Last Updated on August 19, 2019 by Cathy Jo Johnson
Was this the year that you had planned to get it together and to make all of those health and fitness changes, once and for all?
You promised yourself that you were going to do something different because after all another year is passing by, and we know that as we age, it becomes more challenging to get and stay fit.
Perhaps you committed to losing a few pounds, eating a little healthier, or maybe your goal was to eliminate some of those medications. It’s finally time to take care of yourself!
We set a goal and with unbridled enthusiasm begin to make changes. Then suddenly four or five weeks into it, we innocently cheat, nothing big, a little treat here or a missed workout there. After week six or seven we feel our “motivation” slipping.
The next thing you know we’re eating the same foods, or we haven’t worked out in weeks. We revert to those old habits. Two months after we started, we quit, motivation gone! Fast forward to the end of the year, we look back and think, “oh my gosh, what happened, how did I get here.” We dissect our failure, determine it was our poorly set goals that led to our lack of motivation and vow to do better next time. Does any of this sound familiar?
This may surprise you, but poor goals and/or a lack of motivation is NOT the reason you can’t get fit and lose weight after 50.
Goals are important, but they are not the be all end all. Goals are temporary.
Unfortunately, motivation is just as fleeting as a goal.
The definition of motivation is a general desire or willingness to do something. Being a person who’s maintained a 100-pound weight loss, I can tell you that a “general desire or willingness” does not bring about long term change. It has to go deeper and that’s why motivation only scratches the surface.
As a society, we’ve bought into this motivation thing. “I’m just not motivated to go to the gym, or I’m not motivated to eat right.” It’s not motivations fault. The problem is the process that we go through. We set goals, get motivated, fail, then blame goals and motivation.
So if it’s not about motivation and it’s not about goals, what missing? What do we need to know to succeed?
You need to understand WHY this is important to you.
If you look at the significant things in your life that you’ve accomplished, whether or not you realize it you were motivated by a deep-seated why.
An example, putting yourself or kids through college is a financial test for most people. Maybe you had a scrimp and save and do a lot of things, but if you believe that education is important, you find a way to make it work. You may not know how you are going to make it work, but when your why is big enough you are capable of creating a path to success.
Why do you want to get healthy and fit at this time in your life?
Whether it’s playing with grandchildren, spending time with friends and family or hobbies and activities, we need to stop and think about what’s the future five, 10, 15 years down the road going to be like if we don’t take some action today.
Will I be physically able to do the same things I enjoy today? Will my weight hold me back or cause additional health problems?
Do you know the average 50-year-old person is on three medications? That’s kind of scary considering we don’t know all the long term side effects of many meds.
Seemingly innocent actions today can harm us in the future.
Whatever the reason you need to understand your WHY or your success will be temporary at best.
Stop focusing solely on your goals and motivation; understand your why.
Here’s my WHY.
These are some of the things that I love to do, friends, family, and sports.
It’s easier to get to the gym, strengthen my body and to eat correctly because I want to do all of these things. I don’t need additional motivation. When I look at these pictures, I enthusiastically and gladly make healthy choices.
That’s my mom in the picture on the upper left. She’s 76 years old and is more active and fit then most people half her age. WHY…because she wants to be active, healthy and fit.
It’s time to take action.
Why do you want to be healthy and fit? What are the things that are important to you?
Grab a notebook and start writing. Then pick out five pictures of your WHY and put them in a location where you can see them frequently.
Once you understand your WHY, you’ll find a renewed motivation and willingness to make a permanent lifestyle change.
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It’s the five most dangerous mistakes that are destroying our healthy aging and what you can do instead. This cheat sheet is going to help you dig a little deeper and get back on track and stay there. It’s going to help you uncover your why and help you make a lasting change before one more year gets away from you.