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  • GETTING FIT

    Being motivated by your 'moment'

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  • I know most people use the weight on the scale to give them a thumbs up or thumbs down on their weekly progress. It’s a tough thing to do. This dumb little machine is our judge, jury and executioner when it comes to our mood. The scale goes down and we jump for joy, high five everyone in a 10-foot radius and brag about it on Facebook. However, if the scale goes down, I see people dragging their feet to their first circuit and feeling like their attempt at weight loss is a big waste of time.
    At that point, I usually tell people that we have other forms of measurement that could have gone down — inches, body fat percentage, water retention, etc. What I would like you to do, if you’re stuck in a rut, is to remember “your moment.” But what is “your moment?” Let me explain with a story.
    A father has an old muscle car in the garage that’s covered with a tarp. This thing is beat up, doesn’t run and the paint job is fading. On his son’s 17th birthday, the dad gifts the muscle car to his son. His son doesn’t appreciate the gift because it doesn’t run. He says to his dad, “How am I supposed to impress any girls with a car that doesn’t run?” The dad says, “We are going to put in time and hard work into this car every weekend and she will be running like new. Then we’ll slap a fresh coat of Candy Apple Red on it and you will feel like the man driving this down the street.” His son agreed but what he didn’t hear were two things — time and hard work. He selectively heard — “feeling like the man.”
    Every weekend the father and son worked hard on the car. They had days where things were going smoothly and falling into place and they had bad days where they were incredibly frustrated. They chased down parts on Craigslist. They put in hours of sweat-equity. They worked through the heat of the summer and the cold of the winter.
    One year later, on his son’s 18th birthday, the dad gave his son a small box. The son opened it and inside were the keys to the muscle car.
    He went out to the garage with his dad and took a couple photos next to his muscle car that purred like a kitten and had that head-turning paint job.
    He climbed into this driver’s seat and at that moment, he reflected back on the year of hard work. His dad smiled and said, “you earned this son.” His friends ran up to the driver’s window and congratulated him on his new car. They asked how he stayed motivated for an entire year. Most of them said they would quit after a couple of weekends because they would rather spend their time doing something fun and not be covered in oil and grease.
    He simply replied: “I was motivated by this moment. Once I got here, I knew it would all be worth it.”
    What will be your moment? Once you achieve your weight loss goal, where will you be, whom will you be with and how will you celebrate it? Imagining the end result is what kept this teenage boy motivated for one year. His sacrifice had a meaning and he wanted it more than anything. Do the same with your goals; imagine them clearly in your mind and they will come true if you want it badly enough.
    Of course, measuring your weekly progress is the compass you need to stay on the path to your goals but don’t forget about the big picture.
    Enjoy the journey, put in the hard work and time and you will change for the better!
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