Don’t Lose Hope

Sometimes when you decide to do something that’s hard, you’re on your own to go it alone. Sure, some people get a bit inspired by your goal, and join you at first, but then tend to fall by the way side.

I once attempted to do the Master Cleanse a few years ago, the one Beyonce made big. It involved drinking a “spicy lemonade” made of water, half a squeezed lemon, two tablespoons of grade B maple syrup, and some cayenne pepper. 6-12 glasses a day, lots of water, herbal tea, and no food whatsoever. My goal was to make the minimum 10 day recommendation. Some people were all for it…but most only lasted a day. Heck, some only lasted six hours.

Considering my love of food, it was one of the hardest things I ever did. People thought I was crazy and tried to convince me to quit. The only thing that helped was I worked night shift stocking the shelves, so I didn’t have much of a social life, but I did think about food all day long. I made it to 9 days total, and lost 14 pounds. The cleanse cleaned my intestines and colon out so well that I didn’t have any sensitivities to peanut butter anymore. I felt awesome, and like I had accomplished the impossible.

Trouble is, it is extremely hard to stay inspired and motivated when nobody is doing it with you. It’s even harder when people are trying to talk you out of it.

Just keeping on this “healthy lifestyle” trek is hard enough. It’s tiring to imagine I’m going to do this forever, that this is a “forever” thing, not just a “for now” thing. It’s not that I’m going to lose 40 pounds, and then have pizza, ice cream, and chips like I used to. No…that won’t be happening again. Not because I’m not allowed to, but because I won’t allow myself to.

If you are having times when you are feeling less-than-inspired, find something that will kick you in the butt. A phrase, a speech, or picture. Something that calls you to be greater, something that challenges you, but most importantly, something that makes you feel you are not content where you are at. For me, it’s God. For you, it might be that Nike Greatness “Rise and Shine“. (So amazing!!)

There are times when demotivation creeps on, specifically right about that time your brain reminds you it’s time to workout. In times like these, I find I have to remind myself this isn’t just about my body, my fitness, or even my health. This is about my soul. This is about my character. Do I finish what I start? Do I push till the end? Do I give up just because I feel like it? Do I let laziness come in and rule me?

No. I finish it.



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