Motivation: Where Do You Get Yours From?

2 05 2014

We have all been there. We don’t really feel like getting up early to work out….we’re so tired. We are exhausted after work and can’t possibly stop at the gym. Our days are Sneakers picfilled with work, appointments, ball practice, cooking, cleaning, and laundry. You name it, it’s on the schedule. So where do we pull our motivation from?

We think that motivation should come from within. That’s the way it should be, right? We think we should exercise for our own health, to lose weight, to feel better. Some of us think we should be motivated to help ourselves so that we can “be around” to share time with children and grandchildren.

The truth is there is no “right” way to find the motivation to exercise. Motivation can come from anyone, or any situation, as long as it helps you act on your goal. Motivation can come from competition with coworkers, envy over the number of push ups your buddy can do, and knowing the amazing energy and alertness you feel for the rest of the day after a good work out. Personally, I like to show my kids that yeah, mom can still go the distance. And here’s another thought…how about helping raise awareness for others in need?

If you are looking deep inside for motivation and can’t find it, look around you. Find a reason to exercise that just may have nothing to do with you. I was recently invited to join a virtual running event called Run for the White House for Childhood Cancer Awareness by a friend whose nephew is suffering from Leukemia. I have friends and family who are fighting cancer, and my own father died from Leukemia, so raising awareness for this cause rings true with me. Every mile I run and every minute of cross training I do is logged for the state of West Virginia and for my friend’s nephew, as well as those that I hold close to my own heart. I try to make sure I do something almost every day to keep those miles marching forward, to help raise awareness of the suffering that cancer causes our children, our families and our friends.

I challenge you today. If you can’t find it within yourself to march on, then find it in your heart to march on for someone else. When someone else is counting on you, you just might find that 5am isn’t so early after all.

For more information on the Run for The White House for Childhood Cancer Awareness, go to…. or officially join the event on
Facebook … just search for “Run for the White House for Childhood Cancer Awareness”.

There are also other apps and pages for logging your miles for a cause. Charity Miles is a free apple/android app that enables you to earn money for the charity of your choice by logging the miles you walk, bike or run. Just go to for more details and to see the list of charities.




One response

1 08 2014
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Fascinating blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download
it from somewhere? A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog jump out.
Please let me know where you got your design. Appreciate

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