What is Motivating You?

by | Motivational Mondays

You can make any changes to your body that you want. It is a matter of knowing how to change your ways and finding the motivation to stick with it.

A few years ago I received a lovely ring. Prior to receiving this gift I was an avid nail biter, but having that new shiny accessory to show off encouraged me to work on growing my nails to make them pretty. I bought monthly manicures to reward my progress. Also, I had no idea how to take care of my nails so the manicures gave me a chance to learn from the pros.

To this day, I can proudly say I am no longer a nail-biter (most of the time). When I look at my nails I am reminded of how it was not easy at first, but over time I readjusted… and chewed a lot of gum!
Some people say it only takes 21 days to make a new habit. I’m not sure I believe that’s true for everyone; however, when you have the right motivation you will change and it will stick.  According to research in Appetite, changing a habit can be approached 3 ways:
  1. Identify the triggers for an unwanted habitual behavior
  2. Make a conscience effort to change the response
  3. Remove the temptations or barriers to the undesired habit 

Food for thought:

What is motivating you? Are you looking for more energy? Do you want to feel better in your clothes? 
It’s not wrong to make healthy changes for aesthetic reasons; however, that can be frustrating as it takes time. From my experience in clinic, medical reasons are usually the strongest initiators for change. Whatever starts your journey to a self-improvement I encourage you to reward your success along the way.

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