Motivation is fickle, some weeks I’m on it. Maybe it’s the sunshine, maybe it’s where I’m at in the month, maybe it’s how long it’s been since I’ve eaten a piece of cake as big as my head. But whatever it is, when it’s there. I grab it.
I wish I knew the single key to be able to just keep going, but whatever the code is, I haven’t unlocked it. Rather, I have found my own mode of staying somewhat motivated. Two things are working.
One is to not keep stuff that brings me down around me. Be that social media that contributes to negative thinking, or junky food in my pantry (or not junky, but just hard to stop myself on. I’m looking at you plantain chips.). If I just don’t have it there as an option (to hate read or shame eat, that is) then I’m WAY more likely to stick to my goals and positive thinking.
The second thing is a bit weirder, maybe controversial? When motivation is there, I GRAB IT. When I have the mornings where I wake up feeling like a beast who can lift heavier than ever, I make my day around it, and DO that. When I feel that urge and fire to meal prep for the week, I drop everything and shop and cook cook cook (obviously, with the limitations that come from a single income home, homeschooling, and two active kiddos).
These past two weeks I’ve had the bug. I’ve been really going hard in my workouts, writing lists of goals and checking off small steps towards them. It’s been here. I think the weather, the food, the excitement, it’s all just hit at a good time. But even here, at the close of my second week, I can feel that pendulum swinging a little bit towards rest. I’m not going to fight it. I’m going to take an extra rest day, not stress about family pizza night, and really enjoy the calm as much as the high.
Motivation can feel so fickle, but I am choosing to harness that into a cycle of self care that works for my mind and body. Some weeks I’ll have PR’s and sweaty yoga sessions daily, other weeks will be more school and coloring and hot coffee with homemade cookies. It’s balance, and motivation, and goals, and I’m good with that.
The quote “Don’t let perfect get in the way of Good Enough” rings deeply true for me. Those ideas of “don’t be content! Always be striving forwards!” don’t connect for me. Contentment and forward momentum can live together and look different at different times. For now, I’m keeping my home (and my phone!) full of things that make my heart feel good and my brain tick on positively, and I’m holding tighter to motivation while it’s there.
One thing to note is that, when I am feeling less motivated, I do keep up with the things that have become habits. Whole foods more than not, water, and yoga with a sweaty workout here and there.
I’ve been following this up and down pattern, while maintaining healthy habits (walking and yoga at least, lots of water, and whole foods), since January. I dropped all calorie counting or tracking, and am working on eating intuitively and trusting that when my body wants to workout hard, it needs it. Here is some of my change from January/Now.
I feel strong and happy in both photos. The victories here are skin deep, my muscles are thriving in this new way of grabbing motivation and using grace when it’s gone.