How I Stay Motivated

You can’t have knowledge without application.

At least that’s what Daddy always told us.  As such, my recipe for success is quite simple…

Knowledge + Application = Success.

However, while simple in theory, putting this equation into practice is far from easy.  There are a few missing variables that separate those that reach their goals from those who don’t – mindset, motivation and consistency.  I believe these three variables are responsible for the disconnect between knowledge and application, and derail even the most determined individuals from succeeding.  If there is one thing alone that can determine the outcome of your efforts, over anything else, it’s your mindset.  “If you believe it, you can achieve it”…”Thoughts become feelings, and feelings become things”…”Confidence is key”…”Have a can-do attitude” – are all adages we’ve all heard at some point in our lives, and for good reason.  They’re all true!  I know this from personal experience (definitely more on this later).  Consistency is also a very important factor.  Consistency, or the lack thereof in my case, was a huge roadblock in my path to health and wellness (more on this too).  In order to be consistent, you have to have constant motivation.  Of course, easier said that done.  So how do I stay motivated?  I wanted to share a few healthy habits that I’m trying to incorporate into my healthy lifestyle and I must say, they have kept my motivation tank full this past week.  So here goes…

Since I'm either on campus all day or out traveling to elementary schools conducting SNAP-Ed lessons, I'm always eating on the go.  I control what I eat (and save money) by packing my food for the day.  I try to eat about six small meals/snacks a day so what you see here is an example of what I eat in a day (during the week) minus breakfast and my last meal - grapes and string cheese, apple and cashews, sloppy joe, salad w/ a Kashi bar.  I also try to combine protein and carbs at each meal.

Since I’m either on campus all day or out traveling to elementary schools conducting SNAP-Ed lessons, I’m always eating on the go. I control what I eat (and save money) by packing my food for the day. I try to eat about six small meals/snacks a day so what you see here is an example of what I eat in a weekday minus breakfast and my last meal — grapes and string cheese, apple and cashews, sloppy joe, salad w/ a Kashi bar. I also try to combine protein and carbs at each meal.

I like to pack my gym bag for the week, even though I don't necessarily need it.  Even if I don't go straight to the gym (or go to the gym at all), having my gym clothes ready gives me added motivation to work out.  I already know what I'm going to wear so it takes away the excuse of me "not having enough time to get ready".  It's also easier to talk myself into working out.  I find myself saying "You already have your clothes set out, you might as well just put them on."

I like to pack my gym bag for the week, even though I don’t necessarily need it. Even if I don’t go straight to the gym (or go to the gym at all and just work out at home), having my gym clothes ready gives me added motivation to work out. I already know what I’m going to wear so it takes away the excuse of me “not having enough time to get ready”. It’s also easier to talk myself into working out. I find myself saying “You already have your clothes set out, you might as well just put them on.”  Then once they’re on, I’m good to go!

The major motivator for this week...having an "accountabili-buddy".  Having a workout partner adds some accountability and makes you less likely to skip out on a workout.  It's easy for me to talk myself out of a workout, but not if it means letting someone else down.  My "accountabilil-buddies" are my dad and my big sis.  We have daddy-daughter gym dates at least 4 times a week.  By the way, dads = awesome personal trainers ;)

The major motivator for this week…having an “accountabili-buddy”. Having a workout partner adds some accountability and makes you less likely to skip out on a workout. It’s easy for me to talk myself out of a workout, but not if it means letting someone else down. My “accountabilil-buddies” are my dad and my big sis. We have daddy-daughter gym dates at least 4 times a week. By the way, dads = awesome personal trainers 😉

Take home message on staying motivated:

Be proactive, plan and find a workout partner.

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