Oct 24, 2011

Motivation Monday

It's Monday people! It's a new week - let's get motivated!

I know this may sound hard to believe, but even dietitians need help getting - and staying - motivated. It's no easy task, especially this time of year. Whether you're trying to eat healthier, exercise more, or lose a few pounds, there are always a variety of convenience excuses tempting you to forget about your health goals.

Of course, the holiday season brings new temptations to the table (pun totally intended!) and forces you to make a choice - stick with your goal? Or dive head-first into the candy bowl? Before you pick option B, let me share a few things that motivate me to make better health choices each day.
  1. Having energy.
    • You feel more energized when you eat healthy. Period.
  2. Building confidence.
    • Making even just one healthy choice can lead to another because it gives you confidence to know you CAN do it!
  3. Setting an example.
    • When I think of my family and how much I want them to live healthy lives, it reminds me take the initiative and set a good example.
    There are so many more good reasons to eat well and stay active; improving your immune system, and preventing chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Sure, a lot of people try to eat healthy primarily to lose weight or prevent gaining weight. And certainly, maintaining a healthy weight is important. But by switching your focus to overall health and well-being (as opposed to the numbers on a scale), you are more likely to stick with your healthy lifestyle choices long term.

    Truth is, each person is unique and has their own set of motivations. What motivates you?


    1. Ugh, I should have read this, this MORNING! Guess I'll get motivated tomorrow :)

    2. Tomorrow's a NEW day :) What a relief....

    3. I love it "Motiation Monday" is such a positive way to end the "case of the mondays"! So many things motivate me to eat healthy and exercise, but I think mainly the fact that all of my schooling has been about the benefits of them and all of the bad things that can happen when we don't!

    4. Thank you! Very true...there are so many positive reasons to make healthy choices. The pros far outweigh the cons, right?!