My Five Fitness Motivations

My 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!

Beating Diabetes!


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!

Women who lift weights


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!




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  1. Saundra Rohn
    August 20, 2012 / 7:57 pm

    Dear daughter you continue to inspire me and I really needed this today!!!!
    Love you

    • Maureen
      August 21, 2012 / 11:46 am

      Aww thanks Mom. So good to hear that. Love you!

  2. August 20, 2012 / 8:03 pm

    Saw you in passing at Kimberly’s place…thought I would pop over and say hi. I love your dedication to your goals!

    For me? I just feel BETTER when I work out. It’s as much mental as it is physical. Endorphins are real and powerful…my drug of choice, if you will. 🙂
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    • Maureen
      August 21, 2012 / 11:47 am

      Hi Sue, thank you for stopping by and your kind words.
      Oh yeah, that truly is my drug of choice too 😉 Appreciate you sharing your own motivations.

  3. August 20, 2012 / 10:08 pm

    after reading this, i think i’ll hit the gym tomorrow. oh my… my broken heart can use the endorphin… (yah… curcol)

    • Maureen
      August 21, 2012 / 11:48 am

      Hahaha broken heart will definitely push you plus imagine this: if the guy who broke your heart see how awesome you look, that my friend…is a sweet little revenge! 😉

  4. August 20, 2012 / 11:11 pm

    I really REALLY appreciate you featuring me in your blog and using me as the inspiration for this post. 🙂 I love all your reasons for motivation in this post. I actually bought a work out DVD from Target the other day to start at home. I had a long talk with my husband about being healthier and he has agreed to go to the gym with me because ultimately we both have the same goals (finding a babysitter is a challenge but it’s not impossible!). I appreciate you sharing your story and your goals because it really does help to hear and see real success stories especially in as little time as you’ve been living a difference lifestyle since April.
    You are a great inspiration and I thank you.
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    • Maureen
      August 21, 2012 / 11:52 am

      YAY on getting yourself the most reliable and supportive partner, girl! Wishing you and your hubby all the best. It’s so awesome to hear you guys will work as a team in this together. Love that!
      I’m currently working with Chalean Extreme, almost done with their first 30 days phase. Will post more about this later but it has help me a lot. I don’t usually have the will power to stick through a DVD workout but I am hooked with this one.
      Thank you again for being the inspiration to this post and keep on going girl, if I can do this – and I used to hate sweating! – you can do it too 😀

  5. August 21, 2012 / 6:37 am

    Nothing feels as good as healthy! Good for you for persuing it!

    • Maureen
      August 21, 2012 / 11:53 am

      Yup, so true Gina. It feels hell good 😉 Thank you!

    • Maureen
      August 21, 2012 / 11:53 am

      Aww thank you so much, Maria! You’re awesome!

  6. August 24, 2012 / 1:15 am

    Why the need for bravery – you look fantastic! Hop into that bikini today. You’re doing great and you’re absolutely right about correlating exercise with a positive attitude. As for politely congratulating Mr. X with the new baby…now THAT is bravery.
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  7. August 30, 2012 / 9:43 am

    I love this and all of your reasons! It’s amazing to feel powerful as a woman. It’s amazing to be an example to my children. It’s amazing to fit in your clothes and like what you see in the mirror. These reasons are why I stay fit.
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