Happy Motivational Monday! Yes, yes, we all hate Mondays. I usually lament the passing of too short weekends, and the inevitable return to the daily grind. Too often, it feels like there just simply isn’t enough time to get everything done. But, one thing I have discovered, is that I secretly love Mondays because it means the start of a new week and new opportunities to reaffirm that I am on the right path to health and fitness.
Today, I’d like to share a few wonderful quotes from master motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar. He died just last year at the ripe old age of 86, but his legacy remains. Every time I see one of his quotes, I’m astounded by the simplicity and the veracity of his statements. In short, his words remind us that our dreams of success, whether it’s work or personally motivated, are determined by us. You and me, we are the masters of our own destinies, whatever they may be, and we can achieve greatness when we believe in ourselves.
We all have times when we falter because life keeps throwing us obstacles, but we have to keep moving forward. Since I decided to make a full commitment to losing weight and getting strong, there are definitely times my motivation level has been pretty low. But I made a decision to not let go this time. I’m going to play the bulldog on this one and even when my spirits flag, I will not quit until I win! As Zig would say, “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.”
Part of learning to motivate myself has included a big heaping serving of STFU-I had to stop bitching about the past and my past failings, put on my big girl panties and MOVE ON! I’m not saying forget the past. The past is important, but learn from it, don’t dwell on it. Part of this learning process has been learning to love Mondays, not just because I get a chance to “atone” for my weekend transgressions, but because it’s my reminder that backsliding is forgivable, not a deal breaker.
We had our first dinner out in a long long time, where we enjoyed ourselves and ate like kings. Then birthday cake (not mine) the next day, along with some homemade fresh French bread, but it’s not the end of the world. I don’t have to explain myself or justify it or make excuses about not eating healthy 100% of the time. It is what it is, and now it’s done. Today is a new day, and instead of throwing in the towel because I “blew my diet” over the weekend, I’m back at it.
I made my plan, I’m prepared to win this fight, and end the trend of obesity in my life, and I’m committed to changing my life for the better. We all deserve greatness in our lives, regardless of how humble that greatness may be. One of my biggest goals this summer is not being able to look hot in a bikini (maybe next year), but being able to wear my wedding rings again. That’s right. My rings. I took them off when I was about 7 months pregnant, over 3 years ago, and only now am I doing something about it. But my focus is not on those 3 years lost; my focus is on now. For so long, I didn’t even let myself try to lose weight, even though I was desperately unhappy with myself. And yes, ol’ Zig would have told me: “The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you think you can only do a little.”
We all have the potential to achieve great things in our lives, but you have to start doing to start achieving. Here is another great quote from Mr. Ziglar to send you on your way to a great week: “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” -Zig Ziglar.