Happy Monday to you all! Not everyone’s favorite day of the week, but once you wake up, get moving, and get back in the rhythm of the weekly routine, Mondays always seem to come together again.
Today I woke up feeling a bit down after not being able to get back on the horse again eating-wise. You know when you have those days where you’re not making healthy choices and can’t seem to snap out of it? Well it’s felt a bit like that for me over the past 2 weeks or so, and it’s discouraging when you know you can be and want to treat your body better. While it’s easy(ier) to give grace to others, it’s often hardest for me to give it to myself, but I’m learning that I’m not defined by a number on a scale. I’m not defined by my workouts. I’m not defined by what I do or don’t do, by what I eat or don’t eat.
I’m defined by who I am: a beloved child of God with whom He is well pleased. What a good reminder for my Monday as I really had to readjust my perspective for the rest of the day. Reading these passages in Colossians and Psalms helped, as did watching this quick clip from the Biggest Loser’s Bob Harper:
Later, a good run and a quick workout also helped – regardless of my mindset, I basically always feel better when I move, but even more so when my focus and perspective are clearly on target rather than off-balance in my life. These thoughts were on my brain today so I thought that rather than post a fitness plan or a new recipe I’d share a bit of what helps get me motivated when I’m experiencing some low/down/negative moments both physically and mentally.
- I remember who I am!
- I readjust my focus
- I keep moving (literally)!
If keeping things in perspective is an issue for you too, I wanted to encourage you to change your mindset from one of weight to one of vitality. “Vitality” means enjoying eating well, being active, and feeling good about yourself. What a better way to define “how you’re doing” weight/fitness-management wise rather than if you achieved a certain number on the scale or a certain weight in lifting or a distance on a run!
This weekend I continued “celebrating life” and enjoyed a bit of this:
and some of this:
…rather than weights, sweet potatoes, salads, and runs! But at the end of the day, I still got a few chunks of 10 minute bursts of higher intensity moves in, didn’t go too overboard in my eating, and really enjoyed the people around me. I can’t get too down on myself about that! Now it’s a new week – time to tighten up the eating but simply keep moving and enjoying my life and the people God’s blessed me with that surround me.
So my question to you, readers, is this: What do you do when you feel de-motivated? What strategies help you get back on track, and how much does your perspective play into that?