Determination Not Motivation
Losing weight and developing a daily or weekly exercise routine is a commitment. Many people find it hard to keep the commitment going beyond the first couple of weeks. It happens every year. You make a New Year's resolution to finally get fit - maybe you join a gym too - but something happens and suddenly you are no longer going to the gym or watching what you eat. This happens to everyone at least once, usually more.
The reason why the commitment to getting fit and healthy fails is because the motivation to do so fades away.
When first starting an exercise routine or diet plan, you feel great. You feel motivated! You are excited and can already imagine yourself months from now with your new, fit body. However, that motivation does not last. The new and excited feeling fades away and, more often then not, the commitment fades away too. Instead of buying a new swim suit and enjoying your new beach body, you're taking out last year's swim suit. You're still enjoying the beach and having fun but it was not exactly what you planned for at the beginning of the year.
Motivation is not the key to successful weight loss and sticking with a fitness routine. Determination is.
The only way to keep up a fitness routine is to stay determined. With determination, it is easier to continue to do something. Motivation provides a nice and exciting boost but motivation always fades away. Motivation comes and goes but determination, while not as exciting, will keep you going and progressing to your goals. Determination will get you out of bed at five in the morning, push you to run even if it is raining out and remind you that sticking to your diet will pay off in the long run.
Determination does not mean repeating the same act over and over again either. An exercise and fitness routine should not become dull and boring. If you get tired of doing squats and lunges, try yoga or kettlebell exercises. Mix it up!
When setting up long term and short term fitness and health goals do not rely on motivation, but instead, stay determined. There will be good days and bad days but determination will keep you focused on your goals in the end.