“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up” Babe Ruth
Today was rough. My husband, Rob, and I just finished our first round of The Whole30 on Wednesday. We had some exceptional scale and non-scale victories (that I’ll probably talk about at a later date) and have been feeling great! We planned on doing 3 rounds in a row with one day between each round for a ‘cheat’ day. Yesterday was our first cheat day and let me tell you how TIRED I am today!! Tired, unmotivated, foggy and just YUCK! I’m so foggy that I’m having trouble gathering my thoughts to write this. YIKES! Bear with me!
So this brings me to the topic which has been on my mind, MOTIVATION. Rob and I decided we needed those ‘cheat’ days to motivate us to get through each round and stay on track. I need short term goals set inside long term goals to see my way through big things. Like I said in my last blog post, I tend to get obsessive over things. Stepping on the scale is definitely something I do compulsively. So following the strict guidelines of The Whole30 of not stepping on the scale is GREAT for me, but if I didn’t throw a cheat day between rounds and allow myself to see my progress I would lose my motivation.
According to Marriam-Webster the definition of motivation is a force, stimulus, or influence.
What is your motivation? How do you get yourself through a big project? My husband’s motivation is completely different from mine. He has to stay his course and not think about anything but the end goal. I crave that ‘DONE’ feeling. I have to break projects into smaller projects. I need to be able to look at my progress on the big project and see that I’m making headway. Sometimes it’s difficult to break large tasks down, and it requires a lot of planning and trial and error. Sometimes it is so difficult to break down a project that they go unfinished. God does not want me to lose my focus.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
As Rob and I launched into round two of The Whole30 today it is with our small goal in mind. Not that I necessarily want to feel tired and foggy again, but I need to give myself some reprieve from the strictness of The Whole30 diet, something to look forward to, and the opportunity to pat myself on my back for my hard work. So despite my exhaustion today I’m excited about the progress that I am making and am grateful that it is not only physically showing in my body but that I’m feeling my progress. No matter what your motivation is don’t forget to be kind to yourself and celebrate your victories!