Tuesday, May 28, 2013

On Motivation

I see motivation as being the hardest thing about losing weight. It's dynamic, covering every action of the process. First one must have the motivation to get up, then to get dressed. Next is stepping outside and moving forward or just moving, period. I've awoken in the morning determined to go for a run only to slide back into bed and smash snooze a couple dozen times. I've even made it to getting dressed and ready for a run but back out last second, turn on the news, and zone out until it's time to get ready for work.

So how can I find the motivation to succeed in working out?

I've made the steps below to build and maintain motivation. I'll stick to it to see what works, what doesn't, and tweek it as time goes on.

Step 1: Create a journal to track progress

Step 2: Make your plans to lose weight public

Step 3: Find at least one supportive partner in the process

Step 4: Establish a set time and place for working out

Step 5: Have a plan for the work outs.

Step 6: Create a meal plan to follow so that you don't cheat

Step 7: Know what you will do in the event of illness or injury

Step 8: How will you plan for bad weather?

Step 9: Take up a fun, active sport or activity to stave off burnout

Step 10: Embrace the pain and hunger to come

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