This month was all about stepping out of my comfort zone and doing things that scare me. And boy did I. August was probably the most hectic month of the year for me but it was so rewarding and I learned a ton, so I can’t complain.
Out of all the things I learned this month, something I heard from Jillian Michaels during her talk at the canfitpro world fitness expo really resonated with me. So I wanted to chat about it today with you…out loud.
I have a document on my phone filled with little nuggets of awesomeness from Jillian’s Q&A session at the expo that I could spend eons discussing. But since I’m trying to write a post and not a novel, I want to focus on just one of them today.
The difference between inspiration and motivation
Contrary to popular belief, when it comes to fitness, inspiration and motivation should be two completely separate things. According to Jillian, inspiration can be external but motivation has to come from within or you’ll never stick with it.
I’ve actually had first hand experience with this and I’m sure a lot of you can relate. When I started working out in my mid-teens, my motivation for doing it was to look like the models I saw in fitness magazines. Every couple of months or so I’ll eat all the salads and work out every day for about a week, but then my zeal for fitness would fade.
I wasn’t turning into one of those fitness models fast enough and it no longer felt worth it to me. So eventually I stopped.
It wasn’t until 2013 when a health scare made me reevaluate my life choices and I decided to get fit and healthy for me that I really stuck with it. And for a while everything was great because my main focus was me and my own body. I wasn’t worrying about what anyone else thought because I was on that journey for myself.
After years of failing to workout and eat well for even a month, I did it consistently for 2 years. And I attribute it all to having a personal motivation for getting healthy.
Was I still inspired by people like Jillian Michaels and those fitness models on the cover of magazines? Hell yea. They’re great examples of what can happen when you treat your body right.
But they were no longer my reason for doing it. I was my own motivation. And that made all the difference.
Obviously, since I’ve made no secret of my struggles with exercise and weight gain this year so, something went wrong. Spoiler alert: my motivation became external again – though not models this time.
But since hearing Jillian speak I’ve made a conscious effort to reset my mindset and start working out for me again. And – no lie -I’m already seeing a huge difference.
So if you’re constantly falling off the wagon and are ready to give up for good, don’t. Instead, sit down and really think about your motivation for getting fit and healthy. And if the answer has nothing to do with you, change it.
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What about you?
- Do you think there should be a distinction between inspiration and motivation?
- What’s your inspiration and/or motivation for staying healthy?
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This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program; however all opinions expressed are my own.