Ask anyone their story and they’ll more often than not tell you that there was one thing, one moment, one image or comment, that gave them the push that they needed to make a change. Sure, many will say they tried, and failed, many times before they got to that stage – but something happened that helped them see their goal as realistic and obtainable. Something just ‘clicked’.
I think I may have mentioned it before, but I can’t find the post, that I’d tried to lose weight several times in the past. But it wasn’t actually until I realized that that wasn’t a good enough goal to motivate me that I actually made much progress with ditching the stomach.
It wasn’t until I was losing my hair, and was prescribed an SSRI to help me handle my stress, anxiety and “situational depression” that I decided I wanted to be healthy. Once I focused on the endorphins, and natural high I got from running, the weight loss was a natural consequence.
I can pinpoint the day that my I can’t handle this pity party was disrupted and I’ve been so thankful for it ever since. I’d been searching for pictures of wigs and bald women on Pinterest when I stumbled across this picture:
I know now that it is one of the most common fitspiration pictures on the Internet, but at the time it was exactly what I needed. Here I was sitting around feeling sorry for myself when I could be doing something about it. Completely logical, yet it hadn’t occurred to me until that picture popped up in front of my eyes.
Every day that I question my motivation to go to the gym and work on feeling better, I pull this picture up on my phone. It serves as a reminder that it is that simple.
So what was your trigger? What gave you your oomph?
Go on, share, you know you want to!