What is Motivation?

Have you ever said to yourself, “I just don’t feel like working out today…I have no motivation!” Or, “I have lost all motivation to eat right.” 

Motivation is a tricky animal. It’s here one day, and runs away the next. It can be elusive if chased. But it doesn’t have to be that way. 

What really gets in your way when starting a new plan toward a healthy lifestyle is the process of getting into a habit. It takes about 4 weeks to form a new habit and, depending on how much you’re changing, it can feel like a herculean effort. But the process of turning change into a healthy habit is what motivates a person, not the other way around. Motivation more often follows persistent effort toward healthy change than it comes before it. 

So the next time you’re sitting on the couch wondering if you feel like going out for a walk, don’t question yourself, just get out and do it…your motivation will catch up to you, I promise! 

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