half-assed post about why being a fit mom rocks brought a really good question that inspired this post. The question came from MamaCassie, so girl, thank you for inspiring a whole new blog post!
Her comment on that post:
“I admire your dedication and motivation. I would like to lolosee a few pounds and tone up and I have every bit of mental motivation to do so, but have no physical motivation. Is there any advice you could give me to start out? I have a gym membership, but no one to go with so I never go. I’d like a healthy lifestyle change and be a positive role model for my daughter.”
By all mean, I am no fitness expert. Heck, I’ve only been doing this since April and since it is a lifestyle change…it’s a lifelong journey so I too still have a lot to learn.
But I turned to my support group on Facebook (big shout out to Coach Tricia and take it to twitter and asked what motivates you guys to workout.
Tricia gave a really good advice here: “I workout and eat healthy to stay strong, active, vibrant and young. I am particularly careful with what I eat because I know the food I choose to put in my body is powerful and can either create or ward off disease, depending on what it is. I see so many people my age (41) walking around in pain or not feeling well. They believe it’s normal to have creaky joints, unexplained aches, to always feel tired, and to gain weight as they age. I do not believe that is how it’s supposed to be. Sure, aging happens, but getting older should not mean being limited in your abilities or feeling bad. What advise do I have for someone just starting out? Just start! With whatever small step you can take. Then stick to it. If you fall off, get back up and start again until it is a habit. Once you’re able to, add more challenging exercise until it is a way of life for you. In terms of eating, if you do nothing else, limit your intake of artificially processed, sugary or chemical-laden foods (read the label, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t buy it) and eat a variety of as many vegetables as you possibly can, particularly greens.”
Erika from FiTess wrote: “This is such a hard question for me to answer for someone else….I just know what motivates me: feeling better both physically and mentally, alleviate stresses of life, lose weight, improve health, lots of compliments (haha)….. “
As for my own very personal motivations:
1. My own self! At first I used that time alone at the early crack of dawn when I was still doing my power walking as my time! Call it meditation by walking at a fast pace. I got to be alone just me and my thoughts. Then as I got to start working out at the gym, I realized I am doing this first and foremost is for myself. Endorphin makes you happy that’s hard cold fact! I used to feel lousy about myself. Battling my demons from divorce, busting my ass turned out to be very therapeutic – other than writing of course. When I feel crappy, I took it out on pushing and lifting harder at the gym. Mr. X just had a baby with the new wife a couple of months ago. How do I felt about it? Crappy at first but then I took it all out on my bench press session. When I left the gym, my steps were lighter so did my heart. A new baby is always a joy no matter what, so I politely congratulated Mr. X. See how it works? I am doing this for myself not for every one else. Plus, after lifting/pushing heavy sets of weights you really feel like one bad ass girl y’know!
2. My son! I couldn’t tell you how puffy heart proud I am of my son. Ever since I started working out, started eating healthy he has been there all along. Watching even imitating me. He became my little cheerleader minus the pom-poms. Whenever I do my work out at home, he happily get on the floor and try to plank with me. Other than the fact that I want to be around for a long time so I can make comments about the girls he will be dating when he’s old enough – uhm maybe 19! – setting a good example doesn’t hurt either. My son cheered on me whenever I finish 3 reps of my daily planks and that was enough to make me feel like a super mom.
3. Beating the genes in my family. I’ve talked about how diabetes has run on both sides of my family for decades. My grandparents had them, some of my aunts and uncles has it and both my parents have it too. That’s enough motivations for me to kick diabetes on it’s butt and make sure I will NOT get it and pass it down to my son. My father always joke that we came from a sugar factory owner as we’ve been passing that down for generations. Hell, not for me! That’s why I keep telling people, I’m not on a diet…I’m changing my life. The threats of diabetes is very real and scary so I have to do something permanent to block it out of my life. No crash diets will stop that!
4. To let those people who made negative comments about me eat their hearts out! Hah! Nothing like showing them that hell, yeah I work my ass off to be in the best shape I can possibly be – not that I’m all the way there yet – but you know what I mean. Like I wrote before, sometimes these negative comments can wear me out but I’ve been using them as fuels. Tell me I’d get so buffed up like a body builder and I’ll show you that muscles on women is actually HOT!
5. To finally be able to wear a bikini! Gosh, the last time I wore one was before I had my son, before I got married. That was back in 2004 when I was still 121lbs! Maybe once I reach my goal, I’d be brave enough to post a picture of myself wearing one 😉
How bout you? What motivates you to start working out and changing your lifestyle? Please do share away!