Brought to You by the Letter M

It’s that time of year when those of us on the fitness/weight loss train start to experience a little bit of sag in energy levels. The new year has lost its luster, spring seems forever away, and one gray day after another begins to wear on the spirit.

Or is it just me?

I’ve pondered the subject this morning, considering just what it is I think will give me the boost I need to remain focused over the next few months, and I came up with three basic components. Feel free to adopt them, if you think they will help.

Motivation – Why are we doing this? Why is losing weight and/or becoming healthier more important than eating a bowl of cheese dip and/or a platter of chicken wings? What are we expecting to see on the other side?

This morning, I revisited my Reasons Why, which I first posted over a year ago:

  • For general health. I’m not getting any younger.
  • To improve how I look (confidence)
  • To change how I’m perceived by others (confident, in control, capable)
  • To shop in “regular” stores
  • To reduce or eliminate blood pressure medication
  • To meet more people
  • To try new things with confidence, or at least a sense of adventure
  • To make my family proud
  • To experience success
  • To be my best self, the one who’s hiding
  • So that I can be rescued, if it’s ever required (see original post–linked above–for explanation)
  • To travel to San Francisco and ride a bike uphill with my friend
  • To help and inspire others to take on their personal demons and defeat them

I’m pleased to say that almost all of those reasons have been realized. Fortunately, I didn’t have occasion to be rescued . Also, I haven’t made it to San Francisco yet, but my friend and I did meet up in Austin and rode bicycles up hills.

It occurs to me that these are all worthy reasons to maintain my weight loss, and I’m going to take some downtime this weekend to consider whether there might be new reasons to add.

Momentum – I never expected momentum to be such a powerful factor in my own weight loss. At some point along the way, the process became more about continuing my efforts rather than on the results of those efforts, if that makes any sense. I was more focused on NOT stopping what I had started—on keeping the plan in motion– than I was on getting to my goal weight. Once I started, I didn’t want to stop! Momentum: I love it!

Moxie – One of the best compliments I ever received was from a manager who said I had moxie. At the time I wasn’t even sure what that meant (I thought it sounded sort of Barbara Stanwyck-ish), but I was pleased when I looked it up:

mox-ie  [mok-see]
–noun Slang.
1. vigor; verve; pep.
2. courage and aggressiveness; nerve.
3. skill; know-how.

Moxie is figuring out how to make something happen with what you do have, rather than dwelling on what you don’t have. It’s trying what you thought you couldn’t do and doing what you’d really rather not do. It’s recognizing what doesn’t work and learning how to convert it into something that does work.

And there you have it. Three basic elements–motivation, momentum, and moxie–that can enable you to turn dreams into goals, goals into actions, and actions into results. It’s a powerful, life changing combination, so hold on tight!