5 Tips on How to Find Motivation for Better Health
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How do you stay motivated for better health? Well, let me see…At the ripe “OLD” age of 41, my father suffered a heart attack and my uncle at the age of 43 AND again at 46 and then I lost count. That pretty much sums it up for me…BLOG OVER!
SERIOUSLY HOW IS YOUR HEALTH NOT IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Does that sound mean? I apologize, sorry, NOT sorry. I get it, it sucks not being able to just eat what you want and do whatever you want and not have to worry about your health. Ya know “All the bad stuff tastes good and all the good stuff tastes bad!” So we’re now 5 years old again?
I sincerely apologize if this gets you in the wrong places but sometimes the truth hurts. We NEED to start caring about our health NOW before we end up being diagnosed with something. At that point, it’s already running its business in your body and let me tell you, it can be twice as hard to reverse. Did you know MOST, if not all, CHRONIC ILLNESSES ARE REVERSIBLE? Let that sink in a bit and then we’ll move on…
I’m coming from a place of love
Honestly, I am truly coming from a place of love. It may be tough love but it’s love. I can tell you my motivation comes from the above. These are REAL things I have experienced in my life that has lead me to NOT want to be unhealthy. It has lead me to work on preventing heart disease and learning a LOT about the foods we eat and what I can do to prevent these things from happening to me.
I get it, no one wants to be yelled at or told what to do. Trust me, I am not one who likes to be told what to do, especially when someone seems like they are yelling at me. SO, I hope you did not read the above paragraphs in a yelling voice. You know, perception is everything.
My place of love is this…I know what it is like to fear the possible death of a parent. I know how that stab to your heart feels when you find out they are doing a lung biopsy on your mother and she tells you she is scared. My heart broke in a million pieces. I don’t want that to be me telling my kids something like that. ESPECIALLY when I’m ONLY in my 40’s.
I don’t want people to have to face those issues as I have seen it one too many times with my friends and family. I see the pain they go through and it hurts me.
How Do I Stay Motivated?
Now, you may be reading this thus far and think to yourself…How in the heck is she a Health Coach with that attitude? Again, it comes from a deep place of love. I promise you, I am not yelling. I am just putting out the scenarios that life has thrown at me and hoping that even just one person will read this and make some changes to improve their health and wellness.
Is it motivating to you? Maybe not OR maybe, you have gone through something worse than this and you still aren’t quite sure how in the world to motivate yourself to make the changes. Ya know, “It runs in my family, it’s hereditary so I am probably doomed anyway!” I’m going to tell you that is NOT true. Heredity is one thing but what you DO about it is another.
If you have made it this far in this blog then I congratulate you. It’s possible that tough love motivates you…This means you are just a wee bit serious about finding ways to stay motivated and on track with your health. I know it can be hard and I know it can feel defeating if you are not FEELING your best with some kind of illness.
So how do I help my clients stay motivated to work on themselves and work on improving their health? Well, here it is…
5 Tips on How to Find Motivation for Better Health
It’s really not all that difficult and this is basically how I work with my clients in getting them started. It’s so awesome watching them come up with the answers to these questions. The motivation is going to come from within and once you realize the answers, you realize you’ve had it in you all along and the changes come easy. You have to make yourself a priority.
It’s time to get personal…
Ask yourself these questions:
- What is most important to me?
- What activities do I enjoy that I don’t currently do, or that I’d like to continue doing?
- How do I feel when I’m doing something positive for my health?
- What simple steps can I take to move in the right direction?
- How would I like to feel about my health in a month?
Wait what? Those are your 5 tips? YEP! Take some time to write these questions down and REALLY think about the answers. I can tell you that when you look at things from this aspect, your life will change. You WILL want to make the changes and start taking the steps to better your health. Dialing into your inner motivation, and how you feel when you embrace a lifestyle change, will help you stay the course.
I believe when you tie your motivating factors to feelings, you will always go back to that and it will keep you going, even on the days, it seems most difficult. Once you are in tune with your feelings and WHY you want to improve your health, it’s time to start taking baby steps to get there.
Take what you have written down and tie it to one baby step each day that will get you closer to your end goal. Basically, you’d have 3 to 5 little steps to take each day, as to not feel overwhelmed, that will keep you motivated. AS long as you are consistent in the right direction, you’ll get there. You’ll notice, over time, that it’s not as difficult as you first thought.
Once you’ve taken some time to write out your answers to the 5 questions, I’d love to hear your answers. Comment below or message me.
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