What first inspired you to pursue exercise? Was it a picture of yourself or someone else? A book? Or perhaps it was a diagnosis you received? While I hope it wasn’t the last one, it is unfortunately a reality for many people. Whatever it was, is it time to revisit that initial motivation?
While being the best dancer I could be was a big factor in pursuing exercise, it wasn’t the only thing that has motivated me. I’m a big bibliophile (you know, if you didn’t already know that) and there are two books that I can immediately think of the have inspired me to building a body I’m comfortable in. (Jordin Sparks, anyone?) From Bon Bons to Yoga Pants by Katie Cross, and Find Your Path by Carrie Underwood are the two most influential books I have read about not only becoming healthy but also being happy with yourself. Being healthy and happy with yourself is a lot more important than how your reflection looks.
Sometimes it’s a good idea to revisit that initial point of motivation, especially in times when you’re feeling like giving up or are in the midst of a plateau. Revisiting that point can show you how far you’ve come and it can breathe new life into your drive for a healthier, happier life.
What was your initial goal? Have you reached it, surpassed it, or still striving for it? Has it changed in any way? It’s okay if it has, and it’s okay if you’re still working towards it. The point is that you don’t give up. Remember, it’s not all about the reflection in the mirror. Maybe going back to the beginning will remind you of that. Happy (and healthy) Exercising!