Good morning y’all! I’ve been thinking about a question lately. What motivates you? And what are you motivated to do? Without even knowing it, I find myself motivated to be better in many different ways by many different things every day. These things have changed over the years, actually. As of now, and lately come to think of it, I’ve been motivated to live a generally better life by a few different factors.
First thing, and this has actually been on ongoing thing throughout my entire adult life, I’ve been motivated to live the best Christian life that I can thanks to my ever growing knowledge of my Catholic faith. There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not either reading articles from the various councils throughout history, or a church doctor, etc. about my faith OR I’m listening to one of my 3 favorite shows on ETWN Radio (being Called to Communion [which I recommend to any non-Catholic AND Catholic alike], Open Line Monday & Thursday, and Catholic Answers Live). I’ve learned so much and am still eager to learn about how to become a better Christian and a better overall person. All of us can improve. Nobody is perfect.
The second thing that I get motivated about is my health, specifically my weight. Ever since the age of 7, I’ve had a weight problem. I don’t really know what changed from that age, but it’s been something I’ve been trying to get a hold of for the better part of 15 or so years. I had a great run about 6 years ago where I was well on my way to get down to my goal weight and got down to my lowest weight ever as an adult. I messed it up by rewarding myself a bit too much, then going through personal situations and before I knew it, I was worse off than when I really decided to be serious about losing weight. I always wanted to get back to that feeling of craving doing an hour or more on The Arc Trainer at the gym and seeing the number on the scale decrease every week, but I just let the good times take over. It was only until I really maxed out in December of 2017 that I decided to say no more AGAIN and get myself back on track. I had a 12 month kinda warm up, but I’ve really ramped it up this month and have gained that hunger, desire, and craving to get on that Arc Trainer every day and spend an hour doing cardio. It’s gotten so good that I’m actively shunning cheat meals; cheat moments all together come to think of it. I don’t want to get derailed for anything, and I’m feeling great about it. I’ve already lost 15 pounds this month and each one of those pounds has motivated me to push even harder to get down to that lowest adult weight and break through that and get down to my goal weight. It’s all motivated by the way my clothes are fitting, the way the numbers on the scale go down, and the way I mentally feel about it. I feel awesome and I want to maintain that feeling.
The last thing I feel motivated about is my status amongst loved ones. I have people that I care about and they motivate me to be a better person too. I know that may sound strange to say that it takes another person or other people to make you want to improve, but it’s true in my case. I have things to look forward to and the desire to be the best version of me that I can be motivates me to want to be better every day.
What motivates you? Are you even motivated? Or am I even weirder than I already knew I was?
Have an awesome rest of the week, friends!