“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Unknown
So, here I sit, voo-doo dancing about getting off to the club for my daily hour of “Torture on the Tread,” as I’ve affectionately come to call my indoor cardio – when I’m feeling a bit lazy and just not up for braving the weather.
Luckily, I work from home, but the disadvantage of an “unstructured day,” so to speak, is that you can voo-doo dance all you want – the fact of the matter is – you still have work you must produce on a daily basis to push your career and life forward. And the longer you take to buckle down to get to work, the later into the evening you’ll find yourself toiling.
I’m often asked what drives me – what motivates me.
Besides that number I see peeking up at me from between my tootsies on the scale every morning, it’s the way I’m looking these days in my same old clothes. I’ve noticed they’re a tad-bit looser lately, but the body underneath is just a little lighter, and I’d like to think a little healthier, too.
No matter how much I complain about my weight and my workouts, my “cardio conscience” always gets the better of me . . .
A few short years ago, I had the pleasure of seeing Sir Paul McCartney in concert at “Wrigley’s,” as he called it. What’s that got to do with lasting motivation?
It was an infernally hot August night, but no matter how high the temps climbed into the evening, Sir Paul gave the performance of his life, sweating it out on stage even more than we fans sweltered merely sitting in the stands. Was all our sticky shvitzing worth it? I can’t even begin to tell you.
The guy was 69 years old at the time, looked, acted and sounded 20 years younger. And for as roasting-hot as the entire stadium was, I imagine Sir Paul was 1,000 times hotter under all those lights while making magnificent music, singing and dashing around the stage like it was 1964 – if you can even imagine.
What’s Sir Paul McCartney’s motivation? I’d say it might be a little bit different than yours and mine, but no matter what it is, no matter how tired you are, no matter how hot or cold it is outside, no matter how many people are waiting for or depending on you – you have to get your big butt out that door and move a significant amount every single day – if you want to be healthy and live a longer, happier, less encumbered life.
And you have to couple that daily cardio with a good, effective diet or you’re just spinnin’ your wheels.
You cannot exercise away a bad diet!
You want lasting motivation?
Take a long, hard look at yourself in the mirror every morning and then hop on the scale. Burn that number you see in your brain for the day and make it your goal to be a bit lighter tomorrow.