I have gotten asked many times, by acquaintances, patients, or family, what motivates me to exercise and eat healthy… well, in all honesty, sometimes nothing. Now, most of the time, what motivates me is the fact that we are only given one body and also how much better I feel when I do what is considered “healthy”. But, as I stated in my snapchat story just the other day, I am not always motivated, and that is OKAY. There are many days that I wake up and wish I could stay in bed, warm under the covers, or days I come home from work and just want to change into my pajamas and sit on the couch. In those moments, I try to imagine how I’ll feel later on if I skip the gym and this often is enough to get to me to say “hey, I don’t want to go but I’ll feel better if I do”. Now, sometimes that isn’t enough. Some days, I stay in bed or sit on the couch. But, more often than not, that’s enough to roll be off my butt and into my sports bra. The important part of that sentence is the more often than not. As long as you’re healthy MOST of the time, it’s okay to sleep in, because sometimes you need it, or to have that chocolate chip skillet cookie (which I’m having right now) because you emotionally need it. As long as you follow your standards and morals to fuel and nourish your body and keep it moving as much as possible, a slice of pizza or a Netflix binge session won’t kill you.
Moral of this rant: you don’t need motivation 100% of the time to do what you should to be healthy, you just need to be logical. So, eat your veggies, lift some weights, even when you don’t want to, and occasionally lay in bed with some ice cream.