Well – I was just unhappy to look at myself in the mirror, unhappy that I struggled to get in a booth at a restaurant, and I just felt terrible. There were days that I just really didn’t want to get out of bed because I didn’t have the strength. I was overworked, overweight and overstressed….When was this going to be OVER? I knew I needed a change and I thought it would start with my physical appearance. I thought if I lost weight – I would feel better and typically that is true! I wanted a fast miracle and I didn’t want to add anything else to my life! So how could I do this without adding more time to my already overly crazy schedule – I didn’t have time to diet much less exercise. I didn’t want any pills or patches, or anything that could make my already messed up heart any worse. I am not a fan of very much exercise and I really didn’t have any time to go to the gym. I had tried things before and nothing had really worked. Ten pounds here….ten pounds there – I think I lost the same ten pounds ten times!
I decided to learn more about a gym that a friend owned and thought I could go by there after work instead of sitting watching my daughter every day during cheer practice. I probably could manage an hour here and there.
The hardest thing was just taking that first step and going into the gym…after that it was much easier! I was motivated by looking in the mirror and seeing someone that I didn’t like – someone who I didn’t even recognize – how could that be – it was me! I was motivated because if I didn’t take care of myself – who was going to take care of all the people that I take care of now! I was motivated because I felt that a business person should look more professional than I did, because a smart powerful woman would not let themselves go like I had. I felt motivated out of sheer desperation! Why hadn’t I got to that point sooner – oh I did! I tried to do things about my looks, my weight, my attitude – but I failed so I would just beat myself up more, get more frustrated and get more stressed and depressed! Have you been in that ever-ending cycle?
I conducted a very scientific study (Well OK – it was on Facebook and I asked friends what motivated them…) I received many answers but most said the mirror motivated them; some said for severe health reasons, some for competitive reasons. It seemed that age and the many beautiful changes (not) that are made to our bodies, hair, etc…motivated many. We want to look better, be healthier and just have confidence or hope that it will make us feel better. Determine what is your motivation. Is your goal to lose weight – how much, by when, how are you going to do it… Be specific! Is your goal to look younger – how are you going to do this – change your style, your hair color, your makeup and skin care? Write it down. Visualize yourself being the person you want to be. Be specific. Pray about it. I learned that it is OK to pray for specific things and to talk to God and ask for help. This is not being selfish – this is telling a friend and asking for support. Tell God your goals, your hopes, your dreams & desires – he wants to hear – he wants to help! If things don’t happen – he has a better plan – maybe a detour that will show you something way better or make you a stronger person!
Here’s some encouragement from Psalms that I thought would be a good motivation for you – how can you not succeed with God on your side?
For God’s Word is solid to the core; everything he makes is sound inside and out. He loves it when everything fits, when his world is in plumb-line true. Earth is drenched in God’s affectionate satisfaction. Psalm 33:4-5 MSG
Psalm 33:18-19 The Message (MSG)
18-19 Watch this: God’s eye is on those who respect him,
the ones who are looking for his love.
He’s ready to come to their rescue in bad times;
in lean times he keeps body and soul together.
20-22 We’re depending on God;
he’s everything we need.
What’s more, our hearts brim with joy
since we’ve taken for our own his holy name.
Love us, God, with all you’ve got—
that’s what we’re depending on.
Physical Fitness – Write down your five favorite exercises and begin doing 25 daily.
Mental Fitness – Memorize Psalms 139
Spiritual Fitness – Pray for yourself that you will know what motivates you and that you will have the courage, strength, knowledge and power to achieve your goals. Just a reminder – it is OK to pray for yourself. (Thought you might need to hear that…I know I did!)
Pray for me as I need motivation to stay on course, not give up and pray as I continue this awesome journey of physical, mental and spiritual fitness.