By Mike Campbell
Is my motivation big enough? It really does come down to this for me as well as everyone I coach. Why do you want to change? Why is it important? Why will you stay on track? Why will you reach your goals?
I always refer to my motivation when talking about my weight loss and lifestyle change.My motivation was built on the first log entry I made on the very first day of my journey in 2009. I started a spreadsheet on March 2, 2009, and saved the document as, you guessed it, fatguydiary! No branding strategy here. I looked in the mirror and said, “My project is the fatguy. How am I going to deal with this project? I’m going to log everything I do.” I didn’t like the word log, so I typed in diary. I logged on that spreadsheet for three years.
The initial entry included this statement:
I need to lose weight for my health and quality of life. I do not know the final destination, but I do know I need to start the journey! I want and need to be more positive about myself and my future … I need to take care of me so I can best help my family and community.
Out of this entry I created and hung onto this reason for being motivated: I need to take care of me, so I can be the best me for my family, friends and community.
This motivator has served me well. Let’s pick it apart a little.
I love helping others find success in life. I built a successful career doing it. I left my successful career to work to save a nonprofit because of it. I focused on it when it came to family and church. I took advantage of numerous volunteer opportunities because of it. Helping others is in my DNA. The only problem was I could not find my way out of obesity. And if I did not find my way out, how would I be able to help others?
Also, in my mind, saying I need to take care of me was giving me permission to divert my attention away from others, when needed, to make sure I was headed in the right direction. I needed to invest time in my needs, my fitness, my wellness and my journey. By doing this I would be the best me for others in my life.
So, my motivator helped me lose 150 pounds. It helped me power through those tough days and plateaus. It helped me stay focused on where I wanted and needed to go. My motivator helped me through injury and tough times. It has helped me to attain the best fitness and health of my life now, at age 61.
Now let’s talk about you. Did you make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, get fit or exercise more? Are you still on track? If not, your motivator wasn’t big enough! Your motivator does not have to be mine, but it does have to be important to you. It must be important enough to get you through the bumps in the road, when you have a bad day, hit a wall or feel like giving in and giving up.
We all have a motivator. Your motivator is what inspires you. Your motivator will help you make the right choices to get you to your goals. It will help you choose long-term success over instant gratification.
Lastly, as your journey grows your motivation can grow! Because of my concerns over obesity in our country, my motivation has expanded to I need to take care of me, so I can be the best me for my family, friends and community and be the best me to turn around the obesity epidemic in our country.
If you’re not reaching your goals, evaluate your motivation. Mine is taking me to places I never thought possible. Your motivation can do the same for you.
Continue to join me on my journey each issue!
You can visit Mike Campbell’s website at www.fatguydiary.com. He can also be reached at 843.637.0723.