Choosing the Right Motivation
By Meggan Larson
Sometimes it’s hard to know what the best motivation is. For some, it’s the promise of a new wardrobe when they get to goal weight. For others, it’s simply knowing that they’ll be able to play with their kids or grandkids without getting so winded. Some are motivated by a challenge group, others are motivated by taking things at their own pace. Some are motivated by success stories, while others are discouraged by them.
If there’s one thing I know about motivation after years of struggling to get the weight off, it’s this…
You need to find the right motivation for YOU. For years (and I mean years y’all), I focused on what others would say when I lost the weight. I focused on how I would feel running into people and having them see my flat stomach and toned butt. I didn’t want to leave the house until I achieved it and when it didn’t happen I was so discouraged. You see, being motivated based on the reaction of someone else isn’t going to be the thing that keeps you motivated. It can be the thing that keeps you stuck exactly where you are though.
You need to be all in for YOU, not for anyone else. You need to picture how you’ll feel and what you’ll say to yourself instead of what someone else will say to you. We can’t control what other people feel and say anyway, so to base our weight loss goals on that is silly. Yes, it took me several years to actually realize that, but better late than never am I right?
Do it for you.
Exercise because you want to. Be conscious of what you’re eating because you want to. Your weight loss won’t last if you do it for anyone else; trust me, I’ve lived it. You have to love yourself exactly where you are right now and love yourself enough to pull yourself towards the finish line. No one else can do it for you. Your family can certainly help by not bringing your favorite chips into the house and helping you meal plan. But they can’t control what goes into your mouth and asking them to is unfair. Find the right motivation for you and stick to it one day at a time.
~ Meggan 🙂
p.s. As always I’d love to hear from you so if you have any questions or comments please comment below or email me at Meggan@thelaundrymoms.com
Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy when her second born child was only three months old, gave Meggan an expected twist to her life. Dealing with pregnancy weight gain and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, Meggan’s weight soared to over 228 pounds. Feeling humiliated with no desire to socialize, Meggan was desperate for a change. Shortly after losing 20 pounds with the Trim Healthy Mama program, Meggan found out she was pregnant with baby number three, which ended in an emergency C-section and unexpected hysterectomy. Despite the challenges she faced, Meggan has just celebrated her one year “trimiversary”, and her success of releasing just over 60 pounds! Meggan is confident that her success on plan is “doable” for anyone looking to gain back their health and wanting to live a trim and healthy lifestyle!