I’m by no means full of myself, but when it comes to weight loss, I like to think I know a thing or two about it.
Back in late 2009 I started my fitness journey and when I did, I had no idea that by 2010, I would be celebrating a 100+ lb loss. I also REALLY had no idea that I would keep that weight off until today.
You see, all of my attempts before weren’t successful. I tried all of the fad shakes, teas, weight loss programs, women’s gyms…you name it. But shortly after starting, I’d always find a way to stop and lose “motivation”.
It wasn’t until I changed how I looked at things that I saw REAL change.
Intention vs Motivation is what it came down to for me.
When I sat around waiting to be motivated, I left my fate up to an outside force.
We’re all guilty of turning to Pinterest for some motivational quotes to fire us up. Or maybe you log on to Instagram for some motivation but end up feeling bad about yourself and your progress after scrolling through everyone else’s posts (Comparison is the thief of joy and needs to be it’s own post.)
It wasn’t until I intentionally began to schedule my workouts and meal prep, that I stuck to it.
Once I made the things that would get me to my goal a non-negotiable, a positive shift began to happen. At first it seemed like a punishment, but after a little time, I began to look forward to it. The workout and the meal prep was my time… it was self care, things that I did to take care of myself and you know what?! ….making yourself a priority is a good thing, people!
We schedule things like doctor appointments, play dates, volunteering at our kids schools and lunch/dinner with friends, so why shouldn’t we schedule workouts and meal prep for ourselves?
Would you cancel any of the above things last minute, because you just wanted to sit on the couch and watch Netflix? I’m going to assume the answer to that is no, but I know you should never assume anything.
Anyway…what I have found to be the key with this healthy living stuff is NOT motivation, but rather INTENTION… because intention puts all of the power in your hands. It puts you in full control of the outcome because you’re not relying on an outside force to motivate you into action.
Basically it means you have to own your shit, there is no blaming anyone or anything else when you live with intention. That’s not an easy pill to swallow, but if you’re looking for a magic pill with this weight loss stuff…this is the one you need.
See how powerful that shift in mindset can be?! Crazy right?