It has officially been six weeks since Nationals! I was released to workout from my doctor today, so I have no more “fake” excuses. For six straight weeks, I have made every excuse in the books to eat whatever I want – I have been bloated, I have been constipated and none of it was worth the weight gain I have experienced. I do not have one memory of a meal that I ate…..so why did I eat all those terrible foods? Is it because I had no goals? Did I have excuses with the surgery? Or did I just continue to hit that snooze alarm so I did not have to get up and get moving?
I have been listening to a lot of motivational speakers and podcasts and Mel Robbins by far nailed it on the head – “motivation is garbage”. Hesitation is a natural instinct to all humans and it allows us time to mentally battle with all the reasons we are not doing what we should be doing, what we want to be doing. She has shared her secret to success in using the #fivesecondrule – counting backwards 5-4-3-2-1 and resetting the brain to make the right decision about how YOU will live every single day. I have used this thought process in the gym, when I need to start the next set of weights but I’m out of breath….I count backwards and jump right back into it, but I have never applied it to my own life.
She references Chemistry (which I love as a Chemical Engineer) as her strategy of counting backwards from 5, as the activation energy, the catalyst to jumpstart a chemical reaction. Our bodies are our own personal chemical reactions, getting us through the day. The process of jumpstarting your day with exercise is what I am missing right now! I use that morning workout to set the mode for my entire day. It helps me eat better, feel better, clear my mind, and motivate others….which is my true passion.
So tomorrow morning, I will not hit the snooze button, I will get up and will accomplish my goals – to be present for the girls in the gym who look to me for motivation and who watch the decisions that I make; for my kids and my family who need me to be healthy so they too cab learn structure and discipline; for me to get back to a reverse diet weight where all the work I put in is visible! WHEN WILL YOU STOP HITTING THE SNOOZE BUTTON?