Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Motivation

I was Cycling yesterday at my local gym and afterwards the instrctor came up to me and asked, "What keeps you motivated to workout??" Now I gave her a quick answer and proceeded to keep spinning since the classes are only 40 min long and I needed my hour.

Thats another subject all in itself. This instructor sings in her mic, pants in her mic, I felt like leaving the class but the music was good and it passed the time away.

Anyways...back to the Motivation piece of the story. I have been thinking long and hard over the last day at what keeps me motivated.  If you look at the definition of Motivation it is the drive to acheive certain goals. Eveything we do everyday is overshadowed by the existance of motivation. We who work are motivated to work, we who compete are motivated to compete and so forth.

I have a certain goal I want to acheive and that is Finishing an Ironman distance race. If I want to do this and do it within the time frame, I need to be able to put the time and effort into being consistent with training. I think about my previous races and what I did well, and what didn't go so well and I think this is another motivator to prove that I can improve.

I was heavy for a good portion of my life. I have come to where I am today through exercise. It gives me stress relief and enjoyment and I have made friends through this journey. I am motivated because diabetes, high cholesterol and Hypertension run in my family and I am not going that route.

When I fail its not the ending, its the beginning of a new challenge for me. I am motivated because nothing is going to come between me and my dreams. If someone told me I couldn't do something I would prove them wrong in everyway. I am who I am because I had drive and determination to get me where I am today.

"So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win."

~Og Mandino~

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