Looking for Weight Loss Motivation? Start Trying to Make Lifelong Habits Instead
Even though my wife and I are now sitting in a hospital room waiting for my little baby boy to be induced, I went for a quick run this morning. The induction was scheduled to start at 6, so I woke up at 4 and got moving.
No, it’s not obsessive or being “addicted” to working out. It’s not crazy. It’s called a habit. Working out is something I do every weekday morning, much like taking a shower or eating breakfast. I took a shower this morning. I still ate breakfast.
And I still burned some calories.
Fitness magazines keep on selling and websites keep on getting visited because people are endlessly looking for new sources of weight loss motivation. Let me be very clear about something — I had no magical motivation or goals or thoughts of grandeur going through my head as I burned calories in 36 degrees at 4 AM.
I woke up, got dressed, went outside, started running, and burned a few hundred calories. Not because I was motivated, but because that’s what I had to do. It’s just the habit I’ve formed over the last few years. I didn’t need a carrot dangled in front of me. I hated working out and burning calories for days when I first started, weeks even, but eventually it just became a habit. It became part of my daily routine.
Push through all the boredom, the pain, and the nagging thoughts in your head working against you telling you to stay in bed where it’s nice, warm, and safe.
Go out and break your old habits and make new ones. Forget about motivation.