How do you motivate yourself? How do you keep yourself going when you have tough task at hand or a task that is just so unpleasant that you would rather quit, but quitting is not an option. This blog post was insipired mostly by Wisebread's weekly Ask the Readers post. But I think I need to write down what motivates me as well for my own sanity.
In my household we are all weight conscious, my fiancee and her daughter recently purchased gym memberships and somehow the discussion turned on me. How if I worked out I would be in better shape. Prior to this conversation I had no motivation of joining a gym. In my previous experience with joining the gym, I went when I got motivated to go (which was never), so I ended up wasting a lot of money on gym memberships. This time around I decided not to join the adventure because of the fear of failure of losing motivation after one month and wasting money on a membership I am really not going to use.
So I recently started to go jogging after dinner has settled in my belly. The motivation was me being called a marshmallow. I should have taken offense to that but in reality it is in fact true. I am over weight, my doctor called me obese. I need to lose 25 lbs and lose the ever growing pot belly. So in addition to being called a marshmallow my motivation was to lose the 25 lbs and be healthy, it is about damn time I got off my butt and did something about it. Plus a stranger calling me obese just hasn't sat well with me for a while now. To keep this goal going I have set a date to reach my goal of losing 25 lbs by August 25th, 2010. I'm not buying any gym memberships or buying crazy equipment, I am simply running at least a mile 4-5 times a week. Can I do it? Yes because I plan to get married sometime this year and I need to look good and I need to be there for my family for a long while, if that isn't motivation enough I don't know what is.