Following on from Part 1 of my post about motivation I am going to give you a wonderful insight to how my brain works. I really do get asked frequently how do I stay motivated or how do I have the time or energy to do all the things I do every day. While I have been doing a lot of self reflecting lately and really breaking down what actually motivates me – my coach put it pretty simply this week when we were discussing if it was possible to teach motivation and dedication:
You just want it more
Yep that pretty much sums it up. I wanted it bad. So much so that I do tend to obsess over things – In my psychological assessment after the car accident I was diagnosed with mild OCD and obsessive tendencies. It was something I had always thought I may have had but it was nice to have it confirmed. It is something I do need to ensure I continually manage otherwise I send myself into a overthinking obsessive mess. Having OCD certainly does help me in some aspects stick to my plan, but it also can work against me in incredibly bad ways.
So here it is in all it’s glory the full list of motivation aids I used to help keep me motivated ordered by how I go about my day (cause ya know…. OCD):
1. My alarm clock
OK so I am a huge fan of The Rock – Dwyane Johnson. He recently released this year his own alarm clock app and it is the COOLEST THING EVER. You can put in a goal you want to achieve, see motivational messages from The Rock himself and choose from a range of his personalized alarm tones. He has made all the alarm tones himself so I wake up every morning to The Rock singing “good morning sunshine – get your candy ass out of bed”… oh and by the way there is no snooze button, – The Rock doesn’t snooze – so once it goes off I know I need to be up and starting my day.
2. The entire Granite Conditioning Instagram
Like most people I start my day reading the entirety of Facebook and Instagram over breakfast. I regularly scroll through the Granite Conditioning Instagram to be inspired by the amazing people who are worthy enough to be posted. One day I will make it to being posted on this Instagram doing something cool and not just a picture of me laying on the floor dying.
3. My Vision board
This is new – but I have started one to help me get through comp prep. It’s in the bedroom so I have a constant reminder of what I am working towards. I see it when I first wake up and when I am going to sleep.
4. My scales
I am not talking about body weighing scales. I am talking about food weighing scales. These are kept on the kitchen bench always and are never put away. We have 2 of them in case Chris is using one when I also want to use one (saves a kitchen fight happening.) I also keep a small one in my hand bag every where I go and there is one on my desk at work. This means that I have NO EXCUSE not to track my food. Even if for some reason I was suddenly not prepared I could easily buy something reasonable and track it no matter where I am.
5. My clothes that get looser
This is a pretty obvious one. Noticing that your clothes are getting looser to the point that I now cant keep my work clothes on unless I clip them together with bulldog clips is pretty satisfying. Annoying. But satisfying.
6. My work mates
My team has become very supportive and invested in what I am trying to achieve. We spend a lot of our lives with the people we work with. So it’s nice to have the support of them as well. It just happened over time that they became more and more interested. So much so that they have kindly created a motivational window for me at my desk to constantly remind me what I am working towards.
7. Progress photos
It is perfectly acceptable to take a BILLION photos of yourself. Taking photos I have found has been one of the best motivators to see how far I have come and to keep reminding me why I am doing what I am doing.
8. My own Instagram
In the first Granite 8 week challenge I decided to start an Instagram to document my experience. Kitkats2fitkat was my space to post anything and everything I felt like around my health and fitness journey and I use it like a diary. It helps keep me on track an accountable to myself, I keep it real and authentic – there is no smoke and mirrors here. Just me sharing what I am doing or what I am eating to achieve my goals.
9. New gym clothes
C’mon – I don’t think I need to explain this one. Everyone loves new outfits. Especially new fresh gym clothes. Look good feel good.
10.Being able to lift heavy shit
I was one weak ass chick. I thought I was pretty strong until I actually started training properly and after the car accident I lost a lot of strength especially in the lower part of my body. I get so much enjoyment and satisfaction now out of being able to move heavy objects and track the noticeable progress. When I started after the car accident I could barely do an unweighted squat. I can now complete squats of 75kg without exploding my back and that to me is an incredibly achievement that I never thought was possible.
There is no doubt that getting some good tunes together can put you in a good mood. I have a couple of playlists that I use depending on how I am feeling that day.
12. My gym diary
The book of everything I call it. When I transitioned to training with a coach and I had very specific goals I am working towards I created a book to track my “off-season”. For the past 32 weeks I have tracked every single work out – I have never missed a training session. Not one. Every single weigh in and my coaches feedback is documented and every food variation I made over those weeks is documented. I have found this process incredibly important to keeping me accountable and on track.
13. My coach and his wall of fame
I started out with having an amazing PT named Lacey at Granite. She trained me through my 8 week challenges at Granite and the weeks around those. She was the voice of reason, she kept me accountable, she pushed me and she gave me endless amounts of advice and support when I had many days of self doubt.
I have now moved on to a comp prep coach who has been guiding me through off-season training to better prepare me for when we start comp prep. His methods and his immense amount of knowledge have helped me keep on track through out this whole process. Having weekly check-ins has definitely ensured I stay accountable and every PT session I get to admire his wall of fame of successful competitors he has coached. Even on weeks where he has been away traveling I still go into PT at my normal time and weigh in as usual, then send him the results. This helps me keep on track. Just because he might be away doesn’t mean my goals and dedication go away.
I have managed to be lucky enough to have an amazing support network. It’s nearly impossible for me to mention every single person so I am going to group them:
- My husband Chris is my absolute rock. He is always there pushing me and listening to and talking me out of my crazy head space some days
- My friends – I have a small and close circle of friends who provide immense amounts of support even if they don’t have the same level of intense interest in what I am doing. Cause that is what good friends do
- My new gym friends – I have met some amazing people and I am so thankful for the new friendships I have created. They help keep me motivated, we talk regularly, we train together and we eat burgers together
- Granite – This gym is amazing and like no other I have ever been apart of. Granite is a family full of inspiring and motivating people.
15. Doing something for myself
Why spend all day working for someone else and not putting the time in to work on yourself?
I am now the priority. If wanting the best for yourself isn’t motivating enough then I don’t know what else is.