Motivation will not... let me repeat, it will not... come to you out of thin air. It will not fall in your lap while you're sitting on the couch watching "The Biggest Loser" eating a tub of Ben & Jerry's. (whaaat? don't act like you haven't done it!) It will not lift you out of bed at 5am to knock out 5 miles before going to work. It will not guide your hand away from the pizza box and towards the veggie tray.
Motivation is a choice. Motivation comes after you drink water when you'd rather reach for Diet Coke. Motivation comes after you've laced up and gone for a run when you'd rather watch TV. Motivation comes after you've knocked out 30 minutes of a Jillian Michaels workout when you'd rather punch her in the face. Motivation comes after you've gone to the grocery store and stocked up on good foods when you'd rather buy the processed junk.
The good choices have to come first, then the motivation will hit. When you're making bad choices, you feel frumpy. You feel lazy, defeated, and gross. That combination does not equal motivation. When you're making good choices, you feel amazing. You feel energized, lighter-on-your-feet, and healthy. That combination does equal motivation. That's why you have to decide to do the good things even when you don't want to. If you want to be motivated, you have to leave yourself open to that feeling.
If you still need a little push to get off the couch, to put down the Ben & Jerry's, and to hit the pavement, let me introduce you to my favorite Pinterest board...
few weeks of really hard work and seeing changes in my body, I wasn't getting a lot of movement on the scale and it was discouraging. Then I went to L.A. and ate a maple bacon donut and decided it was just best if the scale and I broke up for a bit. I'm here, I'm on track, I'm eating good and rockin' my runs, but the scale? That's going to have to wait.