People ask me on a daily basis what do you do to keep motivated? How do you make sure that you go to the gym on a consistent basis? Why do you eat so well?
I’m going to start off answering the last question first then move backwards. First of all I don’t eat any differently than anyone else can survive on. Since I haven’t competed or prepared for a photoshoot, I’ve not been outrageous in my eating habits. Instead I eat consistently which means I eat good healthy foods. I eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, I get my healthy fats in, I eat healthy carbohydrates and I eat my protein from various sources, both plant and animal. I do however, indulge several times a week. I enjoy sweet things, others enjoy salty or fatty foods. I don’t have an amazing metabolism, I just don’t overindulge in those sweets. I eat a few of them during the week, not gorge on them. I don’t have extremely cut abs at the moment, but I’m not chunky or fat. These are eating habits anyone can follow I promise!
Now to finding the motivation. Truth is I’m not always motivated. No one will ever be always motivated. In fact I enjoy going to the gym. I enjoy lifting weights. It is something that was a hobby long before it was a pathway to help others achieve their goals. I’ve been training in the gym since I was in high school. I loved it back then when I was a teenager and I still love it. When you love something you do it on a consistent basis.
Let’s delve a little deeper in that same vein. There are times I don’t want to go, just like everyone else. That is when discipline takes over. I go anyway. It’s not a choice at that moment. It’s something that needs happen then. When you don’t feel like going to work do you? Sure sometimes you might not go but it is very rare isn’t it? Without going to work you wouldn’t be paid or you would use all your sick or vacation leave just to be out of the office for a short term gain. That isn’t fun, you need to pay your bills and probably want to take a full length vacation. So you practice discipline and you go to work even if you don’t feel like it. That is what I do for the gym. Yes I take my days off just as everyone takes days off from work.
You might be saying to yourself, but I don’t like the gym. That’s fine. Find something active you like doing. Maybe that is walking or running outside, hiking, biking, surfing, swimming, playing Wii games that are active with your friends. The sky really is the limit. Find that activity you love. You’ve heard that saying do what you love and you will never work a day in your life? The same applies to your physical activity. The key here is to be consistent. When you are consistent great things happen, changes occur and you learn and grow about your body, your willpower and yourself.
Happy lifting and Strive to Arrive!