Sunday, September 13, 2009

Time and Motivation

I was going through my emails this evening and a couple of them really got me thinking, which led me to write this post today.

One of the questions came from a stranger following my journey and the other came from a friend of mine (from way back in our University days). The first question (from anonymous) was, "Where do you find the time to work out, while working full-time, having a toddler and all the traveling, etc.?"

Well, anonymous, lets just say that my days are very full! I will not sit here and tell you that this just comes easy after a while and it's no big deal, just do it, blah, blah, blah!! This shit is one of the hardest things I've ever done!! It may even be harder than labor because at least I got a beautiful son at the end and it "only" lasted 17 hours!!

What I've come to learn (and still learning) is that when you truly want something, you go get make the time!! I really have to "MAKE" the time. My son (family) is the most important thing to me and although part of my reason for doing this is for them (especially my son), I also don't want to take time away from him either. I work full-time, so that's already time away from him. When I pick him up after work, I want to make sure we get our time together - it's for that reason that I don't workout after work! That's his time.

So I make the time by waking up early enough (530am) to get my workout done prior to heading to work. I also work out on my lunch hour at work so that leaves my evenings free. Don't get me wrong, there are times when it's not perfect but I make do!! Some evenings I go for a power walk with my son (in his stroller)...I then stop of at the park before heading home. we play together and I get some exercises in as well ( like dips and push-ups on the park bench) while my son goes up and down the slide/play structure.

I also try to keep my weekends free for family....I try to get an early morning walk/run in on Saturday or a yoga class and that's it for the weekend!! The rest is for family fun!!! :) It keeps me sane!

The other question came from my girlfriend Tasha who asked me, "How do you stay motivated?" And as I told her in the email, it is really a struggle, it is difficult but I credit a big part of being able to stay motivated to the fact that I've put myself out there for all to see - that whole accountability factor. It is definitely helping to keep me on track. The extra attention I've received from the media is helping as well!! Nothing keeps me sweating it up, than the thought of a journalist calling for an update article and progress pic!! :)

Also, blogging about it helps a lot. I can't tell you how grateful I am to have an outlet in which I could express all my feelings throughout this journey - it's been quite therapeutic to write about it - all the ups and downs!! Sometimes when I feel like I can't do this anymore, I go back and read some past posts and trust me it helps, especially the incredibly supportive comments.

I pray a lot. Prayer and more prayer also helps me to keep going. I have a very strong belief in God and His grace. Praying to me is also a form of meditation and reflection, you know? I take comfort in the fact that I am loved and blessed, daily!

Of course the support I've received from my trainer has just been fabulous. I cannot tell you (or him) enough, just how much it means to me to have him in my corner - not only providing me with the tools and guidance that I need to succeed on this journey but just incredible support.

My family and friends keep me motivated with continuous support, encouragement and loving me regardless - nothing beats unconditional love!!

I've said this many times before but the incredible support that I receive from the blogging community - who regularly check in on me, leave encouraging, supportive messages/comments...IT IS JUST AMAZING and a HUGE part of what keeps me motivated. I don't ever want to let them (you guys) down!!

AND last, but certainly not least I really don't want to let myself down - you know!??! I make sure I keep myself motivated by constantly reminding myself of the reasons that I'm on this journey. I frequently go back and read past posts just to keep it fresh in my mind and avoid complacency.

So that's my rant for tonight, bottom line - if it's important enough to you - MAKE IT HAPPEN, KEEP MOTIVATED, MAKE THE TIME, you deserve's still a difficult thing to do, but the rewards are definitely worth it!!


My 3 Month Challenge said...

This is so inspiring!!! And what an energy boost, just from reading your post. I love how you have all your priorities straight. Losing weight is certainly not the main purpose, the "end," but rather, a means to an end - which in your case would be being healthy for your family! :)

South Beach Steve said...

It is so true that we have the time for the things we make the time for. I had the same challenge when I started my program - it was hard to find the time. Nevertheless, if you make the time, it is amazing how it all still fits in.

And the advice on motivation - that was great. Prayer is a wonderful resource for those of us who rely on God. Great advice to all.

Anonymous said...

I soooo agree with you on "making the time." When somebody tells me they're too busy, I take it to mean "no, I don't want to." If you really want to do something, you figure out a way. You're right, it ain't easy, but if you want something, you'll get it.

Anonymous said...

Amen! You rock.

The Road Curves Ahead said...

Great advice... and you're right we really do deserve it. :-)

266 said...

Great post! The blogging community sure is a help, isn't it?!? I couldn't have gotten this far without the support I've received so far! I also have a question for you... how did the media initially find out about your story?

Lisa eats too much pizza said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing.

Tammy said...

I can't believe I just now found you and the media's already been after you!!! I loved this post with my whole heart. After the crap post I just wrote tonight on my blog....this is JUST what I needed to hear. Isn't it funny how that happens? I love blogland. :)

266 said...

Thanks for answering my question, Joania! And OMG!!! I have totally seen those commercials and I found the copy of it that you have on your blog here and I know that have seen that one! I love that they just started doing those! You should be really proud! I think after something as inspiring as that you are probably not jumping the gun if you wanted to cross 'saving someone's life' off your bucket list. I don't doubt that something that inspiring has done exactly that. Just awesome!