This Is Harder Than I Thought
I have a tendency to be really into something for a little while, completely immerse myself in it and then, as if someone flicked a switch, totally lose interest in it.
Sometimes it’s a good thing and sometimes it’s extremely annoying. Like, have you ever downloaded those stupid games on your phone or played them on Facebook? I know you have. When I was in college I discovered bejeweled. That game was like crack. I must have spent an hour every day playing that game. It’s embarrassing.
I remember thinking to myself, “This could be a problem. I can’t just go on playing this game for an hour every day.” But I didn’t know how to stop wanting to play the game. Luckily, my attention span is pretty short and one day I just forgot the game existed. I didn’t play it. I didn’t think about it.
A week later I remembered about bejeweled and played it for a little bit but just realized I was bored. Nothing happened to make me disinterested in the game, I just stopped caring about it.
In that case, my attention span worked to my advantage. But what happens when you don’t want to lose interest in something?
Summer Is Distracting, Isn’t It?
Maybe you live in a place where the weather is always nice….I don’t. So around here, we like to enjoy it while it’s here. Unfortunately for me, that often means neglecting other parts of my life that I should be paying more attention to….like my health.
Recently I’ve found myself rethinking this whole healthy lifestyle, mindful eater business. I mean, life would be a whole lot easier if I just went back to not caring. I wouldn’t have to worry about where my food is coming from when going out with friends, I wouldn’t have to figure out how to fit in time for a work out, and I would have a ton more time to do things like camping in Alaska.
Anyone else feeling this way?
So, here’s where we say goodbye. I’m shuttering the windows, throwing away the key, saying goodbye to this blog.
Got you, didn’t I? Yeah, I did. How embarrassing for you. Soooo gullible.
I’m not giving up that easily. In fact, I’ve come up with four ways to keep myself motivated because this isn’t some game on Facebook. This is my life! I can’t just call it quits and find another game to keep me occupied. I’ve got to figure out a way to keep this going. All right…let’s get to it.
1. Remind Yourself Of The Why
What is your reason for caring about your physical and spiritual health? For me, I want to be the best possible version of myself. It’s hard for me to do something when I’m not the best at it…which is almost always, haha. But one thing I can be the best at is being the healthiest I’ve ever been.
This is super cheesy, right?
But for me, it works. I remind myself that when I didn’t care about my health, I wasn’t doing everything to full capacity. When I think about going back to that, I realize there’s no way.
No way I can live my life knowing that it could be and has been done better. Hell no, 25 year old me is not going to be healthier, wittier, and cooler than 26 year old me. Most people just assume that you get more decrepit and boring with age. Well, I’ve been on an upswing for a while and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. If I gave up on my health now, that wouldn’t be the case.
Maybe it’s something else for you, whatever it is, your reason has to be enough to motivate you to continue on. A lot of times “losing weight” isn’t really enough. When all else fails, you can always bring it back to the big guy. It’s obvious that we’re supposed to honor God with our minds and our bodies. Feeding it junk and not taking care of it isn’t really honoring the person who created it.
2. Try Something New
Maybe you’ve been keeping yourself healthy by running five times a week. Why not switch it up? There are plenty of ways to stay healthy, you might as well try something new if you’re bored with what you’re already doing.
For about a year I’ve been doing the same thing. Interval running twice a week, strength training three times a week, and maybe some yoga thrown in provided I have time.
Do you know how much I hate it?
I hate coming home from work and putting on exercise clothes. I hate trying to figure out when I’m going to work out if I have to do something after work. I hate trying to remember when my roommate isn’t home so I can work out without having her look at me like I’m a crazy person swinging a kettle bell that might fling out of my hand and break something or worse, fly at her head.
So I decided to stop.
Well, not really. I joined a crossfit gym. I’ve been hearing tons of stuff about crossfit for a year so I finally decided to give it a try. I can’t say it’s completely cured me of boredom because I only just started on Monday but I have never been so excited to workout.
Why? Because it’s something new. A new place, new people, new movements, new goals. If I get bored with crossfit, there are plenty of other options! Soccer, baseball, rock climbing, Zumba, who knows, maybe even Jazzercise. That’s what’s great about being active. There are so many ways to do it.
Or if being active isn’t your problem, you could just be bored with your food. It can get pretty old having to eat at home every. single. day. Or at least very often…and when you’re trying to stick to whole, nutrient dense foods, it’s easy to just keep eating the same thing over and over and over because you don’t want to have to think about it.
Well stop it! Next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up a vegetable you’ve never eaten before and make something with it. I heard some people even have this thing called google on their phone where they can search for a recipe right there at the store so they can make sure they have all the ingredients. Technology, right?!
I recently did this with tuna and not only did I survive that but I went on to eat sardines. Which wasn’t as pleasant but hey, at least I tried it.
3. Motivate Others
Here’s where this blog has really helped me. You can’t very well motivate someone to do something that you yourself aren’t doing. That’s just hypocritical, right?
Writing about keeping yourself spiritually and physically healthy on a regular basis has really helped me to stay on track. I don’t think you guys would take me seriously or continue to read if I was just eating fast food for every meal and sitting on my butt all day long. (or maybe I am doing that and just lying to you all…because you know…it’s the internet. Now you’ll never know. Okay, most of my readers are related to me so you all know I’m not lying. That joke failed.)
Talk to people regularly about being physically healthy and encourage them to make good food choices and be active. Heck, you could even start a blog. I mean, I’m sure it won’t beat mine but…I’ll let you come in close second.
4. Recognize Small Achievements
Well, I know you already listened to me earlier when I told you to clearly define your goals so you should have those all laid out.
Take some time to reflect on the goals you have achieved. It’s easy to get into a rut when you feel like you aren’t achieving anything. If you reflect on the small wins, you’ll realize that you aren’t just running in place and all the work you’re putting into your goals is actually getting you somewhere.
We Can Do It!
Like I said, I may be distracted, but I’m not giving up yet. By taking the time to
- Remind Yourself of the Why.
- Try Something New
- Motivate Others
- Recognize Small Achievements
we’ll be back on track and stronger than ever before. What are some tricks you use to maintain momentum? Let me know in the comments!