Yet again Elaine and I are on the same page. I have a VERY hard time not snacking in the car. Remember our road trip to Disney this year? :) Anyway, I’ll let Elaine take it away. She has a great question at the end of the post about mantras and I’m really curious what yours are.
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Hello again, fellow goal-setters! This week is going to be particularly hard for me to stay motivated on the diet/exercise/lifestyle front because I am headed to Washington, DC and Pittsburgh from my current location, Oklahoma City. The drive from OKC to DC is about 24 hours and the drive from DC to Pittsburgh is about 4.5 hours…..and I like to eat, eat, eat in the car. I’m not too worried about exercising because I know I will be doing a lot of walking around DC and my Mom likes to walk in Pittsburgh. I just have to keep the food in moderation and eat for hunger, not for boredom.
I question I hear a lot is why would I bother with my diet/exercise/lifestyle choices during vacation? The holidays? On my birthday? The examples are countless. I must admit that I used to think these exact thoughts and I still do some of time. We are all human! However, I want to discuss with you the concept of “self-identity” as it relates to motivation.
Self-identity means that I identify myself as a healthy eater and runner, despite my recurrent injuries, despite traveling, despite holidays, birthdays, or work banquets. I repeatedly tell myself I am an athlete, even when I don’t believe it. Have you ever heard that if you are sad and you smile, your brain will start to think you are happy? I think the same thing applies to healthy living – if you tell yourself that you are healthy, beautiful, and worthwhile, you will start to closely self-identify with those values. From there, you will see that those values don’t stop for vacation or other events. That’s not to say that you can’t enjoy yourself, whether it’s on vacation or just some ice cream after a hard day! You definitely should enjoy yourself! However, if you constantly operate within the self-identification of being healthy, you will find that a treat is just that – a treat!
Now, if only I could remind myself of this during the 24 hour car ride! Motivation is not easy and there will definitely be ebbs and flows. Self-identification has been one of the most crucial keys to my success. How are you using self-identification to stay motivated? What are some ways you can use self- identification in the future? Better yet, do you have a mantra you can always tell yourself?