taking care of yourself mandatory. When I go outside and run, internally I argue with myself about all the reasons I have to quit early.
“I just ate, so I should be tired.”
“This is a new route I’m running, so I should give myself some leeway.”
“My body needs a break.” (Which can sometimes be: “I’m too lazy to get up.”
Sometimes, just as in the rest of our lives, we have to push past being tired, lazy, having a bad day or being stressed out and take control of our present and demand more of our future. If we don’t make changes happen, unfortunately, they will not magically appear! Just as we have to shake off our emotions to serve God or to do the right thing, we have to cast off the physical and emotional hindrances and do what we need to do. At the beginning of the day, start thinking about when you are going to exercise. Schedule it in during your child’s naptime, on your lunch break, before your husband or wife comes home, or even do it with your spouse. There’s no rule against the World’s Most Sexy Couple. No more excuses!
Coming up next, we’ll dish on the next two ideas to get you to the Motivation Station!
About the Writer
Christina Garrett is a native of Washington, D.C., and a vibrant and vivacious wife of a wonderful Pastor for almost ten years. She is a homeschooling mom of four, including a set of twins (age 8, 5,5 and 1). She has a passion for seeing wives and mothers rock womanhood as an outpouring of their commitment to Christ. Christina is the founder of the community organization, Running A Momathon, who promotes self-care, and a life of purpose, diva-attitude and commitment to an active life. She loves the concept of women reaching their dreams and goals while conquering the challenge of balancing their self-identity, marriage, motherhood. We share this mission through conferences and workshops across the country.
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