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Motivation…How do we keep it?

By Micki Pauley | In Life, Uncategorized | on May 23, 2015

I get asked all the time what keeps me motivated for living a healthy lifestyle. I have to say that my motivation comes from LIFE! Wouldn’t you like to wake up everyday knowing that you were strong enough to take on the day?

I am not going to say that I am always super motivated to workout or even to stick to healthy eating. I am human, but that doesn’t give me the excuse to give up all together. Motivation is something that comes and goes with everything you do. Restructuring your thoughts to regain that motivation is important! Remember what motivated you in the first place. One of the biggest things you can do is  surround yourself with others who are only going to keep pushing you forward. Negativity is draining and can create a downward spiral in your life!

Micki and Syd at the YMCA

My fit sister, Sydney Cummings and I at the YMCA!

My client, Jessica Schrock (middle) with 2 of her friends after finishing a half marathon!

My client, Jessica Schrock (middle) with 2 of her friends after finishing a half marathon!

To stay motivated, I am constantly changing things up. This isn’t just with my workouts, but with everyday events in my life. We all get in the same habits that become boring. Keep things exciting! Here are a few different ways that I like to keep things going for when I am working towards building my goals…

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1. Focus on the good reasons

  • Sense of accomplishment
  • Bettering yourself
  • Rewarding
  • Step closer to your bigger goal

2. Make it FUN!!

Micki and Meredith

My friend Meredith Ward and I working hard at the bookstore together!!

  • Now, some tasks taken towards reaching your goals are just going to be awful…we can’t always escape those, BUT write down a list of things you enjoy doing to help push yourself forward!
  • Find a friend to complete tasks with you!

3. Take a different approach..

In my little corner at the gym working before meeting with a client!

In my little corner at the gym working before meeting with a client!

  • “One way or another…” It is no secret that everything in life is trial and error. Step back and look at the task at hand from a different perspective.
  • If you are serious about reaching your goals, then you will find a way to make it happen!

4. Recognize your progress!

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  • Don’t just track everything you have done…but be proud of what you have done! Instead of saying, “I have so much more to go,” say, “Look what all I have done so far…”

5. Reward yourself! Everyone’s rewards are different, but whatever it is, make sure it is something that you can put your mind elsewhere for a little while…

  • Take a date night with your significant other
  • Enjoy a night with friends
  • Read a book you have been wanting to get your hands on
  • Watch a good movie
  • Take time to step away and just relax

Staying motivated is something we all struggle with at times. This is why it is important to find ways to keep moving forward. Be prepared for the bad days that will come….embrace them because what is life without a little struggle?

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