I can sometimes find motivation in the strangest of places. Sure, I have overarching goals of being healthy and wearing a certain size clothes or getting to a certain body fat percentage. But sometimes those goals can be nebulous or seem so far off that I can start to get off track. Do I want to eat that crappy food that’s sitting in front of me or do I want to reach some goal that’s months away from being “due”…more often than not I’d choose the crappy, but oh-so-tasty, food.
Saturday I had to run to Target with a small list of items we needed. On my there I decided it was going to be my cheat day and that I’d get a bag of chips too so I could satisfy my craving for something salty. However, as I walked into the store, the first thing I saw was racks and racks of bikinis and swimsuits. They literally stopped my in my tracks. There was one suit, a green bikini, that looked so cute! I wanted to be able to wear it. And right there I found some motivation. Do I want to eat a bag of potato chips or do I want to look good enough again to wear a bikini with pride. On that day, the bikini won.
I’ve been using that as motivation for the past couple days too and I hope to use that motivation for months to come.
Funny enough, Saturday night we went out to dinner to celebrate my mother-in-laws birthday. As we were walking to the restaurant at the Mall of America, what is the one store that stood out to me amongst the sea of people and neon lights? The swimsuit store on the second level. We were on the third level and as we came through a throng of people my gaze settled on a store in my line of vision and it just happened to be the store that only sells swimsuits. Was it a sign? A coincidence? I don’t really care. It was, however, another bit of motivation. Kris and I shared a cajun shrimp salad and prime rib dinner that night. I had water with my dinner. And the table of 8 (Levi doesn’t count as he doesn’t get to eat yummy desserts yet!) shared two desserts of which I had a small bite of each.
My motivation is currently high. I’m keeping these goals in the forefront of my mind and I’m constantly on the lookout for more sources of motivation. What has motivated you lately?
(Another source of motivation? I was bouncing Levi on my lap last night while I sat on the floor and I was using my quad and hamstring muscles until they burned. It was great to be able to bounce him to his hearts content without worrying about if I could physically handle it. Being physically active with my kids is a huge motivation!)