Motivation- Why We Can’t Find It!

I have been reading a lot of personal development books lately.  It is one of the ways I challenge myself to be a better person, and continue to strive for my goals in life!  It is so easy to get caught up in, “It’s too hard,” or “I can’t do it.”  That is why it is so important to be growing each and every day!

One of the things that a lot of the books say is that you aren’t going to get this “aha” moment!  I think some of us feel like we have no motivation to live a healthy and fit lifestyle.  We say to ourselves, “If I could only get motivated, then I would start doing it.”

The reason we feel like we have no motivation is because it is true… we don’t have motivation!  You aren’t just going to stumble across motivation one day and everything will change.  You just start losing weight and doing it seamlessly.  You have to create your own motivation and JUST DO IT!

I know this might seem harsh to some of you, but my goals and dreams in life are to help change people’s lives!  This means sometimes having to tell you like it is.  If you are sad or depressed that you aren’t where you want to be in your fitness level, then CHANGE IT!  You have to believe in yourself that you can do it.

You aren’t going to want to do it.  You aren’t going to like it at first.  Everything will be difficult, and I can assure you that you will have PLENTY of excuses.  Let me tell you a secret… everyone has excuses!

I know some of you have had very difficult circumstances that I could never even comprehend.  The trick is to grow and learn from it.  Don’t let those experiences or circumstances hold you back.  There are so many inspiring stories out there about people making the best out of bad situations.  Will you be one of those?  Or will you be the one or sits back and whines about how difficult your life has been?

We all go through experiences in life.  These experiences (no matter how hard) are shaping you into the person that God wants you to be.  We only get one chance at this life, and I am confident that He has AMAZING things in store for you if you follow Him and His will for your life.

So let’s stop making EXCUSES.  Let’s stop waiting until “the right time” when the motivation hits us.  Let’s create our own motivation.  Put on your success gear and get to work!

YOU are the only person that can change your destiny.  No one else can do that for you!

I want to be able to look back on the last 5 years of my life, and be able to say that I lived those years well and doing what God has designed me to do:)  I hope you will be able to feel the same way:)

Here’s to changing your circumstances!

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Motivation Monday {Week 9}

Words of Affirmation

For those of you who have read the book, “The Five Love Languages,” by Gary D. Chapman you have heard of this phrase before.  It is basically when you are affirming your spouse of your love and or affection in the form of words.

I want us to start using words of affirmation on ourselves.  We need to start thinking positively about ourselves no matter what the circumstances are!  I feel like so many people are too hard on themselves (I know I am one of these people a lot of the time).  We need to stop thinking negatively about ourselves and press on towards positive thoughts.

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God created us in His image, and there are so many reasons why we are here and in this life that He gave us.  We need to stop thinking the thoughts of, “I am so fat,” and “no one will ever like me,” and start thinking we are beautiful and that if someone doesn’t like us it is his/her loss.

There is a big difference between trying to better ourselves and just beating ourselves up over things we are working on.  No one will ever be perfect and that is OKAY!  We aren’t supposed to be or we wouldn’t need Jesus.

So lets make a pact today that we will choose positive thoughts and speak positive words about ourselves.  I think you will be surprised at how life changing thinking positively about yourself can be!

Try writing down 3 positive things about yourself, and keep them close to you.  You can use the graphic and fill it in if you would like:)  When you are feel the “negativity” creep up into your life, then please read these out loud to yourself.  Everyone is amazing, and it makes me sad to think that so many people don’t see that in themselves.

What are 3 positive things about you? I would love to hear them!


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You Are Not Alone In This…

We are coming up on the 30 Day Fitness by Faith Challenge.  I wanted to take this time before it starts to remind you about how you are not alone in any challenges you may have in this world.  The Lord is here to guide you no matter what the circumstances.

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I was driving home from a busy day recently, when the thought came to me for this blog post.  It was an unusual day that had me feel very beaten down, and tired.  I started my usual pity party, when I felt the Lord pressing something on my heart.  I felt Him gently reminding me that I was not alone in this.  He is there, and for some reason, I forget that fact sometimes during the craziness of life.

Here are two verses to remember as we start, or are going through challenges in life:

“Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”  Deuteronomy 31:8

I know each and everyone one of us goes through challenges.  We feel like we are alone, and that no one else could possible know what we are going through.  Whether it is just an unusually bad day, a diagnosis with cancer, or a passing of a loved one.  We always need to remember we don’t have to do any of this alone.

God is with us in all of our challenges no matter how small.  If fitness is a challenge and a struggle for you, then try this 30 Day Fitness Challenge to start making healthier choices.  If it seems too difficult, then write these verses down somewhere you can see them and look at them often.  This could be the start to something great if you let it!

I know for me it helps knowing I have an amazing Savior who is with me always and cares about me.  No matter what happens in life, He will always be there.  It is difficult remembering that sometimes since we don’t physically see Him, but try to see Him in the beauty of this world.  A beautiful sunset, the ocean, birds flying on a sunny day, or children playing in the neighborhood are all evidence of this. These are all reminders of Him and His unfailing love for us.

Remember that you are not alone in life.  He will be there to carry you through the difficult times.

I am excited to start this adventure with you, and I am also here to help you with whatever health/fitness questions you may have!

Here are some more encouraging bible verses:)


Bible Verses to Motivate You!

On my journey towards fitness, I could not have done it without the help that I received through Jesus.  I wanted to share with you a couple of verses that have helped me get to where I am at and stay the course towards a healthier life.  I really do feel that once you start eating better and working out that all the other parts of your life get better as well (or maybe just easier to deal with)!  I hope these will encourage you like they have for me.  Please feel free to leave some more verses that have helped you!  I would love to hear from you:)

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

God Bless,