I was recently approached by a friend who asked me about rediscovering motivation. She explained that she was doing very well with her workouts until the holidays hit late in the year (Thanksgiving and Christmas). After that, she has had a hard time getting back into the swing of things and she felt guilt and disappointment. Notice, she didn’t mention anything about how her nutrition had gotten worse, and, honestly, I don’t know what kind of nutrition she got before or after the holidays. She only focused on the physical aspect of it, because that, for her (and, I think, most people) was the most obvious way to measure what, in her mind, was progress or improvement. And there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that. But what could I possibly tell her?
I told her not to focus on the exercise, stop thinking about the work outs and concentrate on the correct nutrition. If your fuel is correct, and all other things being equal (sleep, illness, etc.), you will find it far easier to get out and move.
In fact, if you’re in a ketogenic state, you’ll, most of the time, have ample energy and desire to work out. The reason for that is because when your body is using fat as a fuel, you’ll experience more mental focus and concentration, and you’ll just be happier in general. At that point, you don’t need motivation, because you are itching to get out and run, lift, walk, roll, whatever.
I won’t use myself as an example. Instead, I’ll use another friend of mine. She has lost 80 pounds since she started her ketogenic lifestyle. Her problem now is trying to pace herself with her exercise. She wants to work out every day because she has so much energy, excitement, and confidence. She’s never, in her life, experienced anything like what she’s feeling now, and she loves it. She used to scoff at the active people…in between naps and french fries. Now she is a Ketovangelist and she has never been happier.
So back to my friend and her missing motivation. I say to anyone the same thing I said to her. If you want to get motivated to get fit and healthy, it starts with your nutrition. You need to start by getting rid of the crap and start eating healthy. No need to worry about exercise…that’ll happen on its own.
In the spirit of full disclosure, my friend, the one asking me about finding her motivation, wasn’t exactly thrilled when I told her that she was going about it the wrong way, that if she cut out the carbs and started eating good fats, she’d start to see and feel a difference. She expected a different answer. She wasn’t convinced, but that’s not going to stop me from trying to help her. As soon as she takes my advice, and tries a ketogenic lifestyle for a short period of time, she’ll be hooked.
So will you. ‘Cause you’re awesome.