1. What a great post and something I needed to read today! I know I do good for a week or so then something comes up work kids life and I get distracted and derailed and go back to old easy habits. However I have managed to cut way back on fast foods and have maybe at them twice in the last few months and try to always choose healthy like subway.

  2. I definitely agree with the fact that it’s not the discipline that is the problem; It is definitely the motivation! And I think that none of us have any excuse not to get motivated! I also like how you say that it takes the same amount of time to order a salad. SO true. This is also true for so many other things!

  3. Ah… the ever-elusive “why”… Not sure if I’ll ever find it. Definitely a struggle for me. Why can’t I figure out a why good enough to motivate me for more than 5 minutes?

    Thanks for the thoughts. Good to ponder.

  4. I loved how you put this: “Once you discover your “why,” the “what” and “when” are easy.” I couldn’t help it, I had to tweet this article out, its a great way to drop the excuse and get motivated!

  5. You are so right. My initial ‘why’ for weight loss was I wanted to skydive and I was over the weight limit. Fifty pounds seemed to melt right off. Ever since, I’ve floundered. I’ve known for a long time that my problem was finding the right impetus to move ahead. I can lose weight for another event in the future, but it will creep back on once the event is over. General things like ‘to be healthy’ are just too nebulous.

    Honestly, I’m still searching.

  6. Did someone tell you this morning,”You need to write a post for this girl, Christina…”? Ha! I started a Fitness Friday gig on my blog in the spring to track some progress I was hoping to make before summer hit. I had noticed a trajectory that my thighs were headed on, and it was not going to be an excellent journey. At any rate, I cold-turkey stopped soda and started exercising. After ten days, I was doing the 30 Day Shred and jogging (bouncing? Somewhere between walking and running…). I lost ten pounds in two months, and felt really good (I wasn’t overweight…just starting to get chubby. I knew I didn’t like where it was headed. Family history and all.) Then we left for the summer and ppbbtthhtt. I jogged a little while I was gone, until I stopped. It has been so hard to get back into it, and I started the sodas again. Ugh. It’s like a drug, for real. So. A timely post. A very good word. I just discovered your blog recently (I think it was a very funny comment you left on Big Mama’s blog) and read several posts. I can’t think it’s a coincidence. 🙂 Thank you for the message. I need to re-find my “why.”

  7. I’ve come back to this post several times now. I even emailed it to my mom and my sisters.

    Not only does it lift burden of guilt over feeling like a lazy person, it shows me where to focus my mental energies: locating my motivation. I needed this for more than just exercise. Thanks!

  8. Lauren was right. This is a fantastic post! I’m a friend of Lauren L. (the last commenter) and was browsing through some old posts today and saw the link to this one. I’m so glad I read this. I hadn’t thought about the problem NOT being a lack of self-discipline.

    I’m going to have to agree with you on the “why” because people make time and discipline themselves for any and everything that’s truly important to them. I believe it’s how we’re “wired” naturally. When we come to Christ our “whys” change but we should have even more motivation to do what is pleasing to Him both physically and spiritually. You’ve definitely said a mouthful in this post. Thanks for sharing!

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