During those first years of blogging I dreamt about being the one that found the answers to the questions of motivation. How does one get it, how does one keep it, how does one share it? It is not the million dollar question...it's the million dollar answer! I wanted other people to experience what I had, and I felt the only way I could do that was to find the answers to what inspires motivation. But I could only share what it was, and is, that motivates me.
I've been asked many times what motivated me to lose the weight. The answer? Lots of things. The first motivation was the fear of dying. I mean really dying...dead! Another motivation was the weightloss contest (bet) I got involved with at work, a competition. Yet another was a personal challenge, the one I made to myself to not eat out at all, and make all of my own foods and meals.
I didn't die, I won the bet, and making my own meals is no longer a challenge but a gift I give myself and my family. How, after accomplishing those things would the motivation to keep going, keep improving, or at least keep changing in a positive way, continue? Training kettlebells.
This may sound hokey, it may even sound like I'm trying to sell something, but you can't buy what training kettlebells can give you. It's not the "kettlebell" alone that's magic, it's "training", and the two together has been an unbeatable match for me. Without one I would not have the other. There is nothing truer than the phrase that Mark came up with "The kettlebell won't swing itself"
Before I go on I'd like to share a blog post I wrote 5 years ago a couple of months after I started my original blog, here it is;
TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2007
You might have noticed that the title of this blog post, "Hope and Motivation" includes a "part 1", and that's because I have so much more to write. Explore what I think is the answer. The answer, my answer, is hope.