My ‘why’ was to look cute and sexy so I can rock tight jeans, tube dresses and half shirts. Ahhhh sorry that reason was so surface and full of ego and vanity that it wasn’t enough to keep me motivated or grounded in the real reasons for getting in shape.
You see, the motivation is out the window when your ‘why’ is weak. Give your ‘why’ two legs to stand on so that it can take root in your soul and truly mean something to you.
Here’s my ‘why’: to prevent heart disease (the number one killer of women worldwide), to build self-love, worthiness, trust and courage to face my fears.
Before you decide you want to lose weight, you gotta ask yourself the following question. Does my health matter to me? If your health is truly important to you, then you will do whatever it takes to lose the weight. Nothing will stand in your way. It’s really that simple.
This is how I figured out my ‘why’. I took out a sheet of paper and wrote down why my health was important to me.
MY ‘WHY’ LIST:
- I was so heart broken from a recent breakup I needed healing. I did not want to fall into a deep depression.
- My Nana died from heart disease and before she died she told me to take care of myself. “Don’t eat the way I ate…do better.” I did not want to end up dying a painful death like she did.
- I needed to fill a void in my life. I needed to learn how to value myself, increase my self worth and love me more.
- I had no idea how to trust myself and others, especially men.
- I had anxiety attacks. I needed to control everything and everyone. When things were out of my control, I fell apart.
- I knew I was going to be an older mom having kids in my 40’s. I needed a healthy, strong body for pregnancy.
These 6 reasons were why I needed to get healthy. This kind of self awareness, acknowledgement and acceptance brought my truth to the surface. I was ashamed of the state of my health but I knew I had 6 broken pieces that needed to be mended. I decided that the fitness journey was going to help heal me and make me whole again.
Step One Tip:
- Answer the question: Does your health matter to you? Write down your reasons and let that be your motivation to keep going.
- Every time you feel like you can’t go on, look at your ‘why’ list. This list will remind you why your health is important.
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