I am probably among the best (OK, or maybe just the norm) when it comes to starting a new fitness routine or revamping my everyday habits to live healthier. The problem is, I’m also among the best (or the norm) at letting my motivation slip and losing sight of my long-term goals.
That’s why every now and then I want to take a moment to focus on the motivational quotes and sayings that inspire me, tickle my funny bone, and keep me going. Here are a few of my recent favorites:
The best ab exercise is five sets of stop eating so much crap. I love this because it’s a great reminder that there’s more to health and fitness than just exercise, and you have to hold yourself accountable for each aspect in order to achieve results.
“I don’t count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting, because they’re the only ones that count. No pain, no gain.” – Muhammad Ali. I’m always tempted to start when my muscles tense and start to hurt. This quote reminds me that when I feel that pain, that’s when my efforts are starting to work.
One reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up, instead of what they have to gain. This one is huge for me. I’m always so focused on the list of things I have to give up to have the body I want, and I forget that what I have to gain is so much better than what I’m giving up.
I already know what giving up feels like. I want to see what happens if I don’t. I’ve seen a glimpse of what I’m capable of. Now I want to take it to the next step – not get complacent.
Forget skinny. I’m training to be a badass. I ordered a tank top that says this, which is a great motivator for me for two reasons: One, because I don’t want to be skinny – I want to be fit, and when people say “Describe yourself in one word,” I want that word to be Badass – and I want it to be true. Two, because, well, the saying is printed on a tank top, and my guns better be worthy of that tank top!