My wife and I are getting ready for our second child and this pregnancy has been quite a different experience for both of us.
With the first, everything was new and exciting.
Tessa loved being pregnant.
There was the fascination and excitement as Tessa’s body morphed into a new shape.
Each week we would find out what size vegetable our baby was and what biological functions were being created during that gestational week.
Then there was the baby room prep and making sure we had all the “stuff” for baby’s arrival.
Time flew by and each week built upon the last as our excitement grew.
Hospital bags for both Tessa and myself were packed weeks and weeks in advance of our due date.
But this time around it hasn’t been quite as exciting. We haven’t marveled quite like we did the first time around, at how Tessa’s body is changing, again preparing to birth a little human.
I haven’t been checking in to see what size vegetable the baby is this week.
This pregnancy is more like a necessary means to our desired outcome, to bless Bo with a sibling and for us to open our hearts to another tiny human.
Before I go on, please don’t take this as us being ungrateful. We are so incredibly thankful that we can conceive and seem to have a healthy growing baby. We are experiencing so much gratitude and we are grateful beyond words every day for this blessing and journey that we are on.
I am, however, even more excited about the baby’s actual arrival, because becoming a father has far exceeded my previous expectations.
The same thing happens in our fitness journey.
I see it in my own life and the lives of our clients at the Transformation Center.
There is an excitement and newness of starting a new plan, joining a new program, and meeting new people.
The body might start to feel better quickly. Clothes fit a little looser and energy is high.
But then when it no longer becomes new, it is no longer as exciting.
I see this happen as soon as week 3 in our programs. Our staff talks often about ways we can help people get past the 3-4 week hump.
For some it happens much later, but everyone will experience this at some point.
Unlike a pregnancy, which has a finite amount of time, living a healthy lifestyle never has an end.
So what can you do to stay motivated?
Here are a couple ideas for you:
- Find the beauty in each day, in each meal, in each workout.
- Make things fun. Connect with a workout buddy and plan to hit the same classes together. Find forms of exercise that are fun. But keep strength training in the mix, even if you don’t love it at first–it is so critical to our overall health and injury prevention. And most people come to love it eventually… having great trainers and fun workout buddies makes the time fly by.
- Remind yourself why you are doing it. We all have our reasons, but keep these at the forefront of your mind.
- Sign up for an activity or event that will require you to specifically train for it. This is why I keep signing up for races.
- Keep learning. Learn new recipes, try new types of exercises, try a new hobby or skill. Learning keeps things fresh and ensures we are always growing.
So if you are struggling with motivation, realize it’s normal.
Things will ebb and flow.
But those who win are those who are the most consistent. It becomes a non-negotiable in their life.
We are here to help, whether you are a current client struggling to find motivation, a former client who has fallen back into bad habits, or someone who has been shy of starting their journey.
Reply to this email and let’s chat.
Dustin and TC team