So thanks to no internet at home I’m posting this a day late…
I’ve been thinking about how I want to write this Motivation Monday post all morning. I wouldn’t exactly say I’m feeling motivated today or even motivational. Really I feel like I’ve let myself and others down in the motivation department.
Last week my absence was mostly due to being on vacation. I hate posting from my phone, but here I am on my lunch break walking the track at work and posting from my phone. It’s the only way I’ve found to fit it all in without making my work out home life suffer.
Anyway when I started to think about what I was going to write today the first thing that came to mind was willpower and how I completely lost it last week, making me so glad it’s Monday, with a fresh start and having my willpower back. This got me thinking about what I think willpower really is.
According to dictionary.com Willpower is: control of one’s impulses and actions; self-control.
Without sugar coating anything, unlike half the food I ate last week, we all have Willpower. I hear all the time “I wish I had your willpower” and the truth is, you do, we all do! What happens is that we don’t use our Willpower.
I think most of us get our Willpower from our desires. We base all of our decisions on the things that we want. Whatever desire is at the front of our brain tends to sway our decisions the most.
You the cliché that all weight loss bloggers use? “It just clicked this time”. Well it’s really all there is to it. Once it “clicked” in my head that this is what I desired I knew what I had to do to get it. From then on most of my desires were weren’t as important as that desire to lose the weight. It’s always the weight loss at the front of my mind.
Then you get complacent, things start to fee like they aren’t working and your discouragement inches its way to the front of your mind. Your Willpower is making the choice to ignore the discouragement.
I just found this saying today and it really is true, for me at least. Using my willpower, just like using my muscles wears me out eventually, it gets hard and I get mentally fatigued. Oddly enough my actual physical fatigue makes exercising my willpower even harder.
Last week I woke up every morning with determination and willpower. Some days I barely made it through breakfast and other days I made it all the way til dinner or after. Unfortunately though, every night ended with me losing the battle. I would go to bed telling myself that tomorrow is a new day and I will do better. Doing better will make me feel better physically and emotionally. By this weekend I was just mentally exhausted from trying to push myself to do better.
Even right now I don’t know if my Willpower and motivation is back, but I do know that wanting to feel better and look better is the desire at the front of my brain again. I didn’t have a chance to plan meals for the whole week and I certainly don’t have anything prepped, but I have been doing this long enough that I know if I stick to the same general meals in the morning I will be good at the end of the day.
So rather than be jealous of someone else’ willpower, create your own and exercise it! All you have to do is make the decision to try.
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