Lacking motivation? Read this.

“I know what I should do; I just can’t motivate myself to do it.”

You are a smart person.

You know what needs to be done in order to get in shape.

You know that you should eat real food and stop eating junk food. You probably even know that a majority of “healthy” foods out there are actually not healthy- they are just marketed that way. You know that your diet is 80-90% of your success or failure. If you don’t know where to start with a workout program, you at least know that there are free workout resources available online.

With that being said, we all know that eating better and exercising improves your life in so many ways. But why is it so hard to get motivated and stay motivated? Motivation is fleeting. That’s why it’s important to create habits. Healthy habits.

I don’t stay motivated year-round. Nobody does. One of my favorite quotes is “Do or do not! There is no try.” Because it reminds me that we have to commit ourselves completely, win or lose.

Whatever your excuse may be, we both know that you’re the only person who believes it. We validate our food choices by saying its “too expensive to eat healthy”, or “I don’t have time to meal prep on Sundays”. Or, you had a long day at work and the only thing that sounds good, and is easy, is take-out. These are the times that matter the most when you’re trying to create healthy habits. You have to MAKE yourself choose healthier food choices. If you can make healthier food choices when it’s the last thing you want to do, then the rest of the time will become so much easier. The same goes for working out.

There’s no limit to the number of excuses we can create to justify not working out “just today.” Anybody who says they cannot find 30-45 minutes a day is quite honestly, full of it. Your workout might have to be early in the morning, in the afternoon, during your lunch break, or at night after the kids have gone to bed, but I guarantee you if you do a true evaluation of where you’re spending your time, you can find 30-45 minutes. That might mean one less episode of whatever show you are currently watching each night on Netflix. Or, it might mean during every commercial break you have to do five push-ups, three pull-ups, and ten squats. Anything really is better than nothing. If you’re active on social media, follow people who inspire you to do more, and to be more. Life is short, but it’s never too late to start working on your health.