Determination is defined as: Firmness of purpose; resoluteness.
Your health and wellness journey needs to be driven by your determination to want to live a healthy life.
If you have been a victim of the “start and stop” vortex, you know that it is very difficult to maintain consistency in eating right, exercising and mental maintenance.
This is where your determination comes in.
With this being the beginning of a new year, resolutions are in full swing. This is always a wonderful thing, but what usually follows is a drop off in the resolution when the road gets bumpy (See what I said about starting a new year plan in an unorthodox way here).
The usual example of this is when a new year is approaching, you’re about to bust from all the delectables you consumed through the holiday season, which leads to retrospective shame and now climaxes in a “New Year, New Me” war on oneself.
Next, all of the junk food is cleansed from the refrigerator, the pantry, the office cubby and even the middle console (one of my favorite places lol). You head into the gym ferociously for about a week, the mind blowing soreness kicks in and now you’re down for the count and pissed off because there are no snacks in the house.
You threw them away, remember?
The sugar detox leads to sadness, frustration, agitation and an overall self inquiry of what you are doing with your life and how did you get here.
And just like that, it’s over.
Determination has to be an angel on your shoulder when these times come (and most likely, they Do)
There’s a saying: “Before you quit something, remember why you started it.”
I don’t know who this quote came from but I’ve used it time and time again when I want to give up.
For me, this has always been a reminder to stay in that state of determination that led me to change.
When you feel yourself letting go, or veering off of your regimen, remember that there is a bigger reward to come if you continue the journey through the difficulties. Don’t let the instant gratification of skipping the gym that day get the best of you.
I’ve been there before. It’s time to workout, but the couch has never felt this comfortable before. It’s almost as if it grew 3 extra cushions or something.
When this happens, remember how you want to look when you hit the beach this Summer at your best.
Remember how you want to feel when you have a busy, physically grueling day to get through.
Remember why you started and be Determined to get to your best.
When you feel like you want some junk food and it’s not a cheat day, remember how you want to feel in the morning. Full of energy and free from that sluggish feeling.
When you want to stay up and watch a movie, knowing you have a lot to the next day, remember how valuable your energy will be for you to make the best out of your time tomorrow.
Stay determined to manifest the things you want in life. Not only in a materialistic sense, but a sense of wellness for your mind, body and spirit.
What are you determined to do in 2019?
Let me know!