Sometimes we all need a pep talk. I have found that over the last few years I’ve had to learn to pick myself up and get back on the wagon. The trick is to be able to successfully do this without holding onto any guilty feelings. A setback is just a setback. A bump in the road. We all have them. Life goes on. I’ve found plenty of ways to motivate myself. Quotes from some of my favorite folks are just one of the ways I do this. Here are a few good ones!
The first step toward weight loss is the one that matters the most. It really doesn’t matter how you start, or where you are when you start. Just get started. If you wait for that perpetual Monday to roll around, you’ll be waiting forever. If you wait for the timing to be perfect, or things to be less busy or for your stress levels to die down, or for one or two or three of a million excuses to sort themselves out, they never will. So start now.
Start while your house is messy and your life is crazy, because this is who you are and how you are and you don’t have to clean yourself up before you begin. That’s all a part of the process. It’s like the people who clean their house up before their housekeeper comes over. That’s what the housekeeper is for. You are doing this to get your whole life on a path toward healthy living. The sooner you start the better.
We are only limited by our thoughts. What we think we can do based on what we’ve always done. What we think we can do based on the confidence we have in ourselves and our abilities. It’s not your body that is telling you you can’t finish your workout or that last lap or mile. It’s your brain. Sometimes it’s your brain telling you you can’t even start the workout. You’re too tired, too sore, too old, or too fat. Stop the negative self talk. Believe in yourself and your unlimited potential. You are capable of greatness. But you have to convince yourself first. If you believe you can do it, there will be no stopping you!
If this is true, and I think maybe it is, then lock me up in the loony bin. I will repeat things time and again and only when someone else points out to me that the fact that I am not achieving the desired result may be due to the fact that I am continually repeating the same pattern of behavior, will I stop and self reflect and say, “Oh yeah, that could be the problem. Maybe I’m the problem.”
I do this in all areas of my life, not just weight loss. I do this in my personal relationships. First, I won’t tell people how I feel and then I get upset when they don’t treat me the way I think they should. Did I tell them? No! Then I continue to repeat with same results.
Here’s a weight loss example. Sometimes I’ll eat a small breakfast with not enough protein and too much sugar. Then between lunch and dinner I’ll forget my snack. I’ll find myself scrounging for anything I can find, and usually what I find are the snacks and treats I’ve been successfully ignoring for days. So I finally cave because my resistance is low and by this time they are stale! Yuck! Do I learn from this experience? Not so much…
Sometimes our dreams and goals seem out of our reach. Sometimes they just seem too big to tackle. Wanting to run a marathon? Take a trip around the world? Needing to lose 150 pounds? These things aren’t going to happen overnight, but the worst feeling in the world is regret. Looking back and wishing we had spent time working harder toward something we wanted to achieve.
If you don’t know how you’ll tackle the goal, good! It means it’s a great goal! If you knew how to get there already you wouldn’t learn or grow from the experience. Break it down into a smaller goal you can manage and then once you’ve reached that one, set your eyes on a new prize. Lose 20 pounds! Run a 5K. Save $1000. Whatever your goal is, make an action plan. Do something every single day to get you closer to your dream. You’ll either get closer or farther away because time doesn’t stand still, even if you do.
The great thing about a weight loss journey is that the sun rises every morning and every morning is a fresh, clean slate. Every day is a chance to make good, healthy decisions and to move closer toward the goals we have set for ourselves. We have a whole new set of calories or macros to work with. Whatever happened yesterday is in the past, we can choose to learn from it, grow from it, celebrate it, or just plain forget about it.
We are always changing. Some of us more than others. If we don’t like where we are in life, we can change it. We aren’t stuck. I strive to be someone who truly works hard on my own self development. I don’t want to look back and see the same person I was 10 years ago. I want to be stronger, smarter, more resilient, more in control. Everyday we have a renewed sense of strength and new ideas and thoughts with which to pursue our goals. I really like the idea of that.
If reading quotes like this inspires you, I would recommend looking up some more quotes from some of the above mentioned people. They all have some pretty smart things to say. Not necessarily directly related to weight loss, but we take our meanings as they personally apply to us.
Any quotes in particular that are meaningful to you? Let me know in the comments! Like these quotes? Share them! You can Pin each of these images as well!