For the past few months I’ve been working pretty hard to lose weight and get fit. My goal is to be as fit as I can be by the time I turn 50 this October.
As anyone who has tried to lose weight knows, it’s not that easy. There are A LOT of setbacks and plateaus.
If I work very hard, I will lose 1/2 to 1 pound a week. That is if I do everything I’m supposed to do and don’t cheat in any way and exercise at least 5 times in that week.
Every time I go out and have dinner & drinks with friends, I gain 1/2 to 2 pounds by the next day.
It can get pretty discouraging and I won’t lie, the thought of giving up has crossed my mind on more than one occasion.
The thing that keeps me going is thinking about how I’m going to feel if I do keep going.
If I don’t give up.
How happy my 50-year-old self is going to feel when she looks in the mirror on October 18th and sees a fit, vibrant woman staring back at her.
So, basically I’m giving a gift to my future self. Quite possibly the second best gift she’s ever gotten (her kid is #1).
Looking at my goals and dreams in this way is really quite motivating and it just might make achieving them a bit easier.
Because here’s what’s happening inside me when I think about it this way…
I get to feel the excitement from both the receiving and giving end.
I get to feel excited about receiving such an amazing gift and how great I’m going to feel.
I get to feel how amazing it feels to give such a gift.
It’s kinda weird, but that’s what I’m feeling.
Double positive yumminess.
What do you think? Do you think a gift to your future self is motivating and could work for you?
With love & joy,