A lack of motivation is a very common theme amongst members who first start with me and the team. It’s a question I get asked a lot, and it’s something I hear so much when I have that first initial consultation with a client.
Many women blame themselves for failed attempts at trying to lose weight, or losing weight and not keeping it off. I see and hear this all the time. They almost always, 9 times out of 10, say it was a lack of motivation that stopped them from getting where they wanted to be or staying there. Can you relate to this? And doesn’t it feel awful when you that motivation goes?
You get almost back to square one gradually, but without not really knowing until all the damage is done, and you think, how did that happen?
I’m here to tell you that it’s not your fault, and it’s never a lack of motivation that’s the problem. And when our clients start with us, they learn this to be true too. They finally ‘get it’ and they get to live the rest of their life free!
Most people think it’s a lack of motivation for a few reasons.
You’re doing something that’s not sustainable long term, which means you’re always going to have to eventually stop.
This can be things like counting points, weighing your food, counting calories, going low on carbohydrates, dieting, using meal replacements, going high protein, high fat. Who honestly cares about the results you get if it’s not sustainable? Sure OF COURSE you can starve yourself and lose weight, anyone can do that.
Other reasons… you’re doing some form of exercise that you hate.
So you’ve built up an association with exercise and negativity. You think it’s your motivation but it’s so much more simple than that. You jut hate what you’re doing! People think they need to be on gym machines, or pounding the pavements. If you don’t like it, don’t do it! It’s not you, it’s them. You can find something you love to do, that will work for you.
A lack of time, leading to a lack of motivation, in turning up to your sessions/workout. Now that’s called an excuse. It’s all about what we prioritise and there are ways to fit exercise into a hectic life.
That’s not a lack of motivation. There is something else going on. Maybe you find it hard to wind down, switch off. Maybe you work so hard, that the evening times are viewed as the treat you deserve. There are so many other areas to address here.
So the next time you catch yourself saying, that motivation is a problem, ask yourself some tough questions, to find out what’s really going on. Hope this helps, Jessica X