Q: How do I stay motivated?
A: You can't.
Scary, isn't it? No one ever told you this motivation you feel for your new routine is nothing but excitement. And no one ever told you it goes away.
Motivation is emotional, fading with time. While you feel a lot of it now, you'll feel less with each passing day until you wake up one day wanting to quit.
It's at this point many people give up. They feel like failures because they don't want to do it anymore. The reality, however, is that everyone hits this point. Motivation is not built to last, it's merely the spark to get you started. Once the spark is gone, though, that doesn't mean the entire relationship has to fall apart.
On your hardest days, you can look up motivational reading at places like Reddit's Get Motivated subreddit. Reading and watching such empowering bits pieces of wisdom is enough to fill anyone back up with a "can do" attitude.
On the regular days, the only thing that will keep you pushing forward is your own will to do so.
Determination isn't glamorous. Determination doesn't really come with any secrets. It's simply doing something when you don't want to. That's it. It's a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. The lazy let it idle while the strong exercise its potential every day.
So the question then becomes: how do I stay determined?
A: You practice.
Every day, take one thing you don't want to do and do it. In the case of this blog, that means working out or eating healthy or both. It can be as simple as turning down a pizza for one more day or as complex as sticking to a full blown meal plan.
A Note on Determination
Your brain does not want change. It will bitch every single day you do something it doesn't want to.
It's a child that doesn't know what's good for it, and you are the parent keeping it on the straight and narrow. Given enough time, your brain will complain when you don't get to workout or eat right.
Co-host of HeroesForge, founder of Battle to Be Better, gamer, singer and all around happy person.