Motivation Monday: Getting Excited About What's Next

Change is pretty hard to face.

I spent the weekend pouring over my personal training books. A lot of it was technical and scientific, and the material is admittedly more difficult than I had anticipated. However, the single thing that kept me motivated was the light at the end of the tunnel.

The prospect of being able to help other people achieve their fitness and weight loss goals excites me. I want to be a part of that journey. I want to help other people change their lives and become the people they truly are on the inside. I don’t want people to be trapped inside of a body that they don’t feel represents who they are.

There’s a lot of work that goes into changing your lifestyle. You’ll have to admit that what you’re doing isn’t working. That one’s for sure. But, not only do you have to plan and actualize steps you’ll take to achieve your goals but you’ll also have to visualize what success looks like for you. That will be different for everybody. Some will want to finally fit in their skinny jeans again. Some will want to be able to party on the beach without feeling self conscious. Others will want to cross the finish line at a marathon or triathlon. Whatever it is, I hope that the work I’m putting in now will enable others to achieve those goals!

The 23.5 Hour Challenge

I came across this awesome video my friend posted on Facebook called 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

If you have eight minutes to spare, it might be the best thing you could ever watch for your health. It’s something that seems pretty obvious, but coming from a doctor who 1) didn’t have to give you this information and 2) presenting it to you with factual numbers it’s difficult to argue against the benefits of even moderate exercise.

I personally hate it when my friends and family tell me that they’re too busy to make time for themselves. It’s exercise. It’s not a chore. It’s something your body was built to do. By fighting nature you’re just creating an uphill battle for yourselves. You spend eight or so hours a day sleeping, and most of the time, you’re really just sitting and spinning your wheels anyways. Would thirty minutes a day really make or break your career or your family time? I would argue that it would probably increase the quality of time spent at work or with your family. I mean, if you can’t spare half an hour for yourself, what you’re really telling me is that you can’t take the basic steps to take care of your own personal business…which then leads me to believe that you can’t really take care of anyone else’s business — work or personal — since you are clearly unable to manage your time. (Harsh, but true.)

Is half an hour still too difficult for you? What’d you think of the video?