You Can’t Force Motivation

You Can’t Force Motivation

By Meggan Larson

It’s been a long time since I’ve exercised y’all. I mean a loooong time. It’s not something I particularly enjoy and to be honest I haven’t had the greatest results even when sticking to a routine for a while. That can get really discouraging and I know that your greatest success will come from changing your diet anyway.

All that being said…

Diet alone isn’t going to tone up my arms ~ ya get what I’m throwing down? I am in a new size and was gifted a bunch of cute clothes. One of the pieces is this super cute short sleeve jacket and my arms look a little thick in it. I mean it fits but no one wants to have their arms look like sausages in a cute jacket am I right?

This prompted me to start searching for workouts I could do to tone up my arms. As a side note if you ask a question like that on Facebook be prepared for a lot of duplicate suggestions (a lot!). So there I was digging out my weights again and doing real manly pushups on the daily (don’t get too excited, I could only do 10 the first day).

It occurred to me that I know all of the health benefits of exercise (or at least a lot of them) but it wasn’t until I wanted to tone up my arms that I started again. I even took before pics guys ~ this is serious stuff! It just goes to show you that you can’t force motivation. All of the knowledge in the world wasn’t going to get me doing pushups. I had to find something that I really wanted and for me, that had to be specific.

Weight loss, in general, isn’t specific enough for me. I needed it to be “I want my arms to look great in that cute green jacket” and that is what got me moving again. I’ve even considered jogging with my new dog.



Y’all don’t even know how crazy that is.

If you haven’t found your motivation yet don’t stress. It’ll come eventually. And when it does you’ll be sweating up a storm because you found the right motivation for you.

PS. Happy Canada Day to all my Canadians out there!!

~ 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!

Check out Meggan Larson over at Desire to Inspire!

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