3. Know why you are doing this. Why are you making this change? Why are you trying to get in shape? Why are you trying to eat better? Why are you passing on that glorious piece of cheesecake? Why are you dragging yourself out of bed and getting in your car to go work out when you could get another hour of sleep? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, and if your answers aren’t sufficient for you – you will fail.
When I first lost weight before meeting Janelle my primary motivation was to get thinner so girls would like me. As I ran around Lake Elizabeth or ate my chicken breast at Outback while my buddies savored the garlic mashed potatoes I would remember why I was doing this: for the ladies. Yes, it’s shallow as heck, but it was my motivation. I dropped weight throughout the year, met Janelle, got engaged, and lost my motivation. My habits also took a hit; I wanted to spend lots of time with her, which meant I’d eat with her and her family or hang out instead of working out. I no longer had a good answer to those questions – at least not one I really believed. I knew working out would make me healthier and feel better but I didn’t really care.
Over the next couple of years I developed new motivation and now the answers to those questions keep me motivated. When my alarm goes off at 4:45am and I’m tired because I didn’t sleep well and I don’t want to get up, I can answer the question I ask myself: “why am I doing this?” Make sure you can do the same. If you don’t answer the question before your alarm goes off, and answer it in a way that means something to you, then you’ll have a hard time sticking with it.