Finding Motivation to Lose Weight & Get in Shape

In this article + podcast episode, I'll detail how I was able to find the motivation to lose weight, get in shape, and maintain a fit physique.

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When I was around 19 years old, I made a definite decision to get myself in shape. At the time, I was what you might call “skinny-fat.” And before that, I was fat-fat. Most of my childhood, I teetered between chubby and fat.

I was totally out of shape and living an incredibly unhealthy lifestyle. I rarely ever had any energy, I didn’t feel good about what I saw in the mirror every morning, and I was ready for a long-overdue change.

I’d tried to learn about health and fitness in the past, I'd tried to find the motivation to lose weight before—but always half-heartedly. I’d look up some workouts and try them at the gym, but I never really committed myself.

I tried to eat healthier, but I’d inevitably give up and end up at the drive-thru.

And then one day, it just hit me: do I really want to spend the rest of my life like this?

I knew the answer was No.

I remember standing in front of the mirror, looking at my soft, chubby body in disgust.

At that moment, I said, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!”

I was sick of feeling this way. Sick of feeling unhealthy. Sick of not feeling good about myself physically. I was sick to my stomach.

And then I imagined how it would feel if I could turn myself around…

If I could learn about exercise, nutrition, and eating healthy foods—and then apply those learnings in the gym and kitchen—how phenomenal would I feel?

I thought about all of the ways that learning how to get into shape (and then actually doing what it takes to get there) would positively impact my life.

Thinking about how great it would make me feel, I’d given birth to a DEEP DESIRE to make this a reality in my own life.

On that day, I began my transformation—and I haven’t looked back since.

That very same day, I spent ten hours reading and learning about diets, nutrition and exercise.

I put plans together—and actually followed them.

And soon after, the results I’d imagined had become a reality.

I felt healthier and more lively. I had that lean, muscular physique I’d dreamt about.

I built a new version of myself.

And it felt incredible.

It was a pivotal point in my life.

And it all began with a deep desire.

So, what’s a deep desire of your own that's long overdue? 

Find it and ignite it. 

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