Thursday, October 13, 2011


Hey fitness peeps! First post of October! Whoo-hoo! One of my goals is to keep this blog up and running by making an effort to post here at least twice a month. Sometimes that can be pretty challenging, though. I've got the sister blog to this one, "Mind & Soul", the Succeed At Fitness site & Facebook page, and aside from all of that, I've got to live my life as well. But don't think I'm not complaining. This is the work I've chosen to do and I love it! Motivating and encouraging others to live a healthy life is what I'm all about! There were lots of people who helped motivate me along the way and I know that without them I wouldn't be where I am today so I consider what I'm doing "paying it forward."

Motivation: the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way; the general desire or willingness of someone to do something. It is the driving force by which humans achieve their goals. 

Motivation can come from anywhere! Your motivation behind a particular goal may come from an event that has happened in your life, an upcoming event, other people, or the best motivator: YOU! While motivation from others definitely helps, if you don't push yourself to achieve your own goal, it will never happen. I know you've probably heard it before but you have to be your own cheerleader. I was blessed to have family & friends who really encouraged me along in my weight loss journey, but not everyone is that lucky. It may not be that way for you. That's why the best motivator you can have is yourself! And while I did have family and friends to help encourage me, I was alone when it came to diet and exercise. I didn't have anyone else on my diet with me and I exercised alone. It was my own motivation for myself to become a better me that really pushed me to work towards my goals. You have to visualize yourself as the you you want to be so that you can have the motivation to work towards that.

The internet is a great tool to get support as well. While on my journey, I visited a number of  web pages, discussion boards and blogs that helped me out a lot! Diet tips and tricks, food and exercise recommendations, and most of all, hearing from other ordinary people like me, the struggles they faced while on their journeys, or current struggles they were facing at the time, the ups and downs, and all the success stories of those who remained dedicated until they reached their goals! All this played a big part in encouraging me to keep on keeping on!

As I said before, I'm just paying it forward, other people, some I knew and others I didn't, gave to me and now I want to do the same and give of myself to you. And hopefully you will do the same.

Stay encouraged!


  1. Thanks for the motivation! Some times I need that extra push to go use one of my ab machines!

  2. No problem! :) Glad I could help!

  3. This is a great post. I find that lack of motivation tends to be people's number one problem.