What’s your Motivation?

tonight was truly life altering.  Ok, you may think I’m being overly dramatic, but let me explain.

Tonight was Mamavation TV night and seriously – if you don’t already know about Mamavation – you HAVE to check it out!  Tonight’s Guest Speaker was none other than Pete Cohen and man I know there were many, many others in the room but I so felt he was speaking to me!

He was talking with us about motivation and how there are 3 types of motivation and it hit home so here’s what I learned for those of you who weren’t there…

(1) Motivation to move away from something – This is a big one for me. I don’t want to be this weight… I don’t want to feel this tired… I don’t want to look like I do.  Anyone who has been or is on a journey like mine, has felt this.  It is usually what kick-starts me on another ‘diet’ and yet, as Pete pointed out this type of motivation can be short-lived… After all, who hasn’t seen a piece of chocolate cake and thought “hmmm… yeah, I don’t want to look like this, but i want that chocolate cake MORE!”

No?                                   just me?                                    really?                      hm… ok

(2) The second type of motivation is the motivation towards something – I want to fit into those jeans… I want to buy cute clothes off the rack… I want to feel beautiful in front of the camera… this is also good… and also short-lived… queue chocolate cake example from above :)  when both of these fail, or you meet your goal or whatever happens, then what?  Where’s the motivation to keep going?

then there’s a 3rd type of motivation…

(3) Motivation that comes from really liking what you are doing…wow.  it felt like a ton of bricks had been dropped on me.  Was Pete also a mind reader?  this week has been different but up till recently, if I exercised it was because I HAD to… but i dreaded every step.  I wouldn’t eat right because it was too hard and when i did take the time to make fresh meals, i resented the amount of time spent.  I had a sour outlook on life but something clicked inside of me last week and this one… I can do a lot more than I thought… I may not be very fast, but I can run!  I may not be very strong, but I have Mamaguns!  I may not always eat the right foods, but every time I do, it becomes closer to becoming a habit.

I’m going to keep celebrating the small victories because what else is going to keep me motivated long-term to live a healthy and wonderful life?!  I’m going to continue learning about new ways to challenge myself in the quest to become healthier!  I really think that pledging the Sistahood 4 weeks ago was the life changer, but tonight everything clicked into place.  The best part?  While I’m busy cheering myself on, I have an entire virtual cheering section cheering me on too!  and after all, you can’t disappoint your biggest fans, right?


**I hope this is readable…I was so pumped I wanted to get this up right away so I posted in a hurry with no time to revise – Bad form, i know***


  1. wonderful!! im so with you in celebrating the small accomplishments!! keep up the running, too, you’re doing great 🙂

  2. Lisa @ljenator says

    You know what’s really cool about Pete, is that he’s been doing this for so long, and he’s SO good at it, that there’s nothing that we can come up with that he hasn’t dealt with before!

    I ALWAYS think… “dude, did he write or vlog that just for me?”

    Thank you for posting this today, love! I’m so glad you’re part of the sistahood!!!!!!!!



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