Inspiration and Motivation
When I first started my fitness journey almost a year ago, my inspiration initially came from seeing fitness and bikini models on sites like Simply Shredded. I would sit and read articles about how the women featured had been introduced into weight lifting and compare my life to theirs, and then think;
Well if she’s done it… then surely I can too… right?
These women aren’t superheros or Amazonian warriors, and they haven’t just stepped down from Mount Olympus, they’re human. Just like me.
In my minds eye I could see what I wanted to achieve, getting close to it however, was a lot harder than I had realised.
The first fitness model that I truly liked the look of was Olya Haidner. I started following her on Twitter, and she followed me back! This in itself was a fantastic motivator, the fact that someone who has so many fans would spare the time to connect with little old me was so encouraging, and made me think that my goal wasn’t so far fetched after all.
Knowing that she too had sculpted, in my eyes, a perfect body after having two kids herself inspired me even further.
These days I’m spending less time on facebook and a lot more time on Instagram, here are a couple of reasons why;
These messages are simple when you think about them, but in my experience they can make all the difference first thing in the morning between a good workout and an amazing workout.
Too many times have I teetered on the edge of;
‘I just can’t be bothered today, one day won’t hurt that much’
Which turns into two days, then before you know it the whole week has gone by, you feel lethargic and grumpy from skipping out on the diet and you’ve undone what feels like a weeks of hard work. And for what?
It’s times like these that the motivational messages really help me to stay focused.
I’m inspired by the amount of photos I see of everyday people taking the same steps as I am to transform their own bodies, both men and women. Just search the hashtags in Instagram for #bodytransformation and you’ll see what I mean, I’ll be posting my own next week.
The motivation that Nicole Wilkins, IFBB Figure Champion, gives me just by showing videos of her workouts is incredible, this woman is a machine and has certainly made me work harder since finding out about her.
She’s one of my favorites because she comes across as being really down to earth and doesn’t worry about not always having makeup on in photos she posts. Not only this but she’s making an effort to inspire other by sharing her workouts and she also writes a column for Fitness RX magazine.
Other ways that keep me inspired and motivated are by following blogs, here are a couple that I find particularly interesting;
Of course I cannot forget my family, they are the force that drive me to dedication.
Knowing I have so much more strength and energy that I can put into time with my two monsters is a reward in itself. We love play fighting together and lifting them up into the air takes no effort at all, the joy on both of their faces when I see how excited they are to be flying around like mini aeroplanes over my head or when I have them sitting on my hip whilst we dance around in circles over and over again is a feeling I’ll never get tired of.
Whenever I start to get a little low and lose sight of what I’m working so hard for I can be sure that my husband will be the first one to encourage me to get back on track and to remind me of how far I have come and how proud I should be of what I have already achieved. He trains far harder than I do and still manages to keep us both motivated, for this, he is my biggest inspiration.
Lastly, I would like to add my reflection as my final motivator. Seeing my progress in the mirror is sometimes all the motivation I need. Even when the numbers on the scales don’t change, or my clothes don’t feel any bigger on me, I can just look in the mirror, see what I have achieved and be proud of what I am accomplishing.
Next week: My 1 year transformation!